Most Fuel Efficient Diesel Cars in SA (2018)


We've compiled a series of articles dedicated to fuel efficiency because it's one of the most important criteria to factor into your decision when looking to buy a new car. Here are the 5 most fuel efficient diesel cars currently available in South Africa

With fuel prices reaching all-time highs in South Africa, new car buyers will be wise to place increasing emphasis on fuel efficiency when shopping for a new car. 

A fuel efficient car will help you save money at the pumps over time and diesel cars are generally considered to be more frugal than their petrol-powered counterparts. The amount of fuel you save while driving will depend on a number of critical factors including your driving style, road conditions and mechanical condition of the car, to name a few.  

It is also worth noting that the list below is compiled based on manufacturer claimed fuel consumption figures and figures will vary in real-world driving scenarios. Prices are as of June 2018. 

Most Fuel Efficient Diesel Cars in South Africa

1. Ford Fiesta 1.5 TDCi Trend – 3.3 L/100 km

The new Ford Fiesta arrived on local soil last month and based on our initial impressions at launch, it remains a formidable offering in the compact hatchback segment where it rivals the Volkswagen Polo. The diesel-powered Fiesta in Trend specification is the most fuel efficient diesel car in South Africa with a claimed figure of 3.3 L/100 km and it's powered by a 1.5-litre turbodiesel engine with 63 kW and 175 Nm of torque. It's only offered with a 6-speed manual transmission. There are, of course, 1.0-litre EcoBoost petrol derivatives on offer too.  

The Ford Fiesta 1.5 TDCi Trend is priced from R292 500

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2. Volvo V40 D2 – 3.4 L/100 km

Volvo's stylish V40 ranks second on this list with the V40 D2 carrying a claimed fuel consumption figure of 3.4 L/100 km. It's powered by a 2.0-litre turbodiesel engine with outputs of 88 kW and 280 Nm of torque and mated to a 6-speed manual transmission.

The V40 D2 is offered in 4 trim specifications including Kinetic (R394 600), Momentum (R424 100), Inscription (R446 800) and R-Design (R456 400). 

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Also see: Volvo V40 D3 Momentum (2016) Review

3. Renault Captur 66 kW dCi – 3.6 L/100 km

The popular Renault Captur 66 kW dCi is a frugal runner with a claimed fuel consumption figure of 3.6 L/100 km and was a Compact Family Car finalist in the 2017/18 iteration of the Consumer Awards – powered by WesBank. A 1.5-litre turbodiesel engine with 66 kW and 220 Nm of torque does service in the Captur and it comes mated with a 5-speed manual transmission as standard.  

The Renault Captur 66 kW dCi is priced from R307 900

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Also see: Renault Captur 66 kW dCi Dynamique (2017) Quick Review

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4. Fiat Tipo 1.3 Multijet Easy – 3.7 L/100 km 

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 R279 900

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5. BMW 120d – 3.9 L/100 km

Although BMW is currently developing a new 1 Series which is due in 2019, the current 120d still returns respectable fuel economy with a claimed consumption figure of 3.9 L/100 km in automatic guise. The manual 120d is slightly thirstier at 4.1 L/100 km. The BMW 120d features a 2.0-litre turbodiesel engine with 140 kW and 400 Nm of torque.

Pricing for the BMW 120d starts at R503 400 while the automatic is priced from R524 400.

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