Best Cheap Cars in Kenya: Top 15 Compiled by Car Experts In 2023

To help you get your own set of wheels, Car From Japan has come up with a list of cheap cars in Kenya that are very affordable to run. The best way to buy a car in Kenya is to take a closer look at Kenya’s car market to know which cars are trendy, affordable, and most popular now.

Although there are numerous car models and car brands, you will always find only a few most common models that appear everywhere in big cities like Nairobi, Mombasa, or Nakuru. 

Let’s take a look at them and find out which is right for you!

Top 15 Best Cheap Cars In Kenya 

Finding a new car will not be a hard consideration if you read the information on the models below carefully. Here are the top 15 cheapest cars in Kenya and their prices in 2023. Let’s follow along!

1. Honda Fit

Honda Fit (as known as Honda Jazz) is a good choice for people who like the subcompact car class. 

It is a small hatchback with 5 doors, ample room, and more space suitable for any weekend trip. Honda Fit engine ranges between 1.2 liters to 1.5 liters, therefore, this car is very fuel efficient.

This car is famous for its strong reliability, high safety scores, excellent cabin space, and a wide range of available features. Honda has produced 6 versions of Honda Fit and all versions are always preferred by customers all over the world. 

The latest versions of Honda Fit have a larger 7-inch touch screen that gives drivers access to many familiar smartphone applications which allow them to start, lock or unlock their cars without removing the car keys from their pocket.

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Honda Fit is a good choice for people who like the subcompact car class. (Photo: Car and Driver)

2. Toyota Vitz

Toyota Vitz (or Toyota Yaris) was produced in 1999 by Toyota (a famous Japanese automobile manufacturer) to replace the aging and dated Toyota Starlet. 

In the line of three or five-door hatchback subcompact cars, the Vitz is designed with a wide range of engine and transmission choices. Toyota Vitz is usually front-wheel drive, but in later generations, an AWD option was added. 

Two of the best things about Toyota Vitz are its fuel economy and reliability. Another great attraction of the Toyota Vitz is that it is a small car suitable for a small family with a sporty exterior.

If you like its features, go for a Toyota Vitz!

3. Nissan March

Nissan March (or Nissan Micra) is a supermini produced by Nissan, an automobile manufacturer coming from Japan.

The reason why car manufacturers produce small cas is to save space and fuel. The Nissan March does both saving space and fuel perfectly. The car looks quite small but its interior is very spacious and is just right for a small family. 

With a Nissan March, you can easily fold down flat the rear seat to create more space for accommodating cargo in.

Nissan March engine: 3-cylinder, 1.0L to 1.5L and low fuel consumption (up to 21 Kmpl), low weight.

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With a Nissan March, you can easily fold down flat the rear seat to create more space. (Photo: Nissan)

4. Mazda Demio

Ranking top 4 in best cheap cars in Kenya to buy is Mazda Demio. Mazda Demio is a supermini produced and marketed globally since 1996 by Mazda, currently in its 4th generation. 

The Mazda Demio is sold prominently in recent years as Mazda 2 and under previous name plates including Ford Festiva Mini Wagon, Mazda Metro, and Mazda 121.

The 3rd generation Mazda Demio won the 2008 World Car of the Year title, whereas the 4th generation earned “the 2014-2015 Japanese Car of the Year”. 

One of the features that make the Mazda Demio separate from others is its weight (under 1000 kgs). Also, this car owns a small engine. Therefore, Mazda Demio consumes low fuel consumption and becomes a cost-effective car to maintain.

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One of the most reliable cars in Kenya is the Mazda Demio.

The interior of this car is pretty spacious and high quality. The car can carry 5 people and the driver can fold flat the rear seats to extend the boot capacity. Demio engine ranges from 1.0L to 1.5L; fuel consumption of 14 Km

5. Toyota Auris

Toyota Auris is a compact hatchback that comes in three or five doors and a 1.3L to 1.8L engine. Most people think that Toyota Auris is the replacement for the Toyota Allex, but actually, the Allex’s replacement is the Toyota Blade (an upscale sister of the Auris). 

