4. Geely MK Hatch 1.5 GL
Price: R99 990
The MK boasts the largest engine on this list, although the 1.5-litre four-potter sends a somewhat disappointing 69kW and 128Nm to the front wheels. The claimed fuel economy of 7.7 litres per 100km is pretty dismal too. But at least it gets plenty of standard equipment, including ABS with EBD, a couple of airbags, 15-inch alloys, air-conditioning, audio system, remote central locking, electric windows, electrically adjustable side-mirrors, and even rear parking sensors. Lots of bang for buck... if you can stomach the badge.
5. FAW V2 1.3 DLX
Price: R99 995
The Chinese V2 conjures up 67kW and 120Nm from its 1339cc four-potter, with FAW claiming a fuel economy of 6.5 litres per 100km. Like the Geely MK above, this five-door hatch boasts a long standard specification list, failing to match its similarly priced Chinese competitor on only one major count (it lacks the rear park distance control). What it does bring to the party, however, is a 321-litre boot and a standard three-year or 100 000km service plan.
6. Tata Indica 1.4 LE
Price: R99 995
Yes, the Indian Indica is still soldiering on, proudly keeping its price-tag just below the all-important R100k-mark. Its 1.4-litre powerplant offers 55kW and 110Nm and a close-to-horrid claimed return of 7.4 litres per 100km. Also, don't expect things such as air-con or airbags as standard. Handily, however, a two-year or 45 000km service plan is included in the price.
7. Chevrolet Spark Lite 1.0 LS
Price: R101 200
The entry-level Spark Lite — which makes use of the previous generation Spark's body and underpinnings — uses a 995cc four-pot worth some 49kW and 87Nm, and according to GM, is capable of doing 5.8 litres per 100km. However, at just 170 litres, its boot is tiny. On the positive side, however, the Spark Lite features air-con, front electric windows, front fog-lights and a single airbag.
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