Top 10 Car Brands in Israel

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Introduction:

The automotive industry is an ever-growing market with colossal revenue generation and economic progress for a country. When we talk about the top 10 car brands in Israel, we often consider various aspects of car companies that deal with manufacturing and design as well as the development and production of automobiles.

In this article, we will be looking at the best car brands, top luxury, and most popular car brands in Israel so that you can have a bird’s eye view of the current scenario and will be able to gauge the future of the automotive industry in the coming eras.

Below are the top 10 car brands in Israel-

1st Place: Toyota Corolla

Almost 11,000 of these cars were sold in Israel in 2022: 10,751 vehicles left the showrooms. The Toyota Corolla is the permanent leader of nearly all Israeli and world ratings, the absolute bestseller. Only a person entirely indifferent to cars does not know the manufacturer’s best-selling model, which has been a real trendsetter in its class since 1966 for 12 generations. Introduced in 2018, the car is sold in Israel as a hybrid hatchback with a 1.8-liter engine, a mixed estate, and a sedan, available in hybrid and conventional gasoline versions. In 2023, Toyota Israel will launch an updated Corolla after restyling in 2022:

  • Comprehensive facelift.
  • More powerful hybrid versions.
  • Upgraded Toyota Safety Sense.
  • A new 10.5-inch touchscreen multimedia system.
  • A 12.3-inch digital dashboard.

The 2023 Toyota Corolla costs 153,990 shekels.

Body color: Black Noir, Grey, Light Blue, Silver, & White

Price: ₪ 153 990

Maximum power: 121 hp

Acceleration to 100: 10.9 sec

Safety Rating: 4

Air pollution: 3

2nd Place: Mazda 2

A compact Mazda 2 is an intelligent choice for a big city, which is probably why it found 6,941 buyers in 2022. At the beginning of 2022, the subcompact 5-door car acquired the fourth generation and a hybrid version reminiscent of the Toyota Yaris. However, the previous 3rd generation version restyled in 2019, particularly the sedans and hatchbacks, entered Israel’s top 10 best-selling cars. Outside and inside, the cars look similar to the Mazda 3 and are equipped with a 1.5-liter Skyactiv gasoline engine with a capacity of 116 hp and a 6-speed Skyactiv Drive gearbox.

Body color: Black Jet, Blue Dynamic, Dark Blue Crystal, Eternal Blue, Grey Meteor, Grey Silver, Rich Grey, Sparkling Rich Red, Titanium, & White Pearl

Price: ₪ 114 500

Maximum power: 116 hp

Acceleration to 100: 10.3 sec

Safety Rating: 4

Air pollution: 5

3rd Place: Kia Picanto

A compact car with a perky exterior won! In 2022, one of the best city cars, practical and inexpensive, the Kia Picanto, was chosen by 12,971 owners! But back in 2021, the hatchback took 3rd place in the sales rating of new cars in the Israeli market. The new 3rd generation Kia Picanto restyled in 2020, managed to conquer everyone. A conventional 1.2-liter gasoline engine, a 5-speed robotic gearbox, a simple suspension, and some personal charm that’s the whole secret of success. The car has everything: direct fuel injection and 84 hp, multimedia, interior styling packages, and safety systems. Plus, its price is beautiful. In 2022, the Picanto was sold at 87,740 to 89,140 shekels for the full versions. In addition, a 7-year or 150,000 km warranty was offered. However, in 2023, the price of all versions increased by 4,000 shekels; the price now starts from 92,900.

Body color: Blue, Blue Black, Grey, Grey Black, Red, Red Black, White, & White Black

Make: Kia

Model: Picanto

Body type: Mini 5-doors

Engine: 1.2 l / 84 hp / Gasoline

Mileage: 27 200 km

4th Place: Geely Geometry C

The 5-door electric crossover hatchback appeared on the Israeli market not so long ago and immediately became one of the bestsellers of 2022. With its incredibly successful Geely Geometry C, Geely C leads the Israeli electric vehicle market, ahead of the super-popular Tesla, which ranks second. A richly equipped car (matrix headlights, all-around visibility) is available in two versions with batteries of different capacities, providing a driving range of 400 or 550 km. The engine develops 204 hp. In 2022, Geometry C was bought by 6,816 Israelis. They appreciated a compact-looking model’s design, aerodynamic body, dynamics, and capacity. In addition, the Geometry C is offered at a very competitive price: last year, the cost of the version with a 53 kWh battery in the Pure package started at 140,437 shekels. And in 2023, we are waiting for a new electric crossover hatchback, the Geometry M6, which is expected to become the successor to the Geometry C, which is so prevalent in Israel.

Body color: Blue, Blue Black, Grey, Grey Black, Red, Red Black, White, & White Black

Price: ₪ 142 900

Maximum power: 204 hp

Acceleration to 100: 7.7 sec

Safety Rating: 6

Air pollution: 1

5th Place: Kia Sportage

With 5,728 SUVs sold, the Kia Sportage has surpassed the Kia Seltos. The car, with a length of 4.5 m, has a decent wheelbase equal to 2,680 mm. Most importantly, it is available in Israel in 4 versions: with a 1.6-liter engine and a 7-speed robotic gearbox, a 2.0-liter engine and an automatic gearbox, a fuel-efficient Sportage HEV based on a 1.6-liter engine, and even a diesel version (a 1.6-liter engine with 136 hp and an automatic gearbox). All arrangements are front-wheel drive. This car was released in the 5th generation in 2021. It has a modern design, and hybrid models are equipped with the latest Kia technologies, such as E-Ride, a system for maintaining a smooth ride when driving over bumps (like speed bumps), and E-Handling, ensuring more stable cornering. Unfortunately, in 2023, the price of the 1.6 Turbo Plug-in version will increase by 11,000 shekels, up to 249,900 shekels. In general, prices for all versions of the 2023 Kia Sportage have increased by 1,000-5,000 shekels and now start at 168,900 shekels.

