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Vehicle Running Costs

Large car owners will pay significantly more on average to run their vehicles in 2017, according to RAA's Cost of Vehicle Ownership survey.

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Reduced running costs have contributed to lowering the cost of ownership, but running costs for large cars have still increased

Large car owners are paying an extra $73.49 a week on average to run their car compared to last year. Electric car owners will likely experience higher running costs too, paying around $75.81 more per week.

But the good news is, if you don’t own a large car or an electric car, your vehicle could now be cheaper to run than ever before.

The Suzuki Celerio, which sits in the micro segment, is once again the cheapest car to run at $95 per week

In the popular light vehicle class, the Suzuki Baleno edged out last year’s winner, the Mazda2, offering weekly costs of $118.

The Kia Cerato remains top in the small vehicle class and is a substantial $13 per week cheaper to run than last year, while the Skoda Octavia leads the medium segment at $172 per week.

With SUVs continuing to grow in popularity, motorists will be pleased to hear that their running costs have decreased too.

The Suzuki Vitara is the cheapest small SUV to run at $142, which is a substantial $13 per week cheaper than last year’s winner, the Ford Ecosport.

The Haval H6 is the cheapest medium SUV at $174 and the Subaru Outback 2.5i occupies the top spot again for large SUVs at $205, which is also $13 cheaper than last year.

Leading the sports car segment, which was included in the survey for the first time this year, was the Mazda MX-5 at $189 per week.

The results of the RAA survey are unique as they include depreciation, which many motorists don’t consider when buying a new car. Other costs such as fuel, insurance and registration, stamp duty, driver’s licence, RAA Membership, and ongoing servicing costs are also taken into consideration.

RAA calculations for the 2017 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 2017.

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 2017.

