With fuel prices touching R30 a litre, here’s how much it will cost to fill up the most fuel-efficient cars in SA

It has happened again, folks. No, not another prolonged period of loadshedding stages, but the fuel price has gone up and will come into effect on Wednesday, 6 July.

The Department of Mineral Resources and Energy announced the varying price increases for each fuel grade as follows. The price of 95 Unleaded petrol will go up by R2.57 a litre, 93 Unleaded by R2.37, 50ppm diesel by R2.30 per litre, and 500ppm by R2.31. The latest increases mean that motorists will be paying almost R30 for a litre of fuel.

It’s safe to assume that the country is not in the best shape at the moment. In addition to the flurry of loadshedding and fuel price increases, other factors like water shortages, high unemployment rates, no increase in household income, and ever-increasing interest rates further add to the list of issues.

Regarding fuel-saving, there’s only so much one can do. To choose the suitable fuel grade for your car, it is best to check your car’s owner’s manual or the label inside the fuel flap. According to Sasol, many vehicles are fully compatible with lower octane fuel (even as low as 91!), and these cars will run safely and efficiently on 93. High-performance vehicles may require higher octane fuels, and you should follow the manufacturer’s recommendation.

Gumtree lists how much it will cost motorists to fill up some of the most fuel-efficient cars currently sold in South Africa:

Fiat 500 Dolcevita – R910 to fill up

The tiny little 500 comes with a 35-litre fuel tank and the Italian automaker claims it will use 4.0-litres/100km. It is powered by a turbocharged two-cylinder, 875cc petrol engine with figures of 62.5kW and 145Nm.

Suzuki Celerio – R832 to fill up

The automaker launched the new generation model earlier in 2022. Under the bonnet is a 1.0-litre DualJet engine that produces 49kW and 89Nm. Suzuki claims a fuel consumption of 4.4-litres/100km for the manual and 4.2-litres/100km for the auto version. It comes with a 32-litre fuel tank.

Mahindra KUV100 – R920 to fill up

Another 35-litre-tank entrant is the offering with origins in India. The KUV100 has built a solid reputation in the segment it competes for being affordable and frugal. It comes with a 1.2-litre engine and generates 61kW and 115Nm, and Mahindra claims a fuel consumption figure of 4.3-litre/100km.

Renault Kwid – R730 to fill up

The Kwid has become an ever-present on local roads and one of Renault’s best-sellers. All models come with a 1.0-litre engine with power figures of 50kW and 91Nm, while it has a fuel tank capacity of 28-litres. Renault claims a fuel consumption of 4.4-litre/100km.

Toyota Agya – R860 to fill up

The Agya is Toyota’s contender in the A-segment and is powered by a three-cylinder engine with figures of 49kW and 89Nm. Fuel tank capacity comes in at 33-litres and the automaker claims a fuel consumption figure of 4.8-litres/100km.

Now that you’ve got the knowledge, it’s time to shop! Head to gumtree.co.za or your Gumtree app (click for Apple & Android) and don’t forget to use your location settings to find local automotive vehicle information close to home.

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