We list 10 cars that are the most gizmo-packed in terms of safety and convenience features (from new) at asking prices of under R250 000. Take a look…
If you are in the market for an out-of-the-box purchase that costs less than R250 000, you have many options to consider but you will have to make some difficult decisions on what car will give offer you the most in terms what you will get for your money. If outright practicality (in terms of people-carrying ability or loading capacity) is not high on the priority list and you're effectively looking to find a vehicle with the most "big-car features" in a "small car (compact) package", which is what so many consumers are looking for, what should you consider?
We created this list to help you narrow down your search, particularly if safety and convenience features matter to you. To make it onto this list, a car must have at least 4 airbags as standard as well as ABS and stability and/or traction control. The cars are then ranked, according to the convenience features they offer. The cars with the most comprehensive list of convenience features appear higher on the list, while cars with less or more optional features will appear further down the list. All the cars on this list are priced under R250k (April 2017).
The features considered for this list include satellite navigation, USB and auxiliary ports, Bluetooth functionality, cruise control, multifunction steering wheel, electric windows and park distance control.
Renault Sandero Stepway 66 kW Turbo Dynamique
The recently facelifted Renault Sandero Stepway Dynamique is a value-oriented proposition that’s difficult to ignore at R189 900 – it comes equipped with ALL of the aforementioned convenience features and is powered by a 0.9-litre 3-cylinder turbopetrol engine (66 kW/135 Nm). A 5-speed manual transmission drives the front wheels and the claimed fuel consumption is 5.4 L/100 km. As a bonus, the Stepway is quite practical with a 292-litre luggage bay, as well as a split-folding rear seatback that can free up more loading capacity.
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Opel Adam 1.0T Jam
If you are looking for something more fashionable, the Opel Adam 1.0T Jam is a boutique city car that should be worthy of your attention. Priced at R230 700, the Adam Jam offers a total of 6 airbags as standard and comes fitted with a reverse-view camera, along with front and rear park distance control.
The 1.0-litre, 3-cylinder turbopetrol engine is a peach too and delivers punchy performance with 85 kW and 170 Nm of torque transferred through a 6-manual transmission. Fuel consumption is claimed at 5.1 L/100 km. Luggage space is rated at 170 litres, expanding to 484 litres with the rear seat bench folded down.
Renault Clio 66 kW Turbo Dynamique
Renault’s popular Clio benefited from a facelift late in 2016 with exterior and interior updates. Powered by a 0.9-litre, 3-cylinder turbopetrol engine offering 66 kW and 140 Nm of torque, the Clio Dynamique is a well-sorted compact city car. A 5-speed manual transmission drives the front wheels and Renault claims a fuel consumption figure of 5.5 L/100 km.
The luggage bay is sizable at 300 litres, expanding to a useful 1 146 litres with the rear seats folded down. The Renault Clio 66 kW Turbo Dynamique is priced from R244 900.
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Opel Corsa 1.0T Enjoy
The Opel Corsa 1.0T Enjoy is the current Compact Hatchback champion of the Cars.co.za Consumer Awards – powered by WesBank. The Corsa 1.0T Enjoy doesn’t offer navigation as standard, but Opel’s Intellilink infotainment system is available as an option and is well worth the extra spend. A nifty automated parking feature, front and rear parking sensors and blind spot alert are also offered as part of Option Pack 2.
A 1.0-litre, 3-cylinder turbopetrol engine does service under the bonnet, the same engine found in the aforementioned Adam 1.0T Jam, with 85 kW and 170 Nm of torque. In this application, fuel consumption is rated at 5.0 L/100 km. Luggage space is good too, with 285 litres at your disposal, which expands to 1 210 litres with the rear seats folded down. The Opel Corsa 1.0T Enjoy is currently priced at R234 800.
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Smart ForTwo/ForFour Proxy
The Smart ForTwo and ForFour offer consumers something different. The new 3rd-generation Smart models were launched in South Africa last year and seem perfectly suited to the urban commute. In Proxy trim, the specification is adequate with a number of optional features on offer.
