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Which are the most economical cars to own in Kenya?

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Friday, September 9th, 2022 at 12:13 PM (EAT)

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Which are the most economical cars to own in Kenya?

Life is hard and cutting costs is one way to approach it and make it bearable. Thus, most Kenyans that either want to start a taxi business or want the reliability and dependability of owning a personal car will be interested in this list of the most economical cars to own in Kenya. Most of these cars are cheap to buy with some costing Sh700,000 from showrooms. Factors used in determining economical cars range from their prices, their engine capacity, availability and affordability of spare parts. It is my personal opinion that a Toyota car will always be better than any other model for a person whose main concern is economic and cost saving.

1. Honda Fit

This hatchback car is manufactured and marketed by Honda. The cars have a 1.2 to a 1.5-litre 4-cylinder engine, with a consumption of about 14.5 km/l. Prices range depends on how the dollar trades with the shilling but people have previously bought this car with just sh600,000.

2. Toyota Vitz

This hatchback sub-compact car by Toyota comes with various engine and transmission options. You can opt for 1.0 litres (996 cc), 1.3 litres (1300 cc) and 1.5 litres (1500 cc). The cars are come with four-speed automatic, CVT transmission, five speed and six-speed manual.

3. Mazda Demio

This car manufactured and marketed by Mazda and comes an engine that ranges from 1.0 to 1.5 litres. The average fuel consumption of the Mazda Demio is a commendable 14 km/l. It comes with various transmission options like six-speed automatic and six-speed manual gearboxes. It also has SkyActiv-MT technology that aids in fuel efficiency.

4. Nissan March

Nissan March comes with a 3 cylinder engine that has a capacity of between 1.0 and 1.5 litres. Therefore, its fuel consumption is also admirable, averaging at 21km/l . This car will cost from between Kshs. 700,000 to 950,000.

5. Nissan Tiida

Nissan Tiida is low-cost maintenance car in Kenya. It has been in production since 2004. Its fuel consumption averages 15 km/l. The engine capacity ranges from 1.5 to 1.8 litres.

6. Volkswagen Golf

The fuel efficient Volkswagen Golf has a consumption of 15km/l. Interestingly, it is the only German automobile giant featuring in this list. This is probably because Volkswagen was founded to rival Audi and Mercedez with regard to cost. You can opt for a diesel or petrol option. The diesel engine has a capacity of 1.6 litres, while the petrol engine has a capacity of 1.2 litres. While the car engine has capacities of 1200 cc, 1400 cc and 2000 cc, the most common in Kenya are those with 1200cc and 1400 cc.

7. Toyota Auris

Toyota Auris is a compact hatchback with a 1.3- to a 1.8-litre engine. The car is manufactured and marketed by Toyota and has been in production since 2006. Most Kenyans prefer the model with an engine of 1500 cc.

8. Honda Civic

Honda Civic is a 1.5 four-cylinder engine car with a fuel consumption rate of up to 18km/l. The car is powered by a 17 KW electric motor but is not charged with a wall-socket but the battery is rechargeable as one is driving.

9. Toyota Belta

The Toyota Belta comes with an engine capacity of 1.0 litre to 1.5 litres and a horsepower of 109. It is manufactured and marketed by Toyota and has different engine capacities of 1000 cc, 1300 cc, and 1500 cc.

10. Subaru Impreza

The Subaru Impreza can be found in four-door saloons and five-door hatchbacks. Its engine size ranges from 1.5l to 2.5l but if you’re reading this article you will likely opt for the 1500cc option.

11. Mitsubishi Colt

Mitsubishi has manufactured the Colt since 1962. It comes with different body designs, such as the3 or 5 door hatchbacks, 2 door coupe cabriolet, and 5 door station wagon. Engine capacity ranges from 1.1 to 1.6 litres. Most Kenyans have the 1300 cc or the 1500 cc options.

12. Nissan Note

The Note has been manufactured by Nissan since 2004.  Engines size most common in Kenya are 1500cc.

13. Toyota Ractis

This 5 seater MPV  has been in production since 2005. Toyota has equipped them with engine capacities of 1300 cc and 1500 cc.

14. Toyota Passo

The Toyota Passo was introduced in 2004 by Toyota and Daihatsu Motors. Engine sizes for this model are of 1000 cc and 1300 cc.


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