How much it costs to drive South Africa’s most popular cars after the latest petrol price hike

South Africa saw a steep petrol price increase on Wednesday (6 January), just as the country gears up for the start of the new working year.

All grades of fuel increased this month, with petrol climbing between 40 cents and 43 cents per litre, and diesel increasing by 54 and 55 cents per litre.

The official changes are as follows:

  • Petrol 95: increase of 40 cents per litre;
  • Petrol 93: increase of 43 cents per litre;
  • Diesel 0.05%: increase of 55 cents per litre;
  • Diesel 0.005%: increase of 54 cents per litre;
  • Illuminating Paraffin: increase of 55 cents per litre.

While it is impossible to accurately track exactly how much petrol you will consume due to factors such as traffic and road quality, it is possible to get a rough estimate of how exactly these petrol prices will impact you current petrol allowance based on manufacturer estimates.

BusinessTech looked at how much it will now cost you to travel 100km on South Africa’s roads right now the based on some of South Africa’s bestselling cars.

All prices are estimates and are based on the manufacturer’s average fuel consumption per/100km. In each case, the manufacturer’s least expensive model was considered.


Volkswagen Polo Vivo hatchback

  • Volkswagen Polo Vivo hatch 1.4 Trendline – R218,100
  • 5.7 litres/100km
  • R85.44/100km

Toyota Starlet

  • Toyota Starlet 1.4 Xi – R209,000
  • 5.1 litres/100km
  • R76.44/100km

Suzuki Swift 

  • Suzuki Swift 1.2 GA – R176,900
  • 4.9 litres/100km
  • R73.45/100km

Ford EcoSport

  • Ford EcoSport 1.5 Ambiente – R297,400
  • 6.4 litres/100km
  • R95.93/100km

Toyota Corolla

Toyota Corolla

  • Toyota Corolla hatch 1.2T XS – R376,500
  • 6.1 litres/100km
  • R91.43/100km

Toyota Hilux

  • Toyota Hilux 2.7 double cab S – R440,400
  • 10.7 litres/100km
  • R136.96/100km*

Ford Ranger

  • Ford Ranger 2.2 TDCi double cab Hi-Rider – R398,700
  • 6.5 litres/100km
  • R83.2/100km*

Isuzu D-Max

  • Isuzu D-Max 250 double cab – R385,000
  • 7.7 litres/100km
  • R98.56/100km*

Volkswagen Amarok 

  • Volkswagen Amarok 2.0 BiTDI double cab Highline auto – R663,100
  • 8.4 litres/100km
  • R107.52/100km*

Nissan Navara 

  • Nissan Navara 2.3D double cab SE – R527,300
  • 6.3 litres/100km
  • R80.64/100km*

*Vehicles marked are diesel variants and the January 2021 diesel price of R12.80/litre was used for comparison purposes.  In all other cases, the 95 petrol price of R14.99/litre was used for comparison purposes.

Read: Here is the official petrol price for January

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How much it costs to drive South Africa’s most popular cars after the latest petrol price hike