5 Fuel-Efficient Cars To Buy in South Africa Amid Sky-High Petrol Prices

5 Fuel-Efficient Cars To Buy in South Africa Amid Sky-High Petrol Prices

  • With the continuous need for motorists to save on fuel costs, there is a strong demand for inexpensive cars that don’t consume a lot of petrol
  • Some of these cars are manufactured by top car brands like Toyota and Suzuki, known for their budget-friendly engines
  • Briefly News spoke to AutoTrader, who shared some of their top cars and tips on saving fuel efficiently

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The Suzuki DZire and the Fiat 500 Cult, which are affordable and fuel-efficient
The Suzuki DZire and the Fiat 500 Cult are among the cheapest and most fuel-efficient cars on the market. Images: @autanamotors.cl and @fiat500lovers
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The price of petrol, which stands at a staggering R23.44 per litre as of 3 November 2023, is enough to make anyone want to park their cars in the garage. But for those who don’t and still need to commute, here are the top five fuel-efficient cars that are also easy on the pocket and five tips on how to save fuel.

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1. Suzuki DZire

The Suzuki DZire, which is one of the most fuel-efficient cars from Suzuki
The Suzuki DZire. Image: @autanamotors.cl
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The Suzuki DZire is another brainchild of the trustworthy Suzuki brand. Suzuki is known for manufacturing cars that don’t consume a ton of petrol, and the DZire is no different.

The DZire's specs are:

  • The starting price is R198 900
  • It has a 1.2-litre engine
  • Consumes 4.9 litres per 100km (meaning you can drive 200 kilometres with just over R250).

2. Fiat 500

The Fiat 500, which consumes 4 litres per 100 kilometres
The Fiat 500 Cult. Image: @fiat500lovers
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The cute urban Fiat 500 has a sleek design and modern features such as cruise control and a digital interface.

Fiat500 specs:

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3. Toyota Yaris

The Toyota Yaris is an inexpensive and fuel-efficient car
Toyota Yaris. Image: Kyodo News via Getty Images
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The Toyota Yaris is the classic addition to the Toyota budget-car family and replaces the Agya as the budget car of choice.

Yaris specs:

  • There is a 1-litre engine model
  • It consumes 4.4 litres per 100km
  • The starting price is R189 900 if you’re looking for the manual and R339 900 for the automatic.

4. Suzuki Celerio

The Suzuki Celerio considered one of the cheapest and most efficient hatchbacks on paper
The Suzuki Celerio at R146 606 is a steal. Image: Robertus Pudyanto/Getty Images
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The Suzuki Celerio is the cheapest and most efficient hatchback in the country, according to AutoTrader.

Celerio specs:

  • The Celerio boasts a 1-litre engine
  • It consumes 4.4 litres per 100km
  • Prices start at R146 506

5. Kia Picanto

KIA Picanto compact hatchback car at Brussels Expo on January 13, 2023 in Brussels, Belgium.
The Kia Picanto. Image: Sjoerd van der Wal/Getty Images
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The Kia Picanto is another favourite in South Africa and is fuel efficient.

Picanot specs:

  • The Picanto offers two engines for buyers: a 1-litre engine and a 1.25-litre engine
  • It uses 5 litres per 100km
  • The starting price is R227 995

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5 Fuel saving tips

AutoTrader shared some fuel-saving tips with Briefly News:

  1. Regular maintenance: Schedule oil changes, air filter replacements and other scheduled maintenance.
  2. Check the tyres: Check the tyres regularly to maintain the recommended pressure levels.
  3. Driving techniques: Adopt a smoother driving technique and avoid rapid acceleration and sudden braking.
  4. Gear selection: Drive in the highest gear without straining the engine. Shift up as early as possible when accelerating and remain in the highest possible gear when going downhill.
  5. Choose the right fuel: Use the fuel type recommended for your car as this can maximise fuel efficiency.

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