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If you’re currently in the market for a vehicle that offers affordability, ample space and versatility, a crossover or mini SUV might well check all the boxes for what you need. Today, we look at two very popular models in the pre-owned car segment: the Renault Captur and Nissan Juke. While the Juke is no longer being sold since its discontinuation in South Africa in 2019, several of these models are available that are in great condition. The Captur, in turn, has been a firm favorite and one of Renault’s best sellers for several years, and a recent facelift edition was introduced to the market in 2021.
While both the Captur and Juke are about the same size overall, the Captur offers a more spacious cabin and more vertical elevation for taller passengers. The starkest contrast between the two models becomes apparent when comparing the rear seats. The Juke’s rear row of seats is quite cramped due to the raked roofline. Smaller rear windows also create a more confined feeling than what the Captur offers.
When it comes to storage space and flexibility, the Captur wins hands down, thanks to the 377-liter boot that can be expanded to 1235 liters when the rear seats are collapsed. The Juke has a standard boot space of 352 liters, which can be maximised to 1189 liters when the rear seats are folded. Both vehicles feature stylish interiors and quality trim, with very similar layouts of the dashboard and driver-side steering sections.
In terms of fuel efficiency and performance, the two are fairly evenly matched when it comes to their petrol variants. The Captur averages at 5.4 liters per 100 kilometers, while the Juke comes in at an average of 5.5 liters per 100 kilometers. Both models are available in petrol and diesel options, and both offer a turbocharged variant for buyers looking for a bit more power under the bonnet.
Overall, the Renault Captur has always been the favorite of the two among car buyers. It features a more modern, fun, and sporty appeal, while the Juke has traditionally been more of an unusual choice because of its stocky and somewhat clunky design exterior.
If your mind is set on getting a Renault Captur, be sure to check out our online inventory of pre-owned vehicles. We frequently have models in great condition at unbeatable prices on offer.
The Toyota Hilux can be likened to a South African institution. It’s a bakkie that has been around generation after generation and remains a household classic. It holds a significant market share because it has become synonymous with reliability and agility in the minds of consumers. And while it has some formidable competitors to rival for sales, such as the Ford Ranger or Isuzu D-Max, it still comes out on top. Consumer demand has never wavered with new purchases and performs just as well in the used car industry, with increasing Hilux for sale online searches.
With that said, in its eighth generation now, the Hilux is in a league of its own. And the closest competitor it currently has is the Ford Ranger ‒ both powerful bakkies, each uniquely designed and valuable additions to any consumer or business.
But still, South Africans seem to gravitate more towards the Japanese car manufacturer. Why is that so?
Toyota Is Reputable
The Hilux has been in South Africa since around 1970. It has built a reputation for being trustworthy and reliable. Furthermore, the Toyota brand is synonymous with impeccable craftsmanship, innovative design, and long-wearing technology.
Key Comfort With Hilux
The Japanese car manufacturer does well by providing a utility vehicle with the comfort of a car. The interior of the bakkie is spacious, carefully designed for both functionalities, and still an enjoyable drive. The Hilux balances being an off-road vehicle and a practical family vehicle too.
With the Hilux being produced in South Africa, aftermarket parts are more accessible than in other countries. Because of the popularity of the vehicle, servicing is also easier as insurance providers accredit most mechanics to meet consumer demand.
SA’s Best Selling Bakkie
The all-new Hilux range currently offered in South Africa has three variants: the Hilux Single Cab, Xtra Cab, and the Double Cab.
The styling is rugged but still appealing, with bold design accents and a sleek hood molding. The exterior offering has 10 colours to choose from that blend well with the unique styling. The engine capacity ranges from 2.7L to 4.0L by variant and starts with a 10.7L/100km fuel consumption rate. Depending on the variant chosen, 4x4 and 4x2 capabilities are offered, and smart features such as the DAC (Downhill Assist Control) and an automatic roller shutter.
The interior experience has also been updated with an 8-inch touchscreen, providing consumers with a dynamic multimedia system that can be integrated with Apple and Android devices. The 9-speaker system is supported with Bluetooth and USB fixtures.
It’s a front-runner in the utility vehicle segment year after year because the Hilux is designed for durability and performance. A Hilux is ideal for almost every scenario as South Africans do not simply view it as the average pick-up truck. From city runarounds to cruising coastal towns and hard-driving over rough terrains, the Hilux is a versatile bakkie, providing consumers with the comfort of a car and the power of a high-quality machine.
Unlike other countries, South Africans view bakkies as multi-purpose vehicles rather than just load-bearing ones. Of course, it can transport loads more easily than an SUV or hatchback, but it is also a popular choice for daily driving. It’s an upward trend with the consumer segment and sales are always on the rise across both new and used cars.
Motus Select offers competitive pricing, a wide range of options, seamless service, and a transparent experience. To shop the best prices and variety when searching for a Hilux for sale, browse through our inventory online.
Nobody likes the idea of their car breaking down in the middle of rush hour traffic or anywhere else, for that matter. Although breakdowns and failures can happen at any time, there are several issues, such as sudden battery failure and tyre problems, that tend to happen most often in winter. Whether you’re happy with your current car or are currently looking for a replacement around Zambezi car sales in Pretoria, follow these quick tips to ensure you have a safe winter, free from car troubles.
