For many of us in South Africa, the current state of the economy has resulted in a much closer look at our individual finances. No longer can you make big purchases without cringing at the bank notification on your phone. So, while we aren’t saying that your daily diet should consist of only 2-minute noodles, it is absolutely vital that you do thorough research before spending a lot of money. This is particularly true if you are in the market for a new car. Thankfully, there are quite a few models under R200 000 that will leave you with just enough money to order Steers for dinner (on Wacky Wednesdays of course).

1. Suzuki S-Presso 
Featuring a 9 kW/89 Nm 1.0-litre petrol engine, the Suzuki S-Presso is available from R169 900. Available with a 5-speed manual or 5-speed automated manual transmission, this is a vehicle packed with amazing value when you consider its price point.

2, Suzuki Swift
One of the best-selling cars in South Africa, the Swift comes in at just under 200k with a range that begins at R199 900. Powered by a 1.2-litre petrol engine, the Swift is a dynamic vehicle that offers many incredible features.

3. Renault Kwid
Available from R184 999, the Renault Kwid features a 1.0-litre petrol engine with 50 kW and 91 Nm of torque. Now equipped with 2 airbags and ABS, Renault has delivered a strong competitor within a very busy motoring market.

These vehicles are proof that there are many quality cars out there within an affordable price range. You may then be asking, what’s the next step? Well, put on your favourite t-shirt (that barely fits you anymore), slip on your jeans (the pair that are starting to fade) and make your way down to a dealership within the Hatfield network. Our team will gladly answer any questions and will help organise a test drive for you.