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SA's most fuel-efficient cars

The desire to do the responsible thing are driving more people to consider purchasing plug-in hybrids and electric vehicles.
The most fuel-efficient cars available in South Africa, according to a 2017 report by, are:

Nissan Leaf
Being an all-electric vehicle, the Nissan Leaf uses 0.0 litres of fuel per 100 km. The vehicle’s 24 kWh lithium-ion battery and 80 kW electric motor produce 254 Nm of torque and has a maximum range of 190 km per charge. The Nissan Leaf is priced from R500 550.

BMW i3
The BMW i3 received the Design of the Year and Game Changer of the Year awards at the inaugural Consumer Awards in 2016.

The BMW i3 offers consumers the option of buying a full-electric vehicle or a range-extender option, which combines an electric motor with a limited-capacity petrol engine. The latter option has a range of 300 km per charge, at 0.6 ℓ/100 km. The full-electric BMW i3 eDrive is priced from R606 800 and the i3 eDrive REx from R683 600.

BMW 330e eDrive
At 1.9 ℓ/100 km, this plug-in hybrid delivers impressive performance via its 2-litre turbo engine. The electric motor can be charged via a socket or it can be charged by its own petrol engine. The vehicle’s power sources combine to provide 185 kW and 420 Nm. The 330e is priced at R767 400.

BMW i8
The BMW i8 hybrid is a sporty car that only uses 2.1 ℓ of fuel per 100 km. The vehicle boasts an electric motor combined with a 1.5-litre petrol engine and delivers 266 kW and 570 Nm of torque. Priced from R2 015 300, this striking vehicle accelerates from 0 to 100 in 4.4 seconds and has a top speed of 250 km/h.

Volvo XC90 T8 Twin Engine
At 2.1 ℓ/100 km, this impressive plug-in hybrid SUV uses an electric motor (65 kW/240 Nm) to power its rear axle, and a turbocharged and supercharged 2.0-litre petrol engine (235 kW/400 Nm) to power the vehicle’s front axle. The two power sources combine to deliver 300 kW and 640 Nm of torque. The T8 is priced from R1 117 600.

Mercedes-Benz S500e L
The S500e, a hybrid vehicle that combines a powerful 3.0-litre turbocharged V6 petrol engine with an electric motor to produce a total output of 325 kW and 650 Nm of torque, boasts fuel efficiency of 2.8 ℓ/100 km. The price tag of this elegant powerhouse comes in at R1 931 800.

Mercedes-Benz C350e
This plug-in hybrid combines a 2-litre turbocharged petrol engine with a 60 kW electric motor to provide 205 kW and 600 Nm of torque, while still achieving a commendable 2.8 ℓ/100 km fuel efficiency. The C350e is priced at R804 900.

Mercedes-Benz GLE500e 4MATIC
The powerful GLE500e 4MATIC plug-in hybrid has a turbocharged 3-litre V6 petrol engine under the hood that, combined with an electric motor, produces an output of 325 kW and 650 Nm of torque, while delivering fuel efficiency of 3.3 ℓ/100 km. The starting price of this admirable vehicle is R1 310 000.

BMW X5 xDrive40e
The BMW X5 xDrive40e is powered by a 180 kW 2-litre turbocharged petrol engine that, combined with an 83 kW electric motor, produces a total output of 230 kW and 450 Nm of torque. According to BMW, the xDrive40e will consume only 3.3 ℓ/100 km on the combined cycle. Its base price is R1 118 600.

Porsche Cayenne S e-Hybrid
The Cayenne S e-Hybrid has a reported fuel consumption figure of 3.4 ℓ/100 km and boasts a supercharged 3-litre V6 engine, combined with an electric motor, to produce 306 kW and 590 Nm of torque. The starting price of this beauty is R1 531 000.
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