8 diesel cars you can buy in South Africa for less than R300,000

With petrol prices threatening to reach an all-time high in South Africa, South African motorists may now seriously consider moving to a diesel vehicle.

According to April’s official fuel prices, diesel motorists can save up to a R1.70 a litre compared to petrol motorists, while recent low-cost entries from manufacturers such as Ford and Renault mean that diesel cars are also not as expensive as they once were.

However, there is still one major cost to consider.

According to data published by the Automobile Association (AA) in March, recent studies show up to 38,000 people die prematurely as a result of diesel engines exceeding their stated emissions standards. Despite this, 37% of respondents said that they still prefer diesel over petrol.

In addition, 56% of total respondents said that they prefer diesel over petrol engines – showing that the benefits of driving a diesel engine still greatly outweighs the negatives for the majority of local motorists.

Below, BusinessTech looked at 8 entry-level vehicles you can still buy for less than R300,000 in South Africa.


Mahindra XUV500 2.2CRDe W4 – from R282,995

Fuel consumption average: 6.5 l/100km


Ford Figo hatch 1.5TDCi Ambiente – from R199,990

Fuel consumption average: 4.1 l/100km


Ford EcoSport 1.5TDCi Trend – from R289,800

Fuel consumption average: 4.6 l/100km


Mahindra KUV100 1.2 D75 K6Plus – from R195,995

Fuel consumption average: 4.4 l/100km


Volkswagen Polo sedan 1.5TDI Comfortline – from R279,900

Fuel consumption average: 4.9 l/100km


Peugeot 2008 1.6HDi Active – from R284,900

Fuel consumption average: 4.0 l/100km


Fiat Tipo sedan 1.3 Multijet Easy – from R279,900

Fuel consumption average: 3.7 l/100km


Renault Duster 1.5dCi Dynamique – from R287,900

Fuel consumption average: 4.8 l/100km


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