When you buy a car under 500K in Kenya, you should take into consideration that cars come with additional costs such as maintenance, insurance, and fuel costs. That means your budget may be above the KS. 500,000 you may have already planned for.
Some of the cheap cars below half a million in Kenya are used cars. The models you’ll find in this category include Toyota Vitz, Auris, Belta, and even a Probox for business use. Nissan Cube and March are also some of the cheap models you’ll get on a budget. My personal favorite is a Subaru Impreza.
Cheap cars under 500k in Kenya
Here are some of the best inexpensive cars in Kenya, including their key features. We ventured deep into Kenya’s car market and came up with these ten cars under 500k. So, if you’re planning to purchase a car with 500k or less, here are the best cars to choose from:
1. Toyota Vitz
With only 400k, you can be the owner of this car.
Manufactured by a Japan-based company called Toyota, Toyota Vitz is a predecessor of Toyota Starlet. Currently, it’s in its third generation which was launched in 2010.Here are great features you’ll find interesting:
- The car has an engine of 1000 cc.
- 3 and 5 door options
- Spare parts for Toyota Vats are widely available in Kenya
- Service parts are shared with other popular Toyota cars such as Platz.
- The service cost is about KS. 6000 to KS. 8000 after 6-8 months.
- Toyota Vitz has low fuel consumption.
According to a user on Kenya Mama Blog, “I drive a Toyota Vitz and she consumes a max of 2k per week when traffic is insane. Service costs me 6k and I do it after 6 to 8 months.”
Toyota Vitz has the same features as the Suzuki Swift, but the former is more expensive. The model comes in different variants such as F package, FL package, F limited, U package all having various distinguishing features from the other.
2. Honda Fit
Also known as Honda Jazz, Honda Fit is a five-door hatchback manufactured by Honda since 2001. A third-generation car, Honda Fit is a subcompact car that uses the nameplate “Jazz” in Africa and other parts of the world such as Europe, Oceania, and the Middle East. Some of its features are:
- It is a 5 seat car.
- Has an excellent cabin space.
- Has automated emergency brakes.
- It has engine ranging between 1.2 and 1.5 liters hence fuel efficient.
- Has lane keeping assist.
- Spare parts are available in Honda Kenya along Mombasa road and all major dealers across the country.
If you are looking for a small hatchback car, Honda Fit is worth considering and with 330k in hand, you’re sure to get the car.
3. Nissan March
Nissan March is a product of Nissan – a Japan company since 1982. It is also called Nissan Micra, and it’s a predecessor of Nissan Cherry. The car is a class B supermini with two doors, three doors, and five-door hatchbacks.
The car replaced the Nissan Cherry and came in different variants such as Nissan Micra, C+C, Nissan Micra K13, and Nissan Micra 160SR. The commonly known models in Kenya are the 1.5 liters AT and the 104 Nm Torque. The asking price is 250k.
Its features include;
- Anti- theft and Anti- alarm devices
- Its small in size hence fuel efficient.
- Although small, it’s spacious perfect for a small family.
- 2,3 and 5 doors options
- Low maintenance cost of between 2k and 3k a month.
- Low fuel consumption (approximately 21 kilometers per liter)
- Spare parts are widely available.
4. Mazda Demio
Mazda Demio is a supermini car manufactured by Mazda. The car is known as one of the best cars you can buy with less than 500k in Kenya. With KS 3000, you can maintain the car for a month. Its asking price is 300k.
Its key features include;
- Has both front-wheel and four- wheel drive.
- Anti-theft devices and Anti-theft alarms
- Engine capacity of 1L to 1.5 liters.
- Low fuel consumption of 14 kilometers per liter.
- Has a spacious interior with comfortable seats to accommodate about 5 people.
- Maintenance cost ranges between Ksh 6,000 to Ksh 8,000 after 5-7 months.
- Spare parts are widely available across the country
Currently, Mazda Demio is thriving in its fourth generation. Its third generation was voted as world car of the year in 2008.
