Beat the Petrol Price with 6 Fuel Efficient Cars

Fuel efficient cars come with a set of great benefits. From fluctuating fuel prices to environmental concerns, fuel consumption is on all of our minds. Today the Auto Mart team not only focuses on used cars for sale, but we take a look at some of the most efficient cars when it comes to fuel usage. Taking this a small step further, the six models featured today are also cars under R200000.

There are a host of hatchbacks to choose from in the rapidly growing, and ever popular segment, as many consumers are switching to smaller family or city cars to suit different needs.

Interested in seeing the range of fuel efficient and affordable cars available? Well, here we go.

The 1.5 TDCi Ford Figo for sale

The Ford Figo 1.5 TDCi Ambiente is an impressive offering from Ford. Taking many of its cues from the Fiesta, it is compact, sturdy and offers a great drive.

It is a surprisingly powerful car with an output of 74kW and torque of 215Nm, reported consumption of 4.1 litres per 100km as well as a range of features that make it stand out. Thanks to the many features in this Ford Figo for sale, including ABS, power steering, air conditioning, airbags and spacious interior and boot space, it makes it a formidable offering.

ford figo

Image Source: Ford South Africa Website.

The Ford Figo 1.5 TDCi Ambiente has a starting price of R 193 300, offers seating for five and is available in a variety of colours including Bright Yellow, Deep Impact Blue and Korea Gold.

A popular model from Ford, you can find quite a few Figo models for sale on Auto Mart from various dealers including:

Top Tip: Create an Alert for a Ford Figo on Auto Mart!

A Citroen C1 1.0L VTi

When it comes to fuel economy, the Citroen C1 1.0l VTi is a stunning choice from this French automaker, resulting in stylish and sleek cars under R200000.

It has a range of five colour and tone options, which complement its sleek design and feel. It also features a range of airbags, ESC, 50/50 split seats, air conditioning and much more.

With its 1.0-litre three-cylinder engine with an output of 51kW and 96Nm of torque, as well as reported combined fuel consumption of 4.1 litres per 100 kilometres, it’s fast and nimble on the streets. If the Citroen C1 has caught your eye, you will be happy to hear that it has a starting price of R 149 900.

citroen c1 for sale

Image Source: Citroen South Africa Website.

The C1 comes in at R149, 900. Looking for a Citroen C1 for sale? Create your Citroen C1 Alert on Auto Mart and get the latest deals in your inbox!

The Fiat 500 0.9 TwinAir Turbo

The revamped Fiat 500 for sale is another exciting option to choose from. With its range of standard features, catering for all, the 500 Fiat is small, quick and, while it is not ideal for families, they are stunning fuel efficient cars for the younger crowd.

The 0.9 TwinAir Turbo features a turbocharged engine flaunting a power of 63kW and a torque of 145Nm. These Fiat 500 Pop has a starting price of R 179 900 with the Fiat Pop Star coming in at R 199 900 and the Lounge coming in at R 227 900.

fiat 500

Image Source: Fiat South Africa Website.

If you are ready to buy your Fiat 500 you can browse for great deals on Auto Mart, create a Fiat 500 Alert or check out the models available from Suzuki Helderberg.

VW Take Up! 5 Door Model

If you are in the market for a VW Up for sale, the Take Up! 5 door models is a great choice. Known for their tiny proportions, at 1.64 metres wide and 3.54 metres long, the VW Up range is an exciting, recent entrant into the market.

There are 5 models in VW Up range, and each has its own design and feel, with the entry level Take Up slotting in with your lifestyle and needs. It may be tiny but it’s compact, available in a range of colours and with power steering, ABS, folding seats and an optional infotainment system, it has it all.

Take Up! 5 door model also has a 5-star Euro NCAP safety rating as well as a Multi-Point-Injection engine with an output of 55kW and torque of 95Nm, for a slick ride. It’s combined consumption is just 4.6 litres per 100km.

The VW Take Up! 5 door has a starting retail price of R 160 400 and makes our list of fuel efficient and affordable cars.

