Car Advice

Vehicle Running Costs

This year, cars are cheaper to buy, own and run thanks to lower average fuel prices, more competitive finance interest rates and insurance premiums.

The new Suzuki Celerio model only costs $99.22 a week to run, which is the first car to edge under $100 in a long time.

A Suzuki favourite – the Swift again takes out the honours in the light vehicle class at $128 per week, closely followed by the Honda Jazz.

In the small car class, Nissan’s Pulsar was the cheapest car to run at $146 per week, edging out other popular cars – the Mitsubishi Lancer and Hyundai’s i30.

Last year’s Australia’s Best Cars winner, the Skoda Octavia just gets a nose in front in the medium segment at $173 a week, beating the Toyota Camry Hybrid and non-Hybrid model.

Holden leads the way in the large car category, with both Commodore Evoke models cheaper to run than the Ford Falcon.

Mazda’s popular CX-3 and CX-5 SUVs took out the small and medium categories, edging out Honda, Ford and Renault in the very competitive field.

While big SUVs are expensive to run, the Toyota Prado is the best pick in the SUV all-terrain category.

Although electric vehicles are still slow to break new ground because of the initial purchase price and cloudy resale value, the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV has stood out this year for its range extending capabilities and practicality.

The major cost that buyers should keep in mind when buying a car is still depreciation, as well as fuel, insurance and registration, stamp duty, driver’s licence, RAA Membership, and ongoing costs such as tyres and servicing, as all of these factors are included in our survey.

RAA calculations for the 2015 Cost of Vehicle Ownership survey are based on private ownership of a vehicle for a five-year period and driving an average of 12,000km each year. The data was collected in the period leading up to June 2015.

Micro$/week
SUZUKI CELERIO LF 5D HATCHBACK 998 cc 5 SP MANUAL$99.22
HOLDEN BARINA SPARK CD 5D HATCHBACK 1206 cc 5 SP MANUAL$109.93
MITSUBISHI MIRAGE ES 5D HATCHBACK  1193 cc 5 SP MANUAL$111.49
Light 
SUZUKI SWIFT GL 5D HATCHBACK 1372 cc 4 SP AUTO$127.85
HONDA JAZZ VTi 5D HATCHBACK 1497 cc CVT$130.31
MAZDA2 NEO 5D HATCHBACK 1496 cc  6 SP AUTO$130.57
Small 
NISSAN PULSAR ST 5D HATCHBACK 1798 cc CVT$145.76
MITSUBISHI LANCER ES SPORT 4D SEDAN 1998 cc CVT AUTO 6 SP$148.32
HYUNDAI i30 ACTIVE 5D HATCHBACK 1797 cc  6 SP AUTO$149.38
Medium 
SKODA OCTAVIA 103 TSI AMBITION PLUS 5D HATCHBACK TURBO 4 1395 cc 7 SP DSG$172.62
TOYOTA CAMRY ATARA S HYBRID 4D SEDAN 2494 cc CVT$173.44
TOYOTA CAMRY ATARA S 4D SEDAN 2494 cc 6 SP AUTO$180.26
Large 
HOLDEN COMMODORE EVOKE VF 4D SEDAN V6 2997 cc 6 SP AUTO$210.14
HOLDEN COMMODORE EVOKE (LPG) VF 4D SEDAN  V6 3565 cc 6 SP AUTO$212.31
FORD FALCON ECOBOOST FG X 4D SEDAN TURBO 4 1999 cc TMPFI 6 SP AUTO$217.27
People Mover 
HONDA ODYSSEY VTi 4D WAGON 2356 cc CVT$204.42
HYUNDAI iMAX 4D WAGON 2359 cc 4 SP AUTO$217.37
KIA CARNIVAL S 4D WAGON V6 3342 cc 6 SP AUTO$241.77
SUV Small 
MAZDA CX-3 NEO SAFETY (FWD)  4D WAGON 1998 cc 6 SP AUTO$158.26
HONDA HR-V VTi 4D WAGON 1799 cc CVT$163.57
RENAULT CAPTUR EXPRESSION 4D WAGON TURBO 1197 cc 6 SP AUTOMATED MANUAL$166.35
SUV Medium 
MAZDA CX-5 MAXX (4x4) 4D WAGON  2488 cc 6 SP AUTO$185.53
FORD KUGA AMBIENTE (AWD) 4D WAGON TURBO 1499 cc 6 SP AUTO$190.50
HONDA CRV VTi (4x4) 4D WAGON 2354 cc 5 SP AUTO$194.03
SUV Large 
FORD TERRITORY TX (RWD) 4D WAGON 3984 cc 6 SP AUTO$216.43
FORD TERRITORY TX (RWD) 4D WAGON DIESEL TURBO V6 2720 cc 6 SP AUTO$220.54
HOLDEN CAPTIVA 7 LT (AWD) 4D WAGON V6 2997 cc 6 SP AUTO$223.45
SUV All-Terrain 
TOYOTA PRADO GXL (4x4)  4D WAGON DIESEL TURBO 2982 cc  5 SP AUTO$277.65
JEEP GRAND CHEROKEE LAREDO (4x4) 4D WAGON V6 3604 cc 8 SP AUTO$278.76
MITSUBISHI PAJERO GLX LWB (4x4) 4D WAGON DIESEL TURBO 3200 cc 5 SP AUTO$285.00
2WD Utility 
FORD FALCON FG X UTILITY 3984 cc MPFI 6 SP AUTO$196.05
HOLDEN UTE VF UTILITY V6 3565 cc 6 SP AUTO$199.13
FORD RANGER XL 2.2 HI-RIDER (4x2) CREW CAB P/UP DIESEL 2198 cc 6 SP AUTO$210.33
4WD Utility 
MITSUBISHI TRITON GLX (4x4) DUAL CAB UTILITY DIESEL TURBO 2440 cc 5 SP AUTO$216.10
VOLKSWAGEN AMAROK CORE EDITION (4x4) DUAL CAB UTILITY DIESEL TURBO 1968 cc 8 SP AUTO$240.68
TOYOTA HILUX SR (4x4) DUAL CAB P/UP DIESEL TURBO 2982 cc 5 SP AUTO$242.96
Electric 
MITSUBISHI OUTLANDER PHEV HYBRID 4D WAGON  1998 cc 1 SP AUTO$247.70
NISSAN LEAF 5D HATCHBACK ELEC 1 SP AUTO$254.48
BMW i3 4D HATCHBACK ELEC 1 SP AUTO$284.98

 

How it Works

  • The study covers vehicles which are mainly the best selling vehicles for each category, along with some chosen for special interest.
  • All the costs of owning and operating a vehicle are including the financing costs of the whole price on the vehicle, depreciation, registration, licensing and insurance as well as ongoing costs such as fuel, tyres, servicing and usual repairs.
  • We have based the calculations on an annual distance travelled of 12,000km over a 5 year ownership period.
  • The servicing costs follow manufacturer’s schedule, and include the usual replacement parts and service times.
  • Fuel prices are an average of the last 12 months of prices around Adelaide.
  • All of the data was collected and compiled through April and June of 2015.

Predicted trade in values have been provided by Glass’s Guide Future Values, the industry recognised standard.

 

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