• Red and white have become famous colours closely associated with Valentine's Day.
• White is the most popular car colour in South Africa.
• There are a select number of cars that boast the colour combination of both red and white.
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Chocolates, kisses and 'I love you's' will become the order of the day for some couples as Cupid flies into town.
In line with spreading the Valentine's day cheer, red and white colours will be a familiar fixture in places like shopping malls.
One could easily say that Ferrari is the ideal Valentine's day car because red is its trademark colour scheme. Unfortunately, though, not everyone has pockets deep enough to afford one, so that brand goes out the window.
Although white is the most common colour choice for prospective buyers in the small budget car market, red is also very popular with many manufacturers offering it in their model range.
Factors like low fuel consumption and affordable pricing are the main selling points of a budget car, which is why manufacturers can sell so many units every month.
The Datsun GO and Renault Kwid are some of the most popular offerings on the roads today, but Suzuki's likes have a flurry of models that are easier on the pocket.
The Mini Cooper features a unique two-tone paint job, noting the red and white in this case, which is the perfect Valentine's day colours.
Which of the options below would you consider buying and why? Email us your thoughts or use the comment section below.
Cupid might have wings to fly around with come 14 February, but these cars also serve as the ideal transport to spread the love with:
Suzuki S-Presso - From R145 900
The S-Presso is Suzuki's second-latest offering with the recently launched Vitara Brezza standing on the mantle as the new kid on the block.
It is offered in a range of six cool colours - Sizzle Orange, Pearl Starry Blue, Fire Red, Metallic Granite Grey, Metallic Silky Silver and White - while boasting exceptional safety features like ABS, EBD and dual airbags.With a claimed fuel consumption of 4.9-litres/100km, painting the whole town red won't be a problem.
Suzuki Celerio - From R153 900
The small car segment is Suzuki's bread and butter and having another model on this list is testament to how well the brand is doing.
Red might not be many people's colour of choice when it comes to the Celerio, but it looks really good in the flesh. Torque Blue Pearl Metallic, Silky Silver Metallic, Tango Orange Pearl Metallic, Blazing Red Pearl Metallic, Arctic White Pearl and Glistening Grey are the available colours.
Throwing in petrol is one less thing you have to worry about, with a 4.7-litre/100km fuel consumption. That, coupled with dual airbags and ABS braking features, will make the time spent with your loved-one all the more enjoyable.
Mahindra KUV100 NXT - From R154 999
The KUV100 is a very underrated city car yet ticks all the boxes where safety, frugality and affordable pricing are concerned.
Dual front airbags and ABS braking comes standard in all models while the speed-sensing automatic door lock is an essential feature, especially with South Africa's high rate of smash and grab incidents.
Colour choices include Twilight Grey, Lava Red, Drizzle Silver and New Pearl White. It is powered by a mFalcon 1.2-litre engine that comes in both petrol and diesel with fuel consumption from as little as 5.2-litre/100km.
Renault Kwid Expression MT - From R162 900
A budget car list won't be complete without the Kwid. Priced at R162 900, it is the French brand's cheapest and most popular car.
Buyers can choose from a range of colours like Moonlight Silver, Outback Bronze, Fiery Red, Electric Blue, Ice Cool White and Zanskar Blue. Like many of its rivals, the Kwid boasts vital safety features like dual airbags, ABS+ EBD and reverse parking sensors.
It's 1.0-litre SCe engine offers Best in class fuel efficiency with a claimed figure of 4.4-litre/100km. Beat that, Cupid!
Hyundai Atos - From R172 900
After some years on the sidelines, Hyundai revived the Atos nameplate with a brand-new model in 2019.
Besides the flagship Acid Yellow, customers can choose from Polar White, Titan Grey, Fiery Red, Alpha Blue and Typhoon Silver. Its 1.1-litre engine is not the most powerful but makes up for its lack of power in conserving fuel with a 5.7-litre/100km fuel consumption figure.
Dual front airbags, ABS and EDB, come as standard so whether you're planning a romantic getaway or blitz across town to various locations, your safety is covered.