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Best-selling hatchbacks in South Africa

The VW Polo Vivo continues to hold the title of South Africa’s favourite hatchback, based on the most recent monthly sales data from Naamsa.

The most affordable Volkswagen in the country, the Vivo sold 1,913 units in November 2023, though this is less than the 2,280 units sold in the previous month.

It’s a similar story for the Toyota Starlet, the second most popular hatchback from November, as it sold 1,176 units last month compared to 1,363 units in October. Likewise, the Suzuki Swift was able to hold third place despite a drop from 1,248 units to 1,117 units.

Outside of the top three, Hyundai’s Grand i10 jumped its way from sixth to fourth place with 965 units moved, pushing the VW Polo and Toyota Vitz down a ranking with their 930 units and 855 units, respectively.

The Renault Kwid, Hyundai i20, Suzuki S-Presso, and Suzuki Baleno all landed a spot in the top 10, too, selling more than 400 vehicles each.

In total, the top 10 hatchbacks accounted for 8,970 sales, representing a substantial 19.9% of the 45,075 cars sold in South Africa in November – illustrating how, despite the rising popularity of crossovers, the smallest car body type still has a place in the local market.

Best-selling hatchbacks in South Africa

Below is a list of the best-selling hatchbacks in South Africa from November 2023, according to Naamsa’s latest vehicle sales report.

It’s important to note that the Hyundai Grand i10 is available as both a hatchback and a sedan, but the company does not provide individual sales figures for each type.

Click on the underlined prices for more information.


1. VW Polo Vivo – 1,913 units


2. Toyota Starlet – 1,176 units


3. Suzuki Swift – 1,117 units


4. Hyundai Grand i10 (hatch+sedan) – 965 units


5. VW Polo – 930 units


6. Toyota Vitz – 855 units


7. Renault Kwid –  589 units


8. Hyundai i20 – 565 units


9. Suzuki S-Presso – 446 units


10. Suzuki Baleno – 414 units


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