From family hatchbacks to spacious panel vans and high-riding compact SUVs, here is a look at seven cracking new budget cars that launched in Mzansi over the past 12 months. All are packed with features and not one of them will set you back more than R300,000.
Suzuki Celerio: From R174,900
Built on the Suzuki Heartect platform, the new Celerio (above) is a compact hatchback that offers decent build quality, reasonable boot space (295l) and miserly fuel consumption courtesy its 1.0l, three-cylinder petrol engine with a fuel-saving start/stop function. Suzuki claims the five-speed manual version will sip 4.4l/100km on the combined cycle. ABS is standard across the range as are ISOFIX anchors on the back seats. Spring for the R194,900 GL derivative and you will score niceties such as 15-inch alloy wheels, front fog lamps, electrically-adjustable mirrors, front and rear electric windows, a seven-inch touchscreen infotainment system, a USB port and remote central locking.