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Running on fumes: Fuel efficient vehicles


OUR fuel price seems to fluctuate as often as the South African weather. Despite the ever-changing price of fuel no one can deny that we spend a disproportionate amount of money in South Africa on personal mobility. One solution that appears to be gathering momentum is the downsizing of automobiles.

Many people think that the solution is to get rid of that big, heavy SUV and get into a small, fuel efficient city car, or does it? We will be running a weekly feature on some of South Africa’s most efficient cars. This week we have a varied bunch for you to consider.

We’ve calculated the fuel cost per 100km using the current fuel price. As of 14th January 2016, 95 unleaded was R12.37 per litre at the reef and 50ppm diesel was R10.11 per litre at the reef. It is to be noted that the cars appear in no particular order and the claimed figures are those of the manufacturers.

Volkswagen Polo 1.2TSI: R60.61 per 100km

The Volkswagen Polo is a popular car on our South African roads. The 1.2TSI model makes good use of 95 unleaded with a combined fuel usage of around 4.9 litres/100km.

Toyota Auris XR HSD: R48.24 per 100km

Toyota is a leader when it comes to hybrid technology and they’re adamant that hybrids are the way of the future. The Auris HSD has a combined fuel consumption figure of 3.9 litres/100km and it, like the Polo, uses 95 unleaded.

BMW 3 Series 320d: R44.48 per 100km

It might not be a small car but the 2.0-litre diesel engine found in the BMW 3 Series does sip on 50ppm with a combined fuel consumption of around 4.4 litres/100km.

Ford Fiesta TDCi: R36.40 per 100km

The Ford Fiesta might be big on style but it has a tiny appetite. Its 1.6-litre diesel engine will consume around 3.6 litres/100km.

Toyota Etios hatch: R74.22 per 100km

A Toyota for the masses, the Etios features a naturally aspirated 1.5-litre engine which is said to consume around 6.0 litres/100km over the combined cycle.

Volkswagen Golf 7 Comfortline: R46.50 per 100km

Powered by a 2.0-litre diesel engine the award-winning Golf has been claimed at consuming around 4.6 litres/100km over the combined cycle.

Chevrolet Spark 1.2: R66.80 per 100km

The Chevrolet Spark is also on our list of some of the most economical cars thanks to its little 1.2-litre engine and its combined 5.4 litre/100km fuel consumption; the Spark runs on 95 unleaded petrol.

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