Best Budget Cars in South Africa


If value for money is all-important to you, then look no further. These are the semi-finalists in the Budget Car category of the Consumer Awards – powered by WesBank!

The second annual Consumer Awards – now powered by WesBank, is underway and the 65 semi-finalists across 13 categories have been chosen. Make sure you visit the Consumer Awards – powered by WesBank website for all the vehicle and category information and also be sure to follow us on Twitter (@CarsSouthAfrica), Facebook (CarsSA) and Instagram (carssouthafrica) for the latest updates.

The Ownership Satisfaction Survey, in partnership with leading data specialists, Lightstone Consumer, forms an integral part of the awards programme, with the survey accounting for 50% of the final result in each category. The brand-specific data incorporates feedback from thousands of South African new vehicle owners, based on their experiences of their vehicles (must be less than 5 years old and serviced through franchised outlets).

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Budgets are tight. Fuel costs are rising. Yet buying an affordable car doesn’t mean you should have to compromise on safety, technology and quality. The winner of this category represents as much good car as possible for the money. Value is very important, as are running costs and all such “common sense” considerations.

For a car to be considered in this category, its listed price must not exceed R160 000 at the time of semi-finalist voting (September 1 2016). This price must include all accessories/options deemed as requirements for eligibility in this category. It will need ABS braking (if not fitted as standard, the cost of this, together with other required options, must not push the price of the vehicle over R160 000 at the time of voting) and dual front airbags (if not fitted as standard, the cost of this, together with other required options, must not push the price of the vehicle over R160 000 at the time of voting).

The semi-finalists in the Budget Car category of the Consumer Awards – powered by WesBank are (in no particular order):

Renault Sandero Expression

Last year’s winner returns to defend its title, but this time round it does so without air-conditioning – a derivative equipped with air-con is priced above our price cap of R160 000. Nevertheless, the Sandero offers an impressive combination of spaciousness, comprehensive safety and infotainment features as well as a long warranty. It is one of the most affordable semi-finalists, too, and consequently offers exceptional overall value for money. 

Read a review of the Renault Sandero
Meet the facelifted Renault Sandero and Stepway

Suzuki Celerio 1.0 GL

Another contender from the inaugural Awards' semi-finalist round is again in the running. The Suzuki Celerio is a compact car that’s cleverly packaged to offer more space than you expect, as well as big-car features at a very competitive price. It is the most affordable of our semi-finalists, yet it goes beyond the required features and adds a large number of bonus items.

Read more about the Suzuki Celerio
Find a Suzuki Celerio for sale here

Mitsubishi Mirage GLX

Mitsubishi’s Mirage is an increasingly strong contender in the Budget Car category, particularly if you demand modern comfort and safety features from your entry-level vehicle. At the price, it is hard to beat the GLX on specification.

Check out a review of the Mirage
Find a used Mitsubishi Mirage for sale here

Toyota Aygo 1.0 X-Play

Toyota’s new Aygo boasts quite a radical look and the pint-sized hatchback is packed with features. You certainly can’t label it boring! But underneath the funky sheet metal it remains a Toyota, which means the allure of reliability and good after-sales service is strong. Underneath the Aygo’s stubby bonnet is a 1.0-litre, 3-cylinder engine that doesn’t only deliver perky performance, but excellent economy too. Toyota claims a combined cycle fuel consumption figure of 4.4 L/100 km.

Browse Toyota Aygo stock for sale here

Chevrolet Spark 1.2 LS

This generation of Chevrolet Spark has been around for a while, but it still sells well and is highly rated by its owners. It’s a diminuitive car that’s surprisingly spacious inside and the locally produced offering includes a raft of standard comfort and safety features. The Spark’s proven 1.2-litre 4-cylinder engine offers more power than most of its rivals, and remains quite economical with claimed consumption figure of 5.4 L/100 km.

Read a review of the Chevrolet Spark here
Meet the all-new Chevrolet Spark
Want to purchase a used Chevrolet Spark? Check out examples here