Buying on a budget? Safety features aren't up to scratch on cheap cars, says AA

The Automobile Association (AA) has warned South African drivers to think carefully before buying entry-level vehicles on face value.

The AA released its second annual Entry-Level Vehicle Safety Report which assesses the safety features of budget cars.

The report considered the safety features of 25 vehicles available in South Africa currently priced under R160 000.

The AA found that only two of the 25 met acceptable safety standards, says spokesperson Layton Beard.

The association rated cars according to poor, moderate and acceptable safety standards.

Only two of the 25 cars that we assessed come out with acceptable safety levels; the Toyota Aygo and the Nissan Micra 1.2 Visia+.

Layton Beard, Automobile Association spokesman

See the results below:

Beard explains that the report looked at safety features such as electronic stability control, anti-skid braking system (ABS) airbags and the vehicle's Euro NCAP safety rating.

Read the AA’s full Entry-Level Vehicle Safety report here.

Take a listen:


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