Despite South Africa’s volatile currency, it is still possible to buy a car for under R100,000 – but only just, as the number of models under that price has slipped to two in 2016.
A similar list compiled by BusinessTech in September 2016, showed four cars under the R100,000 price tag. In 2016, however, South Africa has a new cheapest car in the form of the Geely, usurping the Chery QQ.
Geely – From R92,990
The Chinese manufacturer has actually dropped the price for its most affordable vehicle – the Geely GC2 – in 2016, from R94,900, to R92,990.
For that price tag, you get a 35 litre petrol tank, a 1.0 L engine which produces 55kW of power and 88Nm of torque.
Chery QQ3 – From R99,995
The Chery QQ3 0.8 TE is still priced at a few rand under the R100,000 – at R99,995. This up quite substantially from 2015, when it was priced at R93,900 – the cheapest price in the country at the time.
The Chery boasts a fuel economy of 6.3ℓ/100km, delivering a modest 38kW from its 812cc engine.
Datsun Go – From R104,900
The Datsun Go has increased its price from R95,200 in 2015, taking it beyond the R100,000 bracket.
That new price gets you a 1198cc engine pushing 50kW of power and 104 Nm of torque.
The most popular of the cheap vehicles according to sale numbers in 2015 and so far in 2016, the Go can reach a top speed of 161km/h.
While R104,900 doesn’t buy you airbags, it gives you ‘Spinal Support Front Seats’. For a starting price of R119,900, the same car provides airbags.
FAW V2 – From R114,995
Having originally launched in SA for a fraction under R100,000, the basic FAW model has since crept up to a starting price of R114,995 (R109,995 in 2015).
China FAW Group Corporation, commonly referred to as FAW due to its original name of First Automotive Works, broke ground for its first factory on July 15, 1953.
The V2 has a 4 Cylinder 16V DOHC, 1.3L VCT-I engine that pushes out 67kW at 6,000rpm.
It has ABS Brakes and EBD as well as LED brake lights, and dual airbags.
Tata Indica LE – From R118,995
The India made vehicle has become rather popular since its launch in the country more than a decade ago (2004).
The LE produces 55.2kW and 110Nm of torque, includes power steering, and air con.
Chevrolet Spark – From R137,400
The current best offering from Chevrolet, is its Spark Campus 1.2 MT, priced from R137,400. The 5 speed manual petrol delivers 60kW and has a fuel consumption of 5.4 l/100km.
Chevrolet Spark also has a Lite edition, which was priced at R104,300 in 2015, but is nolonger advertised by Chevrolet on its website.
Suzuki Celerio – From R129,900
The Suzuki Celerio hatch launched in SA at the start of 2015 with a starting price of R111,900. It’s price has jumped almost R20,000 since then.
It has only one engine option which is a 1.0-litre unit delivering 50kW with a torque peak of 90Nm.
Honda Brio – From R148,600
The Honda Brio hatch 1.2 Trend has a starting price of R148,600, up from R134,80, and continues to sell well – regularly around the top 50 selling cars in the country.
Despite its heftier price, the Brio jumps above the VW up! in the affordability ranks.
Honda Motors has boosted this level entry car with an impressive 65kW delivery and a torque peak of 109Nm.
Hyundai i10 – From R152,900
The 1.1 Motion M/T is up from R134,900 in 2016.
The i10 is an upgrade from the Hyundai Atos Prime 1.1 GLS which was originally priced at R94,900 but has since been shifted off the showroom floor.
The i10 produces 50 kW and 90Nm of torque versus the Atos Prime GLS which was equipped with a 1.1-litre SOHC petrol engine that develops 45kW and 87Nm of torque.
VW up! – R156,600
The 55kW 3-door German made vehicle is up markedly from R133,500 in a prior pricing in September 2016.
That price gets you 55kW and 95Nm, and claims combined fuel consumption of 4.7 litres per 100km.