This is the best new car you could buy as SA’s 2022 Car of the Year is crowned

Toyota Corolla Cross
  • Toyota wins big in 2022 SAGMJ Car of the Year competition.
  • Jury member honors Mercedes-Benz C-Class with excellence award.
  • Nissan Navara beats in bakkie segment award for Double-Cabs.
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The winners of the South African Guild of Mobility Journalists (SAGMJ) 2022 Car of the Year competition were announced via social media for the first time. Automotive influencers and content creators voted digitally to determine SA’s best new models this year across various categories. Prizes were also awarded for the best original equipment manufacturer (OEM).

Wheels24 editor Janine Van der Post is one of the 25 judges of the SAGMJ Car of the Year competition, she shares her thoughts on this year’s winners: “The judges were just as excited to see who the winners would be in each category of the 2022 competition .

“It’s great to see the Toyota Corolla Cross as a worthy contender and the overall winner. It’s made more people feel like it’s a people’s car that wears the crown. While previous winners have all been outstanding and scored highly in their categories, the Corolla Cross is more in line with what is the best car on the market – based on value for money, overall sales and simply an all round worthy winner.

“I am also delighted to see the Peugeot 208 as the Motor Enthusiasts Choice Award. It was one of my top picks in this year’s competition. The Nissan Navara is another good surprise.”

Here is the full list of the winners of the SAGMJ Car of the Year 2022

4×4 Double Cab of the Year – Nissan Navara

Compact Car of the Year – Toyota Urban Cruiser

Compact Family Car of the Year – Toyota Corolla Cross

Medium Car of the Year – Mercedes-Benz C-Class

Performance Car of the Year – Volkswagen Golf 8 GTI

Enthusiast Car of the Year – Peugeot 208

New Energy Car of the Year – Toyota Corolla Cross Hybrid

Adventure SUV Car of the Year – Toyota Land Cruiser 300

Jury Prize for Excellence – Mercedes-Benz C-Class

Overall Winner of the SAGMJ 2022 Car of the Year Award – Toyota Corolla Cross

2022 SAGMJ Category Winners Reveal Videos

New models win big in several categories, including:

4×4 Double Cab category winner revealed by Sisanda Mbete

Compact category winner unveiling by Sam da Fonseca

Compact Family category winner is revealed by Kumbi Mtshakazi

Medium category reveal winner by Javon Francis

New Energy category winner revealed by Justin Jacobs

Motorcycle Enthusiast Choice Category Winner Revealed by Sam da Fonseca

Winner category Performance Cars unveiling by Vann van Staden

Adventure SUV Category Winner Revealed by Shawn Brett

Jury’s Excellence Award Category Revealed by Javon Francis

Overall winner Car of the Year winner category winner reveal by Kumbi Mtshakazi

OEM Award of the Year award winner unveiling by Justin Jacobs

2022 Toyota Corolla Cross is the overall winner of the SAGMJ Car of the Year. And he also won the Family Car category.

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Toyota Corolla Cross

2022 Toyota Corolla Cross Hybrid wins New Energy category.

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Toyota Land Cruiser

2022 Toyota Land Cruiser 300 wins Adventure SUV category.

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Good looking 2022 Navara

2022 Nissan Navara wins the Double Cab 4×4 category.

Wheels24 Stuart Johnston

Toyota Urban Cruiser

2022 Toyota Urban Cruiser wins Compact category.

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2021 Peugeot 208

2022 Peugeot 208 wins Enthusiast’s Choice category.


Mercedes-Benz C-Class

2022 Mercedes-Benz C-Class wins Juror’s Excellence Award and Midsize category award.

Wheels24 Charlen Raymond

2021 VW Golf 8 GTI, golf 8 gti, vw golf 8 gti

2022 VW Golf 8 GTI wins Performance Car category.

Wheels24 Clavern Van der Post

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