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Cars In South AfricaSouth Africa is a country running a unitary constitutional democratic system of government. Over the years, the economy of South Africa has continued to grow and prosper. South Africa is a country on the southernmost tip of the African continent, marked by several distinct ecosystems.

Owing to its rising economy, the different sectors in the country have continued to also rise and get better with time. A sector that has over the years changed owing to the economic progression of the country is the Automobile sector. The automobile sector in South Africa today has become very lucrative that many South Africans now own cars, thanks to the financial scheme provided by banks to accommodate financial loans for individuals, especially Vehicle financing.

Apart from the flexible financial schemes provided by the banks in South Africa and other financial institutions, the growing economy in the country has made provisions for workers in South Africa to earn more than what they have been used to. As a result of this, many people can now afford cars that fit into their budgets without breaking the bank by taking outrageous loans.

If you live in South Africa and are considering buying a car, one that serves its purpose, stick around and get to the end of this article, as I introduce the top 10 most popular cars in South Africa.

Toyota Hilux 

Total sold in 2019: 40, 934

No matter how hard you work or play, the New Hilux is up for it. Its engines are built to take on anything from tough worksites to towering hills for 4×4 variants.

Inside Toyota Hilux has the new 8-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay, but safety features have been updated for the midsize truck. Apart from the usual proximity sensors, the Hilux, at least on its top-spec trims, now comes with Toyota Safety Sense. This suite of safety toys includes the pre-collision system, dynamic radar cruise control, and lane departure alert.

Volkswagen Polo Vivo 

Total sold in 2019: 29,618

Volkswagen Polo Vivo
Volkswagen Polo Vivo 

The Polo Vivo is equipped with a variety of features to suit you and your crew. From the front electric windows, ISOFIX mounting points for baby seats, and Ultrasonic alarm, to its stylish exterior and sound system, the Polo Vivo has it all. With features as attractive as this, everyone will want to share the ride.

 Ford Ranger

Total sold in 2019: 25, 042

 Ford Ranger
Ford Ranger

The Ford Ranger is a powerful truck and one of the most popular trucks in South Africa. It has a powerful engine, handles well, and gets good gas mileage. The Ranger is a solid off-roader, and its towing and hauling capacities are good for the class. Inside, the seats are comfortable, and SuperCrew models have more rear-seat space than many competitors. There are plenty of user-friendly features available as well.

Nissan NP200

Total sold in 2019: 17, 937

Nissan NP200
Nissan NP200

Back in 1932, Nissan’s longstanding heritage in the light commercial vehicle (LCV) market has given Nissan NP200 a global reputation for innovation and quality that today has resulted in South Africa’s most comprehensive LCV line-up. The Nissan NP200 range picks up where its predecessor left off, bringing a modern edge and youthful energy to our rugged and versatile line-up.

Toyota Hiace

Total sold in 2019: 17, 937

2021 Toyota Hiace Price, Specs, Model in Nigeria
2021 Toyota Hiace Price, Specs, Model in Nigeria

The Toyota Hiace van is mostly used for mass transit schemes and it is appreciated for its resilience and ruggedness on all roads. There has been a lot of direct competition for the Toyota Hiace. Some of the most popular alternatives are Volkswagen Transporter, Mercedes Benz Vito, Ford Transit, and Chevrolet Greenbrier. Of them all, the last two are no more in production. And out of all of them, Toyota HiAce remains one of the most popular and most purchased.

Isuzu D-Max

Total sold in 2019: 16,131

Isuzu D-Max
Isuzu D-Max

The Isuzu D-Max is a pickup truck manufactured in 2002 by Isuzu Motors, the original D-Max is sold alongside the Chevrolet Colorado in the Thai market where they are both built. From cutting-edge technology to the power you need, the All-New D-MAX is more capable than ever before. Designed to handle the harshest of Australian conditions, it has everything you require to own your next adventure in style, comfort, and safety with a 5-Star ANCAP rating. Whether on or off-road, at work or at play, the D-MAX defines durability – today, and every day after.

