When it comes to excellent car value, opinion can be subjective. One person’s favourite is another person’s nightmare. However, what most can agree on is that a car that is good value for money is worth searching high and low for.
It comes down to more than just finding a cheap car, but a vehicle that meets your current needs. Whether you need to impress the clients at your new corporate job, or zip from yoga to university and throw in the odd road trip or two, you want great value for money, convenience and comfort, as well as the assurance that you and whoever else you transport in the vehicle are safe on the road.
Here’s our reviews of some highly recommended cars for 2018. There is something for everyone.
Car: BMW 3 Series Sedan
A businessperson who is often on the road needs to set the tone, make a good impression and represent the company. While ripping up the streets in a red Ferrari might be the dream, there are less ostentatious options that can ferry you almost as impressively and comfortably until you achieve that goal. Combine value for money and pure class and you’ll get the legendary BMW 3 Series. Capturing the balance between performance, style and power, it’s ideal for the CEO looking for sophistication. The 2018 package options include the Sport Line, Luxury Line and M Sport.
Brand new: From approx R512 600
Car: Honda BR-V
A great family car needs to be versatile and equipped for any number of daily demands: dashing to cricket practice, picking up the kids (each one with an extra friend), safely escorting you on weekend getaways. Tough, spacious and practical while looking good at the same time. The Honda BR-V has received rave reviews – big enough for soccer moms while being light enough to maneuver through the streets and underground parking areas.
Brand new: From approx R246 100
The brand new driver
Car: Renault Sandero
You are buying your first car and the options are overwhelming. Make a list of what you want from your first vehicle and chat about it with someone you trust. Our choice? The Renault Sandero. Stylish and stable, it has everything a first-time car owner could need, including safety extras such as power steering, hill start assist and emergency brake assist. It’s also roomy and ergonomic with plenty of head and leg room and a spacious boot.
Brand new: From approx R169 900
The budget buyer
Car: Suzuki Celerio
If you are looking for a cheap and cheerful option that also offers safety, then the Suzuki Celerio ticks all the boxes. An entry-level vehicle that comes in under R160 000, it boasts dual front SRS airbags, ABS brakes and childproof door locks. The body has also been developed with Suzuki’s Total Effective Control Technology, which means that while being lightweight, it efficiently absorbs and disperses impact forces for maximum passenger safety. It’s a 1.0 litre so it will never be particularly fast, but it has enough power to accelerate to a respectable speed.
Brand new: From approx R135 900
The best used cars
If the above prices seem out of your range, it’s reassuring to know that cars don’t have to be bought brand new in order to be good value for money. In fact, the opposite is often true: used car prices are more achievable. Buy from a trusted used car dealer and don’t put off getting it covered with the best car insurance possible. Being on the road can be risky, so get insured.