While South African motorists are starting to purchase cars again, many road users are still struggling to buy vehicles. Inflation has made it difficult for many and economic pressures have made affordable cars more sought-after than ever before. The VAT increase, which took effect on the first of April, saw a surge in cars sales as people wanted to take advantage of the lower cost prior to the increase. A rise in the ad valorem tax further encouraged the rush to purchase cars before the start of April. Previously R100 000 was sufficient to enter the car market, however, in a relatively short space of time, the price for an entry-level vehicle has increased to below the R150 000 mark. Take a look at the cars for sale that are available for under R 150 000.
1. Suzuki Celerio
The Suzuki Celerio 1.0 GA is available from R136 900. It has an average fuel consumption of 4.7 l/100km and it is equipped with a 998cc 3-cylinder engine that delivers a maximum power of 50kW with a peak torque of 90Nm. This model has a manual transmission and its safety features include airbags, electronic brake distribution, and ABS. Other highlights of this model include power steering, air conditioning, and daytime driving running lights.
2. Datsun Go
With a starting price of R132 900, the Datsun Go 1.2 Lux makes our list of affordable cars. This 5-door car has an average fuel consumption of 5.2 l/100km which contributes to its low running costs. This model is equipped with a 1 198cc engine, which delivers 50kW of power with a peak torque of 104Nm. It has a manual transmission and is equipped with airbags to protect the driver from serious injury if an accident takes place. Key features of this model include power steering, air conditioning, and front electric windows.
3. Mahindra KUV100
The cost of the Mahindra KUV100 1.2 starts at R149 995. This model has an average fuel consumption of 5.9 l/km, which makes it an economic ride. The Mahindra KUV100 1.2 is equipped with a 1198cc 3-cylinder engine that delivers 61kW of power at with a peak torque of 115Nm. Safety features include airbags, electronic brake force distribution, and ABS.
4. BAIC D20 Hatch
If you’re looking for cars for sale, the BAIC D20 hatch 1.3 is an excellent choice. The starting price for this model is R149 990. These models are equipped with a 1322cc 4-cylinder engine, which delivers 75kW of power with a peak torque of 128Nm. It has a manual transmission and an inline cylinder layout. Safety features of this model include airbags, electronic brake force distribution, and ABS.
5. Kia Picanto
The Kia Picanto 1.0 has a starting price of R139 495. These cars have an average fuel consumption of 5.0 l/100 km and their compact and vibrant design make it perfect for traversing the city streets. While its compact design improves its agility, there is plenty of room inside for you to enjoy a comfortable trip.
6. Renault Kwid Expression
You can find these cars for sale with a starting price of R127 900. Not only does their cost price get them onto the list of affordable cars, they’re affordable to maintain too. With a fuel consumption of 4.7 l/100km, getting to your destination doesn’t have to cost a fortune. The Renault Kwid 1.0 Expression is equipped with a 999cc engine, which delivers 50kW of power with a peak torque of 91Nm.