Take a look at the most affordable automatic compact SUVs currently available in South Africa.
Small compact SUVs are hugely popular in South Africa as they offer higher levels of practicality while also offering improved gravel-travel ability. The popularity of automatic transmissions is on the rise and while self-shifting offerings are generally pricier than their manual counterparts, there are some automatic compact SUVs on the market that will strike a chord with buyers looking for value and convenience at an attractive price.
The cars included on this list are cars that the Cars.co.za editorial team have tested. There are cheaper compact SUVs on the market such as the JMC Landwind 5 and the BAIC X25, but they are untested and we are therefore not able to recommend them.
On that note, take a look at the list below! Prices are accurate as of October 2020.
Ford EcoSport 1.5 Ambiente Automatic - R316 300
Ford added an entry-level 6-speed automatic EcoSport to its local range earlier this year and this derivative is powered by a naturally-aspirated 1.5-litre petrol engine with 91 kW and 151 Nm of torque.
Haval H2 1.5 City Automatic - R324 900
The facelifted Haval H2 arrived in South Africa earlier this year with revised styling and interior upgrades. The H2 is powered by a 1.5-litre 4-cylinder turbopetrol with peak outputs of 105 kW and 202 Nm and is mated with a 6-speed automatic transmission.
Hyundai Venue 1.0T Motion Automatic - R325 900
Hyundai’s stylish Venue came to market late in 2019 and it’s been a popular choice in the compact SUV market ever since. The Venue makes use of a turbocharged 1.0-litre petrol engine with 88 kW and 172 Nm driving the front wheels through a 7-speed automatic transmission.
See specification details for the Hyundai Venue 1.0T Motion Automatic
Honda BR-V 1.5 Comfort Automatic - R342 200
Honda’s updated BR-V arrived locally in February 2020 with minor styling changes and notable interior upgrades. The familiar naturally-aspirated 1.5-litre petrol engine with 88kW and 145 Nm remains unchanged and is mated with a Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT).
Toyota Rush 1.5 S Automatic - R345 600
Toyota’s Rush has been quite a hit in South Africa since its launch back in 2018. The Rush is powered by a 77 kW/136 Nm 1.5-litre petrol motor paired with a 4-speed automatic transmission that drives the rear wheels.