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Cars that can go 1,000km on a tank of diesel

There are over 50 diesel-powered cars on the South African market with the fuel-efficiency chops to surpass the impressive 1,000km milestone on a single tank.

Diesel is known for its better economy when compared to petrol, making this fuel type an attractive option for buyers who want to spend as little time as possible visiting filling stations.

They are also better for applications where more torque is needed than power, such as hauling heavy loads or climbing rocky 4×4 trails, resulting in several large bakkies and SUVs being equipped with diesel-burning motors.

While all of the vehicles on the list below are capable of driving over 1,000km on one refill, they have vastly differing shapes, powertrains, and target markets, with everything from luxury sedans to budget crossovers also being in the mix.

To illustrate just how different they are, the model with the smallest motor and tank is the Renault Duster with a 1.5-litre mill and 50-litre fuel cell, returning a combined consumption of 4.8l/100km.

On the other end of the spectrum, the Toyota Land Cruiser 79 has a 4.2-litre unit and two massive 90-litre tanks, as a result sipping 13 litres of fuel for every 100km driven.

At July’s prices of R19.82/litre of Diesel 50ppm at inland rates, this is how much it will cost to refill the varying tank sizes found in most diesel vehicles.

Tank Price to refill
50 litres R991
60 litres R1,189
70 litres R1,387
80 litres R1,586
90 litres R1,784
100 litres R1,982
110 litres R2,180
120 litres R2,378
130 litres R2,577
140 litres R2,775
150 litres R2,973
160 litres R3,171
170 litres R3,369
180 litres R3,569

Frugal diesel-burners

The list below details the diesel-burning autos you can buy with a claimed range in excess of 1,000km.

It’s worth mentioning that in some instances, only one unit in a particular range was capable of eclipsing 1,000km on a tank, in which case the specific model name was provided.

In others, the majority of the line-up can achieve the feat, in which case the vehicle and engine combination was provided.

Click on the underlined prices for more information.


Audi A6 40TDI/45TDI – 1,126 to 1,404km

  • Fuel cons. – 5.2l/100km
  • Tank size – 73 litres
  • Power – 140kW/400Nm; 183kW/600Nm
  • Starting price – R1,051,500


Audi Q5 40TDI Quattro – 1,048km

  • Fuel cons. – 6.2l/100km
  • Tank size – 65 litres
  • Power – 140kW/400Nm
  • Starting price – R982,900


BMW 220d Coupe M Sport – 1,063km

  • Fuel cons. – 4.8l/100km
  • Tank size – 51 litres
  • Power – 140kW/400Nm
  • Starting price – R894,706


BMW 320d – 1,180km

  • Fuel cons. – 5.0l/100km
  • Tank size – 59 litres
  • Power – 140kW/400Nm
  • Starting price – R935,768


BMW 420d – 1,229km

  • Fuel cons. – 4.8l/100km
  • Tank size – 59 litres
  • Power – 140kW/400Nm
  • Starting price – R994,858


BMW 520d – 1,269km

  • Fuel cons. – 5.2l/100km
  • Tank size – 66 litres
  • Power – 140kW/400Nm
  • Starting price – R1,081,376


BMW 740d – 1,073km

  • Fuel cons. – 6.9l/100km
  • Tank size – 74 litres
  • Power – 210kW/650Nm
  • Starting price – R2,358,207


BMW X1 sDrive18d – 1,080km

  • Fuel cons. – 5.0l/100km
  • Tank size – 54 litres
  • Power – 110kW/360Nm
  • Starting price – R815,617


BMW X3 sDrive18d/xDrive20d/xDrive30d – 1,030 to 1,308km

  • Fuel cons. – 5.2-6.6l/100km
  • Tank size – 68 litres
  • Power – 110kW/350Nm; 140kW/400Nm; 195kW/620Nm
  • Starting price – R981,224


BMW X4 xDrive20d – 1,214km

  • Fuel cons. – 5.6l/100km
  • Tank size – 68 litres
  • Power – 140kW/400Nm
  • Starting price – R1,187,894


BMW X5 xDrive30d – 1,026km

  • Fuel cons. – 7.8l/100km
  • Tank size – 80 litres
  • Power – 210kW/650Nm
  • Starting price – R1,706,850


BMW X6 xDrive30d M Sport – 1,026km

  • Fuel cons. – 7.8l/100km
  • Tank size – 80 litres
  • Power – 210kW/670Nm
  • Starting price – R1,826,850


BMW X7 xDrive40d – 1,000km

  • Fuel cons. – 8.0l/100km
  • Tank size – 80 litres
  • Power – 250kW/700Nm
  • Starting price – R2,017,457


