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Fuel Efficient and Economy Cars in Kenya

Vincent Nyoike
Vincent Nyoike Kenya

When buying a car, one of the factors that one needs to consider its maintenance cost and fuel consumption. There is no use to buy a car that consumes Ksh 2,000 worth of fuel per day if you are earning less than Ksh 100,000 a month. As such, it is good that you buy a budget car that won’t take much of your earnings.

What to Consider when Buying a Car

When a buying a car, it is important to consider certain critical factors. They include:

  • Availability of spare parts
  • Fuel consumption
  • Engine capacity
  • Year of manufacture

The following are some of the fuel efficient cars in Kenya for low and medium income earners.

Honda Fit

  • Purchase price: Ksh 700,000
  • Engine size: 1300cc and 1500cc
  • Fuel consumption: 19 km/liter

Honda Fit is one of the most economical cars in Kenya. It is a 5 seater hatchback with engine capacity of 1300cc. The car has been in production since 2001 and the recent model looks stylish and beautiful. It has ample leg space and boot space.

Its spare parts are widely available and it has low maintenance costs.  

Honda Fit

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Mazda Demio

  • Purchase price: Ksh 650,000
  • Engine capacity: 1300cc
  • Fuel consumption: 22 km/liter

Mazda Demio is a fuel efficient car that has gained popularity on the Kenyan roads within a very short period. It is a reliable and affordable and its competitors include Honda Fit and Nissan March. It is 5 seater and has ample trunk space.

Its spare parts are widely available in Kenya and it has low maintenance costs.

Mazda Demio

Nissan Note

  • Purchase price: Ksh 750,000
  • Engine capacity: 1200cc
  • Fuel consumption: 25.2 km/liter

Nissan Note is a hatchback that comes with spacious interior. It is a 5 seater and has been in production since 2005. The previous model was 1500cc but the latest model comes with a smaller engine capacity of 1200cc.

The latest model is fuel efficient while its spare parts are widely available. Some of its competitors include Honda Fit, Nissan Note and Mazda Demio.

Nissan Note

Nissan March  

  • Purchase price: Ksh 450,000
  • Engine capacity: 1200cc
  • Fuel consumption: 26 km/liter

Nissan March is a Japanese hatchback car that has been in production since 2010. It is suitable for urban areas and short distance travels. It is a reliable car while it is also cheap to buy and maintain.

You can get its spare parts in many parts of the country and especially Kirinyaga Road.

Nissan March

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Toyota Vitz

  • Purchase Price: Ksh 700,000
  • Engine capacity: 1000cc and 1300cc
  • Fuel consumption: 20.6 km/liter

Toyota Vitz is a common car on the Kenyan roads. It is a hardy car that is either 2WD or 4WD. It comes in 4 grades; Toyota Vitz F, Toyota Vitz Jewela, Toyota Vitz U and Toyota Vitz RS.

It is a fuel efficient and spacious car while its spare parts are widely available. It has a fuel tank capacity of 42 liters.  

Toyota Vitz

Toyota Passo

  • Purchase price: Ksh 550,000
  • Engine capacity: 1000cc and 1300cc
  • Fuel Consumption: 22.5 Km/liter and 21.0 Km/liter

Toyota Passo is a great car for someone with a very constrained budget. It has a low purchase price while its maintenance cost is relatively low. One of its model is 5 seater while the other one is 7 seater.

Some of its competitors include Nissan March, Suzuki Swift and Mazda Verisa.  

Toyota Passo

Suzuki Swift

  • Purchase price: Ksh 550,000
  • Engine capacity: 1200cc and 1600cc
  • Fuel consumption: 20.0 km/liter

Suzuki Swift is a great car that is gaining popularity on the Kenyan roads. It is not a common car but has been in production since 2004. It is fuel efficient and has low maintenance costs. However, its downside is that it has a small boot space.

Some of its competitors include Passo, March, Mazda and Verisa. Its spare parts are widely available and cheap to buy and maintain.

Suzuki Swift

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Honda Insight

  • Purchase price: Ksh 850,000
  • Engine capacity: 1300cc
  • Fuel consumption: 26km/liter

Honda Insight is a hybrid and electric car. It is one of the most fuel economy cars in the country. It has a large boot space while it is cheap to maintain.

The only downside is that its batteries are expensive to replace. Its competitor in the market includes Toyota Prius.

Honda Insight

Mazda Verisa

  • Purchase price: Ksh 700,000
  • Engine capacity: 1500cc
  • Fuel consumption: 18 km/liter

Mazda Verisa is a hatchback 5 seater car. It has a stylish interior and large boot space. It is a stable car even when driving around corners. Its spare parts are widely available, but its body parts are somehow expensive.  

It comes in 2WD and 4WD. Its competitors include Nissan March, Toyota Passo and Suzuki Swift.

Mazda Verisa

Final Word

Buying a fuel efficient and economy car will help save on maintenance costs. It is best that you buy a car that is within your budget and one that won't overrun your income. The above are some of the most economical cars in Kenya.