Fuel prices going up but your monthly spend on getting around doesn’t have to. Here are our Top 5 Used Frugal buys that will be more wallet-friendly.
With modern powertrains paired to the compact stature of a nimble hatchback, some truly admirable fuel consumption can be achieved. This list comprises some of the most frugal models available in South Africa paired with handsome used car deals – value for money all around. Click on the heading of each model to see the deal in more detail!
With a claimed 3,8 L/100km, the 500 TwinAir easily tops the list as one of the most frugal cars available in South Africa. Sipping on fuel, the two-cylinder motor can churn out an impressive 63 kW and 145 N.m from the 0,9-litre displacement. This specific cabriolet iteration is paired with a 5-speed manual and comes with over 60 000 km and a full franchise service history. Also included is aircon, power steering, electric windows, electric mirrors, multi-function steering, USB, Bluetooth, rear PDC, Xenon lights, fog lights, ABS, an alarm and a spare key.
For a little bit more money but with a third of the mileage exists the naturally aspirated Suzuki Celerio. With one extra cylinder, the 1,0-litre inline-three can put out a respectable 49 kW and 89 N.m which enables it to achieve a low combined fuel consumption of 4,4L/100 km.
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With over 250 derivatives available, the Renault Kwid is a popular and easily accessible model on the CARmag platform. This specific model chosen is the Kwid Climber which comes with more bells and whistles and a more opulent exterior finish. With 7 700 km on the clock, the asking price is the highest of all models so far but boasts a slither more power than the aforementioned 1,0-litre 3-cylinder Celerio listed above with 50 kW and 91 N.m. Claimed average fuel consumption is listed at a meagre 4,9L/100 km despite the high riding and butch off-roading aesthetic.
The most expensive, powerful and well-equipped model on this list is the Honda Fit, which combines Honda’s revered reliability into the compact packaging formerly recognised as the Jazz. The 1,5-litre inline-four cylinder motor boasts total outputs of 89 kW and 145 N.m but more importantly, can achieve a claimed combined fuel consumption of 5,5L/100 km.
Representing the French corner is the Peugeot 208. The Polo alternative is powered by a 1,2-litre 3-cylinder motor which puts out 55 kW and 118 N.m. It is also the thirstiest on the list with a claimed fuel consumption of 5,8L/100 km.
Which would you take to save rands at the pump?