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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