Are you shopping for a new car on a tight budget of less than R160k? These are the 6 cheapest new cars currently available in South Africa…
We all know that buying a new car can be an expensive exercise but if your budget is below R160k, what are your options? Yes, you may have to compromise somewhat in terms of quality and features in the low-end of the new car market but if these 5 cheapest cars don’t quite meet your needs then it's worthwhile exploring the used car market right here on Cars.co.za.
Let’s take a closer look at 6 of the cheapest new passenger cars money can buy in South Africa.
Pricing is accurate as of September 2019.
Renault Kwid - From R137 900
The Renault Kwid is proving to be quite popular locally and it's by far the best-selling model for Renault in South Africa. In August 2019, no less than 1 098 Kwids were sold, accounting for 47% of Renault's total sales for the month!
The Kwid is powered by a 3-cylinder, 1.0-litre petrol engine with 50 kW and 91 Nm of torque. The range starts with the Kwid 1.0 Expression priced at R137 900. The higher-spec Kwid Dynamique is priced from R147 900 and is impressively equipped with a comprehensive touchscreen infotainment system with navigation, which is a boon in this segment. Both the Kwid Expression and Dynamique derivatives are equipped with a 5-speed manual transmission. Renault also offers the Kwid Dynamique automatic at a price of R157 900 and it comes equipped with an automated manual transmission (AMT). For a uniquely-styled Kwid, you can also consider the Kwid Climber which is priced from R157 900.
It is also worth highlighting that the Kwid is currently only offered with 1 airbag but Renault has now included ABS as standard across the Kwid range.
Mahindra KUV100 Nxt 1.2 G80 K2+ - From R137 999
The entry-level Mahindra KUV100 Nxt 1.2 G80 K2+ is the second cheapest car on sale in South Africa and in our recent Budget Car Comparison (watch the video below), the KUV100 Nxt performed very well against its rivals. Powered by a 1.2-litre, 3-cylinder petrol engine with 61 kW and 115 Nm, the Mahindra offers decent performance using a 5-speed manual transmission. Safety features include 2 airbags and ABS with EBD.
Suzuki Celerio - From R141 400
The Suzuki Celerio came to market in 2015 and the Celerio 1.0 GL was crowned as the Budget Car champion in the 2016 iteration of the Cars.co.za Consumer Awards – powered by WesBank.
The Celerio it's powered by a 3-cylinder 1.0-litre engine that offers 50 kW and 90 Nm of torque. A 5-speed manual transmission does service in the Celerio, but you can have the Celerio in 5-speed automatic guise too.
The base-spec Celerio 1.0 GA is priced from R141 400 while the higher-spec Celerio 1.0 GL is priced at R158 400.
BAIC D20 - From R149 990
BAIC, one of the largest automakers in China, launched in South Africa in 2017 and introduced the D20 hatchback to market. The base-spec D20 is powered by a 1.3-litre petrol engine with outputs of 75 kW and 128 Nm of torque. The rest of the D20 range is powered by a 1.5-litre petrol engine with 85 kW and 148 Nm of torque. Buyers can choose between a 5-speed manual or 4-speed automatic transmission.
Pricing for the base-spec D20 1.3 Comfort starts at R149 990 while pricing for the 1.5-litre derivatives starts from R169 990.
Datsun Go - From R132 900
Datsun returned to South Africa in 2014 with the Go budget hatchback and the model has re-established the Datsun brand in the local market with strong monthly sales. The Datsun Go Mid is priced from R154 500 while the higher-spec Go Lux is priced from R168 500. For extra versatility, you may want to consider the Go+ MPV priced from R164 600.
All Datsun Go derivatives are powered by the same 1.2-litre, 3-cylinder petrol engine offering 50 kW and 104 Nm of torque and mated to a 5-speed manual transmission.
Safety specification for the Datsun Go has improved to include 2 airbags and ABS.
Kia Picanto - From R158 995
The entry-level Kia Picanto 1.0 Start is powered by a 3-cylinder, 1.0-litre petrol engine with 49 kW and 95 Nm of torque while buyers can also opt for a naturally-aspirated 1.2-litre motor offering peak outputs of 61 kW and 122 Nm of torque. Both engines are offered with either a 5-speed manual or 4-speed automatic transmission.
While there is lots of variety in the Picanto range, this Picanto 1.0 Start is the only derivative priced below R160k with a price of R158 995. Also note that only 1 airbag is fitted on this derivative.