At the bottom of the range, the Vitz in standard trim goes for R189,900 – including a 3-year/100,000km warranty and a 2-services/30,000km service plan – and it provides quite a respectable feature set for this end of the market, though there are still a few things left to be desired.
Most affordable Toyota in South Africa
From the outside, the easiest way to differentiate the base Vitz from its pricier XR-badged counterparts are the black door handles and wing mirrors, the omission of front fog lamps, and 14-inch steel wheels with silver plastic covers.
In terms of features, prospective owners can expect a manual airconditioner, manual windows, rear parking sensors, a key reminder, ABS with brake assist, two front airbags, and a 12V socket for powering external gadgets.
Young parents will also be glad to know it comes with ISOFIX child-seat mounts as well as child safety door locks, in addition to a 295-litre boot for cargo and luggage.
Like its predecessor, the entry-level Vitz does not come with a radio from the factory meaning buyers will have to install their own media units.
It does, however, offer two pre-wired speakers and boasts Toyota Connect support which provides a GPS locator, logbook, battery health checks, driver ratings, licence renewal, roadside assistance, and service bookings via a smartphone app.
Under the shell, the Toyota then sees a 1.0-litre, naturally-aspirated petrol engine married to a five-speed manual gearbox for a combined power output of 49kW and 89Nm.
The driveline excels with fuel consumption as it reports a low average of 4.4l/100km, thus allowing the 32-litre tank to complete 732km before it’s empty.
The hatch is also capable of toppling 160km/h if the opportunity to do so presents itself.
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