Thursday, 12 May 2016

Ten of SA’s top fuel-efficient cars

The e-tolling system has left many South African motorists watching their wallets very closely. Fuel efficiency offers you financial and personal benefits, and so we've compiled a list of SA's top ten most fuel-efficient cars.

1. Nissan Leaf – 0l/100km R450 600
The Nissan Leaf is an impossible one to beat since it uses no fuel at all. This fully electric vehicle is the first of its kind to hit the South African market. The Leaf only requires 7 hours to fully charge at home, and a fully charged battery will get you about 195km of travel. Alternatively, there are also nine fast charging units around Gauteng. Unfortunately the Leaf is only available in Johannesburg right now, but Nissan has said there are plans to open up dealerships in Durban and Cape Town.

2. Volkswagen Polo 1.2TDI Bluemotion – 3,4l/100km R222 000.
This Polo’s advantage lies in the small capacity of its energy, which is a great fuel saver around town. This Polo gives you 3,4l/100km for just R222 000.

3. Volvo V40 D2 – 3,6l/100km R296 100.
This Volvo V40 D2 makes a great first impression, with stylish smooth curves and angles that make it look like more than the average hatchback. Many have said it is one of the most underrated cars out there as it drives well, is easy on the eye and is fuel-efficient, using up only 3,6l/100km.

4. Ford Fiesta 1.6TDCi – 3,6l/100km R194 900
The Ford Fiesta has always been a fun one to drive and the seemingly Aston Martin-inspired grill on the latest version has worked out for the overall aesthetic. It is also the cheapest car on the list.
Ten of SA’s top fuel-efficient cars
5. Citroen C3 eHDI – 3,7l/100km R236 900
Even though the Citroen C3 eHDI can’t boast to the world about its looks, it sure can boast about its economic efficiency using up only 3,7l/100km. The C3 is slowly coming to the end of its cycle and we’re waiting eagerly to see some attractive replacements from Citroen soon.

6. Toyota Yaris XS HSD and Auris XS HSD – 3,8l/100km R252 400 and R319 500

The Toyota Yaris and Auris both offer 3,8l/100km because of the combination of hybrid and petrol power. The Yaris is going for R252 400 and the Auris for R319 000.

7. Audi A1 1.6TDI – 3,8l/100km R348 000

The Audi A1 is one of the most upmarket cars in its class and proves that good things truly do come in small packages with its reasonably economical engine, superior build quality and luxurious interior. An Audi A1 driver can choose between three engines, two petrol and one diesel. All three are quite economical, but the petrol engine suits the car best. Giving you 3,8l/100km, the Audi A1 comes in at number 7 on our list.

8. Renault Megane 1.6dci – 4,0l/100km R279 900

The Megane 1.6dci might be old, but it has not been out run by the fuel figures of all the new car models that use electronic and technological ways to save fuel. With 4.0l/100km, this Megane leaves little to be desired.

9. Mercedes-Benz A200 CDI – 4.1l/100km R381 100
The sassy and sexy Mercedes-Benz A200 CDI gives you 4,1l/100km with a 2,1l turbo-diesel engine, making it a nice break from tiny hatchbacks with even tinier turbo-diesels. With 300Nm of torque, you won’t be fighting any uphill battles. It is quite pricey though, starting at R381 100.

10. Porsche Panamera S e-hybrid – 3,1l/100km R1,38million
Before you start shouting “lies, lies, lies!” – the Porsche Panamera S e-hybrid has an electric motor that allows it to drive around 35km in an all-electric mode at speeds of up to 135km/h. It doesn’t come cheap at R1,38million but it is by far the fastest and most lavish car on this list.
Sources: Cars, Super Group Dealership, Car Buyer, Car Magazine

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