How much it will cost to travel 100km in South Africa’s most popular cars right now

 ·8 Oct 2018

South African consumers have had to endure a torrid time in 2018 when it comes to rising petrol prices, with the most recent hike taking prices to record highs.

The knock-on effect of rising fuel prices can include an increase in inflation as the cost of goods will be far more expensive due to freight costs, while motorists have less money in their pockets and are therefore forced to change their driving habits.

According to a poll of 2,953 BusinessTech readers, 76% of motorists (2,246) say that this latest petrol price will now directly impact their driving habits.

BusinessTech looked at the most popular cars (September 2018), that are also the cheapest to drive – based on their average fuel consumption data.


Volkswagen Polo sedan 1.4 Trendline – R209 500

  • 5.9 litres/100km
  • R100.77/100km


Volkswagen Polo Vivo hatch 1.6 Highline – R221 200

  • 6.2 litres/100km
  • R105.90/100km


Toyota Corolla Quest 1.6 – R218 500

  • 6.6 litres/100km
  • R112.73/100km


Toyota Fortuner 2.7 auto – R468 200

  • 10.5 litres/100km
  • R179.34/100km


Toyota Yaris 1.5 Xi – R235 400

  • 5.9 litres/100km
  • R100.48/100km


Hyundai Grand i10 1.0 Motion – R162 900

  • 5.4 litres/100km
  • R92.23/100km


Ford Fiesta 1.0T Trend – R269 900

  • 4.3 litres/100km
  • R73.44/100km


Renault Kwid 1.0 Expression – R130 900

  • 4.7 litres/100km
  • R80.28/100km


Kia Picanto 1.0 Start – R144 495

  • 5 litres/100km
  • R85.40/100km


Toyota Etios hatch 1.5 Xi – R172 700

  • 6 litres/100km
  • R102.48/100km


The cheapest available models were used for comparison purposes.

The inland 95 petrol price as of 5 October 2018 (R17.08) was used for calculation purposes.

Read: 8 fuel-efficient cars you can buy in South Africa right now – for less than R200,000

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