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Thread: Top 10 most fuel efficient cars in South Africa

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    Default Top 10 most fuel efficient cars in South Africa

    VW Polo 1.2 TDi BlueMotion and VW Golf 1.6Tdi Bluemotion

    The Polo wins it with an average of 3.4litres/100km, but I’ve added the bigger sibling from the group, which is astonishingly just behind its smaller counterpart at 3.8 litres/100km. The Polo will set you back R205,000, which isn’t exactly a cheap exercise, but it’s a well-built, comfortable run around. It is however the least interesting to drive of possibly all the cars here, but that’s the price you pay for ultimate efficiency.

    Volvo V40 D2 Essential and Volvo S40 D2

    Personally, I was stunned to see a brand like Volvo playing down here in the efficiency wars. The V40 is one of my favourite new cars – stylish, safe, comfortable and a great cruiser. At 3.6litres/100km, I would say you’ll only get close to that on the open road, as you’ll find yourself asking a lot of the engine in the urban environment. But at R286,000, this is a solid option packed with tech that ticks many, many boxes, and makes a handsome alternative to the usual C-Segment players.

    Ford Fiesta 1.6TDCi

    The new Fiesta is a very good little car indeed. Ford have ploughed money into their new 1.0litre petrol, which really is blazing a trail, but its diesel cousin still ousts it at an average of 3.6litres/100km. The Fiesta 1.6TDCi is also a very fun drive, although of course the more fun you have, the more fuel you burn. With great infotainment functionality as standard, at R184,100, the Fiesta is a companion you could get very attached to indeed.

    Citroen C3 e-HDi 90 and Citroen DS3 eHDi 90 Seduction

    The French do seem to be very good at small diesels. While the 90 is not a powerful motor by any means, at 230Nm it does have healthy torque, which should make it at least interesting in the acceleration stakes. At 3.7litres/100km on average, the DS3 in particular is a very stylish way of saving cash at the pumps, while the C3 with 5 doors is a lot more practical. Prices for the C3 start at R219,100, and the DS3 starts at R251,900.

    Toyota Auris Hybrid Toyota Yaris Hybrid

    The two Toyota’s achieve exactly the same figures on paper, at 3.8litres/100km. Having driven the Yaris HSD though, I would say you have a better chance of achieving that in the Auris. The Yaris has to work very hard to get up hills, and seems to rely on the petrol motor a bit more than I thought necessary. I may have a slightly heavier right foot, so perhaps if you do release your inner pensioner, you will do just fine. The Auris comes in at R273,000 with the Yaris at R230,600. If telling your drum circle that you’ve just bought a Hybrid is important to you, the Toyota is a winner.

    Peugeot 208 1.6 HDi Active

    More French efficiency from the Peugeot but from a bigger motor, which means the 208 has a bit more go to match the show. The new 208 is very handsome indeed, with a super modern touchscreen interface and great rear space that frankly embarrasses cars like the new Renault Clio. At 3.8 litres/100km, the little Pug is a super little run around. Prices start at R190,300.

    Audi A1 1.6 TDi

    With the same oily bits as the Polo, the A1 is a very stylish way of paying more for efficiency. If outright cost saving is important (which I suppose is the point of this article) you could just buy the Polo 1.6TDi (SA car of the year for 2011) for R235,900 and save a good few grand over the R249,500 Audi A1. The Audi on paper achieves slightly better consumption at 3.8litres/100km to the Polo’s 4.2litres/100km, but you’d have to drive to Melbourne and back (very slowly) to reclaim that price difference.

    Renault Megane 1.6Dci

    The Megane runs on a great, sporting chassis, it’s a big comfy 5 door and looks very good in my humble opinion. With fuel economy figures of 4.0litres/100km, this is a very attractive fuel saver at R274,900. You could very easily use this as a daily run around and as well as eat up the long-distance miles. The Renault comes with TomTom live navigation built-in, to help avoid those traffic jams.

    Mercedes Benz A180 Cdi

    Well this is interesting. A three-pointed star mingling with the fuel-sippers. But Merc’s new generation diesels are very good indeed, wrapped up in a seriously attractive package. The new A-Class is a super looking piece of kit, with a great sporting interior and loads of new tech as standard. At R300 000, its not the cheapest way to buy your way into fuel saving, but you’ll be chuffed with yourself every time you drive past a shop window. What a dilemma. No one said living for efficiency would be easy.

