15 Affordable Student Cars in SA

Whether you are looking for new or second hand cars for sale on Auto Mart, when it comes to student cars, affordability is always on the top of the list. Today we take a look at a whopping 15 affordable student cars available in South Africa, so if you or your kid is off to university, this post is definitely for you.

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7 Student cars for under R 150 000

With 7 different cars to choose from for under R 150 000, you are sure to find a stunning car here. If you are looking for second hand cars for sale, be sure to visit Auto Mart for some great deals.

The Datsun Go

If you are looking for affordable cars, the Datsun Go for sale is well worth a closer look. The Datsun Go Lux has a starting price of R 119 900 and features a driver airbag, manual central locking, a mobile docking station and a drive computer supply information like distance to empty and average fuel economy.

With a range of accessories to choose from, the Go is available in Gray, Silver, White, Ruby and Sky.

Suzuki Celerio

celerio

Image Source: Suzuki South Africa Website.

If you are looking for student cars under R 150 000, the Suzuki Celerio for sale might be a stunning choice for you. Equipped with power steering and air conditioning, these cars have ABS, dual SRS Airbags, a high level brake light and a starting price of only R 129 900.

You can also consider moving one model up to the 1.5 GL 5MT model which has a starting price of R 146 500, still keeping you under that R 150 000 mark.

The Kia Picanto

Spunky little cars, the Kia Picanto for sale has a starting price of R 129 995. Modern and flaunting a distinctive look, the 1.0 LS Man model is the one to go for. You can also move one up to the 1.2 LS Man model which has a starting price of R 139 995.

With a driver airbag, the 1.0 LS Man Kia Picanto also offers some additional space for hauling bigger items to and from home with a 60:40 rear seat split, a 200 litre cargo capacity and, when the seats are down, a 605 litre cargo capacity. The Picanto is also available in a range of fun colours.

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2016 Chevrolet Spark

Always a popular car when it comes to students, the Chevrolet Spark for sale is a great choice. The Camps model has a starting price of R 137 400. Radio ready, these small cars offer everything a student (and parent) could want – air conditioning, driver and passenger airbags, key operated central locking, power steering and ABS with EBD.

Some of the funky colours available include Vector Blue, Switchblade Silver, Maranello Red and Armour Grey.

Honda Brio

Making its third appearance on our list of student cars for under R 150 000 is the Honda Brio for sale. The 1.2 Trend Hatch model has a starting price of R 148 600 and boast manual air conditioning, electric windows, ABD and EBD, and central locking.

These affordable cars from Honda come in a variety of great colours and also feature a dual tone dashboard, power side mirrors and ample storage space.

honda brio

Image Source: Honda South Africa Website.

The Suzuki Swift

Another great offering from Suzuki, the Swift 1.5 GA M/T comes in with a starting price of R 149 900. This entry level model from the Celerio range has power steering, ABS, EBD, Dual SRS airbags and air conditioning.

A minimum boot capacity of 210 litres (which goes up to 533 litres when the back seats are down) and a range of fun colours are only some of the cool features that make it a great student car.

Mahindra KUV100

We know that this is an unlikely candidate when it comes to choosing student cars, but hear us out on this one. Providing a little extra height on the road, these small-big cars offer great safety features, tech and convenience.

The entry level k4+ Petrol KUV100 for sale has a starting price of R 149 995 and comes standard with air conditioning, electronic power steering, power windows, driver and passenger dual airbags and ABS with EBD, to name but a few features.

