New vehicle sales has been on a decline since the beginning of 2019 in South Africa compared to year-on-year figures according to Naamsa data.
Consumers are in need of affordable cars without compromising safety, quality, and the enjoyment of driving.
The Volkswagen Polo has confirmed its spot in the hearts and driveways of South African motorists while two 2019 Car of the Year finalists are also extremely popular budget cars.
AutoTrader CEO George Mienie says: "We analysed search data on AutoTrader for the period April to December 2018 and, unsurprisingly, the Polo reigns supreme.
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"This should be expected; the Polo, now in its sixth generation, has attained near iconic status in South Africa. While it is smaller than its sibling, the Golf, the Polo offers similar ride quality, great styling in and out, and an attractive price tag."
The second most popular budget car in the land is the Hyundai i10, followed closely by the Kia Picanto.
The Ford Figo is the fourth most popular budget car in South Africa, followed by the Toyota Etios. The Figo, which was refreshed last year, is a great car to drive while the Etios comes with the reliability and peace of mind that we associate with the Toyota brand.
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The two 2019 AutoTrader Car of the Year finalists – the Suzuki Swift and Nissan Micra – are almost neck and neck in sixth and seventh position. They are both competing in the all-new Urban Compact Car of the Year Category.
The Suzuki Swift and Nissan Micra will be put through their paces on March 11 and 12, when the highly qualified jury members subject these vehicles to intensive testing.
The Honda Brio, Renault Kwid and Datsun Go round off the top 10. These are also extremely popular budget cars, with the Kwid and Go featuring especially attractive price tags.