BUYING ON A BUDGET

The South African motorist spends between R80 to R150 000 on a car if one looks at the monthly new car sales figures as published in TOPCAR magazine.

While brands such as Hyundai and Kia do not report monthly figures, these two brands are selling significant numbers which can bee seen by the number of cars on our roads.

Currently the top ten selling vehicles in the above mentioned price bracket are

VW POLO VIV0

VW POLO

Ford Figo

Chev Spark

Nissan Micra

Toyota Yaris

Chev Aveo

Fiat Punto

Toyota Aygo

Tata Indica Vista

Both Hyundai and Kia would have models in the top ten giving some thought as to how much market share Toyota and VW have lost to the Korean powerhouse.

Indian brand TATA has made litle impact on the budget car segment and so it is with the Chinese brands of which only Chana reports monthly sales figures and more recently GWM. Other Chinese brands such as the recently re-launched Geely, Chery and Zotye offer budget vehicles, however quality, safety, reliabity and resale value remain major issues before I can recomend these vehicles with confidence. As for Proton well I have yet to see a Saga on the road let alone read a test about one.

Here is the full range of cars for sale in South Africa at under R150 000

Chery QQ

Chery J1

Chev Spark Lite

Chev Spark

Chev Aceo

Citroen C1

Daihatsu Charade

Daihatsu Sirion

Fiat Punto

Fiat Panda

Fiat 500

Ford Figo

Geely LC

Geely Mk2

Geely MK

GWM Florid

GWM CB150

Hyundai Atos

Hyundai i10

Hyundai Getz

Hyundai Accent

Kia Picanto

Nissan Micra

Peogeot 107

Peugeot 207

Proton Saga

Renault Sandero

Renault Logan

Renault Twingo

Suzuki Alto

Tata Indica

Tata Indica Vista

Toyota Aygo

Toyota Yaris

VW POLO Vivo

VW Polo

Zotye Nomad

So what would I spend my money on? Well here are my top 5 choices

Fiat 500

Fiat Panda

VW Polo

Hyundai i10

Hyundai Accent

When buying on a budget look for quality, reliabity and safety. I cannot recommend any of the Chinese, Malaysian or Indian brands. Put your money somewhere worthwhile and you will have a satisfying ownership experience.

Mandla85

Welcome to my corner of the automotive world! I'm Mandy Lawson, better known as mandla85, and I'm absolutely obsessed with everything related to cars and motorsports. You bet I'm interested if it has four wheels (or sometimes two!) and an engine. For me, cars aren't just a means of transportation; they're a passion, a lifestyle, and an endless source of fascination. I love diving into the world of automotive engineering and design, exploring the latest trends, and uncovering the stories behind the machines. Email / Facebook