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Fuel savers!

In the face of rising fuel prices, which are South Africa’s most efficient passenger vehicles? Wynter Murdoch reports.

A recent study by financial news agency Bloomberg indicates that South Africa’s motorists spend 3,18% of their annual salaries on fuel – making the country the second most costly in the world when it comes to filling a vehicle’s tank.

The study, conducted in the second quarter of this year, ranked South Africa 60th out of 61 countries surveyed. Only Mexico – where 3,59% of the average motorist’s annual income goes on fuel – rates higher.

Comparatively, motorists in the US spend 0,40% of their annual wage packet on fuel, those in Germany 1,24% and those in the UK 1,38%.

With the price of petrol and diesel expected to rise in September thanks to stronger international fuel prices and a weakening in the value of the rand, consumers in the market for new vehicles may wish to consider models specifically designed to save them money at the pumps.

With that in mind, here’s a selection of derivatives which cover a number of vehicle categories – from entry level runabouts to luxury sedans, sports cars and SUVs – ranked according to average consumption figures claimed by their manufacturers.

Electrically powered models and hybrids are included along with conventionally driven petrol and diesel vehicles – but all have one thing in common: they are advertised as using 4,2 litres of fuel or less for every 100km covered in combined cycle tests.

Litres/100km Manufacturer Model Recommended Retail Price
0 BMW i3 eDrive R606 800
0 Nissan Leaf R500 550
0,6 BMW i3 eDrive Rex R683 600
1,9 BMW 330 eDrive R789 200
2,1 BMW 740 eDrive R1 496 500
2,1 BMW i8 eDrive R2 015 300
2,1 Volvo XC90 T8 Twin R1 128 800
2,8 Mercedes-Benz C350e R804 900
2,8 Mercedes-Benz S500e R1 931 800
3,3 BMW X5 xDrive 40e R1 180 600
3,3 Fiat Tipo 1,3 Multijet R274 900
3,3 Mercedes-Benz GLE 500e R1 310 000
3,6 Renault Captur 66kW dCi R289 000
3,7 Toyota Prius Hybrid R457 600
3,8 Fiat 500 TwinAir Pop R179 900
3,9 Toyota Auris Hybrid XR  R417 700
4 BMW 320d R559 500
4,1 Audi A4 2,0 TDI R559 000
4,1 Audi A5 Coupé 2,0 TDI R619 000
4,1 BMW 120d R484 800
4,1 BMW 220d Coupé R542 900
4,1 Lexus >CT 200h S R519 100
4,1 Mercedes-Benz A200d Auto R491 300
4,1 Smart ForTwo Coupé R174 900
4,1 Volkswagen Polo Hatch 1,4 TDI R253 600
4,2 Audi A1 1,0T R286 000
4,2 Fiat Panda Twin Air R184 900
4,2 Nissan Juke 1,5dCi Acenta+ R332 900
4,2 Volkswagen Polo Hatch 1,0 TSI R263 800

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