15 fuel-efficient cars, bakkies and SUVs you can buy in South Africa right now

 ·25 Jun 2022

With the seemingly never-ending fuel price increases, consumers continue to search for ways to minimise monthly costs. This has translated into an influx of requests from customers looking for fuel-efficient cars, says vehicle retailer WeBuyCars.

“The frequency of fuel price increases are a real pain-point for consumers, and although we currently have little control over the situation, people may be able to better manage monthly budgeting by driving a fuel-efficient vehicle and there are many to consider across several vehicle categories,” said Rikus Blomerus, general manager of marketing at WeBuyCars.

Blomerus said a vehicle is considered to have good fuel efficiency when it uses around five to eight litres per 100km. A vehicle using eight to 12 litres per 100km is considered to have average consumption and anything over 12 litres per 100km is considered poor fuel efficiency.

“Ultimately, it all comes down to finding the balance between your own unique vehicle needs and the most fuel-efficient companion. A fuel-efficient hatchback might not fit your current lifestyle, leading you to rather consider a fuel-efficient SUV or bakkie,” he said.

Data compiled by WeBuyCars shows some of the best cars, SUVs and bakkies for fuel efficiency in South Africa right now:


Toyota Aygo 1.0 – 4.3 litres per 100km

Renault Kwid Dynamique Automatic  – 4.4 litres per 100km

Volkswagen Polo Vivo 1.0TSI GT – 4.6 litres per 100km

Kia Picanto 1.0L – 5.1 litres per 100km

BMW X3 20D –  5.4 litres per 100km


Ford EcoSport 1.5 TDCi Ambiente – 4.6 litres per 100km

Renault Duster 1.5dCi Zen Automatic – 4.8 litres per 100km

Volkswagen T-Cross 1.0TSi 70kW Comfortline – 4.8 litres per 100km

Kia Seltos 1.5 CRDi EX – 5.1 litres per 100km

Suzuki Ignis 1.2 GL – 5.1 litres per 100km


Ford Ranger 2.2 DCI Double Cab – 6.5 litres per 100km

Nissan Navara – 6.8 litres per 100km

Toyota Hilux 2.4GD-6 Double Cab – 7.1 litres per 100km

Mitsubishi Triton – 6.7 litres per 100km

Isuzu D-Max 250 Double Cab – 7.7 litres per 100km

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