Best Buy Guide: Entry-level cars

It’s not about which brand is the most popular or which car is technically better. It’s about the cars we’d actually spend our own money on or recommend to readers, friends and family. Welcome to TopCar’s Best Buy Guide. 


4. Renault Sandero R129 900 – R169 900

Second-generation Sandero builds on the strengths of its forebear – space, comfort and value – by adding a more sophisticated interior, contemporary body styling and the downsized and turbocharged three-cylinder petrol engine from the Clio. Raised-ride, urban proof Stepway model adds to the appeal.

Our Pick: Dynamique – R149 900

3. Hyundai Grand i10 R147 900 – R168 900

We would rather stretch to the new Grand i10 – over the current i10 – as its fresher styling, comprehensive specification list (including ABS brakes, twin airbags as standard), roomier cabin, larger boot capacity and fun-to-drive nature improve upon the original recipe. A lengthy warranty and solid build quality add further value.

Our Pick: 1.25 Motion – R147 900

2. Kia Picanto R136 995 – R158 995

The Kia Picanto is undoubtedly one of the best-looking contenders in this segment but there’s more to this little Korean than meets the eye. Not only is it loaded with features such as aircon, USB, Bluetooth connectivity, heated mirrors and rake and height adjustable steering, it’s a blast to drive, too.

Our Pick: 1.2 EX – R146 995

1. VW Up! R133 500 – R140 500

It’s still new to the market but thanks to its diminutive proportions, sporty demeanour and versatility, we think VW’s cheapest car will be a massively popular choice for first-time buyers. Factor in superior levels of standard safety kit, a five star euroNCAP rating and low running costs, and the Volkswagen Up is the most polished offering in the segment. VW’s only problem should be keeping up with demand.

Our Pick: Move up! R140 500


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