Here are 5 cars South Africans underate that are not really bad.
Citroen Cactus: R259 900 – R314 900
Look up quirky in the dictionary, and you’ll see a picture of the new Cactus.
Citroen’s far-out design sees plastic body armour applied to its doors – a feature devised to protect from minor bumps and scrapes inflicted in parking lot warfare.
It’s a wild-looking crossover, that just happened to win the 2015 World Car Design of the Year award, and the minimalistic cabin is equally quirky. The cherry on top is a torquey 1.2-litre turbopetrol engine option.
In the last two months the Cactus averaged around 40 sales a month – a lot less than it should have in our opinion.
PS: The Ford’s arch-rival, Opel’s new Astra, could end up being equally underrated, if previous models’ sales are anything to go by, but since it’s just been launched we’ll reserve our judgement for now.
Kia Grand Sedona: R552 995 – R704 995
Kia has found a nice little niche for itself with the Grand Sedona, a vehicle which we feel fills a slot between seven-seat SUVs and proper minivans.
Strictly speaking this is an MPV, but with a relatively macho look and a settled on-road demeanour which some passenger cars should be jealous of.
A clever floorplan allows seating for seven in addition to an enormous boot that’s capacious enough to swallow luggage for all passengers. A beefy 147kW/440Nm 2.2 turbodiesel, or 199kW/318Nm 3.3 V6 petrol, provide effortless performance.
Peugeot 308: R304 900 – R399 900
The latest Peugeot 308 represents a massive leap in refinement over its predecessor – so much so that we’d consider it a true rival to the class-leading Golf.
Peugeot’s given the C-segment hatch an upmarket makeover with clean-cut new sheetmetal and a well-built interior which takes minimalism, and quality, to a new level for the brand.
It’s 1.2- and 1.6-litre turbo engines also deliver impressive performance and efficiency.
Suzuki Ciaz: R197 900 – R234 900
Its styling probably won’t make your heart flutter, but the Ciaz certainly is easy on the eye and if a practical, no-nonsense sedan is what you’re after, you’ll struggle to find better value than this Suzuki.
Larger than its B-segment rivals yet undercutting them with super-keen prices that start below R200 000, it offers a roomy interior, a comfy ride and, largely thanks to a low kerb weight of 1040kg, the Ciaz provides better performance than you’d expect from a car with a normally aspirated 1.4-litre engine.