SEE: Need a car to protect your family? Here are some of the safest budget cars in SA

Image: Euro NCAP
Image: Euro NCAP
In the market for a new family car? Want a safe vehicle for your child? We take a look at some of the safest budget cars in South Africa.

Earlier in 2019, motor vehicle safety body Euro NCAP published the safety ratings of several new vehicles, including the Toyota Corolla Hatch, which was launched in South Africa a few months ago. It achieved the maximum five-star rating against the latest test requirements.

Michiel van Ratingen, secretary general of Euro NCAP, says: "It is encouraging to see that all manufacturers did well, regardless of type of powertrain or class of vehicle tested. New cars on the market continue to offer more advanced technology as standard, systems that were not even considered an option a few years ago." 

Watch how the Corolla Hatch fared: 

The 2019 AA Entry-Level Vehicle Safety (ELVS) Report that assesses safety features on entry-level vehicles shows there have been improvements to the safety of these vehicles, but that more can and must be done in this market.  

The 2019 list, the third instalment of the AA report, considered the safety features of 27 vehicles available in South Africa currently priced under R180 000. This is 12.5% increase from the threshold in the previous report to account for an increase in inflation.

The ELVS Report is the result of desktop research, and specifically assesses safety features only. It does not consider the structural integrity of the driver/passenger compartment. 

The 27 vehicles are then categorised into three groups based on their safety ratings, according to the AA survey.

These cars are noted for having either:

• Acceptable Safety

• Moderate Safety 

• Poor Safety

Full list of cars at the end of this article

Of the 27 vehicles assessed, seven vehicles are categorised in the “Acceptable Safety” range – a marked improvement on the previous report which only had two vehicles in this category. Sixteen of the vehicles are ranked in the "Moderate Safety" class, while four vehicles are classed as having "Poor Safety".

AA entry-level vehicle safety report for 2019

Poor safety:

Datsun GO+ 1.2 Lux

Datsun GO+

                                                Image: Datsun

Kia Picanto 1.0 Start

Kia Picanto Start

                                               Image: Kia

Nissan NP200

Nissan NP200

                                                      Image: Nissan

JMC 4x2 Boarding

JMC Boarding
                                                              Image: JMC

Moderate safety:

Toyota Etios 1.5 Xi Hatchback

Toyota Etios

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Honda Amaze 1.2 Trend

Honda Amaze

                                                   Image: Honda

Suzuki Ignis 1.2 GL

Suzuki Ignis

                                                        Image: whatcar

Suzuki Celerio 1.0 GA

Suzuki Celerio

                                                        Image: autodeal

Datsun GO Mid


                                                      Image: Datsun

BAIC D20 Hatch 1.3 Comfort


                                                     Image: Supplied

Datsun GO+ Mid

Datsun GO+

                                              Image: Datsun

Datsun GO+ Panel Van

Datsun Panel Van

                                                    Image: Datsun

Suzuki Swift Hatch 1.2 GA

Suzuki Swift

                                                     Image: Suzuki

Suzuki Swift DZire Sedan 1.2  GA

Suzuki Swift DZire

                                                                    Image: automart

Mahindra KUV100 1.2 NXT K4+

Mahindra KUV100

                                                           Image: NDTV

Honda Brio Hatch 1.20 Trend

Honda Brio

                                                       Image: Honda

Hyundai I10 Grand 1.0 Motion

Hyundai I10

                                                 Image: Hyundai

Renault Kwid 1.0 Expression 5dr

Renault Kwid

                                                    Image: Renault

Kia Picanto MT 1.0 Style

Kia Picanto Style

                                                  Image: Kia



                                                           Image: GWM

Nissan Micra Active 1.2 Visia+

Nissan Micra Active

                                                        Image: Nissan

Haval H1

Haval H1

                                                                 Image: Haval

Acceptable safety:

Volkswagen Take Up!                                                        

Renault Sandero 66kw Turbo Expression


                                              Image: Renault

Toyota Aygo 1.0 

Toyota Aygo

                                              Image: Toyota

Smart ForTwo


                                              Image: Smart

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