Suzuki scored big at the 2018 Cars.co.za Consumer Awards, scooping up not only the most coveted prize of the evening - Brand of the Year - but also Best Budget Car and Best Compact Family Car. In 2019 the brand was overjoyed to drive off with Budget car of the year for the Suzuki Swift but sadly missed out on retaining the Brand of the Year title.
Excitingly, unlike other auto awards, the Cars.co.za Consumer Awards are literally voted for by the consumer. Surveys were sent out during 2017 to actual owners of the different vehicles in each category. Their answers take up 50% of the vote for each model, and the other 50% is taken up by social media influencers, celebrities, motoring journalists and the Cars.co.za team - making this the first motoring award that has a heavy focus on actual consumer experience in the various car models.
Cars in 13 categories were tested and voted on, and the Brand of the Year was selected based on information from consumers alone. Customers who actually drive our cars have spoken - they love Suzuki!
Check out our award winning cars below
- Budget Car of the Year 2019
- under R 200 000
The Suzuki Swift beat out the Kia Picanto 1.2 Style and the Volkswagen Polo Vivo 1.4 Comfortline for this title in 2019. The Swift is a favourite for many and has been a Suzuki favourite over the years. The 3rd Generation Swift is stylish and a joy to drive.
- Budget Car of the Year 2018
The Suzuki Ignis beat out the Kia Picanto 1.0 Style and the VW Take Up! 5dr for this title in 2018. The Ignis is a newbie in the budget car market that made a huge splash in 2017!
- Compact Family Car of the Year 2016/7 & 2017/8
- between R 250 000 and R 350 000
The Vitara 1.6GL+ beat out the Nissan Qashqai 1.2 Visia and the Renault Captur 1.5 dCi Dynamique for this title in 2017 but we were so excited to see it beat out more competitors in 2017. Winning this award two years in a row is a huge honour!
- Budget Car of the Year 2017
- less than R160 000
The Suzuki Celerio 1.0 GL beat out the Renault Sandero Expression and the Toyota Aygo 1.0 X-Play for this title
Want to know how the Brand of the Year award was chosen? Watch this video to find out...