As fuel prices continue to rise in South Africa, motorists are forced to live on a shoestring budget. Below we have created a list of the most fuel-efficient luxury cars on account of anyone who is in the market for a new set of wheels, without compromising on performance and appeal.
There are various factors that can affect the claimed manufacturer fuel consumption figures, this includes your personal driving style, road conditions and the mileage of your vehicle. Here are our top contenders when it comes to exemplary fuel efficiency.
It’s been two years since the redesign of the C-Class sedan came to market, but the design still feels fresh. The Edition C combines an AMG Sports exterior design with an Avantgarde interior equipment line. Standard safety features for the 2017 Mercedes-Benz C300 include antilock brakes, stability and traction control, a collection of strategically placed airbags, a drowsy driver monitor and frontal collision warning and mitigation. All these elements together ensure excellence that doesn’t compromise on cost or safety.
Audi A6 2.0T Premium
The Audi A6’s spacious interior is finished in high-quality materials and the powerful engine is designed to accomplish the fuel-efficiency that luxury buyers expect. intuitive technology interface makes high-tech features easy to use. The Audi A6 is a luxury mid-sizer with room for four, or five in a pinch, and a useable trunk. Most versions will be equipped with an all-wheel drive that we like for its ability to find, hold, and swap gears with ease. The intuitive technology interface makes high-tech features remarkably easy to use.
Volvo S60 T5 Dynamic
The S60 continues to be a consistent player in the small luxury sedan segment. Overall, the Volvo S60 has the charm it needs to make it worth your attention. The Volvo S60 is a comfortable and cooperative luxury sedan with ample oomph under the hood, especially in T6 AWD R-Design guise. Despite packing both a supercharger and a turbocharger, it’s always well-mannered. The all-wheel-drive system effectively apportions power to individual wheels to maximise traction around turns or on slippery roads. Among other comfort-biased sedans, the S60 stacks up quite well and is also priced attractively.
Jaguar XF 20d
The Jaguar XF blends sharp design and sporty handling in a midsize luxury sedan that runs with the best in its class. Its spacious interiors design is laid out immaculately, While its supercharged V6 power delivers the thrills. There’s also optional all-wheel drive for all-weather performance. The XF is a compelling alternative to the established luxury sedans in this class it’s beautifully crafted chassis engaging handling delights it’s drivers and it offers a wide choice of engines and trim styles
BMW 3 Series 328d
The BMW 3 Series should be near the top of the list for shoppers wanting a compact luxury sport sedan. Whether enjoying its blend of features and refinement or putting its smooth optional engine to the test, you’ll be impressed. It runs in a crowded class, but the 3 Series is one of the best. BMW’s compact 3 Series is the luxury automaker’s bread-and-butter model and best-selling line. It’s simultaneously comfortable and sporty, compact without being confining, and its engines are fuel-efficient and powerful. It’s a truly fantastic all-rounder with no significant flaws.
In conclusion, buying a fuel-efficient car is a good place to start, but a car is only as good as its driver. However, you can rest assured when considering purchasing any of the listed models, that the cost of buying these vehicles will not outstrip the savings on fuel economy.
Before 1960 – petrol heads all around the world viewed the perfect sports car as James Bond’s Aston Martin DB5 or the Ferrari 250 GTO, but a new fresh-faced American kid on the block crashed the party and has since been driven by a great deal of influencers and celebrities alike – from Tom Cruise with his supercharged Mustang S281 to ex American president Bill Clinton in his classic 1967 Ford Mustang Convertible.
The Mustang was named after John Najjar (Ford’s executive stylist at the time’s) favourite fighter plane The World War II P-51 (Mustang). The first Ford Mustang launched in 1964 and was Ford’s most successful launch since the 1928 Ford Model.
So what it is about the Ford Mustang that we love so much? Let’s take a look at the evolution of the Stang over the last 60 years.
The Ford Mustang Convertible and Mustang 2+2 Fastback 1960’s
On March 9, 1964 the first Mustang rolled off the assembly line. With a multitude of different interior, exterior, and drivetrain options, the Mustang would be able to be ordered as plain, or as fancy, as economical, or as fast, as the buyer wanted. In general, the Mustang was designed for everyone and was advertised as “the car to be designed by you”.
The 1964½, as it was later called, was available in only two models: the coupe and convertible. Both models featured a lengthened hood and shortened rear deck, chrome wrap-around bumpers, chrome grille with a running horse, and full wheel covers.
The Boss 351 Mustang 1970’s
1971 was the Mustang Boss 351 which replaced the Boss 302 and Boss 429. The Boss 351 featured a special 330 horsepower 351-4V Cleveland engine, it had other accentuates such as a blacked out NASA scooped hood with twist type locks and special body side stripes. The Boss 351 included a competition suspension with staggered rear shocks, a four-speed transmission with a Hurst shifter, power front disc brakes, dual exhaust, and 3.91:1 traction lock rear end. There were a total of 149,678 Mustangs built in 1971.
1984 MUSTANG SVO
The SVO is a flagship in the Mustang history, developed at a time of furious automotive evolution born from changes in government-mandated emissions and fuel economy standards, the SVO dominated the wave of small-displacement, turbocharged engines that were popular in cars through the first half of the 1980s.
