The following are some of the most fuel-efficient cars in Uganda that you might want to consider for your maximum fuel savings.
Over the years, most Ugandans have sought to buy the most economical car to save them on fuel. Any vehicle with an engine capacity of 1000 to 1800cc and variable valve timing is guaranteed to give you the perfect economical vehicle.
Most people do not know that regular servicing of your car and good driving habits are the first steps to maintaining a good fuel economy.
Here are some of the most fuel-efficient cars in Uganda that you should consider maximising fuel savings.
Toyota Fielder is a versatile vehicle that can double up as a family and business car. It is a highly renowned car and is common in Uganda due to its reliability, fuel efficiency and load capacity.
Its 1500cc powerful engine has an average consumption of 15 – 18 km/L. You can always go for the 1800cc option that consumes almost the same if you want extra power.
The most recent fielder models come with either manual or automatic transmission options for your choice. It has a top speed of 180km/h with a 42 litres tank size.
It has a spacious cabin with ample legroom for tall people in the front row and adequate legroom in the rear row.
Fielder’s boot space is big enough to carry a sizable load and can be customised by folding the rear seats to make more room.
Subaru Forester is a much-loved car in Uganda by people who understand class and durability. From its humble beginnings as a station wagon, Subaru has evolved into a legitimate SUV today.
It is loved for performing better than its rivals, Nissan X-trail, Honda CRV, Mazda CX-5, and the like. What sets this car apart is its All-wheel drive option and the choice of powerful but very economical engines.
It’s powered by a 2000cc engine that consumes an average of 13-15km/L, which is highly economical for such a car.
This 5-seater SUV is linked to a CVT transmission or a 6-speed manual transmission that propels it from 0 to 100km/h in 7.5 seconds.
The fourth-generation Forester is longer and larger than its predecessors providing more legroom and interior space. Both the first and rear rows have excellent legroom and seats that are impressive and comfortable to passengers.
The boot space is large enough to carry luggage for a family of five, and you can customise it by folding the rear seats to free up a good amount of space.
It comes with a 60.2L fuel tank capacity and has a good resale value making it an attractive choice of a car in Uganda.
Toyota Rav 4
Since its introduction to the market in 1994, Toyota Rav4 has been a top-selling car. It has successfully bridged the gap between the big SUVs and the small compacts.
It is powered by a 2400cc engine with average fuel consumption of 12-14km/L, which is not bad for such a machine. It is available in both 2WD and 4WD with manual or automatic transmissions.
Rav4 is a spacious car with ample legroom of the first and rear row for all passengers. Even a tall driver fits comfortably at the driver’s seat because it allows friendly seat adjustments for comfort and safety.
The boot space is voluminous and can be extended by folding the rear seats for extra room. It is a perfect car for a family of five who loves comfort and affordability.
This is the perfect vehicle for both personal and commercial use. Do you need a taxi, an ambulance, a family car or a safari van, the Hiace van offers a range of configurations.
This vehicle allows you to pick your favourite body option from the three available – the HiAce Commuter, HiAce Van, and HiAce Wagon.
These three options have a choice between a 3-seater, 8-Seater, 15-seater or 16-seater model.
It’s powered by a 2500cc powerful engine that has an average consumption of 10-15km/L. It has a spacious cabin with every passenger comfortable with enough leg and headroom.
Should you want to visit national parks both inside and outside Uganda, make a Toyota Hiace your friend. Together with the Toyota land cruiser, the Hiace is commonly used as a safari van to transport tourists across various destinations with good returns.
For instance, on a Kenyan Masai Mara safari from Nairobi, the daily rate for a safari van hire is Ksh 12,000. This is approximately 387,184 Ugandan shillings.
Toyota Passo is a darling to Ugandans due to its affordability, reliability and low maintenance. It’s powered by a 1300cc engine linked to either a CVT or a manual transmission.
Passo is available in both 2WD and 4WD and has an attractive fuel economy of 21-22 km/L that beats other cars, hands down. It comes with a comfortable old school cabin that is unique in its way and appealing to many with its simplicity.
It has ample space for both the head and legroom for passengers and is comfortable for long drives. The boot space is pretty spacious, carrying a sizable amount of luggage and has foldable rear seats should you require more room.
Passo has an outstanding resale value and has highly affordable and readily available parts.
The list above makes your work easier in getting yourself a fuel economical car. Our emphasis remains, even with low maintenance cars, you need to service them at the right time and give them the care they deserve.
If you love your car, your car will love you back, and your love relationship will go a long way.