If you want the country’s best-selling bakkie, or maybe a unique hot hatch, all you need is R450,000.
Using TopAuto Car Prices we found a variety of vehicles that stand out in their segments and fit the budget – listed below.
Abarth 500C 595 Turismo
The Abarth 595 is a hot hatch like few others and you won’t encounter many on the road.
Its design is unique, the tall cabin provides ample interior space, and the wide hips do well to turn the quirky city runabout into an athletic track weapon.
The interior also gets a sporty treatment with the addition of leather seats, a flat-bottomed Abarth steering wheel, and a body-coloured front fascia.
Comforts are added by climate control, a six-speaker Uconnect infotainment system that supports Bluetooth, and a semi-digital instrument cluster with racing graphics.
At the heart of the 595 sits a 1.4-litre, turbo-petrol motor that puts out 121kW and 206Nm of torque.
Drive is sent to the front wheels and handled by a 5-speed manual transmission, and 100km/h is reached in 7.3 seconds.
The Abarth 500C 595 Turismo 1.4T has a South African price of R442,569 – which includes a 3-year/100,000km warranty and service plan.
Subaru XV 2.0i
The new Subaru XV crossover offers a few firsts for the model range.
It comes with a leather interior, a sunroof, a driver’s seat with memory functions, an 8-inch infotainment display that supports smartphone mirroring, a front-view camera, and more safety systems than a bank vault.
It’s also nimble, with a ground clearance of 220mm, and offers permanent all-wheel-drive through an intelligent X-Mode drive system.
Powering the range is a 2.0-litre Boxer engine that provides 115kW and 196Nm of torque, and the integrated CVT transmission gives the driver access to a 7-speed manual mode through shift paddles.
The motor provides a 7.3l/100km combined fuel consumption, as well as a 194km/h top speed.
The Subaru XV 2.0i CVT has a South African price of R445,000 – which includes a 5-year/150,000km warranty and a 3-year/75,000km maintenance plan.
Audi A1 Sportback 30TFSI Advanced
The Audi A1 is a premium small hatchback with sporty styling and an upmarket interior.
This specific model wears the Advanced styling package, which sees an exclusive grille, bumpers, and wheels fitted to give the hatchback a more dynamic look.
On the inside, you will find an 8.8-inch infotainment display, a digital instrument cluster, “Delta” fabric seats, a manual air conditioning system, and all-round electric windows.
Additionally, it gets a start/stop system with regenerative braking, automatic headlights and wipers, hill start assist, and a leather multifunction steering wheel.
This 30TFSI variant comes with a 1.0-litre, turbo-petrol motor that produces 85kW and 200Nm, with a 7-speed automatic transmission handling the drive.
Combined fuel consumption comes in at 4.8l/100km and top speed is rated at 203km/h.
Toyota Hilux 2.7 VVTi RB S
The country’s best-selling bakkie can be bought with our budget in the form of the baseline Hilux double cab.
It’s not very luxurious, as it comes with fabric seats, no audio system, and a manual air-conditioner – but it makes up for this with its capabilities.
As standard, the double cab is fitted with 17-inch steel wheels, brake assist, hill assist control, traction control, vehicle stability control, trailer sway control, as well as a drive mode selector.
This allows the bakkie to tow up to 2,500kg, while carrying a maximum of 835kg in the load box.
Under the hood there is a 2.7-litre petrol engine that generates 122kW and 245Nm, paired with a 5-speed manual transmission that sends power to the rear wheels.
This brings combined fuel consumption to 10.7l/100km and provides a top speed of 180km/h.
The Toyota Hilux 2.7 VVTi RB S has a South African price of R449,200 – which includes a 3-year/100,000km warranty and 9-services/90,000km service plan.
Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross 2.0 GLS
If you want something smaller than a full-size SUV, but larger than a crossover, the Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross hits the sweet spot.
This vehicle offers all-wheel-drive along with a maximum cargo capacity of 1,159 litres with the rear seats down.
Standard equipment includes a heads-up display, a retractable infotainment screen with Bluetooth connectivity, automatic air conditioning with rear vents, all-round electric windows, heated front seats, paddle shifters, cruise control, and a leather multifunction steering wheel.
This model is then fitted with a 2.0-litre, petrol engine that delivers 110kW and 198Nm, connected to a 5-speed automatic transmission.
The motor will let the Eclipse achieve a combined fuel consumption of 7.9l/100km as well as a top speed of 188km/h.
The Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross 2.0 GLS has a South African price of R449,995 – which includes a 3-year/100,000km warranty, a 5-year/90,000km service plan, and 5-year/unlimited kilometre roadside assistance.