The Kia Rio was the second most popular South Korean car in July. With 635 sales, it was narrowly beaten by its Picanto sibling.

Johannesburg - We see a lot of them on the roads, but actually quantifying the popularity of Kia and Hyundai vehicles in South Africa has been a difficult task until recently.

In July, the local distributor of the two South Korean brands, Motus, started reporting monthly sales figures for its individual models to Naamsa for the first time. Although it was sometimes possible to obtain retrospective sales figures, this is the first time that we’re able to compare Kia and Hyundai sales to those of their rivals, directly and on a monthly basis.

So without further ado, let’s take a closer look at how popular these Korean cars were in July.

As you’ll see below, where we’ve compared a large selection of Hyundai and Kia models to their most popular rivals, the two brands feature prominently in many of the segments in which they compete.

Kia is a strong contender in the compact hatchback game, while Hyundai is doing rather well among the smaller and medium-sized SUVs.

However, the two brands do lag a little in the Corolla class as well as the large SUV segment.


Budget Car

Volkswagen Polo Vivo2675
Toyota Etios973
Renault Kwid799
Kia Picanto 659
Datsun Go647
Hyundai Grand i10565
Renault Sandero469
Ford Figo 354
Suzuki Swift337
Hyundai i10280

Compact Sedan/Hatch

Volkswagen Polo1623
Ford Fiesta998
Kia Rio635
Nissan Almera406
Renault Clio362
Hyundai i20349
Hyundai Accent327
Toyota Yaris242
Opel Corsa108

Medium Sedan/Hatch

Toyota Corolla/Quest/Auris1480
Volkswagen Golf 7483
Audi A3319
Ford Focus249
Hyundai Elantra169
Volkswagen Jetta157
Opel Astra40
Renault Megane22
Fiat Tipo21
Kia Cerato19

Compact SUV/Crossover

Ford EcoSport851
Hyundai Creta514
Mazda CX-3298
Renault Captur228
Toyota C-HR161
Renault Duster146
Honda BR-V122
Honda HR-V86
Opel MokkaX64
Kia Soul11

Medium SUV/Crossover

Toyota Rav4641
Hyundai Tucson435
Volkswagen Tiguan371
Mazda CX-5342
Ford Kuga261
Nissan X-Trail224
Nissan Qashqai209
Renault Kadjar197
Kia Sportage62

Large SUV/Crossover (Sub-R900 000)

Toyota Fortuner1033
Ford Everest 359
Toyota Prado61
Jeep Grand Cherokee42
Chevrolet Trailblazer32
Mitsubishi Pajero16
Toyota FJ Cruiser14
Kia Sorento11
Hyundai Santa Fe8

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