Commuting for under R200 000
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Commuting for under R200 000
These days there aren’t a lot of options for quality new cars under the R200 000 mark, although the Toyota Aygo (from R182 000) and Etios (from R191 800) stand out in this category.
But if you decide to buy a certified pre-owned car from Automark, your options expand significantly. (For this article we limited the vehicles to under 3 years old and 100 000km.)
1. The Toyota Aygo
Toyota’s smallest car, the Aygo is purpose-built to be a city commuter and should be one of the first cars you test drive if you’re looking for a car that’s easy to drive and park for an inner-city commute. Economical engines (just 4.3L/100km) are actually sprightly to drive, producing 53kW and 93Nm, more than enough for a light and compact vehicle. While the new prices start at R182 000, certified pre-owned Aygos under 3 years old can be had with low mileage at around R125 000.
For more information on the Aygo see https://www.automark.co.za/media/media/toyota-aygo-review/
2. Toyota Etios hatch
The Etios is one of the best-selling cars in the country for a reason: it is great value. There are three versions available: hatch, sedan and Cross (a hatch with SUV styling). All three share another highpoint – the naturally aspirated 1.5-litre engine that produces 66kW and 132Nm despite using just 6L/100km, and paired with a 5-speed manual gearbox. On top of that is a generous amount of space, particularly in the family-oriented sedan, and a reputation to go forever with no complaints. The Cross and the 1.5 Sport Hatch are also very easy on the eye…
You can buy a certified pre-owned Etios XS/Sprint hatch for anything from R125 000 (2017 with 90 000km), while an almost new Sport Hatch will cost around R190 000 and a low-mileage, one-year-old Etios sedan around R170 000.
See https://www.automark.co.za/media/media/toyota-etios-sprint-review/ for more information.
3. Toyota Corolla Quest
Families looking for a spacious and classy ride would be foolish not to consider the Corolla Quest. The Quest is based on the previous version of the Corolla, making it a quality vehicle from tip to tail. A huge boot is invaluable come holiday time, while the low fuel economy (7.1L/100km) makes it a good bet for the daily commute. As a long-distance cruiser the Quest also excels, while the reliability and cost of ownership are why it is such a popular vehicle with rental fleets. The Plus model is the one to look out for, coming as it does with more creature comforts and alloy rims.
A single engine is used across the range, a lively 1.6-litre petrol unit that produces a very respectable 90kW of power and 154Nm of torque. A six-speed manual is available, as well as a four-speed manual.
Three-year-old Corolla Quests start at about R175 000 (under 40 000km), while even a 2018 Quest 1.6 Plus can be had for under the R200 000 mark if you’re lucky and shop around a bit.
4. Toyota Yaris
Here’s a car that will surprise and astound you. While it tends to be thought of as a small car more suited to commuting, the more recent models are actually as perfected suited to long commutes as they are short city hops. Buying a Yaris a couple of years old allows you to buy a high-quality vehicle at an entry-level price, and you can feel the difference when compared to many of its competitors.
The Yaris was also updated in 2018 so is modern and well kitted out, while the 1.5-litre engine produces 79kW and 140Nm, using around 5.9L/1900km. Manual and CVT versions are available, but you’d be hard-pressed to find a CVT for under R200 000km.
As an example of how much you get for your money, keyless entry, driver and passenger airbags, ISOFIX provision, Vehicle Stability Control (VSC) and Hill Assist Control (HAC) are standards, while the infotainment system is controlled via a touchscreen audio system with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto+ and Bluetooth integration.
Remember: All Toyotas are backed by a 3-year/100 000km warranty, while all Toyota vehicles under 4 years old and with mileage of less than 100 000km sold by Automark feature: Complimentary 1 year/50 000kms Warrant, Stringent Quality Checks, are Certified by Dealer, are Backed by Toyota, and have a Full Service History. Extended Genuine Warrantees are available.