Kia Soul

WOW FACTOR: The sharp, distinctive and highly original exterior styling

First things first. Google the Soul Hamster ads – especially the Party Rock Anthem one. You’ll probably want to rush off and get one (the Soul, if not the hamster). If that doesn’t grab you, hear this: the 2012 Soul – which combines the charm and desirability of the Mini and Fiat 500 with a hint of SUV ruggedness – has been totally refreshed. It boasts new engines, a six-speed gearbox on all models … and lower fuel consumption, emissions and running costs. Yet it still has funky styling and the cavernous interior we’ve grown to love.

PRICE: From R193 995