A BMW 320i can vary between R290 000 and R550 000, depending on where you buy it.

If there's one thing that gets South African motorists hot under their collars it's our car prices.

There's a widespread perception that we're all getting robbed blind by the car companies and that our overseas counterparts have it so much better.

Last year we did an international price comparison, in which we compared SA prices to those in Germany and the UK and our finding was that local car prices did appear too steep in most cases.

Since then there have been a few fluctuations in the exchange rate and we've also been itching to compare our prices to more countries, particularly in the developing world. So here it is, our second car price comparison, featuring a wider sample of countries - the UK and Germany now joined by India, Australia, USA and even Brazil and Italy in specific cases.

You'll see that each car has a different list of countries and that's because finding the right model, engine and specification match is a hit-and-miss affair, so we've chosen the countries where the closest matches could be found - although finding an exact match is impossible in most cases.

With that in mind, it's best that you view the other countries' prices as a rough guideline rather than an exact indication. We've converted all of the prices to rands using the exchange rates as they were on 25 July (R8.40 per USD, 10.21 EUR, 13.02 GBP, 8.67 AUD, 4.12 BRL, 0.15 INR).

There are a few other little disclaimers to throw in, like the fact that some of the cars are built in the listed countries and others are imported and that taxes and efficiencies of scale vary from country to country. Wages, of course, also make a difference to affordability, although the objective here is purely to see how close our actual prices are to the international norm.

Delving into the list below, it becomes clear that South African cars are for the most part still in the expensive isle of the international supermarket and that some of our car companies are taking more relative pricing liberty than others. That said, some of our international counterparts are also contending with inflated prices.

Now take a deep breath…

INTERNATIONAL CAR PRICE COMPARISON - JULY 2012:

Audi A6 3.0 TFSI quattro

SA - R671 500

Germany - R532 445

India - R731 681

UK - R517 076

BMW 320i Sedan

SA - R363 052

Aus - R552 287

Germany - R291 264

UK - R337 255

Chevrolet Spark 1.2 L

SA - R107 500

India - R78 893

UK - R125 107

Fiat Punto 1.4 Multiair Easy

SA - R172 750

Italy - R164 105

UK - R168 273

Ford Figo 1.4 TDCi Ambiente

SA - R132 620

India - R90 299

Ford Ranger 3.2 DC XLT 4x4

SA - R446 710

Aus - R509 132

UK - R348 595

Honda CR-Z

SA - R310 500

Aus - R338 050

UK - R276 048

USA - R193 929

Hyundai Accent 1.6 GL

SA - R159 900

Aus - R147 374

India - R133 546

Hyundai i30 1.8 GLS

SA - R249 900

Aus - R217 590

USA - R184 381

Infiniti EX37 GT

SA - R626 000

Germany - R553 956

UK - R556 140

USA - R340 248

Jaguar XFR

SA - R1 044 900

Germany - R947 450

UK - R852 720

USA - 689 487

Kia Rio 1.4

SA - R157 995

Aus - R147 373

UK - R149 923

Mercedes C250 Elegance

SA - R482 500

Aus - R614 232

Germany - R405 856

USA - R308 377

Nissan Juke 1.6 Acenta

SA - R205 925

Germany - R160 335

UK - R174 697

Porsche Boxster S

SA - R749 000

Germany - R604 153

USA - R512 070

Renault Sandero 1.6 8v Stepway

SA - R149 900

Brazil - R166 202

Germany - R111 796

Toyota Etios 1.5 Xs sedan

SA - R126 600

India - R100 906

VW Golf GTI

SA - R342 900

Aus - R392 661

Germany - R283 104

USA - R226 786

VW Amarok 2.0 BiTDI DC Highline 4x4

SA - R425 300

Brazil - R513 592

Germany - R397 540