By Ashley Oldfield,

Our annual efficiency list is up for renewal now as we look at the most fuel efficient vehicles currently on sale in South Africa. Having written last year’s article it’s interesting to see how it has evolved with new entrants and an increase in electric vehicles joining the fray.

Last year in order to make the top 10 list the magic number you needed to beat was 4.1L/100km. This year the bar has been set even lower with all cars on the list coming in at 3.8L/100km or under.

BMW has made a huge thud on the list with the introduction of its electric models and hybrids such as the i3 and i8 are claiming excellent fuel economy numbers.

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Two SUV’s make the list this year – last year the only SUV on the list was the Cayenne Hybrid.

Again, the most fuel efficient cars are either small turbodiesels or hybrid petrol units

The real winners though are the electric cars that don’t use any fuel but can be charged via a plug socket. Even when the electricity cost is added in to charge an electric car they prove more efficient than the internal combustion engine.

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1. Nissan Leaf

Nissan Leaf

The Nissan Leaf maintains its top spot for the second year running although it is equalled by its fellow all-electric offering from BMW. It’s getting easier to own an electric car in SA as charging stations across South Africa are springing up and you can charge your car at another manufacturer’s fast charging pod. The price however is still hard to believe as the Leaf is now R457 400. Each drive has a maximum length of 190km before the battery requires charge.