Some of the Dealers currently registered on Auto Mart that has a VW Up! model for sale include:

The Smart ForTwo

If you have a love for the Smart Cars for sale, the Smart For Two coupé is a stylish and nifty offering that boasts fuel efficiency and a spunky look. The entry level model is tiny and offers convenience in every aspect of city life. It is the perfect runaround car, with its range of features.

Its engine has an output of 52kW and torque of 91Nm and an impressive combined fuel consumption of 4.1 litres per 100km.Great if you are looking for cars under R200000, the Smart ForTwo has a starting price of R 174 900.

If you are in the market for a Smart car, why not create your alert for the Smart ForTwo on Auto Mart?

The Datsun Go

When it comes to the more affordable used cars for sale, the Datsun Go is also a good option. It’s affordable and boasts a combined consumption of 5.2 litres per 100 kilometres. Equipped with an 1198 cc engine, Datsun offers two models – the Mid and the Lux Airbag. Both models come in under R 200 000.

Fitted with a 1.2 litre petrol engine these FWD models delivers an output of 50 kW and a torque of 104 Nm. Because the Datsun Go Lux comes with driver airbags standard, we are opting for this model in our fuel efficient cars for under R200 000 list.

This Datsun Go for sale has a starting price of R 119 900 and is available in a number of colours including Sky, Ruby and Silver.

In the market for a funky Datsun Go for sale? Check out these dealers on Auto Mart today!

Model and Fuel Consumption Comparison

While each one of these models is unique in their own way, we wanted to measure them up against each other, helping you to find the ideal fuel efficient cars under R200000.

Fuel Efficient Cars priced under R200 000

ModelEngine CapacityPowerTorqueUrban Fuel ConsumptionCombined Fuel ConsumptionAcceleration
(0 – 100 km/h)
Starting Price
Datsun Go (Lux Airbags)1198 cc50 Kw @ 5000 rpm104 Nm @ 4000 rpm-5.2 litre / 100 km13.3 secondsR 119 900
Citroen C1 1.0l VTi998 cc51 kW @ 6000 rpm96 Nm @ 4800 rpm5.0 litre / 100 km
(Extra Urban – 3.6 litre / 100 km)
4.1 litre / 100 km14.3 secondsR 149 900
VW Take Up (5 Door)999 cc55 kW @ 6200 rpm95 Nm @ 3000 – 4300 rpm5.6 litre / 100km
(Extra Urban – 4.0 litre / 100 km)
4.6 litre / 100 km13.2 secondsR 160 400
Smart ForTwo 999 cc52 kW @ 6000 rpm91 Nm @ 2850 rpm-4.1 litre / 100 km14.4 secondsR 174 900
Fiat 500 0.9 TwinAir Turbo875 (cm3)62.5 kW @ 5500 rpm145 Nm @ 1900 rpm4.7 litre / 100 km
(Extra Urban – 3.6 litre / 100 km)
4.0 litre / 100 km11 secondsR 179 900
Ford Figo 1.5 TDCi Ambiente1499 cc74 kW @ 3750 rpm215 Nm @ 1750 – 3000 rpm-4.1 litre / 100 km12.1 secondsR 193 900

All these cars under R200000 offer a bang for your buck. With a range of automakers and options, it ensures the best in city driving, and fuel economy.

The choice is up to you and depends on your needs, lifestyle and favourite car maker. All of them are sleek and nimble offerings, with a host of special and unique features found on each, and every model.

Fuel Saving Tips and Tricks

If you haven’t yet made the switch to a fuel efficient car then here are some good tips regarding fuel consumption and how to manage yours.

how to save on fuel

Possibly the most important factor is using the right petrol, or diesel, options for your car, you can find out exactly what that is by checking the manual.

Only use the air conditioner when it is vital, making use of the air conditioner increases the fuel usage and if used frequently can substantially increase costs. Avoid idling, fast or aggressive driving practices, as idling, aggressive starts and driving can impact fuel efficiency across the board. You can even carpool, and share rides with co-workers.

Now that you know what to be on the lookout for when it comes to fuel efficient cars, why not browse for great deals on used cars for sale on Auto Mart?

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