VW Polo Vivo

Top German engineering on the cheap did not exist until Volkswagen had to find a replacement for its Citi Golf. Enter the Polo Vivo: a watered down version of the old Polo minus the bells, whistles and turbo charger. As at April 2016 the VW Polo Vivo hatchback prices at R155 700 for its base model.

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Toyota Corolla Quest

In its 14th generation now, the Corolla has grown from being a mundane middle class car to something out of a science fiction novel. The new Corolla is sexy and sharp. For its price, the value for money is through the roof, as the entry model boasts accessories and comforts one would normally have to pay extra for.

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Toyota Etios

The Etios is not a top seller because of its looks but rather for its reliable engineering. Toyota hasn’t made noteworthy changes on the mechanical front and thus, the Etios continues to be powered by 1.5-litre 89bhp petrol and 1.4-litre 67bhp diesel motors, making it okay for city driving.

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Mercedes Benz C-Class

With a 1.8 litre 4 cylinder engine, the German engineered Merc C-Class is the upper middle class car of choice, and just looking at it, why wouldn't it be? It's sexy, it's nimble and costs about as much as a really small beach house. If you're not into buying a one bedroom condo in Cintsa East any time soon, then we suggest you invest that deposit in one of these babies.

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Hyundai Grand i10

The smallest on the list is also one of the most popular for first time buyers. The five door city car has won Car of the Year for two years in a row thanks to its overall price, low emissions and low gasoline consumption rate.

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By Shawn Greyling