These days there are so many cars to choose from that selecting a new ride can be a pretty daunting task. And because they can cost more than your current savings, you don’t want to rush into making a decision and end up with a dreaded lemon. To make your life easier, we’ve lined up the best options to meet your needs.
First-Timer: Kia Picanto
Who’s it for? Students, first-time buyers, parents buying for their kids or family members helping out family or friends.
What makes it great? The Kia Picanto is one of the most popular offerings in the budget-buy segment with over 1.4 million units sold worldwide since it was introduced in 2011. But just because it falls into the budget-buy category doesn’t mean it can’t be stylish and safe.
Be sure, however, to opt for any of the derivatives above the entry-level Start Picanto, which only comes with one airbag for the driver and no ABS. The range-topping Picanto offers a lot in terms of standard specifications, such as two airbags, ABS, Isofix child-seat mounts, rear-park distance control with reverse camera and a full-colour seven-inch (18cm) floating touchscreen that’s Bluetooth capable and offers Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. But there are a total of 12 Picanto derivatives to choose from, so you can take your pick. From R139 495
Also Consider: Suzuki Celerio
Again, with Suzuki’s strong reputation and this value-packed offering, you really are spoilt for choice when it comes to first-time buys. The low fuel consumption of just 4.7 litres/100km means less time (and money) spent at the pumps. Two air bags and ABS are standard throughout the range. From R136 900