Thousands of students nervously awaited the announcement of their matric results yesterday. Parents were just as anxious waiting to hear if their children will be heading to university in the new year.

For those fortunate enough to have secured entrance or acceptance into university, now you will be thinking about how you will be getting to and from campus. Even though a brand-new car may be out of financial reach for most parents, there are a few options that parents can look at as first cars for their loved ones.

We take a look at a few cars that have starting prices of under R200 000 and do not exceed that price range. As much as price is a determining factor, you also want to look at vehicles that have the most to offer in terms of specs offered.

Peugeot 108- R179 900

The 108 was introduced in South Africa in September 2019. It offers stylish features which include daytime running LED lights, a multi-functional steering wheel and front electric windows. It is a three-cylinder 1.0 engine and is paired with a five-speed manual gearbox. The Peugeot 108 comes standard with a five-year/100 000km warranty and service plan.

Hyundai Atos – R159 900

The Hyundai Atos comes in a 1.1 litre petrol engine that produces 50kW and 99Nm through a five-speed manual gearbox. Hyundai promises fuel efficiency with the Atos only taking 5.7 litres of fuel for every 100 km-impressive! That would suggest that with a full tank, you could possibly do a clean 600 km’s.

The Atos also comes with a standard seven year/ 200 000 km drivetrain warranty as well as a five year/ 150 000 vehicle warranty.

Datsun G0 – R159 100- R184 200

The GO has a few revisions that were brought on, the biggest being the addition of the CVT gearbox. The GO comes in a 1.2-litre engine with a torque of 104Nm. Thanks to some of the upgrades and updates made to this vehicle, users can connect their mobile devices to the media system.

The Datsun GO comes with a standard six-year or 150 000 km warranty with the service and maintenance plan available optionally.

These are just a few affordable options one can look at.

We are proud of how well our matriculants did this year and we hope to keep this winning streak going throughout the years.

By Noni Nchwe