The Safest Cars In SA Under R150 000

Are you driving one of the safest cars in South Africa under R150k? The AA conducted a report on the best and worst cars considering safety.
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Published: Tuesday, February 14th 2017
General
When looking at your first car, your first thought is, "what is the safest car in my budget?" - or at least it should be. The Automobile Association (AA) released their first annual 'Entry Level Vehicle Safety Report' in September last year, which detailed the safety features of 23 vehicles (available in SA) that retailed for R150 000 or less. The objective of the report was to identify and assess the basic safety features present in the 23 vehicles, and which safety features were the most prominent. The report also sought to find the safest and least safest cars in South Africa, in relation to their retail pricing.

The Safest Cars In SA Under R150 000

The 23 vehicles assessed were categorised into three groups (Acceptable, Moderate, and Poor Safety) based on their safety ratings. A baseline score to assess each vehicle was also developed according to international safety ratings and prices. The highest rating a car could achieve, according to the AA’s Safety / Affordability Index, was 9.00 points when considering all elements.
The AA said: "Of the 23 cars assessed, four came out with acceptable safety ratings, while eight achieved moderate safety ratings. In this price range, however, 11 were rated as having poor safety features".

How Were They Scored?

Each car was rated out of a possible 135 points. This included:
  • Anti-lock brakes (ABS) - 30 points
  • Electronic Stability Control (ESC) - 30 points
  • Driver's airbag - 10 points
  • Front passenger airbag - 10 points
  • Side airbags - 10 points
  • Head/Curtain airbag - 20 points
  • Crash test rating (frontal impact) - Pro-rate, five points per star. *Must be for equivalent spec vehicle rated under current (post-2009) Euro NCAP or Global NCAP.
Safety points were also allocated to cars which have undergone the Euro/Global NCAP crash test - there were only two. Alarmingly, of the 23 cars reviewed, seven did not have any of the above safety features.
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Make and model Price Total Anti-lock brakes (ABS) Electronic Stability Control (ESC) Driver's airbag Front passenger airbag Side airbags Head  /Curtain airbag Crash test rating (NCAP)
Maximum achievable  R150 000 135 30 30 10 10 10 20 25
Citroen C1 VTi 51kW feel  R149 900  130  30  30  10  10  10  10  20
Renault Sandero Expression R147 900   80 30  30  10  10   0
FAW V2 1.3 DLX R114 995   50 30  10    10 
FAW V2 1.3 #Like R124 995  50   30   10   10   0
Suzuki Celerio 1.0 GA  R129 900  50  30   10   10 
Cheverlot Spark 1.2 Campus R137 400   50  30   0  10   10 
Suzuki Swift Hatch 1.2 GA R145 500   50   30   10   10 
Suzuki Celerio 1.0 GL  R148 400  50   30   10  10  
Mitsubishi Mirage 1.2 GL R148 600    50  30  10   10  
Honda Brio Hatch 1.2 Trend  R149 000  50  30   10    10 
Chevrolet Spark 1.2L  R149 995 50   30  10  10  
Chery J2 1.TX  R114 995  20  30   10  10  
Chery QQ 1.1 TXE  R119 900  10 10    0
Datsun GO 1.2 LUX  R129 995 10  10    0
Kia Picanto 1.0 LS  R139 995  10  0 10  
Kia Picanto 1.2 LS  R92 990  0  0  0
Geely GC2  R99 995  0  0  0  0  0  0
Chery QQ 0.8 TX  R104 900   0  0  0  0  0  0
Tata Indica LE AC  R118 995  0  0  0  0  0  0
Tata Indica LGI Sport  R123 995  0  0  0 0  0
Tata Vista Ini Bounce R134 995  0  0  0  0  0  0
 

The Four Unsafest Cars

  1. Chery QQ 1.1 TXE
  2. Datsun GO 1.2 Lux
  3. Kia Picanto 1.0 LS
  4. Tata Indica LE AC
*Alphabetical order

The Four Safest Cars

  1. Citroen C1 VTi 51kW feel
  2. Renault Sandero Expression
  3. FAW V2 1.3 DLX
  4. FAW V2 1.3 #LIKE
*Alphabetical order Citroen C1 VTi 51kW feel came out tops with a total score of 130 out of a possible 135.