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

With oil prices topping $90 a barrel and expected to climb to $100 a barrel in 2022, motorists once again saw petrol and diesel price hikes at the pumps this week.

Petrol climbed by 53 cents a litre, diesel is up by 80 cents a litre, and illuminating paraffin increased by a whopping R1.01 cents a litre.

The February increases have pushed fuel prices in South Africa close to the record highs experienced in December 2021. Going into February, 95 octane petrol inland costs R20.14/l with the same fuel costing R19.42/l at the coast; both fuels are just 15 cents off record highs in December.

“The large increase in illuminating paraffin in particular will hit poor people hard, as many of them rely on this fuel for lighting, heating and cooking,” the Automobile Association said.

The major factor in the latest hike is the rapid strengthening of benchmark crude oil prices.

“The last time Brent Crude touched current levels was in October 2014, more than seven years ago. A combination of factors is pushing oil higher, not least the imbalance between supply and demand as the lower-than-expected economic impact of the Omicron Covid-19 variant pushes economic activity higher, and crude production lags.

“In addition, there are political jitters around the Ukraine, which could see a switch to increased oil use throughout the EU if Russia restricts natural gas output in response to sanctions threatened by the USA and United Kingdom.”

This is how the prices will reflect at the pumps when factoring in the slate levy and other costs.

Fuel (Inland) January official February official
95 Petrol R19.61 R20.14
93 Petrol R19.36 R19.89
0.05% diesel (wholesale) R17.24 R18.04
0.005% diesel (wholesale) R17.28 R18.07
Illuminating Paraffin R10.96 R11.97

The table below shows how much you pay to fill up your car’s tank with 95 and 93 unleaded inland in January.

Tank size 93 unleaded Added cost in February 95 unleaded Added cost in February
45 litres R895.05 R23.85 R906.30 R23.85
60 litres R1 193.40 R31.80 R1 208.40 R31.80
80 litres R1 591.20 R42.40 R1 611.20 R42.40

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

Below, BusinessTech looks at how much it will now cost you to travel 100km right now in some of the country’s best selling cars.


Ford Ranger 2.2TDCi double cab Hi-Rider – From R411,800

  • 6.5/100km*
  • R117.26/100km

Renault Kwid 1.0 Expression – From R167,900

  • 4.7 litres/100km
  • R94.65/100km

Toyota Fortuner 2.4GD-6 – From R599,000

  • 6.8 litres/100km*
  • R122.67/100km

Toyota Hilux 2.4GD-6 Xtra cab Raider – From R486,700

  • 7.1 litres/100km*
  • R128.08/100km

Volkswagen Polo Vivo hatch 1.4 Trendline – From R227,900

  • 5.7 litres/100km
  • R114.79/100km

*Indicates a car has a diesel engine. 

All prices are estimates and are based on the manufacturer’s average fuel consumption per/100km.

In each case, the manufacturer’s least expensive double-cab model was considered. 95 octane (R20.14) and 0.05% diesel price (R18.04) as of February 2022 were used for comparison purposes.


Read: Here is the official petrol price for February

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