Top 10 cars you can buy in South Africa for under R300,000

 ·29 Oct 2022

New sales data from vehicle financing company Wesbank shows that the average value of brand-new cars financed in August was R377,252, down from R378,749 over the same month a year ago.

However, a price tag over R300,000 seems to target the minority in South Africa, partly due to the current economic climate of high inflation, interest rates, and living costs – while a price point under the R300,000 mark looks to be the sweet spot for many South Africans looking to buy a new car.

Data from credit reporting agency TransUnion noted that 55% of buyers in South Africa seek out cars below the R300,000 mark.

Additionally, the percentage of cars (new and used) being financed below R200,000, between R200,000 to R300,000 and over R300,000, have had a year-on-year movement for the second quarter of 2022, with more cars being financed above R200,000.

It’s not much of a surprise that the price bracket of R200,000 to R300,000 is popular in South Africa, as it offers a great selection of both hatchbacks and crossover SUVs.

New data from the National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa (Naamsa) also showed that South Africa’s new-vehicle market continues to be on an upward trajectory year-on-year.

Toyota continues its reign as the leading manufacturer of local car sales in September 2022, with Volkswagen Group in second and Suzuki Auto third – all of which feature on this list.

The top ten cars you can buy under R300,000 in South Africa right now are listed below.

Renault Kiger 

  • Starting Price: R214,999
  • Power: 52-74 kW, 96-160 Nm
  • Fuel consumption: 5.4 L/100km

VW Polo Vivo

  • Starting Price: R243,600
  • Power: 55-81 kW, 130-200 Nm
  • Fuel consumption: 4.6-5.7 L/100km

Mahindra XUV300

  • Starting Price: R249,999
  • Power: 81-86 kW, 200-300 Nm
  • Fuel consumption: 5.0-6.3 L/100km

Suzuki Vitara Brezza

  • Starting Price: R255,900
  • Power: 77 kW, 138 Nm
  • Fuel consumption: 6.2 L/100km

Nissan Magnite 

  • Starting Price: R290,500
  • Power: 74 kW, 160 Nm
  • Fuel consumption: 5.3 L/100km

Kia Rio

  • Starting Price: R290,995
  • Power: 61 kW, 120 Nm
  • Fuel consumption: 5.7 L/100km

Hyundai Venue 

  • Starting Price: R294,900
  • Power: 61 kW, 115 Nm
  • Fuel consumption: 6.5 L/100km


  • Starting Price: R297,800
  • Power: 85 kW, 148 Nm
  • Fuel consumption: 5.7 L/100km

Toyota Corolla Quest

  • Starting Price: R298,400
  • Power: 103 kW, 173 Nm
  • Fuel consumption: 7.0 L/100km

Chery Tiggo 4 Pro 

  • Starting Price: R299,900
  • Power: 83 kW, 138 Nm
  • Fuel consumption: 7.0 L/100km


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