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 consistently on the rise 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 July 2019.
Most Fuel Efficient Diesel Cars in South Africa
1. Ford Fiesta 1.5 TDCi Trend – 3.3 L/100 km
The diesel-powered Ford Fiesta is a formidable offering in the compact hatchback segment where it rivals the Volkswagen Polo and it's currently the most fuel efficient diesel car on sale in South Africa with a claimed figure of 3.3 L/100 km. It's powered by a 1.5-litre turbodiesel engine with 63 kW and 175 Nm of torque and 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 R308 500.
2. Renault Captur 66 kW dCi Dynamique – 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 Cars.co.za 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 R320 900.
3. Fiat Tipo 1.3 Multijet Easy – 3.7 L/100 km
The Fiat Tipo 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.
4. BMW 120d Automatic – 3.9 L/100 km
A new 1 Series is due to arrive in South Africa in October 2019 but the current 120d in automatic guise still returns respectable fuel economy with a claimed consumption figure of 3.9 L/100 km. 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 R518 500 while the automatic is priced from R539 500.
5. BMW 2 Series 220d Automatic / 4 Series 420d Coupe / Gran Coupe Automatic - 4.0 L/100km
Powered by the same 140 kW/400 Nm 2.0-litre turbocharged engine that's found in the 120d above, the 220d coupe automatic and 420d coupe/gran coupe automatic offer good fuel efficiency with a claimed figure of 4.0 L/100km.
The BMW 220d coupe is priced from R592 000 while the 420d coupe/gran coupe is priced from R703 000.
6. Peugeot 2008 1.6HDi Active/Allure - 4.0 L/100km
Peugeot's diesel-powered 2008 compact SUV is a frugal runner with a claimed fuel consumption figure of 4.0 L/100km. The 1.6-litre turbodiesel engine offers outputs of 68 kW and 230 Nm and comes mated with a 5-speed manual transmission.
The 2008 is priced from R291 900 for the Active derivative while the Allure is priced R322 900.
7. Volvo V40 D3 / D2/ D4 – 4.0/4.1/4.2 L/100 km
Volvo's ageing V40 D3 carries a claimed fuel consumption figure of 4.0 L/100 km and offers outputs of 110 kW and 320 Nm and comes mated with a 6-speed automatic transmission. The more affordable V40 D2 offers 88 kW and 280 Nm of torque from its 2.0-litre turbodiesel engine with a claimed fuel consumption figure of 4.1 L/100km. The more powerful D4 engine offers 140 kW and 400 Nm but fuel consumption is still very reasonable with a claimed figure of 4.2 L/100km.
The V40 D3 is priced from R500 900 while pricing for the V40 D2 is priced from R424 100. The V40 D4 is priced from R535 800.
8. Audi A4 / A5 40TDI - 4.1 L/100km
The 2.0-litre turbodiesel engine powering the A4 sedan and A5 coupe offers 140 kW and 400 Nm of torque in conjunction with a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission. Fuel consumption is claimed at 4.1 L/100 km.
Pricing for the Audi A4 40TDI starts from R586 000 while the A5 40TDI coupe is priced from R653 500.
9. Nissan Qashqai 1.5 dCi - 4.2 L/100km
The Nissan Qashqai remains a popular choice in the compact family car segment and the 1.5-litre turbodiesel engine with 81 kW and 260 Nm returns a claimed fuel consumption figure of 4.2 L/100km. A 6-speed manual transmission is standard.
Pricing for the diesel-powered Qashqai starts at R418 900.
10. Jaguar XF 20d - 4.3 L/100km
Jaguar's XF sedan can be had with a 2.0-litre turbodiesel engine that returns a claimed fuel consumption figure of 4.3 L/100km while offering outputs of 132 kW and 430 Nm of torque. An 8-speed automatic transmission is standard.
The Jaguar XF 20d is priced from R872 300.
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11. Mercedes-Benz A200d / E220d - 4.3 L/100km
The new Mercedes-Benz A-Class, in particular, the A200d is well worth considering if you need a premium hatchback that will return decent fuel consumption on a daily basis. Merc claims a figure of 4.3 L/100km. Outputs are 110 kW and 320 Nm developed from a 2.0-litre turbodiesel engine in conjunction with an 8-speed dual-clutch transmission.
The E-Class 220d sedan also claims 4.3 L/100km but it has more power on offer from its turbocharged 2.0-litre mill with 143 kW and 400 Nm but instead makes use of a 9-speed automatic transmission.
The Mercedes-Benz A220d pricing starts from R536 00 while E220d pricing starts from R835 300