Ford EcoSport 1.5TDCi Ambiente – 1,130km

  • Fuel cons. – 4.6l/100km
  • Tank size – 52 litres
  • Power – 74kW/205Nm
  • Starting price – R322,500


Ford Everest 2.0 Bi-Turbo – 1,013km

  • Fuel cons. – 7.5l/100km
  • Tank size – 76 litres
  • Power – 154kW/500Nm
  • Starting price – R848,300


Ford Ranger 2.0 Single-Turbo/Bi-Turbo – 1,039 to 1,159km

  • Fuel cons. – 6.9-7.5l/100km
  • Tank size – 80 litres
  • Power – 125kW/405Nm; 154kW/500Nm
  • Starting price – R494,400


Isuzu D-Max Gen 6 250C/250 – 1,013 to 1,053km

  • Fuel cons. – 7.77.9l/100km
  • Tank size – 80 litres
  • Power – 58kW/176Nm; 100kW/320Nm
  • Starting price – R357,300


Isuzu D-Max 1.9TD – 1,027 to 1,070km

  • Fuel cons. – 7.3-7.4l/100km
  • Tank size – 76 litres
  • Power – 110kW/350Nm
  • Starting price – R431,800


Isuzu Mu-X 3.0TD – 1,053km

  • Fuel cons. – 7.6l/100km
  • Tank size – 80 litres
  • Power – 140kW/450Nm
  • Starting price – R800,000


Jaguar E-Pace D200 – 1,226km

  • Fuel cons. – 5.3l/100km
  • Tank size – 65 litres
  • Power – 147kW/430Nm
  • Starting price – R1,187,900


Jaguar F-Pace D200 – 1,017km

  • Fuel cons. – 5.9l/100km
  • Tank size – 60 litres
  • Power – 150kW/430Nm
  • Starting price – R1,480,100


Kia Carnival 2.2CRDi – 1,059km

  • Fuel cons. – 6.8l/100km
  • Tank size – 72 litres
  • Power – 148kW/440Nm
  • Starting price – R869,995


Kia Sorento 2.2CRDi – 1,177km

  • Fuel cons. – 6.8l/100km
  • Tank size – 80 litres
  • Power – 148kW/440Nm
  • Starting price – R879,995


Kia Sportage 1.6CRDi – 1,102km

  • Fuel cons. – 4.9l/100km
  • Tank size – 54 litres
  • Power – 100kW/320Nm
  • Starting price – R609,995


Land Rover Defender D250/D300 – 1,072 to 1,113km

  • Fuel cons. – 8.0-8.3l/100km
  • Tank size – 89 litres
  • Power – 183kW/570Nm; 221kW/650Nm
  • Starting price – R1,515,100


Land Rover Discovery D300 – 1,141km

  • Fuel cons. – 7.8l/100km
  • Tank size – 89 litres
  • Power – 221kW/650Nm
  • Starting price – R1,772,300


Land Rover Discovery Sport D200 – 1,066km

  • Fuel cons. – 6.1l/100km
  • Tank size – 65 litres
  • Power – 147kW/430Nm
  • Starting price – R1,305,400


Lexus LX500d – 1,325km

  • Fuel cons. – 8.3l/100km
  • Tank size – 110 litres
  • Power – 225kW/700Nm
  • Starting price – R2,507,600


Mahindra Pik Up 2.2CRDe – 1,013km

  • Fuel cons. – 7.9l/100km
  • Tank size – 80 litres
  • Power – 103kW/320Nm
  • Starting price – R258,999


Mazda BT-50 1.9TD – 1,152km

  • Fuel cons. – 6.6l/100km
  • Tank size – 76 litres
  • Power – 110kW/350Nm
  • Starting price – R630,400


Mazda CX-5 2.2DE AWD Akera – 1,018km

  • Fuel cons. – 5.7l/100km
  • Tank size – 58 litres
  • Power – 140kW/450Nm
  • Starting price – R778,700


Mercedes-Benz C220d – 1,404km

  • Fuel cons. – 4.7l/100km
  • Tank size – 66 litres
  • Power – 147kW/440Nm
  • Starting price – R1,072,599


Mercedes-Benz CLA220d – 1,159km

  • Fuel cons. – 4.4l/100km
  • Tank size – 51 litres
  • Power – 140kW/400Nm
  • Starting price – R944,198


Mercedes-Benz E220d – 1,269km

  • Fuel cons. – 5.2l/100km
  • Tank size – 66 litres
  • Power – 143kW/400Nm
  • Starting price – R1,066,926


Mercedes-Benz G400d AMG Line – 1,042km

  • Fuel cons. – 9.6l/100km
  • Tank size – 100 litres
  • Power – 243kW/700Nm
  • Starting price – R3,032,023


