Fuel-efficient cars in SA and how to save some fuel!

8th Aug 2019
8th Aug 2019 You Drive We Sell

Fuel-efficient cars in SA and how to save some fuel!

With the fuel prices rapidly changing in South Africa, many motorists have opted to exchange their luxury vehicles for fuel-efficient budget cars!

If you are in the market for a new car, you’d be wise to choose a car that will consume as little fuel as possible. Remember that the amount of fuel you save while driving will depend on a number of factors including your driving style, road conditions and condition of the car.

Some people have also skipped the process of buying a brand new car and went for a cheaper option which is a second-hand car at their local car dealership.

We’ve asked some people what they think the most fuel-efficient car in South Africa is at the moment and here are some of their answers:

“I think the Hyundai Atos or Fiat 500 would be the most fuel-efficient” – Xander Van Den Berg

“Most definitely the Toyota Prius” – Ivan Rademeyer

“Well, when thinking of old car models, the Nissan X Trail would be number one on the list” – Elise Wright

“Mitsubishi Mirage for sure” – Faf Aspeling

Although they’re not far off, some of these cars don’t even feature on the top 10 most fuel-efficient list.

Most fuel-efficient petrol cars in South Africa:

1 – Fiat 500 – 3.8 L/100 km

2 – Smart ForTwo – 4.1 L/100 km

3 – Audi A1 1.0 TFSI S Sportback – 4.2 L/100 km

4 – Fiat Panda – 4.2 L/100 km

5 – Ford Fiesta 1.0T Manual – 4.3 L/100km

6 – Peugeot 208 1.2 Active – 4.3 L/100km

7 – Toyota Aygo – 4.3 L/100km

8 – Opel Astra 1.0T –  4.4 L/100km

9 – Renault Kwid 1.0 Dynamique – 4.4 L/100km

10 – Audi A3 30 TFSI – 4.5 L/100km

Here are some ways to save on fuel and fuel consumptions:

  • Avoid Long Idling

Idling for long periods of time consumes gas that could be saved by simply turning off the engine.

  • Clean Out the Trunk and Eliminate Unnecessary Weight

Vehicles get much better mileage when they’re not loaded with unnecessary weight.

  • Keep Tyres Inflated to the Correct Pressure

Buy tyre gauges for your drivers so they can ensure tires are inflated to the manufacturer’s recommended level.

  • Shop Around for Best Fuel Prices

Check the Web for the best fuel deals.

  • Use Air Conditioning Sparingly

Use the air conditioner only when needed. The air conditioner puts extra load on the engine, forcing more fuel to be used.

  • Encourage Carpooling

If you have several employees going to the same work location or job site, have them take one vehicle instead of driving separately.

  • Anticipate Traffic Flow

Anticipate traffic conditions and accelerate and decelerate smoothly — it’s safer, uses less gas, and reduces brake wear.

  • Avoid Uphill Speed Increases

When climbing a hill, the engine is already working hard to overcome gravity. Pushing it harder by stepping on the gas is simply a waste of fuel.

  • Use Cruise Control During Highway Driving

Unnecessary changes in speed are wasteful. The use of cruise control helps improve fuel economy.

With all of this in mind, sell your heavy-on-fuel car to us today and upgrade your life with a new fuel-efficient car!

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