Car Prices 2016 vs 2015: How Much More Are You Paying?

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How much more are you paying for your car in 2016 vs the same time last year?

Car prices are determined by many factors such as inflation, exchange rates and manufacturing costs. It’s unlikely that we’ll ever see car prices decrease, but it’s interesting to see which manufacturers have increased their prices more than others.

It seems that after a year of weakenings in the exchange rates the rand has rallied back to the same level it was 1 year ago (R13.80 to the US dollar and similarly 15.50 to the Euro). Most of our imports are paid for in these two currencies – even Japanese and Chinese imports are often traded in US Dollars so it’s a reasonable comparison to make for most manufacturers.

Manufacturers that produce vehicles locally (Toyota, Nissan, Ford, Volkswagen, BMW, Mercedes-Benz and GM) have a little shelter from the exchange rate as they benefit from the Automotive Production and Development Programme (APDP) incentive scheme, so you would expect their prices to not have inflated as much.

However, there are many intricacies and dealings that go on behind the scenes that have an effect on vehicle pricing for each manufacturer, so these figures don’t tell the whole story. It is, however, still interesting to see how much more cars are today than they were a year ago. We have chosen cars that sell reasonably well on the local market and have been on sale for a year and haven't been through a facelift in that period.

2015 vs 2016 car prices

Volkswagen Polo Hatch 1.2 TSI Comfortline

2015 price – R223 700

2016 price – R246 700

+ R23 000 (+10.3%)

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Volkswagen Polo Vivo Hatch 1.4 Trendline

2015 price – R159 600

2016 price – R179 500

+ R19 900 (+12.5%)

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Chevrolet Spark 1.2 LS

2015 price – R140 900

2016 price – R158 900

+ R18 000 (+12.8%)

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Suzuki Swift Hatch 1.2 GL

2015 price – R143 900

2016 price – R164 300

+ R20 400 (+14.2%)

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Renault Sandero 66 kW turbo Dynamique

2015 price – R152 900

2016 price – R157 900

+ R5 000 (+3.3%)

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Opel Corsa 1.0T Enjoy

2015 price – R216 200

2016 price – R234 800

+ R18 600 (+8.6%)

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Hyundai i20 1.4 Fluid

2015 price – R207 900

2016 price – R249 900

+ R42 000 (+20.2%)

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Honda Jazz 1.5 Dynamic

2015 Price – R257 300

2016 price – R280 800

+ R23 500 (+9.1%)

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Land Rover Discovery Sport SD4 SE


2015 price – R640 320

2016 price – R727 366 (new engine for 2016)

+ R87 046 (+13.6%)

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Mazda CX-5 2.0 Active auto

2015 price – R329 300

2016 price – R371 900

+ R42 600 (+12.9%)

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Nissan Qashqai 1.2T Acenta

2015 price – R317 800

2016 price – R345 900

+ R28 100 (8.8%)

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BMW 320i auto

2015 price – R461 900

2016 price – R525 056

+ R63 156 (+13.7%)

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Mercedes-Benz C200 auto

2015 price – R478 129

2016 price – R516 154

+ R38 025 (+8%)

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Toyota Corolla Quest 1.6

2015 price – R183 900

2016 price – R207 500

+ R23 600 (+12.8%)

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Toyota Corolla 1.6 Prestige

2015 price – R256 700

2016 price – R287 400

+ R30 700 (+12%)

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Peugeot 308 1.2T GT Line

2015 price – R329 900

2016 price – R357 900

+ R28 000 (+8.5%)

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Kia Picanto 1.2 EX

2015 price – R149 995

2016 price – R178 995

+ R29 000 (+19.3%)

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Ford Kuga 2.0TDCi AWD Trend

2015 price – R424 900

2016 price – R489 900

+ R65 000 (+15.3%)

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Ford Focus Hatch 1.5T Trend

2015 price – R265 900

2016 price – R307 900

+ R42 000 (+15.8%)

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Ashley Oldfield

Ashley has been riding or driving some sort of motorised vehicle since his 4th birthday when he got a Yamaha PW50. Crushed by the expense of motor racing, Ashley took up journalism and became a writer for some of South Africa’s best motoring magazines and online publications. He is SA’s first (and only) GT Academy winner having raced professionally overseas.