Fuel savers!

In the face of rising fuel prices, which are South Africa’s most efficient passenger vehicles?

Wynter Murdoch
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A recent study by financial news agency Bloomberg indicates that South Africa’s motorists spend 3,18% of their annual salaries on fuel – making the country the second most costly in the world when it comes to filling a vehicle’s tank.

The study, conducted in the second quarter of this year, ranked South Africa 60th out of 61 countries surveyed. Only Mexico – where 3,59% of the average motorist’s annual income goes on fuel – rates higher.

Comparatively, motorists in the US spend 0,40% of their annual wage packet on fuel, those in Germany 1,24% and those in the UK 1,38%.

With the price of petrol and diesel expected to rise in September thanks to stronger international fuel prices and a weakening in the value of the rand, consumers in the market for new vehicles may wish to consider models specifically designed to save them money at the pumps.

With that in mind, here’s a selection of derivatives which cover a number of vehicle categories – from entry level runabouts to luxury sedans, sports cars and SUVs – ranked according to average consumption figures claimed by their manufacturers.

Electrically powered models and hybrids are included along with conventionally driven petrol and diesel vehicles – but all have one thing in common: they are advertised as using 4,2 litres of fuel or less for every 100km covered in combined cycle tests.

 

Litres/100km

Manufacturer

Model

0

BMW

i3 eDrive

0

Nissan

Leaf

0,6

BMW

i3 eDrive Rex

1,9

BMW

330 eDrive

2,1

BMW

740 eDrive

2,1

BMW

i8 eDrive

2,1

Volvo

XC90 T8 Twin

2,8

Mercedes-Benz

C350e

2,8

Mercedes-Benz

S500e

3,3

BMW

X5 xDrive 40e

3,3

Fiat

Tipo 1,3 Multijet

3,3

Mercedes-Benz

GLE 500e

3,6

Renault

Captur 66kW dCi

3,7

Toyota

Prius Hybrid

3,8

Fiat

500 TwinAir Pop

3,9

Toyota

Auris Hybrid XR 

4

BMW

320d

4,1

Audi

A4 2,0 TDI

4,1

Audi

A5 Coupé 2,0 TDI

4,1

BMW

120d

4,1

BMW

220d Coupé

4,1

Lexus

>CT 200h S

4,1

Mercedes-Benz

A200d Auto

4,1

Smart

Fortwo Coupé

4,1

Volkswagen

Polo Hatch 1,4 TDI

4,2

Audi

A1 1,0T

4,2

Fiat

Panda Twin Air

4,2

Nissan

Juke 1,5dCi Acenta+

4,2

Volkswagen

Polo Hatch 1,0 TSI