The 1984 SVO was a performance champion that equalled its Mustang GT counterpart in horsepower – while offering superior balance and fuel economy, not to mention the plethora of unique enhancements that had created a Mustang unlike any other before it.
The heart of the 1984 Mustang SVO was, of course hidden under the hood. The turbocharged and intercooled 2.3 litre Lima four-cylinder engine made it equal to the 1984 5.0-liter V-8 Mustang GT and one of the most powerful American-made performance machines of the day.
2000 MUSTANG SVT COBRA R
The 2000 SVT Mustang Cobra R debuted as the fastest factory Mustang ever produced. Its SVT-developed, naturally aspirated 5.4-liter V-8 produced 385 horsepower, good for 0-100 kph in 4.7 seconds.
As a true, lightweight R-model, it also had track-capable brakes, able to make a full stop from 60 mph in just 127 feet. Like all SVT Cobra R’s before it, the 2000 R came stripped of any stock feature not needed for track use or that would add excess weight.
Recaro racing seats, side-exit dual exhaust, a front air splitter and high-mount rear wing hinted at the car’s superb stability and handling capabilities.
Only 300 models were released and were only available in an exclusive Performance Red Clearcoat.
2016 MUSTANG GT350R
The modern-day Shelby GT350 Mustang aims to rekindle the spirit of the original model. Helping the R live up to that bold claim is Ford’s first-ever V8 engine fitted with a flat-plane crankshaft.
The 5.2-liter unit generates over 500 horsepower and 400 pound-feet of torque. It roasts the rear tires via a six-speed manual transmission and a Torsen limited-slip differential.
To increase the speed and swiftness of this model ford removed the A/C unit, the stereo, the rear bench, the rear-view camera, and the tire repair kit, among other add-ons. And, 19-inch wheels crafted entirely out of carbon fibre help shed 24 kilos of unstrung weight.
Ford and Shelby hit the bull’s eye with the GT350R. Notably, it recently took home Digital Trends’ Performance Car of the Year award. It’s a limited edition model, and can be expected to auction off for a king’s ransom at auctions in the future
2019 FORD MUSTANG BULLITT
This year’s Detroit Auto Show motor head movie enthusiasts, as Ford introduced the long-awaited 2019 Mustang Bullitt.
It’s a modern interpretation of the appearance of the Stang in the 1968 movie Bullit featuring Steve McQueen in which he famously blazed on the streets of San Francisco to chase down hitmen 50 years ago.
The Blue Oval hit it out of the ball with The Bullitt’s design, it comes standard in dark highland green, a tribute to the original, and can also be ordered in shadow black. There are subtle chrome accents around the grille and the windows, and it rides on 19-inch, five-spoke wheels. Notice it doesn’t come with stripes, decals, or even emblems; subtlety characterises the Bullitt, then and now.
Offered only as a coupe, the Bullitt is based on the latest Mustang GT. Its 5.0-liter V8 engine sends 480 horsepower and 420 pound-feet of torque to the rear wheels through a six-speed automatic transmission. Give it enough tarmac and it will sprint to 163 mph.
With over 126,000 vehicles registered worldwide, it’s hard to not want to jump on this Stang suave bandwagon and now that you’ve read this article you’re probably pondering whether or not you should pick up the 2019 Mustang once it hits showroom floors, so if you’ve considered slipping into something a little sleeker you can read out our blog on Our Favourite Coupe’s in South Africa.
Alternatively see which hot offering we have and you can consider adding it to your wish list.
We’ve all considered slipping into something a little sleeker at some stage. Invariably, we end up looking at coupe’s. I mean, who among us hasn’t had the vision of stepping out of a low slung, two-door speed machine, akin to Magnum PI emerging from his bright red Ferrari 308 GTS.
If you are planning to swap four doors for two, we’ve compiled a list of our favourite coupe’s currently available in the South African market.
Nissan Skyline GT-R
There really is no other place to start than the incredible GT-R. It hasn’t earned the nickname ‘Godzilla’ for nothing. The Japanese beast was designed and built for one purpose, and one purpose only – the pursuit of driving perfection. Each 3.8-litre twin-turbocharged engine is built in a hermetically sealed factory, resulting in 390kW to power you from 0 – 100km/h in an organ rearranging 3.9 seconds. With every angle, facade and vent has meticulously engineered for maximum aerodynamic effect, you won’t be lacking speed in the bends either.
Since the introduction of the original M3 in the mid-1980’s BMW have been the masters of the fast saloon and coupe. Since its introduction in 2014, the M4 has fast become one of the most popular coupe’s in South Africa. The twin-turbo 3 litre power plant, coupled to a rear wheel drive system provides a driving experience true to BMW’s motto – sheer driving pleasure.
This choice is all about the aura and experience. The Mustang is an American Muscle legend, and the new version lives up to its illustrious ancestors. The 5 litre V8 produces an earthquake inducing rumble. Combine that with an aggressive stance, and you have a car with real presence. The Mustang is definitely the choice to make if you want to be seen.