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How many litres of petrol you get for R500 – 2022 vs 2021

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South African motorists will get significantly fewer litres of petrol and diesel in their tanks when spending R500 this January, when compared to January 2021.

This is thanks to rising fuel prices in the country, which saw petrol breach R20.00 per litre in December.

Despite a drop in prices for January, drivers will still get a lot less for their money when at the pumps.

How much you get for R500

To provide an overview of how much more you are paying for petrol at the start of this year when compared to previous periods, we looked at inland prices for Petrol 95 and Diesel 50PPM.

Pricing for both fuel types was taken in January of the following years: 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021, and 2022.

This pricing was then used to determine how many litres of fuel you receive for R500.

Pricing was taken from the AA website.


Petrol 95 (Inland)

At a price of R19.61 in January 2022, drivers get just over 25 litres of petrol when filling up with 95.

This is compared to over 33 litres last year January.

January 2019 was the best year for petrol prices in our scenario, with R14.01 getting you a litre – and R500 giving you over 35 litres of fuel.

The table below provides an overview from 2018 to 2022.

Date Litres for R500
January 2022 25.5 Litres
January 2021 33.6 Litres
January 2020 30.9 Litres
January 2019 35.7 Litres
January 2018 34.7 Litres

Diesel 50PPM (Inland)

If you were a motorist driving a diesel vehicle, the situation is even more skewed.

In January 2022, R500 will get you 29 litres of 50PPM. This is compared to 38 litres in January 2021 for the same amount.

This is thanks to the price of diesel going from R13.03 in January 2021 to R17.25 in January 2022.

January 2018 was the best year in our scenario, with R500 getting you over 39 litres of fuel.

The table below provides an overview from 2018 to 2022.

Date Litres for R500
January 2022 29.0 Litres
January 2021 38.4 Litres
January 2020 34.1 Litres
January 2019 38.0 Litres
January 2018 39.2 Litres

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