3 Hybrid cars for less than R510,000

Are you in the market for a new vehicle that can help you cut costs on fuel, mitigate greenhouse gas emissions, and boost overall owner satisfaction? If so, you should take a closer look at hybrid cars.

Hybrid vehicles use both traditional fossil fuels and electric power to run, with some models even providing additional electric power for enhanced acceleration or towing capabilities. We have compiled a list of the top three models available on the market for a wallet-friendly price of less than R510,000.

Behold the first-ever Toyota hybrid model crafted and assembled with care in the heart of South Africa! This compact SUV packs a punch, wielding a 1.8-litre petrol engine and a sleek electric motor that unleashes 90 kW of power while claiming an exceptional fuel economy of 4.3l/100 km.

Toyota offers it in two tantalising trim levels: XR and GR-Sport. The XR reigns supreme, boasting a luxurious suite of features, including LED headlights, 18-inch alloy wheels, supple leather seats, wireless charging, a 7-inch digital instrument cluster, an expansive 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system that seamlessly integrates with both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

Besides, you get a trusty reverse camera that ensures safe maneuvering and Toyota Safety Sense that blankets you with a suite of protective features, such as adaptive cruise control, lane-keep assist, a pre-collision system, a blind-spot monitor, and a rear cross-traffic alert.

The souped-up GR-Sport features an edgier aesthetic, featuring a bold black roof, sleek black side mirrors, a black grille and front bumper that exude power, a rear diffuser that amplifies your presence, and GR-Sport badges that signify your love for all things fast and furious. Not only does the GR-Sport model offer a bold new look, but it also boasts specially tuned suspension and steering systems that elevate handling and performance to dizzying new heights.

The XR model starts at R480,200, while the GR-Sport commands a lofty R495,200. However, its unparalleled performance and style make it worth every penny.

As if that weren't enough to entice you, the Corolla Cross 1.8 Hybrid comes with a 6-year/90,000 km service plan and a 3-year/100,000 km warranty, ensuring you can enjoy your exhilarating ride for years to come.

This stunning hatchback from Toyota features a 1.8-litre petrol engine that gets a boost from an electric motor to produce an impressive 72 kW and 142 Nm of torque and return an excellent fuel economy rating of 4.0l/100 km.

Now, let's dive into the juicy details of the XS Hybrid, the entry-level trim that will set you back R500,700. But don't let the "entry-level" moniker fool you; this car is jam-packed with features that will make you feel like a VIP.

Feast your eyes on the  bi-LED headlights and LED daytime running lights, and Toyota Safety Sense that will keep you safe and secure on the road. And that's just the beginning! The XS Hybrid also comes equipped with an 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system that seamlessly integrates with your smartphone, a 7-inch digital instrument cluster, wireless charging, heated front seats that will keep you cosy on chilly days, and luxurious leather and suede seat trim.

The XS Hybrid also comes with a 6-year/90,000 km service plan and an 8-year/195,000 km warranty that will give you peace of mind for years to come.

This subcompact hatchback packs a punch with its hybrid powertrain, consisting of a 1.5-litre i-VTEC petrol engine, two electric motors, a lithium-ion battery, and an advanced fixed-gear transmission, combining to deliver a robust 80kW and 253Nm of torque. With such power, this small city car can zip from 0 to 100 km/h in an inspiring 9.4 seconds. Moreover, it does so without compromising fuel efficiency, with a claimed consumption of just 3.7 litres to cover 100 km, making it an eco-friendly option for those looking for a small, fuel-efficient car.

The new 2023 Fit Hybrid is equipped with a plethora of cutting-edge features that truly distinguish it from its competitors. A 7-inch TFT digital driver display commands attention, while the highly intuitive 9-inch LCD touchscreen, with its Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, offers a truly immersive and seamless experience for drivers and passengers alike.

The Fit Hybrid's impressive and innovative Honda Magic Seats elevate the level of comfort and versatility, enabling drivers to customise their seating configuration to suit their needs. Moreover, the vehicle boasts the latest Honda SENSING active safety technology.

In terms of pricing, the new 2023 Fit Hybrid is priced at R509,600 and offers an 8-year / 200,000km warranty, which covers the hybrid parts like battery, PCU, and electric system, providing drivers with added peace of mind and security.

(All prices correct at time of publication.)

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