If you have a budget of R400,000 and your heart set on a new car, there are plenty of options to choose from.
Using TopAuto Car Prices, a website showing all the new cars and their prices in South Africa, we found a great variety of vehicles that you can spend your money on.
GWM P Series
The GWM P Series aims to compete against big players like the Ford Ranger and Toyota Hilux.
It is a large bakkie that offers a premium interior along with a unique exterior.
The GWM P Series 2.0TD Double Cab DLX specification includes partial-leather seats, a 9-inch infotainment screen, a reverse camera, all-round electric windows, automatic air-conditioning, and cruise control.
Under the hood, it gets a 2.0-litre, turbo-diesel motor that produces 120kW and 400Nm, connected to a 6-speed manual transmission.
Power is sent to the rear wheels only, a braked towing capacity of 2,250kg is available, and a maximum payload of 650kg is supported.
The bakkie has a South African price of R389,900, which includes a 5-year/100,000km warranty and a 3-year/40,000km service plan.
Toyota Corolla Hatch
The hatchback style of the Toyota Corolla was released in 2019, and brought with it a refreshing design for the longstanding nameplate.
It received another update in late 2020 that improved the base specification while adding a list of standard safety features, too.
The Toyota Corolla Hatch 1.2T XS CVT has the newest Toyota Display audio system which supports Bluetooth and smartphone mirroring, fabric seats, a reverse camera, a wireless charger, dual-zone climate control, all-round electric windows, and a 5-star Euro NCAP safety rating.
At the front, you will find a 1.2-litre, turbo-petrol engine generating 85kW and 185Nm, with a CVT transmission handling the drive.
Combined fuel consumption comes in at 6.4l/100km, 0-100km/h acceleration is 10.4 seconds, and top speed is rated at 190km/h.
The family car has a South African price of R396,000 – which includes a 3-year/100,000km warranty and a 6-services/90,000km service plan.
The newly-unveiled Haval Jolion is available in its most expensive trim at R400,000.
This model – the Haval Jolion 1.5T Super Luxury – sports leather seats and a leather multifunction steering wheel, a digital instrument cluster, a 12.3-inch infotainment display, dual-zone climate control, a wireless charging pad, and a long list of safety systems.
The entire range is then powered by a 1.5-litre, turbo-petrol motor that delivers 105kW and 210Nm, connected to a 7-speed DCT transmission.
Power is sent to the front wheels only, a maximum cargo volume of 1,133 litres is available, and combined fuel consumption is rated at 7.5l/100km.
The 1.5T Super Luxury has a South African price of R398,900 – which includes a 5-year/100,000km warranty and a 5-year/60,000km service plan.
Mazda 3 Sedan
If you want a reliable sedan from a trustworthy brand, the Mazda 3 is a good option.
It can comfortably fit five passengers in the cabin while carrying 444 litres of cargo in the boot, and comes with a 3-year/unlimited kilometre warranty, service plan, and roadside assistance agreement.
It also provides you with an 8.8-inch touch display that supports Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, a heads-up-display, eight speakers, automatic headlights and wipers, cruise control, and a 5-star Euro NCAP safety rating.
Driving the sedan is a 1.5-litre, petrol engine that produces 88kW and 153Nm, mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission.
Combined fuel consumption comes in at 5.9l/100km, and power is sent to the front wheels.
The Mazda 3 Sedan 1.5 Dynamic Auto has a South African price of R399,500.
If you would like a full-size SUV for your budget, one of your best options is the Jeep Compass.
This premium SUV features a 7-inch infotainment display and automatic air-conditioning from the most-affordable model onwards.
More comforts come from the standard addition of a multifunction steering wheel, all-round electric windows, dual-zone climate control, ambient lighting, rear parking sensors, and a 5-star Euro NCAP safety rating.
The Compass is powered by a 1.4-litre, turbo-petrol motor that puts out 125kW and 250Nm, connected to a 6-speed manual transmission that sends power to the front wheels only.
Combined fuel consumption comes in at 7.4l/100km, 0-100km/h acceleration is 9.5 seconds, and top speed is rated at 200km/h.
The Jeep Compass 1.4T Longitude has a South African price of R399,900 – which includes a 3-year/100,000km warranty and service plan.