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The cheapest car in every major category right now

To start the new year, we are taking a look at the cheapest new car in every major segment right now.

We found that the cheapest passenger cars on offer in South Africa are the BAIC D20 Hatch and the Bajaj Qute – which both fall into the hatchback category.

The other end of the spectrum sees the BMW 420i as the cheapest new two-door coupe on offer – at a starting price of R801,438.

The two-door coupe is followed by the estate and then convertible segments in terms of price – the latter of which are two of the smallest segments in the market.

Popular cars

In contrast, the most populated categories generally feature the cheapest vehicles, such as the hatchback and crossover segments.

Buying the cheapest car from both these segments will cost less than half of the new BMW 420i Coupe.

Thanks to the new Eleksa CityBug, the electric car category has become much more affordable in 2022, too.

The entry point is lowered to R230,000 – compared to the R686,400 you have to spend on the Mini Cooper SE, which is now the second cheapest EV on the market.

The cars

The cheapest new cars in 12 major vehicle categories in South Africa are detailed below.

Click on the underlined prices for more information.


Convertible – Fiat 500C TwinAir Dolcevita

  • PriceR324,900
  • Power – 63kW/145Nm


Crossover – Suzuki S-Presso 1.0 GL

  • PriceR152,900
  • Power – 50kW/90Nm


Estate – Mini Cooper Clubman

  • PriceR566,110
  • Power – 100kW/220Nm


Electric – Eleksa CityBug


Hatchback – BAIC D20 Hatch 1.3 Comfort

  • PriceR149,990
  • Power – 75kW/128Nm

Also see: Bajaj Qute


MPV – Renault Triber 1.0 Expression

  • PriceR193,400
  • Power – 52kW/96Nm


Sedan – Suzuki DZire 1.2 GA

  • PriceR185,900
  • Power – 61kW/113Nm


SUV – Mahindra Scorpio 2.2CRDe S11

  • PriceR363,999
  • Power – 103kW/320Nm


Two-door Coupe – BMW 420i Coupe

  • PriceR801,438
  • Power – 135kW/300Nm


Single Cab Bakkie – Mahindra Bolero 2.5Di Maxitruck Plus

  • PriceR176,999
  • Power – 46kW/195Nm


Xtra Cab Bakkie – Ford Ranger 2.2TDCi SuperCab Hi-Rider

  • PriceR404,700
  • Power – 88kW/285Nm


Double Cab Bakkie – Mahindra Bolero 2.5TD Double Cab

  • PriceR244,999
  • Power – 74kW/235Nm


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