We will list the most economical and budget cars available in South Africa!

Fuel prices in South Africa are soaring to new highs, and household budgets are under considerable pressure. At the same time, over the past 24 months, prices for new cars have risen significantly, and buyers of new cars would be wise to consider fuel savings when buying a car. By considering budget budget cars, you can literally save thousands of rands each year!

In an effort to assist you in the decision-making process, we have created a fuel efficiency list that is not only more relevant but also more diverse. Given that most people cannot afford expensive cars, we decided to list the most economical cars with a asking price below Rs 300,000.

Note that the fuel consumption figures stated by the manufacturer are used here, and that the actual consumption figures will vary depending on a number of factors such as driving style, road conditions and so on.

Prices are correct as of May 2022.

The most economical budget cars in South Africa

3.8 l / 100 km – Fiat 500 Dolcevita

The Cute 500 is a simple model for Fiat in South Africa, and the updated Fiat 500 line was introduced to the South African market last year. A total of 4 new finish lines are offered, including entry-level Cult, Connect, Sport and Dolcevita. Derivatives Sport and Dolcevita are available in hatchback and convertible.

The Fiat 500 Dolcevita, however, is the most economical with a stated fuel consumption of 3.8 l / 100 km, while the Cult, Connect and Sport claim 4.0 l / 100 km.

The familiar 0.9-liter turbocharged TwinAir engine with 63 kW / 145 Nm is under the hood and is combined with a 5-speed manual transmission or automatic transmission (MTA), the latter of which is offered exclusively in the solid top 500 Dolcevita. and a 500C Dolcevita convertible.

Prices for the Fiat 500 start from 223,900 rupees.

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4.2 l / 100 km – Suzuki Celerio 1.0 GL Automatic

Suzuki Celerio

The all-new Suzuki Celerio has arrived in South Africa, and the good news is that it’s more frugal than its predecessor. The Celerio 1.0 GL automatic requires 4.2 l / 100 km, while the mechanical Celerio GA and Celerio GL claim a respectable 4.4 l / 100 km. Celerio uses a 3.0-cylinder 1.0-liter gasoline engine with 49 kW and 89 Nm and is paired with a 5-speed manual transmission or 5-speed automatic transmission. Prices for automatic Celerio are 209,900 rupees while the Celerio GA base starts with 174,900 rupees and Celerio GL at a price of 194,900 rupees.

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4.3 l / 100 km – Mahindra KUV100 Nxt 1.2 D75 K6 + / K8

The whimsical Mahindra KUV100 Nxt is an economical offer from an Indian carmaker with a stated fuel consumption of 4.3 l / 100 km in the form of K6 + and K8. Power is provided by a 1.2-liter 3-cylinder petrol engine that delivers 61 kW and 115 Nm of torque and is mated to a 5-speed manual transmission.

KUV100 D75 K6 + for the price 240,999 rupees while the K8 derivative leads in price 267,999 rubles.

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4.4 l / 100 km – Renault Kwid Automatic

The Renault Kwid is a popular budget car in South Africa, and the automatic Kwid is said to consume just 4.4 l / 100 km. It is equipped with a 1.0-liter 3-cylinder gasoline engine with a capacity of 50 kW and a torque of 91 Nm. The 5-speed automated manual transmission (AMT) drives the front wheels. 3 automatic Kwid derivatives with 3 trim levels including Expression, Dynamique and Climber are offered. Prices for automatic Kwid start with 190,400 rupees.

Kwids with manual control experience a little more thirst with a declared fuel consumption of 4.7 l / 100 km and with prices starting from 170,400 rupees.

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4.8 l / 100 km – Toyota Agya 1.0 Manual

Toyota’s new Agya budget car fills the shoes of the previous Aygo. The drive is achieved by a 3-cylinder 1.0-liter gasoline engine with a powerless output of 49 kW and 89 Nm. The Agya is paired with a 5-speed manual or 4-speed automatic transmission. Derivatives with mechanical control say that fuel consumption is 4.8 l / 100 km, and automatic Agya – 4.9 l / 100 km.

Prices for Agya start with 192,300 rupees.

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4.9 l / 100 km – Suzuki DZire / Suzuki S-Presso / Suzuki Ignis / Suzuki Swift

Suzuki Swift

Suzuki products are well known for providing low fuel consumption in the real world, and the sedan Dzire (from 189,900 rubles), S-Presso (from 156,900), Swift (from 189,900), Ignis (from 204,900) and the aforementioned Celerio (from Rs 174,900) is no exception.

Suzuki Dzire, Swift and Ignis combine the same 1.2-liter gasoline engine with 61 kW and 113 Nm. However, the Suzuki S-Presso uses a 3-cylinder 1.0-liter gasoline engine with a capacity of 50 kW and 90 Nm.

Suzuki claims 4.9 l / 100 km for all these derivatives, giving buyers a host of fuel-efficient products to choose from.

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5.0 l / 100 km – Kia Picanto 1.0 Manual / 1.2 X-Line Manual

Kia Picanto X-Line

Last year, Kia expanded its local Picanto offering by adding the Picanto X-Line, inspired by a crossover. The Picanto range offers buyers a choice of 2 engines, including a 1.0-liter 49 kW / 96 Nm engine and a 1.25-liter engine with 61 kW and 122 Nm. Both engines can be with a 5-speed manual transmission or a 4-speed automatic transmission, but derivatives with a manual mechanism are the most economical, and Kia claims 5.0 l / 100 km.

Prices for the Kia Picanto start with 195,995 rupees for the Picanto 1.0 Start, and the Picanto 1.2 X-Line for the price 245,995 rupees.

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5.0 l / 100 km – Mahindra XUV300 1.5TD W6

The stylish compact crossover Mahindra XUV300 is the only car on this list with a diesel engine with a declared fuel consumption of 5.0 l / 100 km. Its 1.5-liter turbodiesel engine produces not-too-worn 86 kW and 300 Nm of torque and comes paired with a 6-speed manual transmission.

Prices for the derivative XUV300 1.5TD W6 are given by price 281,999 rubles.

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5.0 l / 100 km – Renault Kiger 1.0 Turbo Intens / 1.0 Turbo Zen

Reno Kieger

Renault Kiger’s new compact crossover has recently arrived in South Africa to take on a growing list of competitors, but when it comes to combining fuel efficiency and affordability, Kiger has a stated fuel consumption of 5.0 l / 100 km for the Kiger 1.0 Turbo. Derivatives Intens and Kiger 1.0 Turbo Zen. The 1.0-liter turbocharged petrol engine is particularly economical in combination with the 5-speed manual transmission, which offers 74 kW and 160 Nm. 5-speed automated mechanics are also available, but consumption increases to 5.4 l / 100 km. Kiger can also be with a 1.0-liter supercharged gasoline engine and a capacity of 52 kW and 96 Nm.

Prices for the Renault Kiger 1.0 Turbo Intens are 279,900 rupees while the Kiger 1.0 Turbo Zen for the price 259,900 rupees.

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