Top 7 manual transmission cars to buy in Nigeria (2020)


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Tired of the same old automatic features in your car? Want to control your car 100%? Then this article is for you. Learn more about manual cars and top options to buy in Nigeria.

You may recall the thrill of first learning how to drive a car. You may recall your instructor starting you off with a stick shift and telling you how driving an automatic car is a lot easier once one has mastered driving manual transmission cars. Well, you are not alone. The truth is many other people started out driving a stickshift too.

In auto terms, 'driving stick' or "stickshift" here refers to the gear shift in manual cars.

Manual vs automatic cars?

There has been a lot of fuss in time past over which is better, manual or automatic transmission cars. There are some features of manual transmission cars which gave them an advantage over automatic cars, such as in fuel consumption. This is important especially with petrol prices in Nigeria and the periodic fuel increase in Nigeria.

However, the playing field has evened out for the most part. Today, it really boils down to preference. It goes without saying that if you’d prefer to feel in greater control of your car, the manual option is a better fit for you.

It is understood that it may be difficult to get manual transmission cars, seeing as many manufacturers stopped production of these types of cars years ago. Not to worry, that's why I'm here for you. Here is an exclusive list of the top seven Manual transmission cars to buy in Nigeria, 2020.

1. 2019 Volkswagen Golf GTI SE/ ₦11million- ₦14 million

This car comes in a variety of colors; tornado red, dark iron blue metallic, deep black pearl, white silver metallic, Night blue metallic, great falls green metallic, and pure white. This car has a slim body build and a nice big grille upfront; it feels almost like the car is grinning at you. It has two real exhausts at the back, as well as LED taillights and headlamps.

The interior feels very modern with leather seats. It also contains a small infotainment system just behind the steering and on the dashboard, a bit to the side, the manual gear stick, and push start button. The back cabin has enough room to fit three grown adults.

This car boasts of a 2-liter engine that produces about 228 horsepower under its hood. It has power-assisted brakes which operate 18-inch wheels, and it has a fuel consumption of 24 miles per gallon. These specifications make this car a wonderful daily driver. You can get the golf GTI between a price range from 11 million to 14 million.

From the exterior design to under the hood and inside the car, this car is a spec!

>>> See Volkswagen Golf for sale on!

2. 2020 Mazda3 hatchback / ₦9 million and ₦11 million

Mazda has uniquely provided a manual transmission option for the Mazda3 since the production. Mazda3 cars with manual transmission of the first and second generation came variably with either a 5-speed or 6-speed manual transmission. The third generation of this car only has a 6-speed manual option. The design of the body is streamlined to allow for less air resistance, and from the side, the up-slope nature of the design becomes apparent.

This car has a big grille in front as is the case with many modern sedans. The car also comes fitted with LED headlights and taillights, and it features two separate exhausts at the back.

This 5-door compact sedan only has a 6-speed manual transmission with its top of the line premium offering and easily fits into the category of manual transmission luxury cars with a stick shift. Despite all the good qualities of this car, it really boils down to the desire of buyers to feel in control of their car, in which case, more control will mean opting for a three-foot pedal.

Desire really has to be the main factor of consideration here, because this option is not cheaper and it is not faster. It is priced between 9 million and 11 million nairas.


The Mazda3 hatchback 2020 has a design that surely turns heads wherever it goes.. absolutely breathtaking!

>>> See Mazda 3 for sale on!

3. 2020 Honda Civic Hatchback / ₦8 million - ₦14 million

The Honda Civic hatchback is really a sight to behold. The craftsmanship of the exterior imposes itself immediately when it comes into sight. With a variety of colors to choose from, the hatchback’s unique design features an upslope line from the side, which flows smoothly into the rear windscreen, giving the car its sportier look. The front of the car has a small grill which is really not too loud and has LED headlights.

The car also has C Shaped LED taillights at the back and features two exhausts together. It has 18-inch alloy wheels Rightly separated to give it a wide stance. 

The interior is truly representative of the times, with room enough for 5 passengers and other aesthetics like a fairly good infotainment system, a power moonroof, electric brake parking, as well as storage and Cup holders. This 6-speed manual transmission car comes with a turbocharged engine that gives up about 180 horsepower. It also has independent rear wheel suspension which enables it to move gracefully around corners and bends.

This beauty is priced anywhere between 8 million and 14 million naira.


Hatchback or sedan, Honda is Honda and they always deliver!

>>> See Honda Civic for sale on!

>>> Also check out 2019 list of cars with manual transmission (sedans, hatchbacks, SUVs, trucks, coupes)

4. 2020 Toyota Corolla SE / ₦7.6 million - ₦10million

This car has a host of features. Starting from the exterior, it has LED daytime running lights and LED headlights and taillights. It has a sport mesh grille and its side mirrors are powered with signal turn indicators. It has a power slide moonroof with sliding sunshade, a rear spoiler, and dual chrome-tipped rear exhausts. It also has 18-inch alloy wheels and a roof-mounted antenna. 

