Which vehicles are the best-selling budget cars in South Africa? Well, we’ve decided to take a look at the figures for August 2020 to find out.

While Naamsa no longer releases individual model sales figures to the public, we managed to lay our hands on some pretty interesting information.

For the record, SA’s new vehicle sales dropped 26,3 percent to 33 515 units (slightly above July 2020's effort) in August 2020, with the new passenger car market at 19 545 units registering a year-on-year fall of 32,6 percent.

For the purposes of this exercise, we’ve used a price cap of R185 000 (as we did in the budget car segment of our Top 12 Best Buys 2020 competition). As long as a passenger vehicle range starts at less than R185k, it’s in contention to appear on the list below.

So, what happened in August? Well, the Hyundai Grand i10 topped the charts with 449 units, ahead of the seven-seater Renault Triber (397) and Suzuki Swift (382). Renault’s Kwid (367) placed fourth, with South Africa's cheapest new vehicle, the Suzuki S-Presso (359) in fifth, and the Kia Picanto (257) in sixth.

Seventh place went to the Datsun Go (219), with the Hyundai Atos (128), Mahindra KUV100 Nxt (84) and Suzuki Celerio (54) rounding out the top ten. Interestingly, all ten of these vehicles are imported to South Africa from India.

The Toyota Aygo, Suzuki DZire and Volkswagen Up didn’t make the list, while vehicles such as the Honda Amaze, Nissan Micra Active, Peugeot 108, Toyota Etios and Volkswagen Polo Vivo weren’t considered as their respective range starting prices are above R185 000.

SA’s best-selling budget cars (under R185k) of August 2020

1. Hyundai Grand i10 – 449
2. Renault Triber – 397
3. Suzuki Swift – 382
4. Renault Kwid – 367
5. Suzuki S-Presso – 359
6. Kia Picanto – 257
7. Datsun Go – 219
8. Hyundai Atos – 128
9. Mahindra KUV100 Nxt – 84
10. Suzuki Celerio – 54