This is a list of the most economical cars to own in Kenya. We all have dreams of owning cars at some point in life. However, many fail to achieve such dreams majorly due to financial constraints. It is very important to consider some vital factors before purchasing a car. Such factors include; your budget, the purpose of the car, spare parts and servicing, fuel consumption and engine size.
Below is a list of economical cars to own in Kenya.
1. Honda Fit
It is a small hatchback car manufactured and marketed by Honda. The company has produced 6 versions of Honda Fit, with the latest versions being fitted with large 7-inch touch screens with numerous smartphone applications for locking and unlocking the car. It has a 1.2 to a 1.5-litre 4-cylinder engine, with a consumption of about 14.5 kilometres per litre. The car costs between Kshs. 600,000 to 800,000. Its engine capacity is rated at 1500 cc.
2. Toyota Vitz
It is a hatchback sub-compact car produced by Toyota, a top Japanese automobile manufacturer. Toyota Vitz has a variety of engine and transmission options. The engine options available include 1.0 litres to 1.5 litres, fitted with four-speed automatic CVT transmission, five speed and six-speed manual. There are different models of Toyota Vitz, with engine capacities of as low as 996 cc, 1300 cc and 1500 cc.
3. Mazda Demio
It is a supermini car manufactured and marketed by Mazda. It is a light car with an engine that ranges from 1.0 to 1.5 litres. Its average fuel consumption is 14 kilometres per litre. It is a superb car fitted with six-speed automatic and six-speed manual gearboxes, SkyActiv-MT for the purposes of fuel efficiency. It is an excellent car which comes with 1300 cc motor and 1500 cc.
4. Nissan March
It is a supermini car with a 3 cylinder engine with a capacity of 1.0 to 1.5 litres, and fuel consumption of up to 21 kilometres per litre. The costs between Kshs. 400,000 to 800,000 depending on the model year. Its engine capacity is 1200 cc.
5. Nissan Tiida
It is a low-cost maintenance car with fuel consumption of up to 15 kilometres per litre. The car has an engine capacity ranging from 1.5 to 1.8 litres. It is a compact car that has been produced since 2004 by Nissan. It has an engine capacity of 1500 cc.
6. Volkswagen Golf
It is a fuel efficient car with consumption of up to 15 kilometres per litre. It is produced by German automobile giants Volkswagen. The company manufactures different models of Volkswagen which use either petrol or diesel. The diesel engine has a capacity of 1.6 litres, while the petrol engine has a capacity of 1.2 litres. There are various models with engine capacities of 1200 cc, 1400 cc and 2000 cc. The most common types in Kenya are those of 1200 and 1400 cc.
7. Toyota Auris
It is a compact hatchback with a 1.3 to a 1.8-litre engine. It costs between Kshs.800,000 to 1,200,000. It is manufactured and marketed by Toyota and has been produced since 2006. The first generation of Toyota Auris shared the E150 platform with Toyota Corolla. The second generation of the car is a compact 5 door hatchback which uses the E180 platform. It has an engine of 1500 cc.
8. Honda Civic
It is a 1.5 four-cylinder engine car with a fuel consumption rate of up to 18 kilometres per litre. It is powered by a 17 KW electric motor. One notable feature of the car is that it doesn’t charge on a wall socket. Its lithium-ion battery is recharged whenever you drive.
9. Toyota Belta
It is a subcompact car with an engine capacity of 1.0 litre to 1.5 litres and a horsepower of 109. Safety features of the car include airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, head restraints for various seating positions, side-impact airbags and stability control. Toyota Belta comes in different designs and engine capacities of 1000 cc, 1300 cc and 1500 cc.
10. Subaru Impreza
It is a compact automobile that comes in four-door saloons and five-door hatchbacks. The engine of a Subaru Impreza ranges from 1.5 to 2.5 litres. However, a majority of Subaru Imprezas in Kenya are the third generation, with engines of 1.5 to 1.8 litres. Engine capacity is rated at 1500 cc.
11. Mitsubishi Colt
It is a supermini car manufactured by Mitsubishi since 1962. There are various models of Mitsubishi Colt with different body styles, like the 3 or 5 door hatchbacks, 2 door coupe cabriolet, 5 door station wagon and engines from 1.1 to 1.6 litres, 1300 cc, 1500 cc.
12. Nissan Note
This is another multi-purpose vehicle that has been marketed by Nissan since 2004. The most common ones in Kenya have an engine size of 1,500 cc making it an economical car in terms of fuel consumption.
13. Toyota Ractis
It is a 5 seater MPV that has been produced by Toyota since 2005. The common ones in Kenya have engine capacities of 1300 cc and 1500 cc.
14. Toyota Passo
It is a sub-compact car was launched in 2004 by Toyota and Daihatsu Motors. There are different models with engine sizes of 1000 cc and 1300 cc.