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Diesel vs Petrol – The cost of running South Africa’s best-selling cars

Petrol vs Diesel

Car advertising website has published a report on the costs of owning and operating a petrol car in South Africa versus a diesel equivalent.

The report looked at the cost of two models within a specific range and compared the cost and fuel consumption for the life of the vehicle’s service/maintenance plan.

The idea was to compare whether or not diesel, which are traditionally more expensive vehicles to purchase, worked out cheaper in the long-term using current fuel prices (R13.72 per litre for petrol vs R11.71 for diesel).

Surprisingly the results were fairly evenly split with both petrol and diesel cars being the cheaper option, depending on the manufacturer and model.

BusinessTech looked at some of the current best selling cars in the country, using the same methodology.

Volkswagen Polo 1.2 turbo petrol vs 1.4 turbo diesel

Volkswagen Polo 1.2 turbopetrolVolkswagen Polo 1.4 turbodiesel
PriceR276 300 R286 400
Fuel economy  5.1L/100km  4.1L/100km
Range  882km 1 098 km
Service plan 45 000 km  45 000 km
Fuel cost R31 500 R21 596
Cost to runR307 800 R307 996
 R196 cheaper to run


Toyota Fortuner 2.7 auto vs 2.4GD-6 auto

Toyota Fortuner 2.7 autoToyota Fortuner 2.4GD-6 auto
Price R438 000 R474 200
Fuel economy  10.5L/100km 7.9L/100km
Range  762 km 1 013 km
Service plan 90 000 km 90 000 km
Fuel cost R126 638 R83 230
Cost to run R567 638 R557 430
 R10 208 cheaper to run


Toyota Corolla 1.3 Esteem vs  1.4D-4D Esteem 

Toyota Corolla 1.3 EsteemToyota Corolla 1.4D-4D Esteem 
PriceR263 900R297 300
Fuel economy6L/100km4.5L/100km
Range917 km1 222 km
Service plan90 000 km90 000 km
Fuel costR74 088R47 426
Cost to runR337 988R344 726
R6 738 cheaper to run


Ford EcoSport 1.5 Ambiente vs 1.5TDCi Trend

 Ford EcoSport 1.5 AmbienteFord EcoSport 1.5TDCi Trend
PriceR252 900R283 900
Fuel economy6.5L/100km4.6L/100km
Service plan60 000 km60 000 km
Fuel costR53 508R32 320
Cost to runR306 408R316 220
R9 792 cheaper to run


Ford Fiesta 5-door 1.4 Ambiente vs 1.5TDCi Ambiente

Ford Fiesta 5-door 1.5TDCi Ambiente
PriceR226 400R247 900
Fuel economy5.7L/100km3.6L/100km
Rangex1 111 km
Service plan60 00060 000
Fuel costR46 992R25 294
Cost to runR273 392R273 194
 R198 cheaper to run


Toyota Hilux 2.7 petrol vs 2.4 turbodiesel

Toyota Hilux 2.7 petrolToyota Hilux 2.4 turbodiesel
PriceR385 800R442 700
Fuel economy10.6L/100km7.1L/100km
Range755 km1 127 km
Service plan90 000 km90 000 km
Fuel costR130 840 R74 811
Cost to runR516 640R517 511
R871 cheaper to run 

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