The most popular car in South Africa is a VW Polo Vivo, which comes in at a relatively affordable starting price of R145,000 for 55kW.
The polo Vivo sold 2711 units in SA in August, beating off Ford Ranger (2,472) Toyota Hilux (2,449) and its older brother, the Volkswagen Polo, which sold 2,313 units and starts at R201,900.00 for a 1.2 litre engine that produces 66kW.
There are however, a range of cars in the country that sell for under R100,000. BusinessTech takes a brief look at these vehicles and a few other ‘cheaper’ models currently for sale.
The Datsun Go is ranked as the 20th most sold car in SA based on sales in August – 503 units. And while its popularity is understandable due to its price, it is a controversial chunk of metal due to the fact that its most basic model lacks any modern safety systems.
Chery QQ3 – R93,900
The Chinese manufacturer says that the Chery QQ3 0.8 TE starts from R79,900, however it has a price of R93,900 for its cheapest model which boasts 6.3ℓ/100km but pushes out a modest 38kW from its 812cc engine.
Geely – R94,900
The Geely is another Chinese produced vehicle that comes under the R100,000 range, starting at R94,900 for a 1,342cc 4-cylinder petrol engine that produces 63kW of power and 110Nm of torque.
Fuel consumption for the LC is said to be at 6.9l/100km, while the vehicle does include air bags and several other basic safety features.
Datsun Go – R95,200
With a starting price of R95,200 it includes a 1.2l Petrol – 50 kW engine and fuel consumption at 5.2 l/ 100km.
It doesn’t buy you airbags, but gives you ‘Spinal Support Front Seats’. For a starting price of R108,200, the same car will provide airbags.
Tata Indica LGi – R99,995
The India produced car has become rather popular since its launch in the country more than a decade ago (2004).
The Tati Indica LGi is R99,995.61 – excl VAT, rising to R113,995 for a 1.4 MPFI producing 55.2 kW and 110Nm of torque. It includes power steering, and air con.
Fuel consumption is rated at 7.4-litres/100km.
Chevrolet Spark Lite – R104,300
While the Chevrolet Spark is ranked as the 18th most popular car in SA (559 units in August) starting from R123,800, it has a cheaper ‘Lite’ version.
The Chevrolet Spark Lite starts from R104,300 and comes with a nifty 5-year warranty. It has a fuel efficiency of 4l/100km and includes dual airbags to protect passengers in a collision.
The Lite has a 1.0-litre SOHC four-cylinder petrol engine that produces 49kW and 91Nm of torque.
FAW V2 – R109,995
Having originally launched in SA for a fraction under R100,000, the basic FAW model has since crept up to a starting price of R109,995.
China FAW Group Corporation, commonly referred to as FAW due to its original name of First Automotive Works, broke ground for its first factory on July 15, 1953.
The V2 has a 4 Cylinder 16V DOHC, 1.3L VCT-I engine that pushes out 67kW at 6000rpm.
It has ABS Brakes and EBD as well as LED brake lights, and dual airbags.
Suzuki Celerio – R111,900
The Suzuki Celerio hatch launched in SA at the start of 2015 and is the 80th best selling car in the country, and with a starting price of R111,900, why not?
It has only one engine option which is a 1.0-litre unit delivering 50kW with a torque peak of 90Nm.
VW up! – R133,500
The VW UP 1.0 MPI 3-Door has a starting price of R133,500.
It delivers 55kW and 95Nm, and claims combined fuel consumption of 4.7 litres per 100km. It’s acceleration is rather sluggish at 0-100 in 13.2 seconds.
Honda Brio – R134,800
The Honda Brio hatch 1.2 Trend has a starting price of R134,800 and is the 52nd best selling car in the country over August.
Honda Motors has boosted this level entry car with an impressive 65kW delivery and a torque peak of 109Nm.
Hyundai i10 – R134,900
The Hyundai Atos Prime 1.1 GLS was well priced starting from R94,900 but has since been shifted off the showroom floor and replaced by the Hyundai i10 1.1 Motion Manual from R134,900.
The i10 produces 50 kW and 90Nm of torque versus the Atos Prime GLS which was equipped with a 1.1-litre SOHC petrol engine that develops 45kW and 87Nm of torque.