Body color: Black Pearl, Cool Silver, Dark Gray, Lapis Pyrmet, New Infra Red, Sparkling Silver, Steel Grey, & Tricoat White

Price: ₪ 249 900

Maximum power: 230 hp

Acceleration to 100: 7.7 sec

Safety Rating: 7

Air pollution: 1

6th Place: Hyundai Elantra

In 2022, 5,669 compact sedans named Hyundai Elantra found their customers. The car was offered in two versions: a 1.6-liter engine producing 127 hp and an automatic gearbox or a 1.6-liter engine producing 139 hp, paired with a CVT. The seventh generation car, released at the beginning of 2020, received a bold design, an energetic appearance, and a slightly more spacious interior. The sedan has become more advanced and, for the first time in its history, has acquired a hybrid version now offered in Israel. By the way, in 2023, the cost of a hybrid model has risen by 5,000 shekels; now, prices for the new Hyundai Elantra Hybrid start at 157,900 shekels.

Body color: Amazon Grey, Cyber Grey, Electric Shadow, Fluidic Metal, Intense Blue, Phantom Black, & Polar White

Price: ₪ 157 900

Maximum power: 139 hp 

Acceleration to 100: 10.8 sec

Safety Rating: 4

Air pollution: 3

7th Place: Toyota Yaris Cross

Many people like the idea of compact SUVs, which is probably why 6,038 people chose the Yaris Cross in 2022. A tiny, pleasant-looking Toyota is a new first-generation model which entered the market in 2020. The Cross has its original body, not sharing any common parts with the Yaris. A compact SUV with a length of only 4.2 meters received a hybrid system based on a 1.5-liter engine and, as an alternative, a simple gasoline version. At the same time, such a ‘baby’ has a decent wheelbase of 2,560 mm, accommodating five people and providing enough luggage space. The vehicle is not an off-roader but offers good cross-country ability, even in the front-wheel drive version.

Body color: Black Noir, Dark Grey, Silver, & White

Price: ₪ 145 990

Maximum power: 116 hp

Acceleration to 100: 11.2 sec

Safety Rating: 5

Air pollution: 3

8th Place: Kia Seltos

With 5,480 vehicles sold, the South Korean giant Kia could squeeze a compact SUV into the top ten. On the global market, this is the brand’s second-selling model after the Kia Sportage, but Israel always has its situation… In the middle of 2022, the Kia Seltos, which has been produced since the summer of 2019, was restyled. However, Israeli sales results were achieved by the pre-restyling model with a 2.0-liter engine. The CVT and front-wheel drive are combined with an eye-catching exterior with two-story optics and a masculine body shape. We have managed to test it and discovered its energetic and even cheerful nature: the vehicle offers excellent handling and stability.

Body color: Clear White, Dark Ocean Blue, Gravity Gray, Mars Orange, Snow White Pearl, Starbright Yellow, & Steel Grey

Price: ₪ 152 990

Maximum power: 149 hp

Acceleration to 100: 9.6 sec

Safety Rating: 5

Air pollution: 14

9th Place: Hyundai Ioniq

The most popular hatchback Hyundai Ioniq found 5,747 buyers in Israel. The first electrified model of the manufacturer has shown that they are on the right track. The car was released in 2016 and was restyled in 2019, becoming ‘smarter’ and remaining relevant. After all, the hatchback has both hybrid and electric versions and a plug-in hybrid, which is not represented in Israel. The operation of such a car is cheaper than a pure gasoline one; it has some advantages and almost no disadvantages. The hybrid Ioniq produces 141 horsepower thanks to a 1.6-liter engine that transfers power to the robotic gearbox. The electric Ioniq has a 136 hp electric motor.

Body color: Electric Shadow, Fluidic Metal, Intense Blue, Iron Gray, Liquid Sand, Phantom Black, & Polar White

Price: ₪ 143 900

Maximum power: 141 hp

Acceleration to 100: 11.1 sec

Safety Rating: 7

Air pollution: 2

10th Place: Hyundai Tucson

With 7,432 vehicles sold, the Hyundai Tucson compact SUV is included in the TOP 10 best SUVs in the world. The 4th generation model, produced in 2020, has a bold high-tech exterior and modern interior. In Israel, the vehicle comes with three engines: 1.6 and 2.0-liter gasoline units, as well as diesel ones. The first is paired with a robotic gearbox and produces 180 hp thanks to turbocharging; the second offers 155 hp and combines with the classic automatic gearbox, while the diesel version has 136 hp and cooperates with the robotic gearbox.

Body color: Amazon Grey, Dark Knight, Phantom Black, Polar White, Shimmering Silver, Silky Bronze, Sunset Red, & Teal

Price: ₪ 190 900

Maximum power: 180 hp

Acceleration to 100: 8.8 sec

Safety Rating: 7

Air pollution: 14

Conclusion:

The top Israeli car brands listed here are some of the most durable. These are the brands to consider if you’re looking for a car that will last you for years. So these are the top, most popular & reliable Israeli car companies that have earned a reputation for manufacturing the leading vehicles.

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