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Hatchbacks competing against the new Honda Fit Hybrid in South Africa

Honda has revamped its Fit Hybrid for South Africa, updating its styling, adding new equipment, and improving the power of its drivetrain.

These changes have resulted in a bump to the hatchback’s price, as it now retails for R544,900, putting it in the mid-to-upper-tier bracket of hatchbacks you can buy.

Included in the price are a 1.5-litre petrol engine and a small electric motor that combine to make 90kW and 253Nm – 10kW more than the version it replaced – which is transmitted to the front wheels via a CVT transmission.

The end result is that the hatch manages an average fuel consumption of just 3.7l/100km, making it one of the most efficient cars you can buy in the country.

Visually, the Fit has received a sportier demeanour thanks to a revised grille and new bumpers, which the company says delivers a more “cohesive, characterful aesthetic.”

The Honda has also been given a new wireless phone charger, adding to the list of existing equipment like automatic LED headlights, 16-inch alloy wheels, keyless entry and start, leather upholstery, heated front seats, a 7.0-inch driver’s display, and a 9.0-inch infotainment screen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and climate control.

Furthermore, it has access to safety functions like a reverse camera, front and rear parking sensors, lane-keep assist, hill-start assist, adaptive cruise control, a road departure mitigation system, automatic emergency braking, and six airbags.

Each purchase comes with a 5-year/200,000km warranty, a 4-year/60,000km service plan, and an 8-year/200,000km hybrid battery warranty.

The competitors

These are the hatchbacks competing against the new Honda Fit Hybrid in South Africa.

Click on the underlined prices for more information.

Opel Corsa 1.2T Elegance

  • Starting price – R436,900
  • Power – 96kW/230Nm
  • Fuel consumption – 6.3l/100km

Hyundai i20 1.0T N Line

  • Starting price – R455,900
  • Power – 90kW/172Nm
  • Fuel consumption – 6.9l/100km

Suzuki Swift 1.4T Sport auto

  • Starting price –  R455,900
  • Power – 103kW/230Nm
  • Fuel consumption – 6.1l/100km

VW Polo 1.0TSI R-Line

  • Starting price –  R463,700
  • Power – 85kW/200Nm
  • Fuel consumption – 5.4l/100km

Peugeot 208 1.2T GT

  • Starting price – R469,900
  • Power – 96kW/230Nm
  • Fuel consumption – 6.3l/100km

Fiat Tipo 1.6 Life

  • Starting price – R489,900
  • Power –81kW/152Nm
  • Fuel consumption – 6.3l/100km

Audi A1 Sportback 35TFSI Advanced

  • Starting price – R551,000
  • Power – 110kW/250Nm
  • Fuel consumption – 5.1l/100km

Mini Cooper 5-door

  • Starting price – R554,465
  • Power – 100kW/220Nm
  • Fuel consumption – 5.7l/100km

Mazda 3 2.0 Astina

  • Starting price – R565,700
  • Power – 121kW/213Nm
  • Fuel consumption – 6.3l/100km

Toyota Corolla 1.8 Hybrid XR

  • Starting price – R571,900
  • Power – 103kW/142+e Nm
  • Fuel consumption – 4.0l/100km

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