Johannesburg - As another busy motoring year cruises to a close, it’s time for us to name our best vehicles of 2017 in our Drive360 Awards.

Our team of motoring journalists, having driven all the newly-launched vehicles during the course of the year, will soon be casting their votes on an overall winner and category victors. So keep reading Drive360 and IOL Motoring in the coming weeks as we whittle them down to a shortlist before announcing the winners in early December.

This year we’re adding an exciting new readers’ choice category called Coolest Ride. Scan through list of cars below, SUVs and bakkies launched during 2017 and vote on which vehicle floats your boat or makes you weak at the knees. There’s no price limit or restrictions; simply tell us which one of the vehicles listed below you’d most like to own if money was no object.

How to enter, and win

Email your vote to [email protected] with Coolest Ride in the subject line. If the vehicle you choose ends up as the winner of the Coolest Ride category, you stand a chance of winning a free ticket to attend our Drive360 Awards ceremony in Jozi on December 1.

Also, participate in our social media campaign by voting for your Coolest Ride on Ṭwitter or Instagram using the #Drive360Awards and #CoolestRide hashtags, and in a few words tell us why that car is your favourite. You could win a prize:

Gauteng readers can win tickets to the Bryan Adams concert, while the Durban winner gets a weekend away for two at the Wild Coast Sun and the Cape Town winner bags a weekend away for a family of four at any Tsogo Sun in the Cape. Prize winners will be responsible for their own transport costs.

Choose between these cars launched in the last year:

Alfa Romeo Giulia

Audi A5

Audi R8 Spyder

Audi RS3 Sedan

Audi Q2

Audi Q5


BMW 5 Series

BMW 6 Series GT

BMW M760Li xDrive


Ford Kuga

Fiat Panda

Fiat Tipo

Kia Picanto

Haval H6

Haval H2

Honda CR-V

Hyundai Creta

Hyundai Elantra

Jaguar F-Type 400

Kia Rio

Kia Sportage

Land Rover Discovery

Lexus LC500

Maserati Levante

Mahindra TUV 300

Mazda CX-5

McLaren 720S

Mercedes-AMG C43

Mercedes-AMG E63 S

Mercedes-AMG GLC 43 4Matic

Mercedes E-Class Coupe

Mercedes E-Class Convertible

Mini Countryman

Mini Countryman JCW All-4

Mitsubishi Pajero Sport

Mitsubishi Triton

Nissan Micra Active

Nissan Navara

Opel Mokka X

Peugeot 3008

Porsche 911 GTS

Porsche 911 GT3

Porsche Panamera

Range Rover Velar

Renault Clio RS

Subaru Impreza

Suzuki Baleno

Suzuki Ignis

Toyota 86

Toyota C-HR

Toyota Yaris Pulse

VW Amarok V6


Volvo S90