Renault Kwid

Total sold in 2019: 11, 848

Renault Kwid
Renault Kwid

Renault Kwid is a 5 seater Hatchback available in 13 variants, 1 engine option and 2 transmission options: Manual and AMT. Other key specifications of the Kwid include a Ground Clearance of 184 mm and a Boot space of 279 litres. The Kwid is available in 8 colours.

Toyota Fortuner

Total sold in 2019: 11, 644

2021 Toyota Fortuner
2021 Toyota Fortuner

The Toyota Fortuner, also known as the Toyota SW4, is a mid-size SUV manufactured by Japanese automobile manufacturer Toyota. The Fortuner is built on the Hilux pickup truck platform. It features two/three rows of seats and is available in rear-wheel drive or four-wheel drive configuration. Toyota Fortuner Best-Selling SUV in South Africa.

Ford EcoSport

Total sold in 2019: 9,802

Ford EcoSport
Ford EcoSport

The New Ford EcoSport BS6 with a new design, a powerful engine, the best petrol & diesel mileage and 6 Speed automatic transmission and easy manoeuvrability. The Ford EcoSport is a subcompact crossover SUV, originally built in Brazil by Ford Brazil in 2003, at the Camaçari plant.


  • 1. Toyota Hilux – 3 417
  • 2. Volkswagen Polo Vivo – 2 359
  • 3. Toyota Urban Cruiser – 1 905
  • 4. Ford Ranger – 1 791
  • 5. Isuzu D-Max – 1 789
  • 6. Nissan NP200 – 1 397
  • 7. Suzuki Swift – 1 369
  • 8. Volkswagen Polo – 1 286
  • 9. Toyota Corolla Cross – 1 129
  • 10. Toyota Hi-Ace – 1 008
  • 11. Volkswagen T-Cross – 1 000
  • 12. Renault Kiger – 999
  • 13. Mahindra Scorpio Pik-Up – 896
  • 14. Renault Kwid – 824
  • 15. Chery Tiggo 4 Pro – 779
  • 16. Toyota Starlet – 774
  • 17. Haval Jolion – 738
  • 18. Hyundai Venue – 712
  • 19. Suzuki Vitara Brezza – 679
  • 20. Toyota Fortuner – 667
  • 21. Nissan Navara – 661
  • 22. Hyundai Atos – 609
  • 23. Kia Picanto – 592
  • 24. Hyundai Grand i10 – 524
  • 25. Suzuki S-Presso – 483
  • 26. Ford EcoSport – 477
  • 27. Haval H6 – 477
  • 28. Suzuki Baleno – 476
  • 29. GWM Steed – 440
  • 30. Nissan Magnite – 412
  • 31. Toyota Land Cruiser PU – 401
  • 32. Renault Triber – 394
  • 33. Toyota Agya – 377
  • 34. Kia Sonet – 371
  • 35. Volkswagen Taigo – 363
  • 36. Volkswagen Tiguan – 358
  • 37. Suzuki Jimny – 326
  • 38. Chery Tiggo 7 Pro – 321
  • 39. Hyundai i20 – 315
  • 40. Kia Rio – 302
  • 41. Volkswagen T-Roc – 273
  • 42. Suzuki Ertiga – 269
  • 43. Suzuki Dzire – 265
  • 44. Mahindra XUV300 – 255
  • 45. Toyota Prado – 243
  • 46. Mazda CX-5 – 240
  • 47. Hyundai H100 Bakkie – 231
  • 48. Chery Tiggo 8 Pro – 220
  • 49. Kia Pegas – 205
  • 50. Hyundai Creta – 195

As we’ve come to expect, Toyota was way ahead of the pack with its total brand volume of 10 797. It was followed by Volkswagen (6 630), Suzuki Auto (4 164) and Hyundai (3 098).

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