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The Most Fuel-Efficient Car in South Africa

27/09/2013 • • by Stefan
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The price of petrol at this time (September) is R13.13 per litre along the coast. During the same time in 2010 it was R7.84 per litre– that’s an alarming average increase of 19% year on year. Compare that to inflation or even worse your yearly raise.

These statistics make it clear that getting a really economical and fuel-efficient car now makes more sense than ever, because at this rate in September 2016 the cost of a litre of petrol will be R21.99.

Do you think you would be able to afford driving around in your current car then?

If you buy a new car that’s really economical it might even turn out to be an investment over the next couple of years.

That’s why we decided to do a quick comparison of the most economical (fuel-efficient) cars you can buy new in South Africa now.

For the purposes of this comparison we looked at the 14 cars available now that can do better that 5L/100km. We even added the acceleration times if a little speed is important to you.

Comparison of the Most Fuel-Efficient Cars in South Africa

Car

New Price

Avg. Monthly Payment*

Engine Type

0-100km/h

Fuel Consumption

Audi A1 1.6
TDI SE
R249,500 R5,236 Turbo
Diesel
11.52 Sec 4.7L/100km
Audi A3 1.6
TDI S AT
R319,500 R6,705 Turbo
Diesel
10.9 Sec 4.56L/100km
Citroën C3 1.6
e-HDI Seduction
R213,900 R4,489 Turbo
Diesel
12.5 Sec 4.44L/100KM
Citroën DS3 1.6
e-HDI Style
R240,900 R5,056 Turbo
Diesel
12.5 Sec 4.44L/100KM
Fiat Qubo 1.3
MultiJet
R212,990 R4,470 Turbo
Diesel
N/A 4.1L/100KM
Honda Civic 1.6
i-DTEC 5Door
R299,900 R6,294 Turbo
Diesel
10.6 Sec 4.92L/100KM
Lexus CT200h
(all models)
R370,000 – R417,200 R7,765 – R8,755 Petrol Hybrid 12.17 Sec 4.92L/100KM
Mercedes-Benz
A180CDI BE
R300,000 R6,296 Turbo
Diesel
11.8 Sec 4.56L/100KM
Renault Mégane
Hatch 1.6 dCi
Dynamique
R274,900 R5,769 Turbo
Diesel
9.8 Sec 4.8L/100KM
Toyota Auris 1.8
HSD XS/XR AT
R300,800 – R326,200 R6,313 – R6,846 Petrol Hybrid 10.9 Sec 4.68L/100KM
Toyota Prius
CVT Exclusive
R388,900 R8,161 Petrol Hybrid 10.4 Sec 4.68L/100KM
Toyota Yaris
Hybrid XS/XR
5 Door AT
R230,600 – R253,400 R4,840 – R5,318 Petrol Hybrid 13.06 Sec 4.56L/100KM
VW Polo 1.2
TDI 5Door
BlueMotion
R201,100 R4,220 Turbo
Diesel
14.49 Sec 4.08L/100KM
Volvo V40 D2 Essential/Elite R286,000 – R318,300 R6,002 – R6,680 Turbo
Diesel
12.3 Sec 4.32L/100KM

 

*This payment is calculated based on 10% deposit, 10.5% interest rate (current) and 54-month repayment with no residual.

Conclusion 

All of these cars are great options, but the cheapest and most economical is the VW Polo 1.2 TDI 5Door BlueMotion, and in my opinion that is the clear winner.

If sportiness is just as important to you as economy, the Renault Mégane Hatch 1.6 dCi Dynamique will be your best bet.

moneysmart tip

Do your research on  the upkeep costs for both the Turbo Diesels and Petrol Hybrids per year. At the end of the day your decision should be based on the cheapest total cost per year.

 

References:

Car Magazine September 2013
http://www.aa.co.za/

 

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