    Lexus CT200h and Toyota Prius

    Seems fitting that we’re wrapping up this list with the Prius. The car that invented economy-themed smugness is still mixing it with the best of them, but now you can buy the same tech in the form of the very stylish Lexus CT200h. Both provide that eerie but wonderful feeling of cruising around on full electric mode, while the petrol engine kicks in seamlessly when needed. Of all the cars here, the Toyota Hybrids make you feel most like you’re driving something from the future, and I suppose that has value in and of itself. The Prius comes in at R342,000 with figures of 4.1litres/100km, and if the CT200h achieves the same but will set you back another R28,000, which could be used to buy a lot of fuel for your Prius.


    The crown goes to: VW Polo 1.2 TDi BlueMotion @ 3.4l/100km...

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    Remember, with any fuel efficient vehicle (especially Diesels) that costs more to purchase compared to the average model, you have to work out how much you drive a year to figure out that how many years it will take to recoup on the extra purchase price and before you start saving.

    Some vehicles can easily take 5 to 6 years (or even longer) to recoup the extra cost if you average 15 000km a year.

    The R20 000 difference between a 1.4 Comfortline (6.1l/100km) and a 1.2 TDI BlueMotion (3.4l/100km) can buy a lot of fuel.

    52 910km* (3.5 years if one averages 15 000km/y) need to be driven before one starts saving money.

    *If my maths is correct, no guarantee it is.
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    Interesting, no Honda CR-Z 1.5 Hybrid?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Slab View Post
    VW Polo 1.2 TDi BlueMotion and VW Golf 1.6Tdi Bluemotion

    The Polo wins it with an average of 3.4litres/100km... The Polo will set you back R205,000 ...

    The crown goes to: VW Polo 1.2 TDi BlueMotion @ 3.4l/100km...
    Looks like its 10k more expensive now http://www.vw.co.za/en/models/polo/p...d_options.html
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    Quote Originally Posted by Park@82 View Post
    Looks like its 10k more expensive now http://www.vw.co.za/en/models/polo/p...d_options.html
    A person who recently owned own said that this car really sucked going through Camps Bay/Kloof Rd (Cape Town), hill'ish climb.

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    these look like "on paper" figures.
    i've looked up the volvo's and the renault on the FUELLY website and the real world figures there say something different.
    Also, how can the merc a180 with the same 1.5dci engine thats found in a micra, have better figures. the micra is like a few hundred kg lighter!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fulcrum29 View Post
    Interesting, no Honda CR-Z 1.5 Hybrid?
    Cool car but only 5.2 l/100k so maybe out of the top 10.

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    So much of diesel cars.

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    It seems that one has to spend more on a vehicle in order to save more on fuel. I'll wait a few years and get one second hand and save then.
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    Eh all I see are k@k slow cars that struggle to pull away at a robot.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fulcrum29 View Post
    A person who recently owned own said that this car really sucked going through Camps Bay/Kloof Rd (Cape Town), hill'ish climb.
    i cant begin to imagine the nightmare driving up geneva drive from camps bay to the city, then returning having to drive up kloof nek rd from town to get back to camps bay.

    after a week i would be on heroin !

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    Quote Originally Posted by pboy View Post
    these look like "on paper" figures.
    i've looked up the volvo's and the renault on the FUELLY website and the real world figures there say something different.
    Also, how can the merc a180 with the same 1.5dci engine thats found in a micra, have better figures. the micra is like a few hundred kg lighter!!
    Are you sure the merc and micra use the same engine?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wasabee! View Post
    Are you sure the merc and micra use the same engine?
    Only the manual A180 CDI has a Nissan/Renault 1.5L diesel... The A180 CDI with the DCT box has a 1.8L Merc engine, with much better torque and power delivery. The actual kW and Nm figures are not that different, but the rev range @ which the Merc delivers those figures is much wider.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HDS View Post
    Eh all I see are k@k slow cars that struggle to pull away at a robot.
    Compromise, get a 320d, 5.5l/100 and its moves!

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