South African motorists are in for a welcome surprise this festive season as petrol prices drop, providing a much-needed financial relief. This development is particularly significant as it promises notable savings for those filling up their cars, with petrol prices drop by 65 cents per litre, while diesel is set for a reduction ranging between R2.35 and R2.41 per litre.

    Petrol Prices Drop Comparison: December vs. November 2023

    The following tables offer a clear comparison of the costs involved in filling up your vehicle’s tank with petrol and diesel in inland areas of South Africa, highlighting the savings in December compared to November 2023.

    Petrol Costs

    Tank Size (Litres)93 Unleaded (R)Saving (R)95 Unleaded (R)Saving (R)

    Diesel Costs

    Tank Size (Litres)Diesel 0.05% (R)Saving (R)Diesel 0.005% (R)Saving (R)

    Comparative Cost Analysis: Traveling 100km in South Africa’s Top Cars – Before and After Petrol Prices Drop

    The recent decrease in fuel prices in South Africa has brought some respite to motorists, particularly those driving the nation’s best-selling cars. Let’s explore how much it costs to travel 100km in these popular vehicles, comparing the current costs with those from last month.

    1. Toyota Hilux 2.4GD-6 Double Cab Raider (Diesel)
    • Fuel Consumption: 7.1 litres/100km
    • Cost per 100km (Current): R155
    • Change: –R17
    2. Ford Ranger 2.0 SiT Double Cab (Diesel)
    • Fuel Consumption: 6.9 litres/100km
    • Cost per 100km (Current): R151
    • Change: –R16
    3. Toyota Corolla Cross 1.8 Xi
    • Fuel Consumption: 6.8 litres/100km
    • Cost per 100km (Current): R158
    • Change: –R5
    4. Isuzu D-Max 1.9TD Double Cab (Diesel)
    • Fuel Consumption: 7.3 litres/100km
    • Cost per 100km (Current): R159
    • Change: –R17
    5. VW Polo Vivo Hatch 1.4 Trendline
    • Fuel Consumption: 5.7 litres/100km
    • Cost per 100km (Current): R146.37
    • Change: –R3
    6. Toyota Hiace 2.7 Ses-fikile 16-Seater
    • Fuel Consumption: 14.3 litres/100km
    • Cost per 100km (Current): R334
    • Change: –R8
    7. Toyota Starlet 1.5 Xi
    • Fuel Consumption: 5.4 litres/100km
    • Cost per 100km (Current): R126
    • Change: –R3
    8. Suzuki Swift 1.2 GA
    • Fuel Consumption: 4.9 litres/100km
    • Cost per 100km (Current): R114
    • Change: –R3
    9. Nissan NP200 1.6i Safety Pack
    • Fuel Consumption: 8.1 litres/100km
    • Cost per 100km (Current): R188
    • Change: –R6
    10. Toyota Fortuner 2.4GD-6 (Diesel)
    • Fuel Consumption: 6.8 litres/100km
    • Cost per 100km (Current): R148
    • Change: –R16

    Note: All prices are estimates based on the manufacturer’s average fuel consumption per 100km.

    Estimating and Understanding Consumption

    While it is impossible to accurately track exactly how much petrol you will consume due to traffic and road quality, it is possible to get a rough estimate of how these petrol prices will impact your current petrol allowance based on manufacturer estimates.

    The drop in fuel prices is attributed to several factors, including a stronger Rand against the US Dollar and lower global oil prices in November 2023​​. These changes are part of broader economic trends and reflect fluctuations in international markets.

    Petrol Price Drop Boosts December Holiday Plans

    The recent drop in petrol prices comes as a boost especially with the December holiday season upon us. This decrease in fuel costs makes traveling more affordable, encouraging families and individuals to explore and enjoy various destinations across the country. Road trips, traditionally a popular choice during this festive season, become more feasible and budget-friendly. This price drop not only lightens the financial burden on travelers but also injects a sense of excitement and opportunity for memorable experiences, contributing positively to the spirit of the holidays.

    Looking Ahead

    While the immediate benefits of this petrol prices drop are clear, it is essential for consumers and businesses to remain savvy with practical tips of using fuel wisely, making it easy to save more money. This development not only brings immediate financial relief but also sets a positive tone for the country’s economic outlook as we head into the new year.



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