9 fuel-efficient cars you can still buy for less than R165,000 in South Africa

South African motorists have been hit hard in April, thanks to additional motoring related tax, and a big petrol price hike.

This combined with rising vehicle prices means that it is becoming increasingly more expensive to drive in the country.

South Africans are no strangers to increasing car prices, and it wasn’t too long ago that a sub-R100,000 price was a major selling point for an entry-level vehicle.

However, local car-buyers would do well in buying an entry-level vehicle for less than R150,000 currently, with even popular models such as the Polo Vivo now priced at around the R200,000 mark.

BusinessTech looked at nine entry-level vehicles you can still buy for less than R165,000 in South Africa, that are also light on fuel.


Renault Kwid 1.0 Expression – R132,500

  • Fuel consumption average – 4.7 litres/100 km
  • Torque maximum – 91 Nm
  • Power maximum – 50 kW

Mahindra KUV100 Nxt 1.2 G80 K2 – R134,999

  • Fuel consumption average: 5.9 litres/100 km
  • Torque maximum – 115 Nm
  • Power maximum – 61 kW

Suzuki Celerio 1.0 GA – R139,900

  • Fuel consumption average: 4.7 litres/100 km
  • Torque maximum – 90 Nm
  • Power maximum – 50 kW

Datsun Go 1.2 Mid – R149,600

  • Fuel consumption average:  5.2 litres/100 km
  • Torque maximum – 104 Nm
  • Power maximum – 50 kW

Kia Picanto 1.0 Start – R150,995

  • Fuel consumption average:  5 litres/100 km
  • Torque maximum – 95 Nm
  • Power maximum – 49 kW

Tata Bolt hatch 1.2T XMS – R159,995

  • Fuel consumption average:  6.5 litres/100 km
  • Torque maximum – 140 Nm
  • Power maximum – 66 kW

Suzuki Swift 1.2 GA – R160,900

  • Fuel consumption average:  4.9 litres/100 km
  • Torque maximum – 113 Nm
  • Power maximum – 61 kW

Honda Brio hatch 1.2 Trend – R164,200

  • Fuel consumption average:  5.6 litres/100 km
  • Torque maximum – 109 Nm
  • Power maximum – 65 kW

Hyundai Grand i10 1.0 Motion – R164,900

  • Fuel consumption average – 5.4 litres/100 km
  • Torque maximum – 94 Nm
  • Power maximum – 48 kW
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9 fuel-efficient cars you can still buy for less than R165,000 in South Africa