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Most fuel-efficient cars in South Africa

With petrol prices expected to skyrocket once the current tax holiday comes to an end in June, fuel-efficient cars may be more important than ever.

Petrol broke the R20-per-litre mark last year and has since only kept on rising, with current inland prices sitting at R21.84 a litre for petrol 95.

There are several ways to reduce your fuel consumption, from more efficient driving practices to fuel-saving car features like a stop-start system.

However, buying a fuel-efficient car might be one of the single best ways to reduce your consumption, making those costly trips to the pump less frequent.

We looked through all the vehicles available in South Africa to find the most fuel-efficient cars currently on the market.

The cars

The benchmark for this list was a combined consumption of 5.0l/100km or better.

This was enough to provide a wide range of models, including small, affordable city hatchbacks like the Suzuki Celerio, up to multi-million supercars like the Porsche Panamera 4 e-hybrid.

Unsurprisingly there’s no shortage of hybrid models that make the cut, with over 20 vehicles averaging incredible consumption figures, with one such example – the Volvo XC60 T8 Recharge – doing an astonishing 1.6l/100km.

Detailed below are the most fuel-efficient cars in South Africa, according to their consumption figures.

Click on the underlined prices for more information.


Range Rover P510e

  • Consumption – 1.6l/100km
  • Engine – 3.0l turbo-hybrid
  • Power – 375kW/700Nm
  • Starting price – R3,663,000


Volvo XC60 T8 Recharge

  • Consumption – 1.6l/100km
  • Engine – 2.0l supercharged turbo-hybrid
  • Power – 340kW/709Nm
  • Starting price – R1,218,900


Jaguar E-Pace P300e AWD R-Dynamic

  • Consumption – 2.0l/100km
  • Engine – 1.5l turbo-hybrid
  • Power – 227kW/540Nm
  • Starting price – R1,300,100


Range Rover Evoque P300e

  • Consumption – 2.0l/100km
  • Engine – 1.5l turbo-hybrid
  • Power – 227kW/540Nm
  • Starting price – R1,440,500


Land Rover Discovery Sport P300e

  • Consumption – 2.1l/100km
  • Engine – 1.5l turbo-hybrid
  • Power – 227kW/540Nm
  • Starting price – R1,430,700


Volvo XC90 T8 Recharge

  • Consumption – 2.1l/100km
  • Engine – 2.0l supercharged turbo-hybrid
  • Power – 340kW/709Nm
  • Starting price – R1,560,600


Jaguar F-Pace P400e

  • Consumption – 2.2l/100km
  • Engine – 2.0l turbo-hybrid
  • Power – 297kW/640Nm
  • Starting price – R1,658,400


Porsche Panamera 4 e-hybrid

  • Consumption – 2.2l/100km
  • Engine – 2.9l turbo-hybrid
  • Power – 340kW/700Nm
  • Starting price – R2,181,000


Range Rover Velar P400e

  • Consumption – 2.3l/100km
  • Engine – 2.0l turbo-hybrid
  • Power – 297kW/640Nm
  • Starting price – R1,887,000


BMW X5 xDrive45e

  • Consumption – 2.5l/100km
  • Engine – 3.0l turbo-hybrid
  • Power – 290kW/600Nm
  • Starting price – R1,581,000


BMW 7 Series 745Le xDrive

  • Consumption – 2.8l/100km
  • Engine – 3.0l turbo-hybrid
  • Power – 290kW/600Nm
  • Starting price – R2,142,000


Land Rover Defender 110P400e X

  • Consumption – 2.8l/100km
  • Engine – 2.0l turbo-hybrid
  • Power – 297kW/640Nm
  • Starting price – R1,707,600


Porsche Cayenne e-hybrid

  • Consumption – 3.4l/100km
  • Engine – 3.0l turbo-hybrid
  • Power – 340kW/700Nm
  • Starting price – R2,019,000


Toyota Corolla 1.8 Hybrid XS

  • Consumption – 3.5/100km
  • Engine – 1.8l hybrid
  • Power – 90kW/142+e NM
  • Starting price – R439,000


Honda Fit Hybrid

  • Consumption – 3.7l/100km
  • Engine – 1.5l hybrid
  • Power – 80kW/253Nm
  • Starting price – R498,600


