March 21, 2022
It is always encouraging to read about the 5 most-affordable new cars in South Africa during these tough economic times. There must be some compromise on features and quality. As of February 2022, prices of cars are arranged in order of increasing cost. 1
The largest manufacturer in China, namely, BAIC, introduced the D20 hatchback to the South African market in 2017. The entry model is equipped with a 1.3-litre petrol engine with a power output of 75 kW and 128 Nm of torque. The remainder of the D20 range all have 1.3-litre petrol engines, generating 75 kW power and 128 Nm of torque and are mated to either a 5-speed manual or 4-speed automatic transmission.
Suzuki launched its new perky hatchback, the S-Presso, on the South African market in 2020. It has a 1.0-litre petrol engine generating 50 kW power and 190 Nm torque and is married to either a 5-speed manual or a 5-speed automated manual transmission.
The Suzuki Celerio entered the South African market in 2015, and a year later, the Celerio 1.0 GL was awarded the Budget car champion in the 2016 iteration of the Cars.co.za Consumer Awards supported by Wesbank. The Celerio has a 3-cylinder, 1.0-litre petrol engine that delivers 50 kW of power and 90 Nm of torque, connected to a 5-speed manual gearbox or a 5-speed automatic transmission. Prices range from R153 900 for the Celerio 1.0 GA to R185 900 for the Celerio 1.0 GL automatic.
This entry-level car has fared extremely well against its competitors. It generates 61 kW power and 115 Nm torque with a 3-cylinder, 1.2-litre petrol engine mated to a 5-speed manual gearbox. It is equipped with 2 airbags and ABS brakes with EBD for safety.
The Renault Kwid has gained much popularity in South Africa and is the top seller of all Renault models in South Africa. The Kwid has a 3-cylinder, 1.0-litre petrol engine producing 50 kW of power and 91 Nm of torque. The engine's power is harnessed with either an Automated Manual Transmission (AMT) or 5-speed manual transmission. For safety, the Kwid features 2 airbags and ABS brakes. The entry-level Kwid 1.0 Expression comes at R170 400, but the top-of-the-range Kwid Climber starts at R191 400.
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If you are to become a proud owner of one of the cars mentioned above, it is essential to obtain good car insurance. If a bank is to finance your new car, South African law states that you must buy comprehensive car insurance. This is where PMD can assist you with their affordable, comprehensive car insurance with excellent benefits such as fixed premiums* and a reduce to zero excess*. Feel free to contact PMD for more information. T’s and C’s apply.
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