Take a look at the cheapest 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 March 2021.
Suzuki Vitara Brezza 1.5 GL Automatic - R264 900
Suzuki recently welcomed the new Vitara Brezza to its local range and it's currently the most affordable compact SUV on sale in South Africa. Think of the Vitara Brezza as a smaller, more compact version of the brand's Vitara family car. The Vitara Brezza is powered by a naturally-aspirated 1.5-litre petrol engine with outputs of 77 kW and 138 Nm of torque. Transmissions include a 5-speed manual shifter or for convenience, buyers can opt for the 4-speed automatic. The Brezza is offered in base GL guise or in GLX trim.
Toyota Urban Cruiser 1.5 XS Automatic - R289 000
The Toyota Urban Cruiser has come to market as a result of a 'product share' agreement between Suzuki and Toyota and it's essentially a re-badged Vitara Brezza (see above), albeit with some minor differences in styling and feature specification. The Urban Cruiser is powered by the same naturally-aspirated 1.5-litre petrol engine as found in the Suzuki Vitara Brezzawith outputs of 77 kW and 138 Nm and is equipped with a 4-speed automatic shifter. The Urban Cruiser range is offered in XI, XS and XR trim.
Ford EcoSport 1.5 Ambiente Automatic - R316 300
Ford added an entry-level 6-speed automatic EcoSport to its local range in early 2020 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 - R329 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.
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).
Hyundai Venue 1.0T Motion Automatic - R342 500
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