Toyota Prius

  • Consumption – 3.7/100km
  • Engine – 1.8l hybrid
  • Power – 90kW/142+e NM
  • Starting price – R604,100


Fiat 500

  • Consumption – 4.0/100km
  • Engine – 0.9l turbo petrol
  • Power – 63kW/145Nm
  • Starting price – R223,900


Mahindra KUV100

  • Consumption – 4.3/100km
  • Engine – 1.2l turbo diesel
  • Power – 57kW/190Nm
  • Starting price – R240,999


Toyota Corolla Cross 1.8 Hybrid

  • Consumption – 4.3/100km
  • Engine – 1.8l hybrid
  • Power – 90kW/142+e Nm
  • Starting price – R425,400


Jaguar XF

  • Consumption – 4.4/100km
  • Engine – 2.0l turbo diesel
  • Power –150kW/430Nm
  • Starting price –R1,158,584


Mercedes-Benz CLA220d

  • Consumption – 4.4/100km
  • Engine – 2.0l turbo diesel
  • Power – 140kW/400Nm
  • Starting price – R831,099


Suzuki Celerio

  • Consumption – 4.4/100km
  • Engine – 1.0l petrol
  • Power –49kW/89Nm
  • Starting price – R174,900


Lexus UX

  • Consumption – 4.5/100km
  • Engine – 2.0l hybrid
  • Power – 135kW/180Nm
  • Starting price – R775,200


Ford EcoSport 1.5TDCi Ambiente

  • Consumption – 4.6/100km
  • Engine – 1.5l turbo diesel
  • Power – 74kW/205Nm
  • Starting price – R332,500


Lexus ES 300h

  • Consumption – 4.6l/100km
  • Engine – 2.5l turbo-hybrid
  • Power – 160kW/221Nm
  • Starting price – R797,600


VW Polo Vivo 1.0TSI GT

  • Consumption – 4.6/100km
  • Engine – 1.0l turbo petrol
  • Power – 81kW/200Nm
  • Starting price – R317,400


Mercedes-Benz C220d

  • Consumption – 4.7/100km
  • Engine – 2.0l turbo diesel
  • Power – 147kW/440Nm
  • Starting price – R966,599


Renault Kwid

  • Consumption – 4.7/100km
  • Engine – 1.0l petrol
  • Power – 50kW/91Nm
  • Starting price – R170,400


Audi A1

  • Consumption – 4.8/100km
  • Engine – 1.0l turbo petrol
  • Power – 85kW/200Nm
  • Starting price – R456,900


Renault Duster Auto

  • Consumption – 4.8/100km
  • Engine – 1.5l turbo diesel
  • Power – 80kW/250Nm
  • Starting price – R381,900


Toyota Agya

  • Consumption – 4.8/100km
  • Engine – 1.0l petrol
  • Power – 49kW/89Nm
  • Starting price – R192,300


Toyota Rav4 2.5 Hybrid

  • Consumption – 4.8/100km
  • Engine – 2.5l hybrid
  • Power – 163kW/221+e NM
  • Starting price – R663,400


VW T-Cross 1.0TSI

  • Consumption – 4.8/100km
  • Engine – 1.0l turbo petrol
  • Power – 70kW/175Nm
  • Starting price – R368,900


Suzuki Dzire

  • Consumption – 4.9/100km
  • Engine – 1.2l petrol
  • Power – 61kW/113Nm
  • Starting price – R189,900


Suzuki Ignis Auto

  • Consumption – 4.9/100km
  • Engine – 1.2l petrol
  • Power – 61kW/113Nm
  • Starting price – R253,900


Suzuki S-Presso

  • Consumption – 4.9/100km
  • Engine – 1.0l petrol
  • Power – 50kW/90Nm
  • Starting price – R156,900


Suzuki Swift

  • Consumption – 4.9/100km
  • Engine – 1.2l petrol
  • Power – 61kW/113Nm
  • Starting price – R189,900


Nissan Micra

  • Consumption – 5.0/100km
  • Engine – 1.0l turbo petrol
  • Power – 84kW/180Nm
  • Starting price – R313,900


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