Most Fuel Efficient Budget Cars in SA

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We list the most fuel-efficient, budget-friendly cars currently available in South Africa!

Budgets are tightening as living costs and increasing fuel prices are digging ever deeper into consumer pockets. If you are in the market for a new car that will consume the least amount of fuel and save you money over time then you should take note of the list of cars below. 

We have created a fuel efficiency list that’s not only more relevant but also more diverse. Considering that many people can’t afford expensive cars, we decided to list the most fuel-efficient cars with an asking price under R300 000.

Note that claimed manufacturer fuel consumption figures are used here and that real-world consumption figures will differ depending on a number of factors such as driving style, road conditions and so forth. There’s something for everyone on this list...

3.3 L/100 km – Ford Fiesta 1.5 TDCi Trend

The new and hugely popular Ford Fiesta has arrived in South Africa and the 1.5 TDCi Trend derivative is both budget-friendly and fuel efficient, with an improved claimed fuel consumption figure of just 3.3 L/100km. Power comes from a 1.5-litre turbodiesel which now produces 63 kW and 175 Nm of torque. A 6-speed manual gearbox transmits this power to the front wheels. The Ford Fiesta 1.5 TDCi Trend is priced from R292 500

It's also worth noting that the petrol-burning Fiesta 1.0T with a 6-speed manual transmission is claimed to consume 4.3 L/100 km. It can be had in Trend (R261 900) and Titanium (R295 900) trim. The range-topping Titanium automatic derivative breaches the R300k mark with a price tag of R310 600.  

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3.7 L/100 km - Fiat Tipo 1.3 Multijet Easy

The Fiat Tipo hatchback and sedan came to market in 2017 and the 1.3-litre turbodiesel sedan derivative is particularly fuel efficient with a claimed fuel consumption figure of 3.7 L/100 km. This engine offers 70 kW and 200 Nm of torque to deliver perky performance. Unfortunately, this engine is only offered on the Tipo sedan. The Fiat Tipo 1.3 Multijet Easy sedan is priced at R284 900

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3.8 L/100 km – Fiat 500


  

The cute 500 is the breadwinner for Fiat in South Africa and is offered as a hard-top or convertible. The 63 kW/145 Nm 0.9-litre TwinAir turbopetrol engine is particularly efficient with a claimed fuel consumption figure of 3.8 L/100km. A 77 kW version is also on offer and three trim levels (Pop, Pop Star and Lounge) are available. A 5-speed manual or automatic transmission adds further choice.

Pricing for the Fiat 500 starts at R201 900. You can also consider the more powerful 500C 0.9 TwinAir Lounge powered by 0.9-litre turbocharged engine offering 77 kW and 145 Nm of torque with a price tag of R256 900. Fuel consumption for this derivative is claimed at 4.2 L/100 km. 

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4.0 L/100 km – Peugeot 2008 1.6 HDi Active


 
The Peugeot 2008 compact family car/crossover fitted with the 1.6-litre turbodiesel engine offers good fuel efficiency which is claimed at 4.0 L/100 km with power outputs of 68kW and 230 Nm of torque. The 2008 equipped with this engine is offered in either Active or Allure trim and both make use of a 5-speed manual transmission as standard. Pricing for the 2008 1.6 HDi Active starts at R284 900 while the higher-spec 2008 1.6 HDi Allure is priced from R314 900

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4.1 L/100 km – Smart ForTwo / FourFour



For something a little different, you may want to consider the Smart ForTwo or Smart ForFour city cars. The Smart ForTwo and ForFour are powered by a 3-cylinder 1.0-litre petrol engine with 52 kW and 91 Nm of torque, with a choice of either a 5-speed manual (ForTwo and Forfour) or 6-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission (ForFour). The ForTwo is more economical with a claimed fuel consumption figure of 4.1 L/100km while the ForFour claims 4.2 L/100km. A 0.9-litre 3-cylinder turbopetrol engine is also offered on the ForFour with 66 kW and 135 Nm.

Pricing for the ForTwo starts at R176 434. The ForFour is priced from R181 478.

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4.2 L/100 km – Fiat Panda 0.9 TwinAir Easy/Lounge

The Fiat Panda made its return to South Africa in 2017 and the 2-cylinder, 0.9-litre turbopetrol offered on the Easy and Lounge derivatives offer 63 kW and 145 Nm of torque. The front wheels are driven through a 5-speed manual transmission. Fuel consumption is claimed at 4.2 L/100km. For those looking to go off into the dirt, there are also Panda 4x4 and 4x4 Cross derivatives on offer but claimed fuel efficiency rises to 4.9 L/100 km. 

Pricing for the Fiat Panda starts at R204 900 for the Easy derivative while the Lounge is priced from R219 900. The Panda 4x4 is priced at R250 900 while the Panda 4x4 Cross is priced from R270 900.  

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4.2 L/100km – Audi A1 1.0T



If you are looking for something more premium, look to the Audi A1. Available in 3-door or Sportback guise, the A1 1.0T carries a claimed fuel consumption figure of 4.2 L/100 km. This A1 is powered by a 3-cylinder 1.0-litre turbopetrol engine that produces 70 kW and 160 Nm of torque. A 6-speed manual is offered, but the automatic version marginally exceeds our R300 000 cut-off (R306 000). The A1 1.0T 3-door is priced from R288 500 while pricing for the Sportback version starts at R296 000.

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4.3 L/100 km – Peugeot 208 1.2 Active

The Peugeot 208 1.2 Active is the most frugal in the 208 range with a claimed fuel consumption figure of 4.3 L/100 km. This derivative is powered by a naturally aspirated 1.2-litre petrol engine with 60 kW and 118 Nm and is mated to a 5-speed manual transmission. 

Pricing for the 208 1.2 Active starts at R199 900

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4.4 L/100 km – Opel Astra 1.0T  

The 1.0-litre, 3-cylinder turbopetrol engine in the Opel Astra is good and promises to return a claimed fuel consumption figure of 4.4 L/100km. Power outputs of 77 kW and 170 Nm ensure perky performance and a 5-speed manual is standard. Pricing for the Opel Astra 1.0T starts at R283 767 while the Astra 1.0T Enjoy breaks our cut-off with a price of R310 500

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4.4 L/100 km – Renault Kwid Automatic 

The recently-introduced automatic version of  Renault's popular Kwid is claimed to consume 4.4 L/100 km. It is powered by a 1.0-litre, 3-cylinder petrol engine with 51 kW and 91 Nm of torque. A 5-speed automated manual (AMT) transmission drives the front wheels. This derivative is priced at R147 900

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4.4 L/100 km – Toyota Aygo

The Toyota Aygo is a good choice if you are looking for a frugal budget city car. Toyota claims a fuel consumption figure of 4.4 L/100km for the Aygo and it is powered by a 3-cylinder, 1.0-litre petrol engine with  51 kW and 95 Nm of torque. A 5-speed manual transmission is standard.

Pricing starts at R162 100.

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4.4 L/100 km – Mahindra KUV100 Nxt 1.2 D75 K6+/K8

The quirky Mahindra KUV100 Nxt is a frugal offering from the Indian carmaker with a claimed fuel consumption 4.4L/100 km in K6+ and K8 guise. Power comes courtesy of a 1.2-litre, 3-cylinder petrol engine that delivers 61 kW and 115 Nm of torque and mated to a 5-speed manual transmission. 

The KUV100 D75 K6+ is priced at R199 995 while the range-topping K8 derivative is priced at R214 995

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