Most Fuel-Efficient Cars in SA

The escalating petrol price means that fewer people are buying big cars like SUVs and 4x4s.

I know that hybrid and electric cars are fantastic in terms of fuel-economy. But the average South African, with a run-of-the-mill income, cannot afford to own these above-average priced vehicles.

So what are our options?

Sergio from Wheels24 says: How you drive your car is critical to reducing your monthly fuel bill. The type of car you drive also plays a big role in fuel costs, but with more than 30 models under the 'reasonable' R200 000 mark, it can be tough to choose.

If you’re only looking at fuel-economy:
•    Chevrolet Sonic 1.3 Diesel (70kW/210 Nm, 4.6 litres/100km) which sells for around R180 000.

If you're looking at affordability:
•    Kia Picanto 1.0 (51 kW/94 Nm, 4.9 litres/100km) which goes for R100 000.

Hm. And here I thought the new Toyota Yaris 1.0 (51kW/93 Nm, 5.1 litres/100km) was best.

Which other new cars are affordable and/or light on ‘juice’? And which, in your opinion, are the petrol-guzzlers to avoid? Pop your thoughts below.