Mercedes-Benz GLB220d – 1,091km

  • Fuel cons. – 5.5l/100km
  • Tank size – 60 litres
  • Power – 140kW/400Nm
  • Starting price – R998,388

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Mercedes-Benz GLC220d/300d – 1,100 to 1,200km

  • Fuel cons. – 5.5-6.0l/100km
  • Tank size – 62-66 litres
  • Power – 143kW/400Nm; 162kW/440Nm; 180kW/500Nm; 215kW/550Nm
  • Starting price – R1,156,053


Mercedes-Benz GLE300d/400d – 1,067 to 1,250km

  • Fuel cons. – 6.4-7.5l/100km
  • Tank size – 80 litres
  • Power – 180kW/500Nm; 243kW/700Nm
  • Starting price – R1,623,789


Mercedes-Benz GLS400d – 1,139km

  • Fuel cons. – 7.9l/100km
  • Tank size – 90 litres
  • Power – 243kW/700Nm
  • Starting price – R2,041,243

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Mitsubishi Triton 2.4 DI-D Double Cab Manual 4×2 – 1,000km

  • Fuel cons. – 7.5l/100km
  • Tank size – 75 litres
  • Power – 133kW/430Nm
  • Starting price – R629,990


Nissan Navara 2.5DDTi – 1,053 to 1,111km

  • Fuel cons. – 7.2-7.6l/100km
  • Tank size – 80 litres
  • Power – 120kW/403Nm; 140kW/450Nm
  • Starting price – R406,500


Range Rover Evoque D200 – 1,121km

  • Fuel cons. – 5.8l/100km
  • Tank size – 65 litres
  • Power – 146kW/430Nm
  • Starting price – R1,258,100


Range Rover Sport D350 – 1,081km

  • Fuel cons. – 7.4l/100km
  • Tank size – 80 litres
  • Power – 258kW/700Nm
  • Starting price – R2,283,700


Range Rover Velar D200 – 1,051km

  • Fuel cons. – 5.9l/100km
  • Tank size – 62 litres
  • Power – 146kW/430Nm
  • Starting price – R1,660,600


Range Rover D350 – 1,081km

  • Fuel cons. – 7.4l/100km
  • Tank size – 80 litres
  • Power – 258kW/700Nm
  • Starting price – R3,246,100


Renault Duster 1.5dCi Automatic – 1,042km

  • Fuel cons. – 4.8l/100km
  • Tank size – 50 litres
  • Power – 80kW/250Nm
  • Starting price – R421,999


Toyota Fortuner 2.4GD-6/2.8GD-6 – 1,013 to 1,177km

  • Fuel cons. – 6.8-7.9l/100km
  • Tank size – 80 litres
  • Power – 110kW/400Nm; 150kW/500Nm
  • Starting price – R673,100


Toyota Hilux 2.4GD-6/2.8GD-6 – 1,000 to 1,127km

  • Fuel cons. – 7.1-8.0l/100km
  • Tank size – 80 litres
  • Power – 110kW/400Nm; 150kW/500Nm; 165kW/550Nm
  • Starting price – R387,000


Toyota Land Cruiser 76 4.5D-4D V8 – 1,121km

  • Fuel cons. – 11.6l/100km
  • Tank size – 130 litres
  • Power – 151kW/430Nm
  • Starting price – R1,022,100


Toyota Land Cruiser 78 4.2D – 1,513km

  • Fuel cons. – 11.9l/100km
  • Tank size – 180 litres
  • Power – 96kW/285Nm
  • Starting price – R868,100


Toyota Land Cruiser 79 4.2D/4.5D-4D – 1,000 to 1,552km

  • Fuel cons. – 11.9-13.0l/100km
  • Tank size – 130-180 litres
  • Power – 96kW/285Nm; 151kW/430Nm
  • Starting price – R796,600


Toyota Land Cruiser 300 3.3D – 1,236km

  • Fuel cons. – 8.9l/100km
  • Tank size – 110 litres
  • Power – 225kW/700Nm
  • Starting price – R1,458,900


Toyota Prado 2.8GD – 1,765km

  • Fuel cons. – 7.9l/100km
  • Tank size – 150 litres
  • Power – 150kW/500Nm
  • Starting price – R1,145,500


VW Amarok 2.0TDI/Bi-TDI – 1,039 to 1,159km

  • Fuel cons. – 6.9-7.5l/100km
  • Tank size – 80 litres
  • Power – 110kW/350Nm; 125kW/405Nm; 154kW/500Nm
  • Starting price – R499,000


VW Touareg 3.0 V6 TDI – 1,268km

  • Fuel cons. – 7.1l/100km
  • Tank size – 90 litres
  • Power – 190kW/600Nm
  • Starting price – R1,365,100


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