The 10 Most Fuel Efficient Cars in South Africa

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10 of the Most Fuel Efficient Cars in South Africa

As the price of fuel continues to rise, fuel economy is becoming a major selling point for car manufacturers. So, what are the most fuel-efficient cars on market in South Africa at the beginning of 2013?

Everybody knows that hybrid and electric cars are unsurpassed in fuel-economy. However, in the absence of government subsidies, these vehicles remain prohibitively expensive for the majority of South Africans.

That’s we focus on petrol and diesel driven cars, with one notable exception, included because the vehicle is reasonably priced:
 

  


Ford Fiesta 1,6 TDCi Ambiente boasts the consumption of under 5L/100 km and was named the most efficient passenger car overall at the 2012 annual Total Economy Run in Mpumalanga.

 

  


With a fuel consumption of 5L/100km in normal driving conditions, Peugeot 107 is one of the lowest fuel-guzzlers in the “standard” petrol category. This is the quintessential “city car”: small, agile and easy to navigate.

 

  


Toyota Yaris HSD (Hybrid Drive System), the smallest and most affordable hybrid on sale in South Africa, can spend as little as 3,8 L/100km if one drives slowly... very slowly. However, even friskier driving styles should be accommodated with a 5L/100km consumption.

 

  



Ready to sacrifice cabin space for reliability and affordability? Go Toyota Aygo. The manufacturer’s specs say it needs only 4.6L/100km.

 

  


Theoretically, if you drive Volkswagen Golf BlueMotion, you’ll need to visit a fuel station only ten times a year (at least that’s what the manufacturer says). Second generation of the vehicle is purported to need a mere 3.2 litres of diesel per 100 kilometres.

 

  


According to manufacturer’s specifications, Ford Fiesta 1.0 Ecoboost Titanium should do 100 kilometres with only 4.3 litres of petrol in the tank. With more robust usage of the gas pedal, it can approach 6L/100km.

 

  


BMW 530d, praised as “a diesel that was smooth with a decent soundtrack under full throttle” by reviewers, is quite happy with 6,6L/100km in normal out-of-town driving conditions. Not quite an eco-warrior, but still welcomingly eco-conscious.

 

  


BMW 120d Hatch diesel version can do with 5.2L/100km, while the petrol equivalent sips about 7.5L/100km in out of town conditions.

 

  



Chevrolet Sonic 1.3 Diesel, described as “large hatchback with great performance”, has fuel consumption is rated at 4.6 litres/100km; most drivers should manage 5L/100km.

 

  


Kia Picanto 1.0 is described as a cheap small run-around. Nominally, it uses 4.9L/100km, which is likely to translate into about 5.5L to 6L/100km.

 


This list of the most efficient cars in South Africa is by no means definitive. Depending on whom you ask, you may get the answer that the most fuel efficient car in South African market is the frugal Polo 1,2 TDI BlueMotion. Others will vote for Toyota Yaris 1.0 and perhaps give a honourable mention to 1.6 Renault Megane diesel and so on.

In any case, it is worth remembering that how you drive your car is almost as critical to reducing your monthly fuel bill as the type of car you drive.

 

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