So, you're in the market for a new car. And you want to pay as little as possible. Naturally.
To assist you in your search for a bargain, we've slapped together an updated list of the ten cheapest new cars currently available to buy in South Africa.
A word of warning: always keep in mind that you get what you pay for. Don't expect eye-popping performance, sumptuous luxury or cutting-edge technology from a super-basic entry-level compact hatchback. If you're not happy with the quality of the vehicle when looking around, simply walk away and spend your money elsewhere.
Also, note that the prices listed here are basic (before any accessories, but including VAT and emissions tax), and correct at 17 November 2014. For historical purposes, check out last year's list HERE.
For the record, the top ten list is made up of four Chinese, two Japanese, two American, one French, and one Indian vehicle (each employing a five-speed manual transmission). At the end of this article, you'll also find a few "honourable mentions" — entry-level cars that didn't quite make the list (yet still come in under the R130k-mark) but which we reckon are well worth checking out if you can scrounge together some extra cash.
1. Chery QQ3 0.8 TE
Price: R88 900
Yes, the country's cheapest car is still the sparsely equipped Chinese Chery QQ3, fitted with a miniscule 812cc three-potter worth a paltry 38kW and 70Nm. The dash from standstill to 100km/h is more a dawdle than a sprint (taking some 20 seconds), while the claimed fuel economy of 6.8 litres per 100km isn't nearly low enough to redeem the QQ3. An extra R11k will get you a higher specced version, while a further R10k will buy a slightly bigger engine. But do you really want to?
2. Datsun GO 1.2 Mid
Price: R89 500
This plucky newcomer from the revived (Nissan-backed) Datsun brand slots into our list at number two. The GO's 1.2-litre three-cylinder petrol engine churns out 50kW and 104Nm, returning a claimed average fuel economy of 5.2 litres per 100km. Luggage capacity is decent at 265 litres, while niceties such as air-con, an on-board computer, and, er, a steering wheel come standard. However, ABS and airbags aren't available (for the time being, anyway), with the vehicle coming under fire for failing to score a single star in a recent crash test. A higher spec model will set you back an extra R10k.
3. Geely LC 1.0 GC2 GS
Price: R92 990
Yes, another tiny Chinese hatchback. But this one, from the folks at Geely, makes 50kW and 88Nm thanks to its 997cc three-potter, sipping a claimed 6.2 litres per 100km in the process. A little surprisingly, the entry-level GC2 comes standard with a fair bit of kit, including ABS with EBD, air-con, auxiliary input, USB port, remote central locking, front electric windows, electrically adjustable side-mirrors, and front fog-lights. Oh, and for a mere R7000 more, the LC can be had with a 1.3-litre four-cylinder engine.
The list continues on page two...