"Death by crossover" aptly describes the state of sedan sales in South Africa. Consumers are smitten with crossovers and sedan sales have plummeted as a result. However, with budgets tightening amid tough economic conditions, the practicality of a small sedan still has merit and the sedan has much to offer small families who are looking for a practical and reliable ride.
Join us as we take a closer look at 6 of South Africa’s most budget-friendly sedans...
The Suzuki Swift Dzire offers buyers 3 derivatives to choose from. The Dzire range starts with the base GA offering (R153 900), followed by the high-spec GL manual (R167 900) and automatic (R184 900) versions. The Swift DZire is powered by a naturally aspirated 1.2-litre petrol engine with 63 kW and 113 Nm of torque. Suzuki claims a fuel consumption figure of 5.2 L/100 km for the manual derivatives while the automatic is said to consume 5.9 L/100 km.
The Swift Dzire has a claimed boot capacity of 300 litres and comes equipped with 2 airbags, ABS with EBD and brake assist.
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Three Honda Brio Amaze sedan derivatives are available, starting with the Amaze 1.2 Trend priced from R165 300. The high-spec Amaze 1.2 Comfort manual is priced from R177 200 while the automatic version carries a price tag of R190 600.
The Honda Brio Amaze is fitted with a 1.2-litre 4-cylinder engine delivering 65 kW and 109 Nm of torque and Honda claims a fuel consumption figure of 6.1 L/100 km for the manual derivatives. Claimed fuel consumption for the automatic version is 6.9 L/100 km. The Brio Amaze is said to offer 405 litres of boot space, with a pair of front airbags and ABS with EBD is fitted as standard.
Two Tata Bolt sedan derivatives are available to buyers and both feature a manual transmission. The Tata Bolt 1.2T XMS is priced from R167 995 while the high-spec 1.2T XT is priced from R177 995.
A turbocharged 1.2-litre engine, which produces 66 kW and 140 Nm of torque, powers the Bolt sedan. Tata claims an average fuel consumption figure of 6.5 L/100 km and a luggage capacity of 360 litres. The safety features include 2 airbags and ABS with EBD.
Another option to consider from Tata is the Manza sedan. It’s powered by a naturally aspirated 1.4-litre engine with 66 kW and 116 Nm of torque, with a claimed fuel consumption figure of 6.4 L/100 km. Pricing for the Manza starts at R156 995 for the 1.4 Ini while the high-spec 1.4 Ignis is priced from R177 995. ABS with EBD is fitted as standard along with 2 airbags and the Tata sedan's boot capacity is reportedly a sizable 460 litres.
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The Toyota Etios sedan is available in two derivatives – the 1.5 Xi and 1.5 Xs. Both are offered with a manual transmission and mated with the same 1.5-litre engine offering 66 kW and 132 Nm of torque. Toyota claims an average fuel consumption figure of 5.9 L/100 km.
Pricing starts at R172 200 for the Etios 1.5 Xi sedan and R180 500 for the Etios 1.5 Xs sedan. Safety features include 2 airbags and ABS with EBD. The Etios sedan has the largest claimed boot capacity on this list (595 litres).
The Ford Figo sedan is offered in 3 trim levels: Ambiente (R175 900), Trend (R185 900) and Titanium (R212 900). All derivatives are powered by a 1.5-litre naturally aspirated engine with 82 kW and 136 Nm of torque, making the Figo the most powerful budget sedan on this list. Ambiente and Trend derivatives are offered with a manual transmission while the Titanium derivative is offered with an automatic transmission only. Ford claims 6.0 L/100 km for the automatic derivative and 5.9 L/100 km for the manual versions.
Boot capacity is rated at 445 litres and safety features include 2 airbags and ABS.
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The Volkswagen Polo Vivo sedan is a popular choice in this segment and buyers can choose between 5 sedan derivatives with either manual or automatic transmissions. At the bottom of the range is the 1.4 Conceptline priced from R181 100. It’s powered by a naturally aspirated 1.4-litre engine delivering 55 kW and 132 Nm of torque with a claimed fuel consumption figure of 6.2 L/100 km. The mid-spec 1.4 Trendline is priced from R190 000.
There’s also a more powerful 1.6-litre engine on offer with 77 kW and 155 Nm of torque. It’s available in either Trendline or Comfortline trim and the 1.6 Trendline derivative is also available as an automatic.
The 1.6 Trendline sedan is priced from R197 700 while the automatic version is priced from R206 000 with a claimed fuel consumption figure of 6.9 L/100 km. The top-of-the-range 1.6 Comfortline sedan is priced at R206 100. The manual 1.6 derivatives have a claimed fuel consumption figure of 6.6 L/100 km.
The Polo Vivo sedan is said to offer 432 litres of boot space and safety features include 2 airbags and ABS with EBD.
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