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

South Africa saw a steep petrol price increase on Wednesday (7 April), as the double-blow of high oil prices and new taxes took effect.

The minister of finance, in his Budget Speech in February 2021, announced that the Fuel and Road Accident Fund (RAF) Levies on both petrol and diesel will increase by 16 cents a litre and 11 cents a litre respectively with effect from Wednesday, 7 April.

“With effect from 07 April 2021, the Fuel Levy in the price structure of petrol and diesel will therefore amount to 393 and 379 cents a litre respectively. The Road Accident Fund Levy in the price structure of both petrol and diesel will amount to 207 cents a litre with effect from 07 April 2021,” said the department.

The official changes are as follows:

  • Petrol 95: increase of R1.00 per litre;
  • Petrol 93: increase of 95 cents per litre;
  • Diesel 0.05%: increase of 65 cents per litre;
  • Diesel 0.005%: increase of 63 cents per litre;
  • Illuminating Paraffin: increase of 35 cents per litre.

This is how the increases will reflect at the pumps:

Fuel (Inland) March official April official
95 Petrol R16.32 R17.32
93 Petrol R16.15 R17.10
0.05% Diesel (wholesale) R14.12 R14.77
0.005% Diesel (wholesale) R14.17 R14.80
Illuminating Paraffin R8.46 R8.81

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 your 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 based on some of the bestselling cars in the country.

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.


Audi A4 

  • Audi A4 35TFSI – R666,500
  • 6.1 litres/100km
  • R105.65/100km

BMW 3 series 

  • BMW 318i – R697,524
  • 6.3 litres/100km
  • R109.11/100km

Ford EcoSport

  • Ford EcoSport 1.5 Ambiente – R303,400
  • 6.4 litres/100km
  • R110.84/100km

Ford Figo

  • Ford Figo hatch 1.5 Ambiente – R219,500
  • 5.7 litres/100km
  • R98.7/100km

Ford Ranger 

  • Ford Ranger 2.2TDCi – R334,600
  • 6.5litres/100km*
  • R96/100km

Hyundai i20

  • Hyundai i20 1.2 Motion – R275,600
  • 5.9 litres/100km
  • R102.18/100km

Isuzu D-Max

  • Isuzu D-Max 250C chassis cab – R297,500
  • 7.9 litres/100km
  • R116.68/100km

Mercedes C-Class 

  • Mercedes-Benz C180 – R723,360
  • 6.5 litres/100km
  • R112.58/100km

Nissan Navara 

  • Nissan Navara 2.3D double cab SE – R532,600
  • 6.3 litres/100km*
  • R93.05/100km

Nissan NP200

  • Nissan NP200 1.6i safety pack – R198,700
  • 8.1 litres/100km
  • R140.29/100km

Renault Kwid 

  • Renault Kwid 1.0 Expression – R162,900
  • 4.7 litres/100km
  • R81.40/100km

Toyota Corolla

  • Toyota Corolla Quest 1.8 Plus – R278,400
  • 7 litres/100km
  • R121.24/100km

Toyota Fortuner 

  • Toyota Fortuner 2.4GD-6 – R583,900
  • 6.8 litres/100km*
  • R100.43/100km

Toyota Hilux

  • Toyota Hilux 2.0 chassis cab – R293,800
  • 9.24 litres/100km
  • R160/100km

Volkswagen Polo Vivo 

  • Volkswagen Polo Vivo hatch 1.4 Trendline – R220,300
  • 5.7 litres/100km
  • R98.72/100km

*Vehicles marked are diesel variants and the April 2021 diesel price of R14.77/litre was used for comparison purposes.  In all other cases, the 95 petrol price of R17.32/litre was used for comparison purposes.

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