Autotrader Car of the Year announced


The 2020 AutoTrader Car of the Year finale took place digitally this year due to the restrictions put in place during the lockdown. AutoTrader Car of the Year (COTY) for 2020 was proudly won by the Jaguar I-PACE. It is the first time that an all-electric car has taken the honours as Car of the Year.


The competition started with 25 vehicles which went head-to-head in an extensive voting and judging process before being narrowed down to 11 finalists. Then the jurors used a statistical scoring system to choose a winner that matches international best practice.


Final winners

Third: Toyota GR Supra

Second: Mercedes GLE

First: Jaguar I-PACE


The cars that competed in the final leg of the competition include:

Hyundai Atos

A completely different car to the previous generation. It is a sophisticated entry-level contender that is affordable with good build quality


Jaguar I-PACE

The first all-electric entrant launched on this platform. It is expected to set the benchmark for future all-electric cars. It stood out for its incredible acceleration and uncompromised handling.


Mercedes-Benz GLE

This SUV was designed with poise and composure. It offers an excellent turbo-engine complemented with electric boost making it an expression of power.


Mazda 3

It definitely makes a statement in its style, quality and overall performance and is available in both a hatchback and sedan.


Peugeot 5008

Features sophisticated interior with great driver satisfaction. It is considered one of the bestselling vehicles in the European SUV market with a number of accolades to its name.


Citroen C3 Aircross

This stylish crossover comes with range innovative features including adjustable seating and eye-catching red-roof styling.


Ford Ranger Raptor

The first 4×4 bakkie that thinks it’s a sports car. Its dynamic features include high-speed handling on dirt roads, and massive bump absorption from its chassis.


Toyota Corolla Hatch

It has been approximately three decades since the last hatch offering. It is streamlined to deliver impressive performance. It has seen tremendous sales figures.


Toyota GR Supra:

It has a track record dating back to the 19080s. In addition to its incredible handling it has a six-cylinder turbo-engine. The Supra reaches 0-100km/hr in 4.3 seconds.


Toyota Rav 4

The new generation of this vehicle is once again a step forward. The all-wheel drive vehicle is sleeker, bolder and more streamlined than ever before.


Volkswagen T-Cross

This appropriately named crossover has made an impression. On its first month on sale in South Africa more than 1300 units were sent to dealerships. With sophisticated presentation and great quality, it is a small on the outside, big on the inside SUV.


Winner of the categories

  • Urban: Hyundai Atos
  • Lifestyle: Ford Ranger Raptor
  • Leisure: Volkswagen T-Cross
  • Premium Car: Jaguar I-PACE
  • Premium SUV: Mercedes GLE
  • Family: Toyota Corolla Hatch
  • Sports Performance: Toyota GR Supra


According to the organisers of the event, “The I-PACE raises the bar for future contenders as the first all-electric car. It is a worthy contender and winner of two titles in the 2020 AutoTrader COTY. Congratulations to all contenders, car enthusiasts and intrepid travellers who embarked on this journey with us.”


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