Specifications of Student cars priced at under R 150 000

ModelDisplacementPowerTorqueCombined Fuel ConsumptionsStarting Price
Datsun Go T (lux)1 198 cc50 kW @ 5 000 rpm104 Nm @ 4 000 rpm5.2 litres / 100 kmR 119 900
Suzuki Celerio 1.5 GA 5MT998 cm³50 kW @ 6 000 rpm90 Nm @ 3 500 rpm4.7 litre / 100 kmR 129 900
Kia Picanto
1.0 LS Man
998 cc51 kW @ 6 200 rpm94 Nm @ 4 000 rpmNot providedR 129 995
Chevrolet Spark Campus1 206 cc60 kW @ 6 400 rpm108 Nm @ 4 800 rpm5.4 litres / 100 kilometresR 137 400
Honda Brio 1.2 Trend Hatch1 198 cm³65 kW @ 4 500 rpm109 Nm @ 4 500 rpm5.6 litres / 100 kmR 148 600
Suzuki Swift 1.5 GL 5MT1 197 cm³63 kW @ 6 2 000 rpm115 Nm @ 4 000 rpm5.3 litres / 100 kmR 149 900
K4+ Mahindra KUV100 1 198 cc61 kW @ 5 500 rpm115 Nm @ 3 500 – 3 600 rpm6.2 litres / 100 kmR 149 995

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8 Student cars for under R 200 000

If you have a little more spend, these 8 cars for under R 200 000 also make for great student cars. If you find any of these models interesting be sure to check out Auto Mart for deals on second hand cars for sale.

Nissan Micra

Fun little cars, the Nissan Micra for sale is a great option if you are shopping around for affordable cars. The Visia+ model has driver and passenger airbags, central locking, a versatile audio system, ABS and EBD, and a Brake Assist (BA) system.

nissan micra

Image Source: Nissan South Africa Website.

The Visia+ model has a starting price of R 152 900, but you can also opt for the Tenka model which has a starting price of R 196 600.

2016 Hyundai i10

Another popular option when it comes to student cars, the Hyundai i10 for sale is small, compact and fun. The 1.1 Motion Manual model has a starting price of R 152 900 and features motor driven power steering, a driver airbag, a manual air conditioner and an audio system that includes a CD and MP3 player as well as iPod, USB, RDS and Bluetooth.

The Motion Manual has a maximum speed of 153 km/h and an acceleration (0 – 100 km/h) of 15.2 seconds. You can also opt for the 1.1 Motion Automatic which comes in at R 174 900.

Toyota Aygo

If you are looking for affordable cars that are fun and edgy, definitely consider the Toyota Aygo for sale. The entry level Aygo comes with front and side airbags, ABS, Brake Assist (BA), a leather shift lever and knob, a manual air conditioner and an audio system with four speakers, Bluetooth connectivity and USB and Aux input.

The Aygo has a maximum speed of 160 km/h and an acceleration (0 – 100 km/h) of 14.2 seconds. The entry level model has a starting price of R 155 900, but if you want to move one up and stay under the R 200 000 mark, the X-Ray Black model has a starting price of R 158 600.

toyota aygo for sale

Top Tip: Read our “10 Most affordable cars in SA right now” post for a lowdown on some of the options available for under R 160 000.

VW Up!

A fun option offered by Volkswagen, the VW Up for sale has everything a student could want and more. The VW Take Up (starting at R 156 600) features power steering, driver and passenger airbags, daytime running lights, electromechanical power steering and Electronic Stability Control with hill hold assist, EBD, ABS and EDTC.

If this entry level model isn’t enough for you, you can also opt for the Move Up! (starting at R 163 700), the Cross Up! (starting at R 185 500), and either of the two Colour Up! Models (starting at R 189 100).

VW Polo Vivo Hatch

Another offering from VW making our under R 200 000 list of great student cars, the Polo Vivo for sale is definitely worth considering. The Vivo Hatch Conceptline has a starting price of R 169 900 and features everything from air conditioning and ABS with EBD, to a 4 speaker infotainment system, driver and passenger airbags and power steering.

Other affordable cars for under R 200 000 makes the mark includes the Blueline (starting price of R 176 400), the Trendline (starting price of R 179 500), the Comfortline (starting price of R 197 700) and the Polo Vivo Hatch Eclipse (starting price of R 186 700).

Fiat 500

The Fiat 500 for sale is a fun little car and is packed with cool features. The entry level Pop model offers everything from seven airbags and a radio with an Aux-in, to LED daytime running lights, audio controls on the steering wheel and electric front windows.

