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The 2016 Jaguar F-PACE was recognised as the best pre-owned Luxury SUV under R700 000 by the annual Gumtree Pre-Owned Awards ceremony held in Johannesburg on 8 October. 

Judging criteria for the Gumtree awards are comprised of several key elements including vehicle performance, overall value for money, engine performance, mechanical reliability and safety. 

Now in its second year, the Gumtree Pre-Owned Award recognises second-hand vehicles which deliver outstanding resale value, quality, durability and economy for pre-owned car buyers in South Africa. Only 2016 vehicles with at least six months of depreciation data were considered and five finalists in each of 11 categories were extensively judged by an expert panel. 

Three Jaguar Land Rover vehicles were nominated for the Luxury SUV under R700 000 category, including the winning Jaguar F-PACE, Range Rover Evoque and Land Rover Discovery Sport. Also in the category were the Mercedes-Benz ML and BMW X3. 

Jeff Osborne, Head of Automotive at Gumtree, said: 

“These awards are going from strength to strength as an important guide for buyers in the marketplace. Twice as many pre-owned vehicles are bought every year in South Africa than new ones and this is a key way that Gumtree can help navigate that process.” 

Members of the judging panel included Charl Wilken (Wilken Communication Management), Adam Ford (Ignition TV Buyer’s Guide), Roger McLeery (Radio Today), Lerato Matebese (formerly Business Day Motor News), Michele Lupini (Bakkie and Car), Liana Reiners (AutoLive), Zerildi Pieters (Daily Sun), Matthew Kanniah (blogger), Alan Rosenmeyer (Motormatters), Sean Nurse (AutoDealer) and Mabuyane Kekana (Kaya FM and Metro FM).