SEE | These are the smallest pre-owned cars for sale in SA, some under R40 000

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2021 Bajaj Qute
2021 Bajaj Qute
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The Bajaj Qute and Smart ForTwo are the smallest cars listed.

Small cars are generally suited for one or two people.

The Suzuki Celerio and Toyota Agya are some of the smaller, brand-new cars for sale.

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To know that SUVs are at the forefront of customers ' minds, one only has to look at South Africa's buying trends over the last decade.

Besides the extra ground clearance, the abundance of space on offer for larger families is pivotal in decision making, with settling on a preferred brand being the final step.

On the other hand, some people don't need the extra space and are more guided towards getting from point A to B while keeping the average fuel spend down.

This is where the entry-level or small city cars come to the fore with their low kerb weight and small capacity engines working together to ensure you don't visit petrol stations frequently.

Suzuki Celerio
Suzuki Celerio

Small and compact

Much has been made of the minuscule Bajaj Qute, measuring 2 752mm in length, which pales in comparison to a Ford Ranger double cab bakkie, for instance, that measures 5 354mm - the span of two and a half Bajaj models.

One of the biggest concerns with smaller cars is the possible lack of safety in the event of a crash. Its lighter body can also give rise to body play if there are strong winds present.

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The truth is that not everyone has a family, so for those who want a daily runner, there are many options to consider in the pre-owned market.

Using the Autotrader dealer classifieds as a base, there are quite a few smaller offerings for sale across South Africa. In terms of size, brand-new models like the Suzuki Celerio, Renault Kwid and Toyota Agya don't come close to the ones listed below.

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