5 of the Cheapest Cars in South Africa for 2022

cheapest cars in South Africa

Soaring fuel prices and interest rate hikes are forcing South Africans to re-evaluate their choice of new vehicle.

If you’re looking for economy, affordability and quality of build, here are five of the cheapest cars in South Africa to consider in 2022.

Datsun Go 1.2 Lux – R196,700

Datsun Go Lux

Source as: Datsun

The elegantly designed five-door hatch is nippy, economical and comfortable to drive. It features a responsive 1.2-litre three-cylinder engine, capable of reaching 0 to 100 kph in under 13.5 seconds.

Average fuel consumption is 5.5 litres per 100 km. Standard specs include electric mirrors and windows, central locking and air conditioning. Touchscreen usability, with Android Auto and Apply Car Play functionality, is part of the package.

A comparatively spacious cabin and adequate boot storage ensure the Datsun Go Lux is the ideal budget car to buzz around in.

Renault Triber 1.0 Expression – R193,400

Renault Triber

Source: Renault

The compact seven-seater boasts SUV-like styling, a three-cylinder 1.0 multi-point fuel-injection engine, and a five-speed manual gearbox.

Safety features include ABS and EBD. Electric-powered front windows, air con, remote central locking and rear-park distance sensors are standard.

The interior can comfortably accommodate seven people. When the rear seats are folded down or removed, 625 litres of boot space is available.

The entry-level model is light in technology features. Only a radio, USB and aux-in ports, Bluetooth, and hands-free call functionality are included in the price.

Suzuki Dzire 1.2 GA 5MT – R185,900

Suzuki Dzire

Source: Suzuki

Suzuki’s new entrant in the subcompact range may not be rich in tech features but it has all the basics – Bluetooth, USB port and MP3 CD player.

The safety component is covered by ISOFIX child seat anchorage, front driver and passenger airbags, and pretensioner seat belts. Adjustable fold-in mirrors, electric windows, air con and remote locking are standard.

The 1.2-litre engine is paired with five-speed transmission. Average fuel consumption is 4.9 litres per 100 km. There’s a five-year or 200,000 km mechanical warranty to back the car.

Renault Kwid 1.0 Expression – R170,400

Renault Kwid 1.0 Expression

Source: Renault

SUV body styling, a stylish new front grille, and low-slung headlights define the Renault Kwid 1.0 Expression, a prime contender in the budget compact car segment.

Besides its good looks, the entry level Kwid has a punchy one-litre three-cylinder engine and can reach a top speed of 152 kph. Dual airbags, ABS, EBD and rear-park distance sensors are standard safety features.

The Kwid’s interior is surprisingly spacious. Available boot space can be more than doubled by folding back the rear seats.

On-board entertainment and connectivity capabilities are limited to USB and aux ports, and a radio with front speakers.

With a 4.7 litres per 100 km fuel economy, and a five-year or 150,000 km mechanical warranty and six-year anti-corrosion warranty, the Kwid 1.0 Expression is economical and built to last.

Tata Bolt 1.2 Turbo Hatch XMS – R159,995

Tata Bolt 1.2 Turbo Hatch XMS

Source: Tata Motors

A sporty design, 1.2-litre four-cylinder turbo engine and high-tech features ensure the Bolt is a value-for-money addition to the budget car sector. All the models have power windows, door mirror indicators, fog lights and daytime running lights as standard features.

A high-end infotainment system, with a 13 cm display, video playback, and advanced voice command recognition, elevates the Bolt into a class of its own.

Aux and Bluetooth connectivity, SMS notifications and read-outs, plus a multi-function steering wheel with audio controls, enable seamless connectivity on the road.

Dual driving modes, designed for urban environments and the open road, support optimal fuel consumption, which averages around 50 litres per 100 km in the Eco mode.

What we offer at Pawn My Car

At Pawn My Car, we don’t sell cars (or have any commercial interest in promoting particular car makes or models).

However, if you own a vehicle – whether it’s among the cheapest cars in South Africa or a more expensive model – we may be able to assist with a loan.

With Pawn My Car, you can use a car, bakkie, truck or boat that’s in your name to secure a short-term, asset-based loan. This process is quick and easy, with no delays or laborious paperwork.

For more information, contact us on 0861 112 866 or simply complete and submit our online application form.

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