The Pop model has a starting price of R 179 900 and also flaunts manual climate control, a 50/50 rear seat split and central locking. If you want, you can even move one up to the Pop Star model which still comes in under our R 200 000 mark at R 199 900.

fiat 500

Image Source: Fiat South Africa Website.

New Ford Figo

With a starting price of R 170 600, the Ford Figo for sale is a stunning option when it comes to choosing student cars. Available in a range of vibrant colours, the 1.5 Ambiente Hatch has dual front driver and passenger airbags, ABS, remote central locking, manual air conditioning and a luggage capacity of 256 litres.

The 1.5 Ambiente Hatch has a top speed of 175 km/h and an acceleration (0 – 100 km/h) of 11.8 seconds. Ford also offers two more Ford Figo models that stay under the R 200 000 mark – the 1.5 Trend Hatch and the 1.5 Titanium Hatch.

Opel Corsa

If you are looking for affordable cars with ABS, Hill Start Assist and six airbags, opting for an Opel Corsa for sale is great option. The Essentia model has a starting price of R 197 800 and features speed sensitive power steering, a city driving mode, daytime running lights, remote control central locking and air conditioning, to name but a few.

Specifications of student cars priced at under R 200 000

ModelDisplacementPowerTorqueCombined Fuel ConsumptionsStarting Price
Nissan Micra Visia+Nissan Micra Visia+56 kW @ 6 000 rpm104 Nm @ 4 400 rpm5.2 litres / 100 kmR 152 900
Hyundai i10 Motion Manual1 086 cc50 kW @ 5 500 rpm99 Nm @ 4 500 rpm4.8 litres / 100 kmR 152 900
Toyota Aygo988 cm³51 kW @ 6 000 rpm95 Nm @ 4 300 rpm4.4 litres / 100 kmR 155 900
VW Take Up999 cm³55 kW @ 6 200 rpm95 Nm @ 3 000 – 4 300 rpm4.6 litres / 100 kmR 156 600
Polo Vivo Hatch Conceptline1 398 cm³55 Kw @ 5 000 rpm132 Nm @ 3 600 rpm6.2 litres / 100 kmR 169 900
Fiat 500 Pop875 cm³62.5 kW @ 5 500 rpm145 Nm @ 1 900 rpm3.8 litres / 100 kmR 179 000
Ford Figo 1.5 Ambiente Hatch1 498 cc82 kW @ 6 300 rpm136 Nm @ 4 250 rpm5.9 litres / 100 kmR 170 600
Opel Corsa Essentia 1.0TNot provided85 kW @ 5 000 – 6000 rpm170 Nm @ 1 800 – 4 500 rpm5 litres / 100 kmR 197 800

Top Tip: Be sure to read our “Beat the Petrol Price with 6 Fuel Efficient Cars” post to learn more about the fuel efficient cars under R 200 000.

Looking for great deals on second hand cars for sale? Browse through the awesome classifieds on Auto Mart and find the perfect student cars today!

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2 Responses

  1. jason says:

    In terms of affordable this entire article is flawed all that you took into account was cost of car. what was not taken into account are all of the following. Cost of service once car is out of its basic motor plan if it came with one or replacement parts in terms of mechanical out of warranty. Further its cost in terms of Insurance and what is the parts basket to repair the vehicle and does it take it close to wright off marks on a simple bumper bashing. Lastly you haven’t look at the theft stats relating to each car listed and what that means to a student.

    • Annabel Schoeman says:

      Hi Jason,

      Thank you so much for your comment. You have made some very great points here and those points should definitely be taken into consideration when choosing any car – not just a student car.

      That being said, it is extremely difficult to take those into account as prices do fluctuate.

      The information that we are able to give our readers do concern purchase price as this is information that we can verify.

      In this post we specifically aimed for cars priced under R150 000 and then under R 200 000.

      It serves as a starting point to those looking for affordable cars. Whether it is something priced under 150K or under 200K.

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