Both the ForTwo and ForFour Proxy are powered by a 1.0-litre, 3-cylinder naturally-aspirated engine offering 52 kW and 91 Nm of torque. A 5-speed manual transmission is available for both derivatives while the ForFour Proxy can also be had with a 6-speed automatic transmission. Pricing starts at R207 400 for the ForTwo Proxy and R212 400 for the manual ForFour Proxy. The automatic ForFour Proxy is priced from R242 900.
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Honda Jazz 1.2 Comfort
The Honda Jazz 1.2 Comfort was a finalist in the Compact Hatchback category of the Cars.co.za Consumer Awards – powered by Wesbank and it’s a formidable offering in terms of space, practicality and reliability. The Jazz covers the basics in terms of features, but nice-to-have navigation and cruise control are not offered. Six airbags are standard, however.
A naturally aspirated 1.2-litre engine (with outputs of 66 kW and 110 Nm) is mated with a 5-speed manual transmission and the claimed fuel consumption figure is 5.6 L/100 km. In terms of space, there’s plenty, with a loading bay offering 363 litres expanding to a generous 1 881 litres with the rear seats folded down. The Honda Jazz 1.2 Comfort is priced from R234 200.
Peugeot 208 Active
The Peugeot 208 Active is not as popular as some of the other cars on this list, but it’s a decent offering nonetheless with a reasonable level of specification. Cruise control is one of the stand-out standard features and the luggage bay offers 311 litres of space, expanding to 1 152 litres with the rear seats down.
The 208 Active is powered by a 1.2-litre, 3-cylinder petrol engine with 60 kW and 118 Nm of torque. A 5-speed manual gearbox put those numbers to the tar with a claimed fuel consumption figure of 4.3 L/100 km. The Peugeot 208 Active is priced from R224 900.
Volkswagen Move Up!
The Up! has been popular locally and there is an Up! to suit a variety of tastes. The Move Up!, priced from R179 900, is basic, but you can spec it (up!) with features such as park distance control, cruise control, alloy wheels and heated front seats. If you love music, you may want to consider the Up! Beats priced from R196 300, featuring a banging 300W BeatsAudio sound system. Alternatively, you can also consider the Cross Up! priced at R196 500.
All Up! models are powered by a 3-cylinder 1.0-litre petrol engine with 55 kW and 95 Nm of torque driving the front wheels through a 5-speed manual transmission. Claimed fuel consumption is 4.6 L/100 km. Luggage space is rated at 251 litres and 959 litres with the rear bench folded down.
Volkswagen Polo 1.2 TSI Trendline
The Polo is nearing the end of its production cycle; it is a safe bet thanks to its good interior quality and comfortable ride, but it is pricey as you move up the range. For under R250k, you can bag yourself a base-spec Polo 1.2 TSI Trendline, but sadly many of the key features mentioned at the top of the article, such as Bluetooth, USB, cruise control and park distance control are offered as options. You can, of course, opt for the Polo 1.4 Trendline or Comfortline sedan or the 1.6 Comfortline sedan if you are looking for something a bit bigger.
The 1.2-litre turbopetrol motor offers up 66 kW and 160 Nm of torque and is mated to a 5-speed manual transmission. Volkswagen claims a fuel consumption figure of 4.9 L/100 km.
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Honda Ballade 1.5 Trend
As an alternative to the above mentioned Polo sedan, you can also consider the Honda Ballade Trend manual priced at R238 800. The Ballade was recently updated with a new look and improved interior feel. A total of 6 airbags are standard but this derivative does lack some features such as alloy wheels, multifunction steering wheel, park distance control and cruise control. The boot is large though, offering 536 litres of space.
A naturally aspirated 1.5-litre petrol engine producing 88 kW and 145 Nm of torque is found in the engine bay and Honda claims an average consumption figure of 5.9 L/100 km. A 5-speed manual transmission drives the front wheels.
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