Many cars offer good value for money at R250,000 – and that is why we are back for Round 2 in our new-car-price showdown.
The five models below are a good option for local motorists, and cover a range of segments at this price point.
To find even more cars that will fit your budget, visit TopAuto Car Prices to see all the new vehicles on offer in South Africa, along with their prices and specs.
Ford Figo Freestyle
The Figo is the cheapest hatchback that Ford sells, but the Freestyle trim is nowhere near the base.
It gets rugged additions such as wheel arch covers and integrated roof-rails to make it look more like a crossover than a city car.
It also gets decent power – 91kW and 150Nm – which is delivered by a 1.5-litre petrol motor mated to a 5-speed manual transmission.
Combined fuel consumption comes in at 5.5l/100km and drive is sent to the front wheels.
Inside you get Bluetooth and the My Ford Dock to strap your smartphone to the dash – along with reverse parking sensors, manual air-conditioning, and all-weather carpets.
The Ford Figo Freestyle 1.5 Trend has a South African price of R246,000 – which includes a 4-year/120,000km comprehensive warranty, a 4-year/60,000km service plan, and 3-year/unlimited kilometre roadside assistance.
GWM Steed 5 Double Cab
The GWM Steed 5 is the cheapest double cab range you can buy in the country.
As a result the interior is rather plain, but it still provides welcome comforts such as manual air-conditioning, electric windows, and USB ports.
The body style then makes this vehicle more practical than most by providing seating for up to five people, as well as a load capacity of 1,005kg.
The 2.2-litre motor then generates 73kW and 180Nm, and connects to a 5-speed manual transmission.
Combined fuel consumption comes in at 9.8l/100km and drive is sent to the rear wheels only.
The GWM Steed 5 2.2MPi Double Cab SX has a South African price of R237,900 – which includes a 5-year/100,000km warranty, a 3-year/45,000km service plan, and 5-year/unlimited kilometre roadside assistance.
The Suzuki Ciaz is the premium sedan that the brand sells, with the model we’re looking at the most affordable trim.
Inside you will find a Bluetooth radio system that connects to six speakers (that is a lot for this price), all-round electric windows, and manual air-conditioning.
The whole range then gets one engine option, which is a 1.5-litre petrol motor that delivers 77kW and 138Nm. This spec is then fitted with a 5-speed manual gearbox.
Combined fuel consumption comes in at 5.6l/100km and drive is sent to the front wheels.
The Suzuki Ciaz 1.5 GL has a South African price of R235,900. This includes a 3-year/100,000km warranty, a 3-year/60,000km service plan, and 3-year/unlimited kilometre roadside assistance.
Toyota Urban Cruiser
The newest model on this list comes from Toyota, in the form of the Urban Cruiser.
This crossover packs a punch by giving its buyers the Toyota Display Audio system across the range, which provide Bluetooth, Toyota Connect, and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capabilities.
In addition, it has LED lights as standard, all-round electric windows, and manual air-conditioning.
Below the bonnet lies a 1.5-litre petrol motor that produces 77kW and 138Nm.
This specification sports a 5-speed manual transmission, achieves a combined fuel consumption of 6.2l/100km, and drives via the front wheels.
The Toyota Urban Cruiser 1.5Xi has a South African price of R247,900 – which includes a 3-year/100,000km warranty, and a 3-services/45,000km service plan.
VW Polo Vivo
The last addition to this list comes to us in the form of the locally-manufactured VW Polo Vivo “Mswenko”.
It has a quirky seat design, “Mswenko” decals, and exclusive wheels to set it apart from its siblings.
Features comprise a touchscreen infotainment system that supports app connect and smartphone mirroring, a leather multifunction steering wheel, and a manual air-conditioning system.
Power comes from a 1.4-litre petrol engine that generates 63kW and 132Nm, and a 5-speed manual transmission is fitted.
Combined fuel consumption comes in at 5.9l/100km, and drive is sent to the front wheels.
The VW Polo Vivo hatch 1.4 Mswenko has a South African price of R246,900, which includes a 3-year/120,000km warranty.