Chevrolet Spark

Price: From R115 495

Undeniably one of the prettiest little cars on our roads, this Chevy is also extremely safe: it has earned a five-star safety rating from the Korean New Car Assessment Program (KNCAP). We also like its funky interior design, which blends fun, fashion and functionality (the motorcycle-like instrument panel is especially trendy). If the price of the Spark is beyond your means, consider the Spark Lite (which is the previous generation model). It doesn’t look as good and it’s not nearly as safe. But – at R82 300 upwards – it beats walking by a long way.