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Cheapest rear-wheel-drive cars you can buy in South Africa

With the meteoric rise in affordable, front-wheel-drive cars in the past decade, rear-wheel-drive set-ups tend to be reserved expensive sedans and coupes.

If a R700,000 sedan is not an option for you, but you still want to get pushed around by the rear wheels, odds are you’re driving away in a bakkie, SUV, or MPV.

These are not bad alternatives – however, they don’t compare to the handling and performance of rear-wheel-drive sedans and coupes.

What’s on offer in SA

In South Africa, we found the majority of the rear-wheel-drive cars (not SUVs or bakkies) on the lower end of the price spectrum currently consist of Mercedes-Benz and BMW models.

We were also surprised to see that premium vehicles from competing brands – like the Lexus ESare front-wheel-drive throughout the range.

There is nothing wrong with this, but it is worth taking note of the fact that even spending R1 million on a luxury sedan in 2021 does not guarantee it to be rear-wheel drive.

To help you navigate this minefield of drivetrains, we detailed the cheapest rear-wheel-drive cars from a range of major manufacturers, below.

Click on the underlined prices for more information.

BMW 318i

Mercedes-Benz C200 Avantgarde

Lexus IS 300h EX

  • PriceR871,000
  • Power – 164kW/221Nm + e-torque
  • Warranty – 7-year/105,000km warranty and maintenance plan, and an 8-year/195,000km hybrid battery warranty.

Jaguar XF D200 S

Ford Mustang 5.0 GT Fastback

  • PriceR1,045,200
  • Power – 331kW/529Nm
  • Warranty – 4-year/120,000km warranty, 6-year/90,000km service plan, and 3-year/unlimited kilometre roadside assistance.

Toyota GR Supra 3.0T Track

  • PriceR1,067,900
  • Power – 250kW/500Nm
  • Warranty – 3-year/100,000km warranty and a 5-services/100,000km service plan.

Porsche 718 Cayman GTS 4.0

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