Toyota Auris is a relatively new name in the car industry. It is a car that you will look forward to driving. Auris is designed with its bold, dynamic styling, spacious, and intuitive interior that caters to what you need.

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Toyota Auris is a compact hatchback that comes in three or five doors and a 1.3L to 1.8L engine. (Photo: Parkers)

6. Honda Civic

Owing the 6th position of the top 15 best cars under 700k in Kenya is Honda Civic. Honda Civic is a subcompact manufactured by Honda Company, a famous Car manufacturer in Japan. 

Originally like a subcompact, Honda Civic has gone through many generational changes; the Civic is becoming both larger and more upmarket and going into the compact car part. 

The Honda Civic owns a 1.5L 4-cylinder engine and 17 kW electric motor. This makes the Civic consume an efficient fuel consumption (about 18 km per liter). 

Honda Civic has been designed with an idle stop that automatically shuts off the car engine in traffic to save fuel, then when the driver lifts their foot off the brake, the engine will start immediately. 

Another advantageous point of the Honda Civic is that the cabin is spacious and convenient for a weekend trip or a night out.

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Originally like a subcompact, Honda Civic has gone through many generational changes. (Photo: Car and Driver)

7. Volkswagen Golf

One of the best cars under 500k in Kenya is Volkswagen Golf. The Volkswagen Golf is a small family car manufactured by the German manufacturer Volkswagen since 1974. 

This car has been marketed worldwide for 7 generations with many major improvements. It uses either diesel or petrol, the engine run by diesel is 1.6L and petrol one is 1.2L, this may have some small changes depending on the model of each year. 

According to car experts, the Volkswagen Golf is not only a fuel-efficient car but also a highly spacious car. It has a consumption of up to 15 km per liter. 

If you are looking for cheap cars in Kenya with good engines and fuel efficiency, the Volkswagen Golf is a good option for you.

Check out the video below from Carwow to see Volkswagen Golf in-depth review!

8. Nissan Tiida

The Nissan Tiida is a small-medium car manufactured by Nissan since 2004. “Tiida” means “sun” – in the Okinawan language, continuing the naming tradition started in 1966 with Nissan Sunny. 

The Nissan Tiida has an interior space that is suitable for a family. This car also provides a smooth quiet ride with reasonable engine performance. As most drivers often review, Tiida is a low-cost maintenance car with excellent fuel efficiency.

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The Nissan Tiida is a small-medium car manufactured by Nissan since 2004. (Photo: Nissan)

The only thing that let Tiida down is the lack of safety features. This car has a 1800cc engine and has a fuel consumption of up to 15kM per liter.

At this time, Nissan Tiida is one of the best cars to buy in Kenya.

9. Subaru Impreza

Next, Subaru is one of the top best cheap cars in Kenya that you shouldn’t miss. Subaru Impreza is a car designed for compact families. 

Subaru Impreza has been produced since 1992 by Subaru, an automobile manufacturing division of a Japanese transportation conglomerate. 

The case is introduced as a replacement for the Leone, with the predecessor’s EA series engines replaced by the new EJ series engines. At present, in its 5th generation, Subaru Subaru has offered 4-door sedan and 5-door body variants since 1992. 

Most versions have been designed with “boxer” flat-4 engines ranging from 1.5L to 2.5L, with the performance-oriented Impreza WRX STI and WRX models uprated with the implementation of turbochargers.

The Subaru Impreza (Subaru Impreza WRX and Subaru Impreza WRX STI) is a major competitor to the Mitsubishi Lancer (and Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution). Now, Subaru Impreza is appreciated as one of the most prominent cheap cars in Kenya.

