If ads for cars that cost three times your annual salary have you despairing that you might never experience that ‘new car’ smell for yourself, take heart: motoring journalist Juliet McGuire has found 5 new cars that retail for less than R200 000 (some of them quite a bit less)

People constantly ask me if there are cars on the market that one can actually afford. This is a bit of a tricky question, because what one person can afford will probably be very different to what another can afford.

But I have put a list together, of new cars on the market that retail for under R200 000.

Look, they might not be the kind of car you are actually interested in. And to this I say, “Get your head in the game!” You might want a 3.0 V8 engine with leather interior and a 15-speaker sound system, but you ain’t gonna get that for the price range that most of you are shopping in. So here is a list of cars that are under R200 000 but are still excellent products and offer you everything you need:

*Disclaimer: These are in no particular order and I could only choose five due to the heading of my article. There are others on the market to consider. Email me if you want more options!

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Suzuki Swift


The Suzuki Swift has been a firm favourite among motoring journalists for a while now, and a few even own one. The top of the range 1.2i GL comes in under R200 000 and you can bank on a whole lot of standard spec for that. Plus a five year/200 000 km warranty!

Volkswagen Polo Vivo


Many of you probably don’t need much convincing about the Polo Vivo – we see a gazillion of these on the road for good reason. It is solid and well built, plus, local is lekker and this little people-pleaser is built locally in the Eastern Cape.

Only the entry-level Vivo is under R200 000, but the next one up is just R500 more so you might still be able to consider it. Although, R500 just about equates to car insurance, so be careful.

Datsun GO


If you had asked me a year ago if I would ever have a Datsun GO featured on my site I would have told you, in no uncertain terms, that I would not. But that was referring to the previous model. This new Datsun GO is completely worthy of your consideration. Not only is it affordable (even the top-of-the-range LUX is R165 500), but it is jam-packed full of spec and thankfully now has safety features in the mix.

Kia Picanto


The Kia Picanto has won so many awards it is hard to keep up. It continues to be a success story and I haven’t met someone who doesn’t love theirs. I hate to use the term ‘cheap and cheerful’ but the Picanto really is! Take one for a test drive, I am certain you won’t be disappointed. Not at the price point anyway!

Renault Sandero Stepway


The Renault Sandero Stepway has the highest starting price on this list of five budget cars, but it is a worthy contender. You can always opt for the Sandero instead which starts at R184 900, but I just love the look of the Stepway. Plus I drove the previous generation for a year and although this new model is leaps and bounds ahead of the old one, it still has a spot in my heart.

Check out what the top 10 best selling cars were in January 2019… there might even be one or two featured on this list.

This article was first published on www.julietmcguire.com

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