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The “unglamorous” cars which sell well in South Africa

While all the hype of late has been around the Land Cruiser 300 and Golf 8 GTI, it’s the likes of the Starlet and Polo Vivo which pay the bills at Toyota and VW.

These cars are two examples of the “unglamorous” vehicles which sell well in South Africa.

And we do not use the term unglamorous in a negative light – these cars are the unsung heroes which allow their owners the freedom to build fantastic sports cars and supreme 4x4s.


To find out which cars in South Africa sell well, we looked at Naamsa’s new vehicle sales report for September 2021, which detailed the sales figures of 41 vehicle manufacturers in the country.

The report shows that small hatchbacks and crossovers are very popular with local car buyers, with Toyota, VW, Renault, and Suzuki performing strongly in these segments.

Hyundai, Kia, and Haval also performed well, thanks to the more affordable vehicles these brands have on offer.

The list below is a selection of the best-selling cars in the country which do not make the headlines for weeks at a time – unlike their higher-end siblings – along with their sales numbers.

It must be noted that this is not an exhaustive list, and is only a selection of models from a range of brands that have sold well in September.

To see an absolute list of the best-selling new vehicles in South Africa, read: 20 best-selling cars in South Africa

Click on the underlined names to visit TopAuto Car Prices for more information.

Ford Figo – 321 Units

Haval Jolion – 951 Units

Honda WR-V – 233 Units

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Hyundai Atos – 516 Units

Hyundai Grand i10 – 639 Units

Kia Picanto – 451 Units

Kia Rio – 729 Units

Nissan Magnite – 276 Units

Renault Kwid – 710 Units

Renault Kiger – 1,126 Units

Suzuki Swift – 935 Units

Suzuki S-Presso – 504 Units

Toyota Urban Cruiser – 1,827 Units

Toyota Starlet – 1,342 Units

VW Polo Sedan – 646 Units

VW Polo Vivo – 1,767 Units

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