January 17, 2022
With South African's household budgets stretched over the festive season and the New Year, as well as increasing fuel prices, it is welcome news to learn more about the most fuel-economical cars in South Africa.1 Fuel cost savings add up quickly to reach thousands of rands each year.
Below is a list of new fuel-efficient cars priced below R300 000 as of October 2021. Important to realise that consumption figures reflected in this article are claimed by the manufacturer and may vary in practice under different conditions.
A new Fiat 500 range was recently launched in South Africa, including the entry-level Cult, Connect, Sport, and Dolcevita. Available in hatchback and cabriolet guise are the Sport and Dolcevita, the latter being the most fuel-efficient at 3.8 L/100 km. The remaining 3 trim lines have a fuel consumption of 4.0 L/100 km. Responsible for this is a 0.9-litre petrol engine producing 63 kW of power and 145 Nm of torque that is mated to a 5-speed manual transmission or a Manual Transmission Automatic (MTA). The MTA is found only in the 500 Dolcevita hardtop or the 500C Dolcevita cabriolet.
This Indian- manufactured car has a claimed fuel consumption of 4.3 L/100 km in the K6+ and K8 guise. A 1.2-litre, 3-cylinder petrol engine generates 61 kW of power and 115 Nm of torque and is married to a 5-speed manual gearbox.
Peugeot launched this new 108 budget car onto the South African market in 2019. It has a standard 1.0-litre, 3-cylinder petrol engine that generates 53 kW of power and 93 Nm of torque via a 5-speed manual gearbox. The engine consumes 4.3 L/100 km.
The Kwid Automatic is equipped with a 1.0-litre, 3-cylinder petrol engine generating 50 kW of power and 91 Nm of torque that is transferred to the road via a 5-speed automated manual transmission (AMT) to the front wheels. The 3 trim levels include Expression, Dynamique and Climber, with the price starting at R172 900. Fuel consumption is at 4.4 L/100 km, while the manual Kwids consume more at 4.7 L/100 km.
The Suzuki Celerio GL automatic has a fuel consumption of 4.6 L/100 km, while the manual Celerio GA and GL trim levels consume more at 4.7 /100 km. All model derivatives are equipped with a 1.9-litre petrol engine with a power output of 50 kW and 90 Nm of torque, which is either mated to a 5-speed manual transmission or a 5-speed automated manual transmission. The starting price for the entry-level Celerio GA is R153 900.
Please note, this article can only be a source of information. Please consult a registered financial service provider for more information before buying any car insurance product.
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