Are you shopping for a new car on a tight budget of less than R165k? These are the 5 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 R165k, 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 5 of the cheapest new passenger cars money can buy in South Africa.
Pricing is accurate as of April 2021.
1. Suzuki S-Presso - From R145 900
Suzuki welcomed its new S-Presso to market in 2020 and the newcomer is ideal for first-time car buyers looking for a quirky hatchback. Most of the S-Presso range is priced below the R165k cutoff, barring the range-topping S-Presso 1.0 S-Edition priced at R173 900. The S-Presso is powered by a 50 kW/90 Nm 1.0-litre petrol engine and can be had with either a 5-speed manual or 5-speed automated manual transmission.
2. 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.
3. Suzuki Celerio - From R153 900
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 is 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 R153 900 but the higher-spec Celerio 1.0 GL is priced at R171 900 while the automatic derivative is priced at R185 900.
4. Mahindra KUV100 Nxt 1.2 G80 K2+ - From R154 999
The entry-level Mahindra KUV100 Nxt 1.2 G80 K2+ is priced from R154 999 and in our 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.
5. Renault Kwid - From R162 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.
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 R162 900. The higher-spec Kwid Dynamique is priced from R172 900. A range-topping Kwid Climber is also on offer with pricing starting at R183 900. Renault also offers Automated Manual Transmission (AMT) derivatives across all 3 trim levels as well as a 5-speed manual transmission.
It is also worth highlighting that the Kwid is now equipped with 2 airbags and ABS.