Fuel prices in South Africa are skyrocketing and household budgets are under pressure as the general cost of living increases. By choosing to drive a more fuel-efficient car, you can cut your fuel costs and save money.

Let’s take a look at the most appealing new-car deals in various market segments. This week we focus on affordable cars that are a step above the entry-level cheapies and come with a few more features. Here are our top picks in the R160 000 to R300 000 price segment.

If you are in the market for a new car that will consume the least amount of fuel and save you money over time, then you should take note of the list of cars below. We have created a fuel efficiency list that’s not only more relevant but also more diverse. Considering that most people can’t afford expensive cars, we decided to list the most fuel-efficient cars with an asking price under R300 000.

  • 4.3 L/100 km – Toyota Aygo

The Toyota Aygo was recently updated and it’s a good choice if you are looking for a frugal budget city car. Toyota claims an improved fuel consumption figure of 4.3 L/100km for the Aygo and it is powered by a 3-cylinder, 1.0-litre petrol engine with 53 kW and 93 Nm of torque. A 5-speed manual transmission is standard.

Pricing starts at R171 900.

  • 4.3 L/100 km – Ford Fiesta 1.0T Trend

The new and hugely popular Ford Fiesta has arrived in South Africa and the entry-level Fiesta 1.0T Trend (manual priced from R273 700) offers a claimed fuel consumption figure of 4.3 L/100km. It’s powered by a 1.0-litre, 3-cylinder turbo petrol engine with 74 kW and 170 Nm. If your budget can stretch to R305 100 then the diesel-powered Fiesta 1.5 TDCi Trend derivative is the most fuel efficient in the Fiesta range with a claimed fuel consumption figure of just 3.3 L/100km. Power comes from a 1.5-litre turbodiesel which now produces 63 kW and 175 Nm of torque.

  • 4.3 L/100 km – Peugeot 208 1.2 Active

The Peugeot 208 1.2 Active is the most frugal in the 208 range with a claimed fuel consumption figure of 4.3 L/100 km. This derivative is powered by a naturally aspirated 1.2-litre petrol engine with 60 kW and 118 Nm and is mated to a 5-speed manual transmission.

Pricing for the 208 1.2 Active starts at R204 900.

  • 4.4 L/100 km – Renault Kwid Automatic

The automatic version of Renault’s popular Kwid is claimed to consume 4.4 L/100 km. It is powered by a 1.0-litre, 3-cylinder petrol engine with 51 kW and 91 Nm of torque. A 5-speed automated manual (AMT) transmission drives the front wheels.

This derivative is priced at R153 500.

Note that claimed manufacturer fuel consumption figures are used here and that real-world consumption figures will differ depending on a number of factors such as driving style, road conditions and so forth.

By Noni Nchwe