South African motorists are feeling the pinch more than ever, as both petrol and diesel prices continue to increase. But that doesn’t mean that discerning drivers should compromise their taste. By opting for a quality pre-owned vehicle, you can drive the ride that suits your style, with the benefit of reduced instalment costs.

Gumtree South Africa has revealed the luxury vehicles that deliver the best value for money as part of the shortlist for the Gumtree Pre-Owned Car Awards. Mercedes-Benz has the strongest showing of the luxury manufacturers, with seven nominations in total across various categories.

Here are the nominees:

Luxury Sedan under R475 000

  1. 2015 Audi A5 Sportback 2.0 TFSI
  2. 2015 BMW 320D F30
  3. 2015 BMW 330D F30
  4. 2015 Mercedes-Benz C200
  5. 2015 Mercedes-Benz C220 Bluetec

Luxury SUV under R700 000

  1. 2015 Mercedes-Benz GLC 250D
  2. 2015 Audi Q7 3.0 TDI V6 Quattro
  3. 2015 Toyota Land Cruiser Prado VX 3.0 TDI
  4. 2015 Mercedes-Benz ML250 Bluetec
  5. 2015 Volvo XC90 D4 Momentum

Performance Hatchbacks

  1. Mercedes-Benz A250 Sport
  2. Mercedes-Benz A45 AMG 4-Matic
  3. VW Golf 7 2.0 TSI R DSG
  4. VW Polo GTI 1.8 TSI DSG
  5. Audi S3 S-Tronic

Premium Performance Sports Cars

  1. Porsche Boxster PDK
  2. Porsche Cayman S PDK
  3. Mercedes-Benz AMG C63 S
  4. Jaguar F-Type S 3.0 V6
  5. BMW M4 M-DCT

The Gumtree Pre-Owned Car Awards aims to equip consumers to make smarter purchasing decisions, and the shortlist is a testament to the great range and quality available on the pre-owned market says Jeff Osborne, Head of Automotive at Gumtree.

“Though motorists are tightening their belts across the board, luxury doesn’t have to be unattainable if you know what to look for. We launched the Gumtree Pre-Owned Car Awards because we believe there’s a strong need for an awards show that evaluates vehicles in the same way that most consumers do – through criteria like value retention, overall appearance and maintenance costs.”

The shortlist was determined in partnership with TransUnion, and will be judged by a panel of leading motoring experts. Winners will be announced in early November.