If you are looking for the most bang for your buck then consider these 10 cheapest cars with 150 kW or more!
If you are a car buyer looking for a new car with decent performance then 150 kW is a reasonably attainable target. Enough to keep your inner enthusiast happy when the moment takes you but not so much that the price escalates to a scary place. For the lowest possible price, then this list will point you in the right direction. Note that pricing is accurate as of February 2020 and the cars are listed from the cheapest to the most expensive.
Top 10 Cheapest Cars in South Africa with 150 kW or more
1. Hyundai Elantra 1.6 Turbo Elite Sport - R436 900
Launched in 2017, the Hyundai Elantra 1.6 Turbo Elite Sport sedan is currently the cheapest new car you can buy with exactly 150 kW and 265 Nm on offer from its 1.6-litre turbopetrol engine and comes mated with a 6-speed dual-clutch transmission. Hyundai claims a zero to 100 kph sprint time of 7.7 seconds with a top speed of 210 kph. The Elantra Sport offers good general performance but we found the ride to be quite firm which may deter some buyers. The infotainment screen could be better too.
It's priced at R436 900 and is backed by 5-year/150 000 km vehicle warranty, a 7-year/200 000 km drivetrain warranty and a 5-year/90 000 km service plan.
2. Renault Clio RS 18 F1 - R459 900
Renault's Clio RS 18 F1 came to market in 2018 and is based on the Clio RS 220 Trophy EDC and named after the 2018 RenaultSport F1 team. It employs a gutsy1.6-litre turbocharged petrol engine with 162 kW and 280 Nm of torque which powers the front wheels via a 6-speed dual-clutch transmission. With a sorted chassis, this Clio RS will dispatch the sprint to 100 kph in about 6.6 seconds before reaching a top speed of 235 kph. A number of performance-inspired features are fitted, including a lowered and stiffened suspension and a rorty Akrapovic exhaust system.
The Clio RS 18 F1 is priced at R459 900 and is sold with a 5-year/150 000 km warranty and a 3-year/30 000 km service plan.
3. Alfa Romeo Giulietta 1750TBi Veloce - R521 900
The ageing Volkswagen GTI rival from Alfa Romeo is still on sale and comes powered by a 4C-derived 1.75-litre turbopetrol engine with 177 kW and 340 Nm of torque. Power is directed to the front wheels via a 6-speed dual-clutch transmission with a claimed zero to 100 kph sprint time of 6.0 seconds and a top speed of 244 kph. The engine and gearbox combination delivers riveting performance but the chassis and interior features are outdated and not up to scratch with its more modern rivals.
The Alfa Romeo Giulietta 1750TBi Veloce is priced at R521 900 and is sold with a 3-year/100 000 km warranty and a 3-year/100 000 km service plan.
4. Mini JCW Hatch 3-door sports-auto - R551 265
The Mini John Cooper Works 3-door hatchback is a potent performer and draws its power from a 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine with 170 kW and 320 Nm of torque which can be exploited using an 8-speed automatic transmission that drives the front wheels. With its go-kart-like handling ability, the Mini JCW hatch will gun from zero to 100 kph in 6.1 seconds and top out at 246 kph. While Mini's styling makes it a niche offering, this JCW hatch remains a strong performer, albeit pricey if you consider that there are still a few options worth adding to the package.
The Mini JCW hatch 3-door auto is priced from R551 265 and is sold with a 2-year/unlimited km warranty and a 5-year/100 000 km maintenance plan.
5. Volkswagen Golf GTI - R568 600
The current Volkswagen Golf GTI is on its last legs as the arrival of the new Golf 8 GTI draws ever closer (due in Q4 of 2020). The GTI, however, remains hugely popular in South Africa and its no surprise as it has won awards on numerous occasions at the #CarsAwards powered by WesBank and is the reigning Premium Hatch category champion for the 2019/20 iteration of the awards programme.
In its current form, the Golf GTI is powered by a turbocharged 2.0-litre petrol engine with 169 kW and 350 Nm of torque available using a 6-speed DSG to drive the front wheels. Zero to 100 kph is done and dusted in 6.4 seconds with a claimed top speed of 248 kph. The Golf GTI 7.5 is agile and nimble on its rubber while delivering a refined, yet powerful driving experience which has played a pivotal role in its success.