Its 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine cranks out about 169 horsepower. It averages about 29 miles per gallon in the city and 36 miles per gallon on the highway. The car comes with safety options, being fitted with the Toyota Safety Sense 2.0, which is a precoalition system with pedestrian detection even in low light. Aside from that, Safety Sense 2.0 also helps with handling vehicle dynamics, traction control, and antilock.

It has an electric parking brake and 8 airbags, injury lessening seats, and child protector locks for those with children. This car is quite economical for the value it packs and its price comes in at between 7.6 million and 10million naira.


Nigerians always love the Corolla, no matter what

>>> See Toyota Corolla for sale on!

5. 2020 Hyundai Accent SE / ₦6 million - ₦7.5 million

The 2020 Hyundai Accent SE truly follows the build pattern of many modern vehicles, having creases and bulges that convey a dreamy feel to the mind, as well as a grille design that stands out while the headlamps and taillights are pretty standard.

This car also comes in a variety of colors, and its exterior is nothing short of beautiful. The interior of this vehicle has a pretty much standard design, but there are some unique features, such as seen in the automatic button on the key.

This front-wheel-drive six-speed manual transmission car comes with 17-inch wheels. It has a 1.6-liter engine that produces about 120 horsepower and is suitable as a daily driver. This car costs between 6 million and 7.5 million naira.


A car like no other, the Hyundai accent delivers value for money

>>> See Hyundai Accent for sale on!

6. 2020 Nissan Versa / ₦6 million - ₦7 million

This car has been titled the most affordable car in America due to its cheap price. It’s the entry car in the entirety of the Nissan line up.  Its design features ideas from the Nissan Maxima and Nissan Ultima 2018.

The 2020 model of this car is longer, wider, and deeper than any of the other versions, and the interior is also no different. The interior definitely is more spacious for the driver and passengers thanks to the new dimensions. The dashboard of the car features the same type in the Nissan kicks crossover. The car's ignition is push-button instead of a key, and it also features optional automatic climate control, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto.

Driver assistance technology is another thing one can get in this car. This helps with things like emergency braking, pedestrian detection, rear automated emergency braking, automatic high beam headlights, and lane departure warning. The car is powered by a 1.6 liter inline 4 engine which produces a total of 122 horsepower, and this is available with a manual gearbox. This truly affordable car can be bought within a price range of 6 to 7 million naira.


Nissan Versa 2020 is the everyday car. It could do all your runs comfortably

>>> See Nissan Versa for sale on!

>>> Read also: 8 manual transmission maintenance tips for optimal performance

7. 2020 Kia Forte FE / ₦7 million - ₦9 million

This sedan comes in three distinct colors that are clear white, gravity grey, and aurora black pearl and is packed with mouth-watering features.

Kia, like many car manufacturers, is stepping up their game to meet modern demands. The interior comes equipped with a 3.5-inch LCD display and a 4-speaker audio system. The driver and front passenger seats are 6-way adjustable seats, and there is also an 8-inch touchscreen display. The rearview mirror provides two modes: daytime and night modes, which help to make driving easier.

The 2020 Kia Forte FE has a six-speed gear selector and a 2.0 liter inline 4 cylinder engine, which produces about 157 horsepower. There is the option of the all-wheel-drive or front-wheel drive, but the 2020 Kia Forte FE only offers a front-wheel drive. This car is fitted with 4 wheel disc brakes and antilock brake system. It has Kia Drive Wise which is its own driver-assist technology, performing functions like lane departure warning, lane-keep assist, and driver attention warning.

This model also provides rear child door lock for those owners who may have children. These features make the car practical as a daily driver, and it can be bought for about 7 to 9 million naira.


Kia put a lot of effort into making this vehicle a strong contender in this category and they succeeded

There you have it, a comprehensive list of manual transmission cars to own in 2020. If for some reason you are still stuck between choosing a manual or automatic transmission car by now, you may want to consider getting an auto manual, which is an option that sits perfectly between manual and automatic.

>>> See Kia Forte for sale on!

Check out the 2020 Toyota Corolla in the video down below:

Video: 2020 Toyota Corolla: Review

It's time for a recap:

7 Manual transmission cars to buy in Nigeria, 2020
Number  Model Price
 1  2019 Volkswagen Golf GTI SE ₦11million - ₦14 million
 2  2020 Mazda3 hatchback ₦9 million - ₦11 million
 3  2020 Honda Civic Hatchback ₦8 million - ₦14 million
 4  2020 Toyota Corolla SE ₦7.6 million - ₦10million
 5  2020 Hyundai Accent SE ₦6 million - ₦7.5 million
 6  2020 Nissan Versa ₦6 million - ₦7 million
 7  2020 Kia Forte FE ₦7 million - ₦9 million

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Testimony Olajire

Testimony Olajire


Testimony Olajire is a witty and innovative content writer with He creates top quality educative content on automobiles that readers can both relate with and enjoy. He has a keen interest in understanding what lies under the hood of any car, practical driving and safety tips, automobile history and managing automobile-related businesses; all in the Nigerian context.   

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