While we’re big fans of the manual gearbox here at CARmag.co.za, we’re also acutely aware it’s no fun sitting in heavy traffic with three pedals. So, we decided to take a look at South Africa’s 10 cheapest new automatic cars for sale. Bear in mind, of course, there are plenty of options on the used market if the idea of a budget hatch doesn’t quite appeal to you (you get what you pay for, after all)…
10 – JMC Landwind 5 2,0T Lux auto – R224 995
The Landwind is both the largest, most powerful and most expensive car on this list. Slotting in with a price of just under a quarter of a million Rand, the Chinese crossover offers 140 kW and 250 N.m of torque from its turbocharged 2,0-litre four pot. This is sent to the front wheels via an eight-speed torque converter.
9 – Hyundai Grand i10 1,0 Motion auto – R222 500
Boasting the firm’s naturally aspirated 1,0-litre three-cylinder engine, the Hyundai Grand i10 1,0 Motion employs a four-speed torque converter that sends 49 kW and 94 N.m of torque to the front wheels. As per the brand’s claims, it’ll sip 5,9 L/100 km of fuel on a combined cycle.
8 – Suzuki Swift/Dzire 1,2 GL auto – R214 900
Although the highest priced, this hatch and sedan pair aren’t the last Suzuki models to appear on this list. Both models sport a five-speed automated manual transmissions that sends 61 kW and 113 N.m of torque to the fronts from a naturally aspirated 1,2-litre four-cylinder engine.
7 – Datsun Go 1,2 Lux auto – R210 700
Employing a continuous variable transmission with five steps, the Datsun Go 1,2 Lux auto produces 57 kW and 104 N.m of torque from its naturally aspirated 1,2-litre three-cylinder mill. This gives it a fuel consumption of 5,0 L/100 km on a combined cycle.
6 – Kia Picanto 1,0 Start auto – R203 995
The last model priced above the R200 000 mark is the Picanto which makes use of a four-speed torque converter to deliver 49 kW and 95 N.m of torque to the front wheels via a 1,0-litre three-cylinder engine. Using this, the brand claims it will sip 5,3 L/100 km on a combined cycle.
5 – Toyota Agya 1,0 Auto – R192 500
Interestingly, the Agya is the only Toyota and Indonesian-built car on this list. While not big on features, the Agya offers 49 kW and 89 N.m of torque from a 1,0-litre three-cylinder engine. This is delivered to the front wheels via a four-speed automated manual transmission.
4 – BAIC D20 Hatch/Sedan 1,5 Fashion auto – R189 990
Using an old Mercedes-Benz platform the D20 hatch is propelled by a naturally aspirated 1,5-litre four-cylinder engine that sends 85 kW and 148 N.m to the front wheels using a four-speed torque converter. It is also available in sedan-guise which is offered exclusively with this transmission at a price of R209 990.
3 – Suzuki Celerio 1,0 GL auto – R185 900
With a naturally aspirated 1,0-litre three-pot petrol engine offering 50 kW and 90 N.m of torque, the Celerio employs a five-speed automated manual transmission as found in the aforementioned Swift range.
2 – Renault Kwid 1,0 Expression auto – R172 900
Using a 1,0-litre three-cylinder configuration with a five-speed automated manual transmission as well, the Kwid wins the hearts of many consumers thanks to its low operating costs and the very appealing one-year insurance included as standard. Power is rather similar to its main competitors at 50 kW and 91 N.m.
Suzuki S-Presso 1,0 GL+ auto – R168 900
The lowest priced self-shifting car available in South Africa is, by the brand’s classification given its 180 mm ground clearance, a super subcompact crossover dubbed the S-Presso. Bearing the exact same drivetrain as the aforementioned Celerio, it undercuts the Kwid by a couple of thousand rand but this does not account for the year of insurance.
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