With South African petrol prices at an all-time high, many consumers are looking at taking the pressure off their wallets.
One way to do this is to trade in your vehicle for something newer and smaller – preferably with an economical engine.
Luckily, there are plenty of fuel-friendly vehicles on offer in each segment in South Africa, no matter what your budget allows.
While there are many high-end hybrid SUVs that claim to have fuel consumption figures of around 2.0l/100km, these are generally from premium manufacturers and carry an expensive price tag with them.
We therefore looked for the cars that many people in South Africa will be able to afford and then selected the vehicles that claimed to have the best combined fuel consumption figures.
It must be noted that these are figures provided by the manufacturers, and real-world fuel usage depends on your own driving style.
A heavy accelerator foot will be more expensive no matter which car you’re in, while diligently following the road rules usually gets you quite close to the manufacturer’s claims.
Below, we list our findings.
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Bakkie – Nissan NP200 1.5dCi High
- Price – R273,900
- Power – 63kW/200Nm
- Fuel consumption – 18.9km/l
- Average range per tank – 943km
Crossover – Ford EcoSport 1.5TDCi Ambiente
- Price – R314,900
- Power – 74kW/205Nm
- Fuel consumption – 21.7km/l
- Average range per tank – 1,130km
Hatchback – Fiat 500 TwinAir Cult
- Price – R219,900
- Power – 63kW/145Nm
- Fuel consumption – 25km/l
- Average range per tank – 875km
Sedan – Suzuki Dzire 1.2 GA
- Price – R182,900
- Power – 61kW/113Nm
- Fuel consumption – 20.4km/l
- Average range per tank – 755km
SUV – Mahindra XUV500 2.2CRDe W4
- Price – R333,999
- Power – 103kW/330Nm
- Fuel consumption – 15.4km/l
- Average range per tank – 1,077km