10. Honda Stream

Number 10 on the list of the top best cheap cars in Kenya 2023 is Honda Stream. The car is a compact MPV produced by Honda – a famous Japanese automaker since October 2000. 

The Stream’s exterior design is a mixture of compact MPV and SUV, and its height (less than 1.6 meters) makes it hard to classify it exactly. Following typical Honda style, the automaker has managed the Honda Stream as one of the world’s best-handling MPVs. 

Based on the capable new Honda Civic platform, the Honda Stream is a dream to drive and also has a spacious cabin, too. The car has smooth and powerful petrol engines and a top speed of 127 m/h/203 km/h.

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Number 10 on the list of the top best cars for sale in Kenya under 500k is Honda Stream. (Photo: Honda)

If you like Honda Stream, go for it.

11. Isuzu Elf Truck

Isuzu Elf is a medium-duty truck produced by Isuzu since 1959 and known as Isuzu N lines outside of Japan. With this vehicle; Isuzu has been leading the top-selling chart in Kenya for years when counting medium and heavy trucks. 

The Isuzu N series earned an excellent reputation for its extraordinary reliability, durability, strong engine, and economical fuel consumption.

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Isuzu Elf is a medium-duty truck produced by Isuzu since 1959. (Photo: Isuzu)

12. Mitsubishi Canter

As a head-to-head competitor of Isuzu N lines in the Kenya market; The Canter, on the other hand, is famous for more loading capacity and amazing performance. 

Indeed, this car focuses on passenger comfort with more legroom and headroom spaces compared to others in its type.

13. Volkswagen Polo

Has always been crowded with Supermini and leads the top-selling chart in its segment. Volkswagen Polo is initially the type of car that comes out from luxury magazines that every car lover has forever dreamed of. 

The Polo is a sensible choice for those who want a stylish car with advanced safety features, an incredible look, and durability.

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The Polo is a sensible choice for those who want a stylish car. (Photo: Autocar India)

14. Honda Accord – Common Sedan cars in Kenya

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Honda Accord amazed people with its affordability, practicality, and comfort. (Photo: Honda)

There is a reason why Honda Accord made it to the best car list in many countries in many years; including Kenya: it amazed people with its affordability, practicality, and comfort. 

The car is fun to ride with such great looking and good handling; perfect for a city fabulous ride.

>> An used Honda Accord from CAR FROM JAPAN is as affordable as $2,300

15. Nissan Caravan

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The Caravan is thus highly rated for being extremely reliable. (Photo: Nissan)

As one of the cheapest cars in Kenya, Nissan Caravan is a cargo van that is designed to be added to a fleet but offered both as a commercial vehicle and leisure. 

The vehicle is thus highly rated for being extremely reliable, versatile space for cargo, spacious for passengers, and strong engines for commercial purposes. Especially in Kenya, the Caravan has won many fans in the Matatu industry.

We have summarized some info on the above types of cars in Kenya and their prices. Let’s take a look at the table below for more detail.

Car Model

Avg Prices
Honda Fit 600,000 – 900,000
Toyota Vitz 400,000 – 800,000
Nissan March 400,000 – 700,000
Mazda Demio 800,000 – 1,200,000
Toyota Auris 600,000 – 900,000
Honda Civic 450,000 – 2,000,000
Volkswagen Golf 500,000 – 1,700,000
Nissan Tilda 900,000 – 1,200,000
Subaru Impreza 400,000 – 2,000,000
Honda Stream 600,000 – 1,600,000
Isuzu Elf Truck 500,000 – 1,800,000
Mitsubishi Canter 900,000 – 2,000,000
Volkswagen Polo 300,000 – 1,300,000
Honda Accord 300,000 – 1,800,000
Nissan Caravan 900,000 – 2,500,000

Unit: KES

Conclusion

Above is the list of the top 15 best cheap cars in Kenya to buy. We hope this list will be helpful for you to some extent. If you need any car questions or any considerations about buying a used car, don’t hesitate to leave us a comment below.