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10 Turbocharged cars that can be bought on a budget


MOST of us aspire to own big, powerful cars, preferably equipped with turbochargers however, these days, for under R220 000 you can get yourself boosting through traffic with a turbocharged car. These are the results of manufacturers downsizing, presenting consumers with efficient and better-performing vehicle options.

Here are ten turbocharged cars that can be had on a budget:

Fiat Doblo Cargo:  For only R211 900 unique styling, practicality and a bit of a boost can be had with the Doblo, while conducting business, which makes this little van stand out from the rest. Perfect for adding a bit of variety to any fleet – the frugal diesel engine is a bonus.

Ford Fiesta 1.0T Titanium: There are very specific reasons for the hype surrounding small hatchbacks – practicality, fuel efficiency and enormous amounts of style. What more could anyone want? Oh, and an award-winning turbocharged 1.0-litre three-cylinder engine as standard. All of which are well worth the R219 900 price tag.

Chevrolet Sonic 1.3D LS: It has become commonplace to see diesel engines not just limited in the bakkie segment, but in cars, more notably hatchbacks. Carmakers have managed to squeeze good performance and efficiency out of these crunchy little motors –competitively priced at R207 700, the little Chevy certainly won’t have any uphill battles with seriously impressive fuel range and mid-range punch.

GWM C30 1.5 Comfort: At R209 900 the GWM C50T is one of the cheaper turbocharged cars that you can buy. In addition to this it provides decent performance with 93kW/188Nm on tap, respectable fuel returns and has the added bonus of being a sedan, which makes it quite a practical family car.

Mahindra Quanto 2.2 CRDe: This airy entrant is a sensible budget option compared to other vehicles with the same capabilities - creating a spacious feel, making it the perfect vehicle in the garage for that long-awaited Kruger trip, which will burn a hole of R221 995. A capable 2.2-litre turbo diesel engine also gives owners something to brag about around the fire. 

Nissan NP2001.5dci: This little half-tonner has been in fierce rivalry with the Chevrolet Ute in terms of sales for years. The NP200 often emerges victorious thanks to its wide engine range. Adding even more flavour to the recipe is the 1.5 turbo diesel engine. At R200 900 this small bakkie is perfect for hauling and transporting small goods while keeping the fuel bill low.

Opel Corsa 1.0T Enjoy: TheCorsa badge says it all…a broad Italian meaning for anything to do with speed. It’s also a South African icon synonymous with fast practical hatchbacks. It gets even better – now it’s also turbocharged with a brilliant 1.0-litre three-cylinder turbo petrol motor and most importantly – it is affordable at R216 200.

Peugeot 208 1.6 HDi Active: A bit over budget at R223 000, the Peugeot is well worth the extra dough as the marque is not only known for its trendsetting designs but also the business end of the performance curve. Is there anything that can be better than spirited motoring without paying the price? With a claimed fuel consumption of only 3.8 litres/100km, this turbo diesel is here to stay.

Renault Sandero Turbo: Cheapest of the bunch at R174 900 and offering a wide range of specifications for a very impressive price tag, is the party-piece of this impressive car, along with a turbo, that is. Impressive fuel consumption and an impressive amount of power for an 898cc motor also comes standard on the Sandero, which means improved efficiency and an overboost function for those spirited sprints.

Volkswagen Polo 1.2 TSI Trendline: For just under R200 000 the Polo TSI Trendline offers the reputable reliability of the people’s car; stunning practicality and a frugal yet capable turbocharged motor. Now couple this with German style and a resale value to make all of its rivals weep and there’s a budget boost option.

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