Toyota comes out on top at 2020/21 consumer awards

Toyota comes out on top at 2020/21 #CarAwards

The thirteen winners of the 2020/21 consumer awards have been announced. The awards ceremony was broadcast live on DStv on Monday, February 15.

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the #CarsAwards 2021 planned event could not be hosted live without putting everyone at risk.

#CarAwards was created to be one of SA’s conclusive automotive rewards programme with a list of vehicles recognised to help car buyers make the most informed purchasing decisions, according to

Each vehicle was evaluated by the judging panel who compared it to their rival models in a range of categories with its own requirements – 50% of the final score focused on after-sales for specific brands.

Here are the highlights:

Toyota won the #CarAwards Brand of the Year title for the third time and became the top winner of the programme’s trophy in large numbers, previously it was tied with Suzuki with two big titles.

Toyota won five of the thirteen categories of the 2020/21 programmes, followed by Volkswagen which won three.

Toyota comes out on top at 2020/21 #CarAwards
Suzuki Swift

Suzuki’s Swift model won the Entry Level Car category for a third time, while the Polo 1.0 TSI Comfrotline also won for the third year in a row.

Toyota comes out on top at 2020/21 #CarAwards
Land Rover Defender

Land Rover/Range Rover won the Premium SUV category with its new Defender and finished third in the Brand of the Year category.

In the final round, eighteen brands were represented. Toyota and Suzuki were represented five times, Volkswagen four times, while BMW and Volvo both had three.

Here are the category winners:

Toyota comes out on top at 2020/21 #CarAwards
Toyota Starlet

Budget Car – Toyota Starlet 1.4 XR

Compact Hatch – Volkswagen Polo 1.0 TSI Comfortline Auto

Compact Family Car – Volkswagen T-Cross 1.5 TSI 110kW R-Line

Entry Level Car – Suzuki Swift 1.2 GL

Family Car – Toyota RAV4 2.0 AWD GX-R

Adventure SUV – Toyota Fortuner 2.8 GD-6 4×4 VX Auto

Premium SUV – Land Rover Defender D240 HSE

Executive SUV – Volvo XC60 D5 R-Design

Crossover – Toyota C-HR 1.2T Luxury

Premium Crossover – Volvo XC40 T5 AWD R-Design

Hot hatch – Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR

Leisure Double Cab – Toyota Hilux 2.8 GD-6 4×4 Legend Auto

Sports Executive – BMW 330is Edition

How to watch the show

The Consumer Awards – powered by WesBank television programme takes viewers, on journeys with car owners that show a short series of how their cars contributed to their everyday lifestyle as well as how much value it added.

The programme will be repeated on DStv’s 1Magic channel 103 at 21:30 on February 20 and 15:30 and 22:30 on February 23 and 25.

Further repeats will be held on the Motorsport HD channel 215, times are yet to be confirmed.

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