5. Toyota Auris
The name Auris is derived from the Latin word “Aurum” meaning gold. Toyota Auris is a product of Toyota Company. The car was introduced in October 2006 as a predecessor of Toyota Allex which was a hatchback. With 280k you can get a Toyota Auris of your choice.
- Comes in 3 or 5 doors option
- Has 1.3 to 1.8 litres engine
- Has a 1598 cc engine hence fuel-efficient capacity.
- Spare parts readily available in all Toyota outlets in the country.
6. Honda Civic
Honda Civic is one of the most common and the cheapest cars you can get with less than 500k in Kenya. It is among the many cars manufactured by Honda. The car can be either a subcompact which was manufactured from 1972 to 2000 or compact which replaced the compact from 2000 to present. You can get Honda Civic car in Kenya under 500k, some with as little as 165k depending on the model.
- It comes with 3 or 5 doors for hatchbacks and 4 doors for sedan.
- Has two engine options i.e. diesel engine and petrol engines
- Diesel engines have 1597 cc engine capacity while petrol cars has 1799 cc engine capacity.
- Spare parts readily available.
- Low maintenance cost of around 3k a month.
- Low fuel consumption (about 18 km per hour)
- It has a spacious cabin.
7. Nissan cube
Nissan Cube is a multipurpose vehicle (MPV) manufactured by Nissan since 1998. It has both the FF and AWD layout and is a Nissan B platform.
The car has a sitting capacity of 5 and comes in different colors such as Pearl White, Brilliant Silver, Gun Metallic, Cayenne Red, and Bali Blue. The car costs around 400k.
- Has 1.4 and 1.5 liters engine capacity.
- Fuel efficient as it consumes 11.1 liters per kilometer.
- Contains Ion filter for cleaning air in the car
- Has a smart key.
- Low maintenance costs.
8. Toyota Belta
Toyota Belta is a subcompact car manufactured by Toyota Company. It’s a 4-door sedan, a front-engine, and a front-wheel-drive. The car is more prominent in size compared to its predecessor, Toyota Platz.
- It’s equipped with safety measures such as airbags, head restraints for all seats and side-impact airbags among others.
- Toyota Belta has 1000cc or 1300cc engine capacity and 109 horsepower.
- Fuel consumption differs between the two cars where the one with 1000 cc consumes 1 litre in every 22 kilometers traveled while a car with 1300cc consumes 1 litre for every 19.6 km traveled.
- 4 doors option.
- Spare parts are readily available
With 230k in your hands, you can get a Toyota Belta of your choice.
9. Toyota Probox
Loved for its large carrying capacity, Toyota Probox commonly known as Probox in Kenya, is one of the degraded yet best cars you can get for 500k. It is a light commercial vehicle with 5 doors. Its price ranges between 400k and 500k.
- Both right and left-hand drive options.
- Engine capacity of 1496 cc
- Spare parts readily available just like any other Toyota vehicle.
- Low maintenance cost of approximately 2k a month.
- Low fuel consumption.
10. Subaru Impreza
Subaru Impreza is one of the coolest cars you can own with less than 500k. Known for its speed, Subaru Impreza is one of the series manufactured by Subaru since 1992. The car is a replacement of Leone and is a compact car with front-engine, and it’s a front-wheel drive. Now in its fifth generation, the car is rival to Mitsubishi Lancer and has both front-drive and all-wheel-drive layouts. Its price starts at 400k and differ depending on the model and year manufactured.
- It has both 4 and 5 doors variants.
- The third-generation Subaru has an engine capacity of 1.5, and 1.8 liters.
- Turbochargers option making it the best car for speed.
As outlined above, there are many cars you can own with as little as 500k such as Toyota Probox, Subaru Impreza, Toyota Vitz, Toyota Auris, Nissan March, Honda Vit, Toyota Belta, Nissan Cube, Honda Civic, and Mazda Demio, among others. When buying a car, do some research to ensure you purchase a reliable car that is fuel-efficient and whose spare parts are readily available. This will help you to spend less on maintenance and fuel cost.