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10 most powerful cars you can buy for R500,000

How many kW can you get in a new car for under R500,000? The answer is “not too many”.

We discovered this when looking for the most powerful new cars you can buy in South Africa while on a healthy budget of half a million rand.

A few of the usual suspects are there – including the VW Polo GTI and Suzuki Swift Sport – but the rest are family sedans and daily-driver hatchbacks.

The list below details our findings.

It must be noted that we only selected one vehicle from each brand to avoid a small group of manufacturers dominating the list. We also left out SUVs and bakkies – focussing on “cars” only.

Click on the underlined prices to visit TopAuto Car Prices for more information.


Ford Fiesta 1.0T Titanium

  • Power – 92kW
  • Torque – 170Nm
  • Acceleration (0-100km/h) – 9.9 seconds
  • PriceR362,500


Peugeot 208 1.2T Allure Auto

  • Power – 96kW
  • Torque – 230Nm
  • Acceleration (0-100km/h) – 8.8 seconds
  • PriceR379,900


Mini Cooper Hatch

  • Power – 100kW
  • Torque – 220Nm
  • Acceleration (0-100km/h) – 8.1 seconds
  • PriceR489,654


Suzuki Swift 1.4T Sport

  • Power – 103kW
  • Torque – 230Nm
  • Acceleration (0-100km/h) – 8.0 seconds
  • PriceR349,900


Honda Civic Sedan 1.8 Comfort

  • Power – 104kW
  • Torque – 174Nm
  • Acceleration (0-100km/h) – 10.1 seconds
  • PriceR419,500


Subaru Impreza 2.0i

  • Power – 115kW
  • Torque – 196Nm
  • Acceleration (0-100km/h) – 9.8 seconds
  • PriceR422,000


Abarth 595 Turismo 1.4T

  • Power – 121kW
  • Torque – 206Nm
  • Acceleration (0-100km/h) – 7.3 seconds
  • PriceR402,569


Mazda 3 2.0 Astina

  • Power – 121kW
  • Torque – 213Nm
  • Acceleration (0-100km/h) – 8.0 seconds
  • PriceR499,700


Toyota Corolla 2.0 XR

  • Power – 125kW
  • Torque – 200Nm
  • Acceleration (0-100km/h) – 8.0 seconds
  • PriceR446,300


Alfa Romeo Giulietta 1.4T

  • Power – 125kW
  • Torque – 250Nm
  • Acceleration (0-100km/h) – 7.7 seconds
  • Price R409,900


VW Polo GTI

  • Power – 147kW
  • Torque – 320Nm
  • Acceleration (0-100km/h) – 6.7 seconds
  • PriceR453,700


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