By Ashley Oldfield

This article from is focusing on budget cars – where the buyer is looking for the absolute best car they can get for their money.

In a budget car we looked at features fitted as well as safety aspects and value for money. It’s also important the car is fuel efficient and have decent backup from the manufacturer should it have any issues.

Price is an obvious consideration so we set the bar at R150 000 including some form of service plan – even if it’s an optional extra.

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Other key components that need to be installed are ABS and dual front airbags. Without further adieu and in no specific order, here are our best budget buys:

Renault Sandero Expression R129 900


The Renault Sandero offers up excellent value, space and kit. It’s built in Romania now instead of India, and apparently that has improved its build quality. It has USB and Aux support for the techies and to keep you safe there’s dual airbags and stability control – quite rare in this segment