Slowest cars in South Africa

As impressive as the 1,000 horsepower Bugatti Veyron is at accelerating to 100km/h in 2.5 seconds, getting to a top speed of 407 kilometres per hour, it does not feature on the list below.

BusinessTech looks at the slowest popular cars in South Africa – namely among those vehicles with the best sales figures, and cheapest cars in the country.

We simply looked at how long the car takes to get from 0 – 100 km/h, in no particular order.

Ford Figo

Ford Figo is often among the top 20 best sold vehicles in the country each month, mostly due to its affordability, brand strength, and resale value.

It slowest version: Ford Figo 1.4 TDCi Ambiente has the the following stats:

  • 0 – 100 km/h in 15.8 seconds
  • Top speed 163 km/h
Ford Figo
Ford Figo

Renault Clio

Also a top 20 best seller in the country, the Clio appears to have broken through the psyche that french cars are unreliable.

The Renault Clio 1.2 16v has the the following stats:

  • 0-100 km/h in 15.4 seconds
  • Top Speed 167 km/h

And this despite  a maximum power (kW) of 55 at 5,500 rpm.


Suzuki Celerio

The Suzuki Celerio hatch launched in SA at the start of 2015 and is not only among the best selling, but the cheapest.

It has only one engine option which is a 1.0-litre unit delivering 50kW with a torque peak of 90Nm.

It has the the following stats:

  • 0-100 km/h anywhere between 14 seconds and three weeks (Top Car has it at 17.2 sec).
  • Top Speed 140km/h

Suzuki Celerio


Chery QQ3

The Chery QQ3 0.8 TE is advertised by the Chinese manufacturer from R79,900, however it has a price of R93,900 for its cheapest model which pushes out a modest 38kW from its 812cc engine.

It has the the following stats:

  • 0-100 km/h in approximately 20 seconds
  • Top Speed 132km/h

Chery QQ3

Chevrolet Spark Lite

While the Chevrolet Spark is ranked among the top 20 best selling cars in the country, it has a ‘Lite’ version.

The Chevrolet Spark Lite starts from R104,300 and comes with a 1.0-litre SOHC four-cylinder petrol engine that produces 49kW and 91Nm of torque.

It has the the following stats:

  • 0-100 km/h in approximately 15.5 seconds
  • Top Speed 154km/h

Chevy Spark Lite

Ford Ecosport

The best selling SUV, albeit a ‘compact’ crossover, is the Ford Ecosport.

The Ford Ecosport 1.5L TDCi Trend has the the following stats:

  • 0-100 km/h in approximately 14.5 seconds
  • Top Speed 160km/h
Ford EcoSport
Ford EcoSport


Polo Vivo Hatch

The biggest selling brand in the country is the Volkswagen Polo Vivo, due to its affordable price tag, and no doubt, German engineering.

The 1.6 77kW Maxx can reach the 100 kph mark at an impressive 10.6 seconds, however, the 1.4 63kW Trendline Tiptronic is much, much slower off the mark.

  • 0-100 km/h in approximately 17.5 seconds
  • Top Speed 174km/h

Toyota Quantum

The Toyota Quantum is a staple for taxis bosses in South Africa, and while you may see many flying past you on the road everyday, its unlikely to be the 2.5 D-4D 14-seater bus.

  • 0-100 km/h in approximately 28.2 seconds
  • Top Speed 135km/h
Toyota Quantum
Toyota Quantum

The likes of the Honda Jazz, Renault Duster, and Toyota Yaris range between 11 and 13 seconds to get to 100 km/h.

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