It's priced at R568 600 and is sold with a 3-year/120 000 km warranty and a 5-year/90 000 km service plan.
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6. Ford Kuga 2.0T AWD ST Line - R585 400
Amid its efforts to rebuild the reputation of the Kuga nameplate in South Africa, Ford launched a thoroughly updated version of its family car late in 2018. With power and torque figures of 177 kW and 340 Nm, developed by its 2.0-litre turbopetrol engine (a turbodiesel ST Line is also available), this Kuga is a family car with some punch. A 6-speed automatic transmission is matched with all-wheel-drive capability and Ford claims a zero to 100 kph time of 7.8 seconds with a top speed of 212 kph. The petrol engine is not as fuel-efficient as its diesel-powered equivalent though (Ford claims 8.6 L/100km).
This sporty Kuga is priced from R585 400 and is sold with a 4-year/120 000 km warranty and a 6-year/90 000 km service plan.
7. Renault Megane RS 280 Cup/Lux - R589 900
The Renault Megane RS 280 Cup and Lux duo are the most powerful offerings on this list. A 1.8-litre turbopetrol engine develops no less than 205 kW and 390 Nm of torque. The more road-bias Lux derivative is equipped with a 6-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission while the more hardcore sportier Cup version comes with a 6-speed manual transmission. Both are capable of sprinting from zero to 100 kph in 5.8 seconds but the Cup has the edge with a top speed of 255 kph versus 250 kph claimed for the Megane RS 280 Lux. As far as value in the hot-hatch segment is concerned, the Megane RS makes a compelling case for itself.
Both the Megane RS 280 Lux and Cup are priced at R589 900 which includes a 5-year/150 000 km warranty and a 5-year/90 000 km service plan.
8. Mercedes-Benz A250 AMG Line - R598 024
While we wait in anticipation for the Merc-AMG A35 and A45 hot hatches to reach local shores, this A250 AMG Line is currently the sportiest A-Class on offer. Its 2.0-litre turbopetrol engine offers 165 kW and 350 Nm of torque and those numbers are laid down via the front wheels using a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. In a straight line, the A250 AMG Line can sprint from zero to 100 kph in 6.2 seconds and reach a top speed of 250 kph. The A250 strikes a good balance between performance and affordability, especially if you consider that the AMG A45 will be priced close to R1-million when it arrives while the AMG A35 will be priced from around R755k, before options.
The Mercedes-Benz A250 AMG Line is priced from R598 024 before options and is sold with a 2-year/unlimited km warranty and a 5-year/100 000 km maintenance plan.
9. Subaru WRX Premium - R599 000
A facelifted Subaru WRX came to market in 2018 and with it, enhanced front-end styling and improved standard specification. Power comes from the familiar turbocharged 2.0-litre petrol engine which develops 197 kW and 350 Nm of torque and comes mated with a 6-speed manual transmission in Premium guise. Zero to 100 kph is dispatched in 6 seconds flat and the WRX will power on to a top speed of 240 kph. The WRX is a bit long in the tooth now, but it still holds attractive old-school appeal.
The WRX Premium is priced at R599 000 and is sold with a 5-year/150 000 km warranty and a 3-year/75 000 km warranty.
10. Volkswagen Tiguan 2.0TSI 4Motion Highline - R601 400
The last car on this list is yet another family car in the form of the popular Volkswagen Tiguan 2.0 TSI 4Motion Highline. A 2.0-litre turbopetrol engine is found under the bonnet with 162 kW and 350 Nm of torque. 4Motion all-wheel drive and 7-speed DSG transmission combine to ensure solid performance. Zero to 100 kph will take 6.5 seconds and top speed is pegged at 220 kph. The Tiguan is a sensible choice in the family car segment but it can become pricey once you start ticking off a few of the desirable optional features Volkswagen has on offer.
This Tiguan 2.0 TSI 4Motion Highline is priced from R601 400 and is sold with a 3-year/120 000 km warranty and a 5-year/90 000 km service plan.