The most recent fuel-efficient budget cars in South Africa

As we move towards easing into lockdown level-3, many drivers will be back on the roads. All South Africans are looking for ways to save money, by investing in a fuel-efficient car, you can cut your fuel costs and put more money in your pocket.

Below is a list of fuel-efficient cars with a price under R300 000:

At 4.5m long this Italian sedan blends real-world family space with excellent fuel consumption of 3.7 litres / 100km. It’s more than just a city car and has punchy outputs of 70kW and 200Nm making this 1.3-litre turbo diesel sedan quite comfortable on the open road too. Using less than 4.0 litres per 100km, the Fiat Tipo is also powerful enough to break free of city limits.


This vehicle is perfect if you would like your petrol bill to stay low. This 0.9L TwinAir turbo-petrol engine produces a nifty power output of 63KW and 145Nm of torque. It comes either in a 5-speed manual or automatic gearbox. The Fiat 500 has a claimed fuel rate of 3.8L/100km.

Powered by a 1.0-litre triple-cylinder engine, the Aygo uses its light weight (only 855kg unladen) and cleverly spaced gear ratios to ensure sprightly performance and very reasonable economy, if driven appropriately. Be disciplined with your gear changes and consumption can slip down to 4.3-litres/100km. 

With the new Fiesta gracing our shores, it’s still one of the most popular choices of small practical vehicles in South Africa. The entry-level Fiesta Trend has a 1.0L turbo petrol engine and has an output power of 74KW and 170Nm torque. It comes with a 6-speed manual gearbox. It has a claimed fuel rate of 4.3L/100km.


The automatic version of Renault's popular Kwid is claimed to consume 4.4 L/100 km. It is powered by a 1.0-litre, 3-cylinder petrol engine with 50 kW and 91 Nm of torque. A 5-speed automated manual (AMT) transmission drives the front wheels.

Now you know which cars on sale today use the least fuel. Remember to take every facet of motoring into consideration before making your final choice.

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