Barry de Klerk - The past seven months of the year has been hard for Namibians and they have been pushed to buy vehicles below N$200 000.
This is not only happening in Namibia, but also in neighbouring South Africa. According to South Africa’sTransUnion Vehicle Pricing Index (VPI) the vehicle market is struggling and people now prefer buying new vehicles below N$200 000 or used vehicles.
It is easier for first time car buyers to go for a cheaper vehicle and to get the necessary loan. In Namibia more new bakkies than passenger vehicles were sold between January and July. While this is good news for bakkie dealerships, small car dealerships might be suffering. Here are the top five new sub-N$200 000 vehicles sold in Namibia:
At only about N$176 000 this compact is ideal for travelling in a small town or city. The vehicle is light on fuel consumption getting 5.9l per 100km. It comes standard with airbags, ABS brakes and other extra that might be essential in Namibia like air conditioning, and electric windows. This small vehicle has a boot space of 256 litre, providing enough space for the long road.
The 0.9 litre turbo charged engine might seem small, but it also packs a punch. The car makers claim it does 5.2 litres of fuel per 100km.The boot has space of 292 litre which is huge in-comparison to other vehicles in its class. The car also has all safety features of other vehicles in its group.
This compact Toyota is another great choice and there are at least four Aygo models that will cost less than N$200 000, with the cheapest one being around N$175 000. Toyota has for years been one of the most trustworthy car makers and this one is no different. Some of the Aygo models feature daytime running LED lights, stability control and hill-assist control.
If you are looking for an affordable small car with a bigger engine then the Etios might just be for you. All sub-200k Etios models are fitted with a 1.5l engine. Toyota claims that you will use 6 litres of fuel per 100km travelled. All models come standard with an air conditioning, radio system, dual airbags and ABS brakes. In other models you get extra features like electric windows, central locking and some visual extras.
The bestselling vehicle in Namibia is also one of the most affordable. VW claims that the fuel consumption is at 5.7 litres per 100km. The car is decent for commuting in the city or for drives on the long road. It has been chosen as Car of the Year in various international markets and there is no slowing it down.