Get Your Car Battery Checked
Whether you do it yourself or stop by a battery center for a quick check, it’s important to make sure that your battery is still holding a charge properly and that it will carry you through the colder months. Cold weather tends to cause battery failure quite unexpectedly, even if your car has been starting just fine in recent months.
Make sure that the battery terminals are clean and clear of any dirt that may have formed around them. Also, ensure that the battery is firmly secured and check on your battery water levels. If you don’t have a battery meter, it’s best to stop by a specialist to have them gauge your battery performance. Early signs of battery failure include a car that’s sluggish to start or electric functions like the radio or electric windows not responding as quickly as they normally do.
Check On Your Tyres
Winter weather varies throughout South Africa, but whether you’re in a rainy province or not, the cold will affect your tyres and how well they perform. Cold temperatures tend to cause tyres to deflate quicker and even slightly under-inflated tyres wear down faster while also reducing the grip needed for your car to move at optimal levels. Another side effect of under-inflated tyres is that it increases the drag on your car, which means your engine has to work harder and your car ends up using a lot more petrol. Check that all your tyres are still in good condition, and don’t forget to check that your spare tyre is still properly inflated and ready for use if needed.
If you haven’t taken your car for a service in a while, it’s a good idea to book an appointment for a quick run-through by a mechanic, to check that everything is still in good working order. If you’re currently looking at Zambezi car sales, Pretoria, you’ll find a host of great pre-owned vehicles in our online showroom. We update our stock regularly, so be sure to check in often!
If you’re currently in the market for your first car, there may be a few things you’re still wondering about when it comes to car ownership. These questions may even remain unanswered if you’ve been driving for years, as many car owners never learn about these basic facts. Whether you’re looking for a Kia Rio for sale, or any other vehicle, knowing these three basics will always be important.
Does The Type Of Petrol I Fill Up With Matter?
Essentially, no. As long as you fill up a petrol engine with petrol and diesel in a diesel engine, you’ll be fine. The two available petrol variants are 95 unleaded and 93, both of which will work fine in your car and won’t do any damage. You will find that your car runs a bit more sluggishly on 93, and 95 yields a better performance due to its sophisticated formulation. In terms of which petrol stations to fill up at, this makes no difference either, although you may find a small price difference per liter when filling up at the coast versus further inland.
How Often Should I Have My Oil Changed?
Oil is critical in ensuring that your car runs properly, which is why keeping an eye on your oil levels is important. Although it varies somewhat between manufacturers, the general rule is to have your oil changed every 4000 kilometers, with top-ups as needed. Remember always to check your oil levels when your car has been standing parked for a while to get an accurate reading. Your car’s motor oil will get old over time and become less effective in lubricating and protecting the engine. Having the oil drained from your tank and completely replenished every 4000 kilometers will ensure that your car functions at its best.
What Is The Correct Tyre Pressure For My Car?
Keeping your tyres inflated to the correct pressure will provide you with a smoother and safer driving experience, and your tyres will last longer. Even slightly deflated tyres wear down much quicker because of the increased drag and friction. Each car model has its own optimum inflation level, which is determined by the overall weight of the vehicle and the type of tyres it uses. To know your recommended inflation level, check for the sticker on the inside of the driver's door panel when you open the door. You can also consult your owner’s manual for this information.
Following basic steps like checking essential liquids and tyres will ensure that you get many years of driving pleasure out of your vehicle while keeping yourself and others safe. For the best prices on a pre-owned Kia Rio for sale, view our inventory on the website.
If you’re currently on the hunt for second hand cars for sale, it’s important to be aware of the market value of the vehicle you’re looking at to decide whether you’re looking at a fair asking price. Fortunately, thanks to a wealth of online resources, it’s much easier to quickly get an idea of how the car in question compares with your working budget and how well it fits your vehicle needs. Here are a few tips to help guide you to making an informed decision.
What Determines A Car’s Sales Price?
Several factors can affect the sales price of a used car. The two main aspects are the year of manufacture and the total mileage on the odometer – but those aren’t the only things you should be looking at. Cars with higher mileage will require more costly services as larger parts need to be replaced after a while. Older cars with higher mileage are also more likely to need replacement parts and fixes, but the condition of the car and how well it has been looked after to date is also important.
Find out whether the car has been in any previous accidents and if any modifications had been done to the engine or bodywork. Previous damage tends to be a significant indicator of future problems, which is why cars that have been repaired will lose a lot of their retail value. Smaller faults may be easy enough to repair, but be wary of cars that have been in serious accidents and those that show any sign of rust damage.
Car brands and models also determine their resale value and how well they retain their initial selling cost, as more popular and reliable brands tend to remain high on the buyer interest list. Although they tend to be more expensive than other cars, it is a good indication that you’ll be investing in a solid vehicle that will continue to serve you well in the long run.
Check Car Sales Websites
If you have a specific make and model in mind, scouring through a few car sales websites for similar models will give you a good idea of how much they sell for on average. You can also consult online valuation websites, where you can enter the details of any car and get an instant estimated market value. Bear in mind that the condition of the car you’re interested in can greatly affect the price, as cars that have visibly undergone a lot of wear and tear in terms of the bodywork and interior will lower the sales price.
While you can buy from a private seller, it’s always wiser to look at second-hand cars for sale from a reputable dealer like Motus Select, which offers a warranty and has a good track record. After all, buying a car is a big decision, and you should be completely confident that you’ve made the right choice.