Volkswagen won five of the 11 categories in the 2018 Gumtree Auto Pre-Owned Awards announced last week. Toyota, Mazda and Audi also enjoyed strong showings with two wins each. The awards, now in their second year, are unique in SA in their recognition of vehicles which deliver resale value, quality, durability, overall performance and economy for pre-owned buyers. Only 2016 models with at least six months of depreciation data were considered and five finalists in each of the 11 categories were judged extensively by an expert panel. Volkswagen swept the hatchback and sedan categories up to R300,000, winning the Budget City Car category with the Take Up, the Light Hatchback category with the Polo Vivo, the Medium Sedan division with the Jetta, and the Medium Hatchback class with the Golf 1.4TSI. Volkswagen’s fifth winner was the Golf R, which shared top spot in Performance Car under R615,000 with the Audi S3 S-Tronic. This was the closest contested category, with the third-placed BMW ...

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