Let’s face it – not all people have R200 000+ to spend on a car and some people prefer to keep their debt in order by rather choosing a more suitable car for their budget. You may think it is impossible to get a new car for the price of R150 000 and less, but the truth is, if you shop around you might find your perfect fit.
1. Suzuki Swift from R126 900
Launched in 2011, Suzuki’s popular Swift hatchback underwent a number of changes and updates for the 2014 model year. Most of the improvements are focused on fresher aesthetics, but some of the standard specifications have also been enhanced.
The Swift matches affordability and boasts standard features such as power steering with height-adjustable steering wheel, electric windows front and rear, remote-controlled central locking for the doors and tailgate, and air-conditioning.
Do you have extra baggage? Then have a look at the Swift sedan version: Suzuki D’Zire.
2. Volkswagen Polo Vivo from R142 700
Volkswagen has given the new Polo Vivo a fresh look. The new Polo Vivo model range is offered with two four-cylinder petrol engines, 1.4 and 1.6 litres. The power output of these engines range from 55 kW to 77 kW. Both engines are available with 5-speed manual transmissions as standard. An optional tiptronic transmission is available with 63 kW 1.4 engine. The entry engine in the Polo Vivo model range is the 1.4-litre with the 55 kW of power.
3. Hyundai Grand i10 from R139 900
The Grand i10 is slap bang in the middle of the i10 and the i20. The car is sufficiently spacious and feels rather upmarket and as for the standard spec level, it’s lengthy. Basically you are not left wanting. There is keyless entry, electrically heated and foldable mirrors, Bluetooth, CD/MP3/USB audio system with RDS, central locking, air conditioning, a trip computer, ABS, EBD, and dual airbags.
4. Chevrolet Spark from R118 300
The Chevrolet Spark, which remains one of South Africa’s most affordable vehicles, highlights safety features as some of its most important aspects. All derivatives in the Spark range, which consists of six versions, feature a minimum of two airbags, along with ABS and EBD, as standard.
5. Honda Brio from R127 800
If you are looking for an edgy and reliable car, the Brio will satisfy those expectations. The Brio boasts a 1.2 i-VTEC engine delivering, and it’s no surprise that this stylish vehicle includes safety features such as dual front airbags, ABS (Anti-lock Braking System) and EBD (Electronic Brake Distribution). This was also the WOW Budget Buy Car of the Year 2014.
6. Ford Figo from R134 700
The Ford Figo was voted CAR magazine’s Budget Car of the Year in 2012 and 2013. The Ford Figo hosts features such as Anti-locking Braking System (ABS), Electric Brake Force Distribution (EBD), dual front airbags, immobilizer and central locking. One of our favourite features is that you can connect your phone to your audio system via Bluetooth, which allows for smarter and safer ways to answer calls and switch between radio, CD/MP3 and your iPod easily, if your phone is compatible with the system.
7. Geely LC Cross from R109 990
The Geely LC Cross has an increased ride height of 160 mm over the regular LC hatch. Standard features include ABS brakes with EBD, airbags, electric windows and mirrors, remote central locking, audio system, power steering, air-conditioning and a radio with a front loading CD player, four speakers and two additional tweeters, as well as a USB socket.
Chery J2 1,5 TX R139 900
It might not be the strongest contender in this segment but the price is what sets it a part. It also comes with a two-year/30 000 km service plan and five-year/120 000 km warranty.