Stars of the 2017 Kinsey Report

SINCE 1990 a man called Malcolm Kinsey has been doing a lot of work behind the scenes in the SA motor industry.

He researches which cars are the cheapest to own by making up a ‘parts basket’ for each vehicle.

The latest Kinsey Report reflects the rough weather SA’s motor trade is currently experiencing, and with some brands having abandoned the local market, the 2017 report was reduced to 72 vehicles.

As before, there are nine categories with Kinsey choosing relevant vehicles ‘with reasonable to good sales figures volumes’ in each.

The report splits car parts into three sub-sections: service, repair and crash.

Average dealer prices for these three are then combined to create an overall basket price, with each vehicle ranked against its competitors on this figure.

In the 2017 Kinsey Report, Toyota shined with four class victories, the Hilux winning the very important double cab bakkie category.

Below are the top three vehicles in each of the nine categories.

See the full report on to see what it will cost to service or repair your ride.

City cars

1. Datsun GO 1.2 Lux

2. Volkswagen Polo Vivo hatch 1.4 Conceptline

3. Hyundai i10 1.1 Motion


1. Volkswagen Polo 1.2TSI Comfortline

2. Renault Sandero 66 kW Expression

3. Renault Clio 66 kW Expression

Family favourites

1. Toyota Corolla Quest 1.6

2. Toyota Corolla 1.6 Prestige

3. Nissan Almera 1.5 Acenta

Compact crossover

1. Mahindra KUV100 K8

2. Peugeot 2008 1.6HDi Active

3. Ford EcoSport 1.0T Trend


1. Toyota Fortuner 2.8 GD-6 auto

2. Toyota RAV4 2.0 GX CVT

3. Ford Kuga 1.5T Trend

Executive crossover

1. Toyota Prado 3.0 VX

2. Volvo XC90 D4 Momentum

3. Range Rover Evoque SE TD4

Double-cab bakkies

1. Toyota Hilux 2.8 GD-6 auto

2. Nissan Navara 2.3D 4×4 LE

3. Isuzu KB300 D-Teq

Single-cab bakkies

1. Nissan NP200 1.6i

2. Nissan NP300 2.0

3. Toyota Hilux 2.4 GD-6

Executive saloons

1. Volvo S60 T4 Momentum

2. BMW 320i auto

3. Jaguar XE 20d Prestige



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