6 Cheapest Automatic Cars in SA

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Looking for a chilled drive on a shoestring? We list 6 of the most affordable automatic cars available in South Africa. 

Sit back, relax and let the car do the work! Automatic cars have much to offer, especially if you live and travel within the confines of the city. Not only are automatic cars easier to drive but they also take the stress out of changing gears continuously, particularly if you crawl through traffic jams on a regular basis. Advances in transmission technology have also led to improvements in fuel efficiency, to the point where some automatic cars are actually more efficient than their manual siblings.

To make your life easier, we have created a list of 6 of the most affordable automatic cars currently on sale in South Africa, all of which are currently priced under R200k (January 2020). More than this, we will weigh in on which of these cars we think offers the best value for money. 

Renault Kwid 1.0 Automatic - From R154 900

Renault introduced a revamped Kwid to market in 2019 and buyers now have the choice between 3 automatic Kwid derivatives in either Expression (R154 900), Dynamique (R164 900) and Climber (R174 900) guise. The Kwid is powered by the familiar 3-cylinder, 1.0-litre petrol engine that offers 50 kW and 91 Nm of torque and is equipped with an Automated Manual Transmission (AMT). Renault claims that the AMT version is more fuel-efficient than the manual with a claimed consumption figure of 4.4 L/100 km, making it the most fuel-efficient (claimed) car on this list. 

Key features 

  • Safety: Driver and passenger airbag, ABS
  • Interior: 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Android Auto/Apple CarPlay, Bluetooth and USB support
  • Space: Boot space measures 279 litres
  • Service and warranty: 5-year/150 000km warranty
  • Estimated monthly payment: R3 172 over 60 months with 10% deposit and 13% interest

 

Renault dealerships regularly offer specials. View new car specials here!

Verdict: Although the Kwid is the cheapest automatic car on this list, it's not necessarily the best option to consider. We previously tested the Kwid automatic and found its AMT to be lurchy and too compromised. To drive the Kwid AMT smoothly takes as much concentration as it would in a manual car, so why bother? Furthermore, the integral hill-hold function of a normal (torque-converter-type) automatic is also missing in the Kwid, so when pulling away on upward slopes you have to use the handbrake or brakes to avoid rolling back (again, similar to driving a manual car). 

Renault Kwid (2019) Launch Review 

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Suzuki Celerio 1.0 GL Automatic – From R173 900

Suzuki is underrated by buyers – not owners – but the Hamamatsu-based firm is good at making cars that are easy to live with every day and affordable to maintain. The Celerio has a lot going for it and the 1.0 GL was the Budget Car champion in the 2016/17 iteration Cars.co.za Consumer Awards - powered by WesBank and it's available as an automatic. Powering the Celerio is a 3-cylinder 1.0-litre petrol engine that develops 50 kW and 90 Nm of torque. The front wheels are driven through a 5-speed automatic ‘box and Suzuki claims an impressive fuel consumption figure of 4.6 L/100km.

Even though the Celerio is down on power when compared to the cars on this list, it makes up for the shortfall with features. Here are some of the Celerio’s key features.

Key features

  • Safety – 2 airbags, ABS.
  • Interior – Air conditioning, mounted steering wheel controls, multi-information display, Bluetooth, CD player, USB/Aux ports and electric windows.
  • Space – Largest boot capacity on this list at 235 litres, expanding to 1 034 litres with the rear seats folded flat.
  • Service and warranty: 3-year/100 000 km warranty and 2-year/30 000km service plan.
  • Estimated monthly payment: R3 561 over 60 months with 10% deposit and 13% interest

 

Suzuki dealerships regularly offer specials. View new car specials here!

Verdict: For a basic city runabout, the Suzuki Celerio offers good value at this price point. It’s packed with features and has the benefit of more space compared to its rivals. It drives well and is easy to live with on a daily basis, once you've gotten used to the characteristics of the automated manual transmission. However, perceived build quality and refinement can’t quite match that offered in the Swift. The Celerio is a solid value proposition but if you can stretch your budget, then the 1.2 Swift GL automatic is the one to have at R195 900.

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Kia Picanto 1.0/1.2 Automatic – From R176 995

There are 3 Kia Picanto automatic derivatives currently on offer under R200k including the Picanto 1.0 Start auto (R176 995), Picanto 1.2 Start auto (R186 995) and the Picanto 1.0 Style auto (R193 995). The 1.0-litre derivatives are powered by a 3-cylinder, 1.0-litre petrol engine with 49 kW and 95 Nm of torque while the 1.2-litre engine offers 61 kW and 122 Nm.   A 4-speed automatic transmission drives the front wheels and Kia claims a fuel consumption figure of 5.3 L/100 km for the 1.0-litre engine and 5.9 L/100km for the 1.2-litre engine. 

