Most fuel-efficient hatchbacks across 17 brands in South Africa – with pricing

 ·30 Mar 2024

South African motorists can expect a mixed outlook for fuel prices in South Africa, with petrol prices still lined up for another hike in April, making travel costs that much more expensive for motorists.

While petrol prices are still in line for a hike, it’s worth noting that this is down significantly from recoveries at the start of the month, where prices were lining up for a R1.00 hike.

The reduction in under-recoveries – and the move into over-recovery for diesel – are thanks to a stronger rand relative to last month, as well as a lower oil price in rand terms.

If these recoveries follow through to the end of the month, this should provide some relief to motorists using diesel, as well as various industries that rely on diesel to operate.

Investing in a relatively affordable and fuel-efficient car is never a bad idea, saving you money in the long run.

With the flat fuel price bringing little relief, BusinessTech looked at some of the most fuel-efficient budget cars you can buy in South Africa right now.

In South Africa, there are still 17 different brands that offer hatchbacks with good fuel economy, which means you can make fewer trips to the pump and avoid draining your wallet.

It’s not surprising that the most efficient small car in the country is a hybrid – the Honda Fit HEV. This car only uses 3.7 litres of fuel for every 100km travelled.

On the other hand, South Africans also have the option of the Abarth 500 hot hatchback, which despite its sporty nature, still manages to average 5.8 litres per 100km.

These are the most fuel-efficient hatchbacks from every brand in South Africa. Click on the underlined prices for more information.

Abarth 500 695 competizione 1.4T auto – 5.8l/100km

  • Starting price – R599,900
  • Power – 125kW/250Nm

Audi A1 Sportback 30TFSI Advanced – 4.8l/100km

  • Starting price – R492,200
  • Power – 85kW/200Nm

BMW 1 Series 118d – 4.7l/100km

  • Starting price – R704,250
  • Power – 110kW/350Nm

Citroen C3 1.2T Shine – 6.0l/100km

  • Starting price – R378,900
  • Power – 81kW/205Nm

Fiat 500 TwinAir Cult – 4.0l/100km

  • Starting price – R268,900
  • Power – 63kW/145Nm

Honda Fit 1.5 Hybrid e.HEV – 3.7l/100km

  • Starting price – R544,900
  • Power – 90kW/253Nm

Hyundai Grand i10 1.0 Motion manual – 5.5l/100km

  • Starting price – R239,500
  • Power – 49kW/94Nm

Kia Picanto 1.0 Start – 5.0l/100km

  • Starting price – R235,995
  • Power – 49kW/95Nm

Mazda 2 1.5 Active – 5.7l/100km

  • Starting price – R307,100
  • Power – 85kW/148Nm

Mercedes-Benz A200 Progressive – 5.6l/100km

  • Starting price – R820,959
  • Power – 130kW/270Nm

Mini One 3-door – 5.6l/100km

  • Starting price – R474,009
  • Power – 75kW/190Nm

Opel Corsa 1.2T Lite – 5.7l/100km

  • Starting price – R354,900
  • Power – 74kW/205Nm

Peugeot 208 1.2 Active – 5.8l/100km

  • Starting price – R337,900
  • Power – 55kW/118Nm

Renault Kwid 1.0 Life – 4.9l/100km

  • Starting price – R196,999
  • Power – 50kW/91Nm

Suzuki Celerio 1.0 GL auto – 4.2l/100km

  • Starting price – R225,900
  • Power – 49kW/89Nm

Toyota Corolla 1.8 Hybrid XS – 4.0l/100km

  • Starting price – R536,500
  • Power – 100kW/142+e Nm

VW Polo Vivo hatch 1.0TSI GT – 4.6l/100km

  • Starting price – R350,400
  • Power – 81kW/200Nm

Read: All the small crossover SUVs you can buy for under R300,000 in South Africa right now

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