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2018-10-01 13:27

Robin Classen

Image: Wheels24 / Charlen Raymond

Fuel prices will sky-rocket  to its most expensive yet later in October, reports the Department of Energy.

Both grades of petrol, 93 and 95 (ULP & LRP), will increase by 99 cents and 100 cents a litre (c/l) respectively from midnight on Tuesday. This brings the overall retail price of 95 ULP for motorists in Gauteng to R17.08 c/l and R16.49 c/l at the Coast.

Diesel 0.05% sulphur and diesel 0.005% sulphur will both increase by 124c a litre.

Fuel sippers

As SA motorists reel from record high fuel hikes, we list some of the most fuel-efficient top-selling cars in country. We've included a list of the best-selling cars to date at the end of this article.

The Renault Kwid tops the list as the most fuel efficient car on Naamsa's best-sellers list, with a consumption of 4.4 litres/100km (depending on the transmission).

The new VW Polo, a dominant force in the local car market, comes close with an overall consumption of 4.5 litres/100km though this increases to 4.7 when mated to a DSG transmission.

READ: SA vehicle sales: Top 10 underdogs packing the numbers in May

Not far behind the Polo is the Suzuki's Swift and the Datsun GO with a claimed 4.9 litres/100km and 5.2 litres/100km respectively.

Top 5 best-selling fuel sippers in SA: List by Naamsa

1. Renault Kwid - R146 900

Renault  claims its little Kwid will use 4.4 litres/100km when fitted with its new "shelf-shifter" transmission.

The Kwid eclipses the Polo as the most fuel-efficient passenger car and for R2 000 a month, it is well-priced in the budget-strained city car market.

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2. Volkswagen Polo - R235 000

Fitted with a manual transmission it is capable of a claimed fuel consumption of 4.5 litres/100km. That figure rises to 4.7 when mated to a DSG transmission.

The Polo though is an exceptional vehicle offering loads of kits and extras for its price and continues to dominate the local market with thousands sold each month.

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3. Suzuki Swift - R159 900

The Swift is right up there with fuel-saving car on the market, with an impressive 4.9 litres/100km, not far off the Kwid.

It is also extremely well-packaged at R159 900 and is worth a second look for those seeking a cheaper alternative to the popular Polo,

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4. Datsun GO - R138 900

The GO is the first on the list to break into the 5-litre mark with a manufacturer claimed fuel consumption of 5.2-litre/100km.

It is the cheapest car on this list from R138 900 (entry level) and R142 700 for the Lux version.

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5. Ford Figo - R158 900

Not far behind the Datsun is Ford's next-gen Figo with a claimed fuel consumption of 5.6 litres/100km. The petrol version has a claimed fuel consumption of 5.6 litres/100km while the diesel unit is capable of 4.1 litres/100km.

The Figo, like it's Polo Vivo rival, has gone premium with enhanced trim, equipment and design for 2018. It's vast improvement over its predecessor and a worthy contender in the sub-R200 000 market.

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