Key features

  • Safety – 1 airbags, no ABS for Start trim. 2 airbags and ABS for Style trim.  
  • Interior – Air conditioning, Bluetooth, USB/Aux support.
  • Space – Boot space measures 255 litres, expanding to 1 010 litres with the rear seats folded flat.
  • Service and warranty: 5-year/unlimited km warranty, 2-year/30 000 km service plan.
  • Estimated monthly payment: From R3 624 over 60 months with 10% deposit and 13% interest

 

Kia dealerships regularly offer specials. View new car specials here!

Verdict: The Kia Picanto is ideal for city driving and its cheeky styling gives it added street-cred. This Start derivative is a bare-bones offering in terms of specification but Kia’s 5-year unlimited km warranty adds peace of mind for buyers considering the Picanto. 

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Datsun Go 1.2 Lux Auto - R184 200

Late last year, Datsun introduced the Go hatchback with a CVT. Notably, its 1.2-litre petrol engine offers slightly more power than its manual sibling with 57 kW and 104 Nm on offer. Datsun claims a fuel consumption figure of 5.0 L/100km.

Key features

  • Safety – 2 airbags, ABS
  • Interior – Air conditioning, rear park distance control, touchscreen infotainment system with Android Auto/Apple CarPlay, Bluetooth, USB/Aux ports and electric windows.
  • Space – Boot space is at 265 litres
  • Service and warranty: 6-year/150 000 km warranty, service plans optional.
  • Estimated monthly payment: R3 722 over 60 months with 10% deposit and 13% interest

 

Datsun dealerships regularly offer specials. View new car specials here!

Verdict: The Datsun Go CVT is capable in the city, but could perform better on the highway. Nonetheless, with improved safety and feature specification, the Datsun Go is now easier to recommend to first-time car buyers. 

Datsun Go CVT (2019) Launch Review

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Suzuki Swift 1.2 GL Automatic – R195 900

The new Suzuki Swift is a solid offering and represents good value overall. Fitted with a 1.2-litre petrol engine with 61 kW and 113 Nm of torque, the Swift makes use of a 5-speed automatic to go about its business. Suzuki claims a fuel consumption figure of 4.9 L/100km for the 1.2 GL automatic. Here’s what you can expect in terms of features…

Key features

  • Safety – Two airbags, ABS, Brake Assist.
  • Interior – Air conditioning, mounted steering wheel controls, multi-information display, Bluetooth, CD player, USB/Aux ports and electric windows.
  • Space – Boot space is at 268 litres, expanding to 953 litres with the rear seat folded flat.
  • Service and warranty: 3-year/100 000 km warranty, 2-year/30 000 km service plan.
  • Estimated monthly payment: R4 012 over 60 months with 10% deposit and 13% interest

 

Suzuki dealerships regularly offer specials. View new car specials here!

Verdict: The Suzuki Swift 1.2 GL automatic is by far the most refined offering on this list. Interior build quality is good and the Swift drives and handles well while returning low fuel consumption figures. This derivative is packed with features and this latest iteration represents excellent value for buyers.

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Hyundai Grand i10 1.0 Motion Automatic – from R196 900

The Hyundai Grand i10 1.0 Motion automatic is powered by a 3-cylinder, 1,0-litre petrol engine with 48 kW and 94 Nm of torque and is mated to a 4-speed automatic transmission.  Hyundai has also made an effort to improve safety across the range by adding an additional passenger airbag, ABS with EBD and steering wheel controls. 

Key features

  • Safety – 2 airbags, ABS with EBD
  • Interior – Air conditioning, mounted steering wheel controls, Bluetooth, CD player, USB/Aux and front electric windows.
  • Space – Boot space is claimed at 256 litres, expanding to 1 202 litres with the rear seat folded flat.
  • Service and warranty – 5-year/150 000 km vehicle warranty, 7-year/200 000 km drivetrain warranty, no service plan.
  • Estimated monthly payment: R4 032 over 60 months with 10% deposit at 13% interest. 

 

Hyundai dealerships regularly offer specials. View new car specials here!

Verdict: The Hyundai Grand i10 1.0 Motion is perfectly adequate for city driving and it's reassuring to know that the Grand i10 now has an additional airbag and ABS. 

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