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

Micro$/week
SUZUKI CELERIO LF 5D HATCHBACK INLINE 3 998 cc MPFI 5 SP MANUAL$95.25
KIA PICANTO Si TA MY17 5D HATCHBACK INLINE 4 1248 cc MPFI 4 SP AUTOMATIC$100.79
MITSUBISHI MIRAGE ES LA MY17 5D HATCHBACK INLINE 3 1193 cc MPFI 5 SP MANUAL$104.71
Light 
SUZUKI BALENO GL MY16 4D HATCHBACK INLINE 4 1373 cc MPFI 4 SP AUTOMATIC$118.39
HYUNDAI ACCENT ACTIVE RB4 MY17 5D HATCHBACK INLINE 4 1368 cc MPFI CVT AUTO 6 SPEED$118.97
MAZDA MAZDA2 NEO DJ MY16 5D HATCHBACK INLINE 4 1496 cc MPFI 6 SP AUTOMATIC$122.15
Small 
KIA CERATO S YD MY17 5D HATCHBACK INLINE 4 1999 cc MPFI 6 SP AUTO SEQ SPORTSHIFT$119.29
MITSUBISHI LANCER ES SPORT CF MY17 4D SEDAN INLINE 4 1998 cc MPFI CVT AUTO 6 SPEED$140.67
HONDA CIVIC VTi MY16 4D SEDAN INLINE 4 1799 cc MPFI CONTINUOUS VARIABLE$144.66
Medium 
SKODA OCTAVIA 110 TSI AMBITION NE MY17 4D WAGON TURBO 4 1395 cc TMPFI 7 SP AUTO DIRECT SHIFT$172.93
MAZDA MAZDA6 SPORT 6C MY17 (GL) 4D SEDAN INLINE 4 2488 cc MPFI 6 SP AUTOMATIC$182.34
TOYOTA CAMRY ATARA S ASV50R MY16 4D SEDAN INLINE 4 2494 cc MPFI 6 SP AUTOMATIC$182.35
Large 
HOLDEN COMMODORE EVOKE VF II MY17 4D SEDAN V6 2997 cc MPFI 6 SP AUTOMATIC$204.94
TOYOTA AURION AT-X GSV50R MY16 4D SEDAN V6 3456 cc MPFI 6 SP AUTOMATIC$226.64
SKODA SUPERB 162 TSI NP MY17 4D SEDAN TURBO 4 1984 cc TMPFI 6 SP AUTO DIRECT SHIFT$239.77
People Mover 
HONDA ODYSSEY VTi RC MY17 4D WAGON INLINE 4 2356 cc MPFI CONTINUOUS VARIABLE$206.14
HYUNDAI iMAX TQ SERIES II (TQ3) MY17 4D WAGON INLINE 4 2359 cc MPFI 4 SP AUTOMATIC$213.29
KIA CARNIVAL S YP MY17 4D WAGON V6 3342 cc MPFI 6 SP AUTOMATIC$230.79
SUV Small 
SUZUKI VITARA RT-S LY 4D WAGON INLINE 4 1586 cc MPFI 6 SP AUTOMATIC$142.72
FORD ECOSPORT AMBIENTE BK 4D WAGON INLINE 4 1498 cc MPFI 6 SP AUTOMATIC$150.30
MAZDA CX-3 MAXX (FWD) DK 4D WAGON INLINE 4 1998 cc MPFI 6 SP AUTOMATIC$155.40
SUV Medium 
HAVAL H6 PREMIUM MKY 4D WAGON TURBO 4 1967 cc TMPFI 6 SP AUTO DUAL CLUTCH$174.71
MAZDA CX-5 MAXX (4x4) MY17 4D WAGON INLINE 4 2488 cc MPFI 6 SP AUTOMATIC$180.30
FORD ESCAPE AMBIENTE (AWD) ZG 4D WAGON TURBO 4 1499 cc TMPFI 6 SP AUTOMATIC$183.36
SUV Large 
SUBARU OUTBACK 2.5i MY17 4D WAGON INLINE 4 2498 cc MPFI CONTINUOUS VARIABLE$205.04
SUBARU OUTBACK 2.0D MY17 4D WAGON DIESEL TURBO 4 1998 cc TCDI CONTINUOUS VARIABLE$211.50
HOLDEN CAPTIVA 7 LT (AWD) CG MY17 4D WAGON V6 2997 cc MPFI 6 SP AUTOMATIC$214.43
SUV All Terrain 
MITSUBISHI PAJERO SPORT GLX (4x4) 5 SEAT MY17 4D WAGON DIESEL TURBO 4 2442 cc TCDI 8 SP AUTOMATIC$221.96
HOLDEN TRAILBLAZER LT (4x4) RG MY17 4D WAGON DIESEL TURBO 4 2776 cc DTFI 6 SP AUTOMATIC$239.62
ISUZU MU-X LS-M (4x4) UC MY16.5 4D WAGON DIESEL TURBO 4 2999 cc TCDI 6 SP AUTOMATIC$240.97
2wd Utility 
HOLDEN UTE VF II MY17 UTILITY V6 3565 cc MPFI 6 SP AUTOMATIC$194.43
MITSUBISHI TRITON GLX MQ MY17 DUAL CAB UTILITY DIESEL TURBO 4 2440 cc DTFI 5 SP AUTOMATIC$204.73
FORD RANGER XL 2.2 HI-RIDER (4x2) PX MKII MY17 CREW CAB P/UP DIESEL TURBO 4 2198 cc DTFI 6 SP AUTOMATIC$210.47
4wd Utility 
MITSUBISHI TRITON GLX (4x4) MQ MY17 DUAL CAB UTILITY DIESEL TURBO 4 2440 cc DTFI 5 SP AUTOMATIC$215.87
NISSAN NAVARA RX (4x4) NP300 D23 SERIES II DOUBLE CAB UTILITY DIESEL TURBO 4 2298 cc DTFI 7 SP AUTOMATIC$227.11
HOLDEN COLORADO LS (4x4) RG MY17 CREW CAB P/UP DIESEL TURBO 4 2776 cc DTFI 6 SP AUTOMATIC$233.43
Electric 
MITSUBISHI OUTLANDER PHEV HYBRID ZJ MY14 4D WAGON INLINE 4 1998 cc MPFI 1 SP AUTOMATIC$248.57
BMW i3 IO1 4D HATCHBACK NOT APPLICABLE 0000 ELEC 1 SP AUTOMATIC$279.63
TESLA MODEL X 75D 4D WAGON NOT APPLICABLE 0000 ELEC 1 SP AUTOMATIC$496.07
Sports 
MAZDA MX-5 ROADSTER ND (K) MY17 2D CONVERTIBLE INLINE 4 1496 cc GDi 6 SP AUTOMATIC$189.39
SUBARU BRZ MY17 2D COUPE INLINE 4 1998 cc MPFI 6 SP AUTOMATIC$192.57
TOYOTA 86 GT ZN6 MY17 2D COUPE INLINE 4 1998 cc MPFI 6 SP AUTO$196.20

 

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