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10 petrol-efficient cars you can buy for under R500,000

The cars that claim to be the most petrol efficient have always had the smallest engines or the newest technologies, and this remains true in 2021.

Unfortunately, the vehicles falling in the latter camp are usually top-end vehicles with hefty price tags.

As such, we set out to find the 10 cars in South Africa that claim to have the lowest combined fuel consumption figures – but are below the R500,000 mark.

Not surprisingly, the most fuel-efficient vehicle that satisfied these demands turned out to be the new Toyota Corolla Hybrid.

Rather unexpectedly, however, the biggest portion of cars consisted of entry-level hatchbacks with relatively minuscule motors.

While these vehicles might not boast the highest engine outputs, they are good alternatives for consumers looking for a wallet-friendly and frugal runabout.

Top 10

Listed below are the 10 cars in South Africa under R500,000 that claim to have the lowest combined fuel consumption figures.

It must be noted that if one brand had more than one car that qualified to be on the list, we only selected the vehicle with the best claimed fuel consumption figure – to ensure a range of brands were shown.

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


Alfa Romeo Giulietta 1.4T

  • Combined fuel consumption – 4.9l/100km
  • Average range on a full tank – 1,225km
  • Power – 125kW/250Nm
  • PriceR409,900


Audi A1 Sportback 30TFSI

  • Combined fuel consumption – 4.8l/100km
  • Average range on a full tank – 833km
  • Power – 85kW/200Nm
  • PriceR441,000


Suzuki Celerio 1.0 GA

  • Combined fuel consumption – 4.7l/100km
  • Average range on a full tank – 745km
  • Power – 50kW/90Nm
  • PriceR153,900


VW Polo Vivo Hatch 1.0TSI GT

  • Combined fuel consumption – 4.6l/100km
  • Average range on a full tank – 978km
  • Power – 81kW/200Nm
  • PriceR303,200


Renault Kwid 1.0 Expression Auto

  • Combined fuel consumption – 4.4l/100km
  • Average range on a full tank – 636km
  • Power – 50kW/91Nm
  • PriceR172,900


Ford Fiesta 1.0T Titanium

  • Combined fuel consumption – 4.3l/100km
  • Average range on a full tank – 977km
  • Power – 92kW/170Nm
  • PriceR363,000


Peugeot 108 1.0 Active

  • Combined fuel consumption – 4.3l/100km
  • Average range on a full tank – 814km
  • Power – 53kW/93Nm
  • PriceR205,900


Fiat 500 TwinAir Dolcevita

  • Combined fuel consumption – 3.8l/100km
  • Average range on a full tank – 921km
  • Power – 63kW/145Nm
  • PriceR274,900


Honda Fit Hybrid

  • Combined fuel consumption – 3.7l/100km
  • Average range on a full tank – 1,081km
  • Power – 80kW/253Nm
  • PriceR484,000


Toyota Corolla 1.8 Hybrid XS

  • Combined fuel consumption – 3.5l/100km
  • Average range on a full tank – 1,229km
  • Power – 90kW/142Nm + e-torque
  • PriceR419,900


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