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Best Cars with Low Fuel Consumption

The world has changed. Lifestyles have changed. And when it comes to changes to the fuel price in South Africa, those only go one way: up. People are adjusting their mindset and being far shrewder when looking for a car that plays its part in the context of family, work, and of course: budget.

No surprise then that you may be looking for cars with low fuel consumption. Even if you’re spending less time in your car — and doing shorter distances than you were pre 2020 — the cost of fuel alone is enough to convince anyone of the value in looking at options.

Cars with Low Fuel Consumption in South Africa

Yes, this is a Subaru platform, but as we always say: we’re the first to salute other carmakers in specific categories — and we’ll get to our relevance to this one a little later. So straight off, consider this list of 11 notable cars with low fuel consumption in South Africa, and the economy of litres per 100km’s:

  1. Fiat 500 Dolcevita @ 3.8L per 100km
  2. Mahindra KUV100 Nxt 1.2 D75 K6+/K8 @ 4.3L per 100km
  3. Peugeot 108 1.0 Active @ 4.3L per 100km
  4. Renault Kwid Automatic @ 4.4L per100km
  5. Suzuki Celerio 1.0 GL Automatic @ 4.6L per 100 km
  6. Toyota Agya 1.0 Manual @ 4.8L per 100km
  7. Suzuki DZire / Suzuki S-Presso / Suzuki Ignis / Suzuki Swift @ 4.9L 100km
  8. Datsun Go Lux Automatic @ 5.0L per 100km
  9. Kia Picanto 1.0 Manual / 1.2 X-Line Manual @ 5.0L per 100km
  10. Mahindra XUV300 1.5TD  W4 / W6 @ 5.0L 100km
  11. Renault Kiger 1.0 Turbo Intens / 1.0 Turbo Zen @ 5.0L per 100km


Subaru SA - XV Good fuel consumption


These low fuel consumption cars prove that you don’t need a gas-guzzler to get from A to B. Context is important however, and it is plain to see that this list comprises great, zippy little models that are perfect for singles, small families, or those starting out in their first or second jobs, because cars with low fuel consumption are generally compacts.

Sure! Small, low fuel consumption cars do the trick and at a cost that makes them really competitive when you want to keep a close eye on that bank balance. But “bang for your buck” isn’t always about something that’s just cheap, right? What else are you getting for that price-tag — or not getting? And while this list of 11 terrific models is nothing to scoff at, we at Subaru are always here to look at more than one side of our valued coins!

Which Subaru car is fuel efficient?

Let’s talk Confidence in Motion. The Subaru Impreza is the most fuel-efficient sedan with an overall average of 6.4L per 100km. That’s not far off the mark of the averages in the list above — and we’re talking about a car with a 2.0iL LineartronicTM CVT transmission. It also comes standard with impressive interior and exterior features such as Apple CarPlay and Android Voice Recognition software, along with dual-zone automatic air-conditioning. And in case we haven’t mentioned it enough here on our Subaru magazine, you get Subaru’s unwavering commitment to safety — without compromise.

Now do you see why “bang for your buck” is an important consideration overall?

Subaru XV - One Of The Best Low Fuel Consumption in South Africa

How to choose a car with low fuel consumption in South Africa?

There are many considerations when it comes to cars with low fuel consumption. What we hope you’re looking for is something that ticks as many boxes as possible. If you’d like to experience Confidence in Motion for yourself, book a test drive or find your local dealership and come in for a chat. If you prefer to stay home and talk about anything-Subaru with one of our helpful representatives, call our Customer Care Department on +27 11 608 0116.


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