Buying a new car on a R300,000 budget gives you a huge range of options.
Using TopAuto Car Prices, a handy section on TopAuto where you can browse all the new cars in the South African market, we found five vehicles that will satisfy your needs while sticking to the price range.
Haval is the dedicated SUV brand from GWM, and has gained significant traction in South Africa in the past few years.
The H2 SUV is one of their best-selling models, and provides a lot of value for its price.
This includes Apple CarPlay support, cruise control, a multifunction steering wheel, a reverse camera, and parking sensors across the range.
The engine options are standardized, too, with a 1.5-litre, turbo-petrol motor generating 105kW and 202Nm of torque.
The Haval H2 1.5T City has a South African price of R294,900 – which includes a 5-year/100,000km warranty, a 3-year/60,000km service plan, and 5-year/unlimited kilometre roadside assistance.
This specific model gets a 6-speed manual transmission and achieves a combined fuel consumption of 8.2l/100km.
Honda BR-V 1.5 Trend
Practicality is the BR-V’s main selling point, providing space for up to seven people or a maximum of 1,164 litres of cargo.
Comforts are then covered by a Bluetooth-capable audio system; along with a multifunction steering wheel, manual air-conditioning, and “Honda magic seats” covered in fabric.
Under the hood lies a 1.5-litre petrol engine that generates 88kW of power and 145Nm of torque, mated to a 6-speed manual transmission.
Claimed combined fuel consumption comes in at 6.3l/100km, and power is sent to the front wheels.
The Honda BR-V 1.5 Trend has a South African price of R292,000 – which includes a 5-year/200,000km warranty and 3-year/unlimited kilometre roadside assistance.
The Renault Duster is one of the most popular models from the brand.
This crossover boasts a modern look that makes it stand out in its segment, along with a decent set of features that keeps it up there.
The only sub-R300,000 model still gets front electric windows, manual air-conditioning, and cruise control – along with several safety features.
The Renault Duster 1.6 Expression has a South Africa price of R289,900 – which includes a 5-year/150,000km warranty and a 3-year/45,000km service plan.
This specific Duster is powered by a 1.6-litre, naturally-aspirated petrol motor that produces 84kW and 156Nm, accompanied by a 5-speed manual transmission.
Claimed combined fuel consumption is rated at 7.0l/100km, and drive is sent to the front wheels.
Toyota Corolla Quest
Once you look past the old-school design, you will see that the Toyota Corolla Quest is a vehicle fitted with all-round electric windows, a multifunction steering wheel, a Bluetooth-capable infotainment system, LED daytime running lights, and air-conditioning.
The Quest range has one engine option, a 1.8-litre petrol motor that delivers a respectable 103kW and 173Nm, mated to a “7-step” CVT transmission in this spec.
It has a low claimed combined fuel consumption for the body style – 6.4l/100km – and drive is sent to the front wheels.
The Toyota Corolla Quest 1.8 Plus Auto has a South African price of R298,000 – and includes a 3-year/100,000km warranty and a 3-services/45,000km service plan.
VW Polo Vivo
With this budget you have a choice between every Polo Vivo on the market.
The range-topping trim is the GT, boasting the most powerful engine and complete feature set.
It gets cruise control, the latest VW infotainment system that supports Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, a manual air-conditioner, and Vienna leather interior bits.
At the front lies a 1.0-litre, turbo-petrol motor that delivers 81kW and 200Nm, and a 6-speed manual transmission is fitted as standard.
Claimed combined fuel consumption comes in at 4.6l/100km, and power is sent to the front wheels.
The VW Polo Vivo 1.0TSI GT has a South African price of R299,400 and includes a 3-year/120,000km warranty.