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Vehicle Running Costs

RAA’s 2014 Cost of Vehicle Ownership survey has revealed the Suzuki Alto is the cheapest car to run, with the V8 Nissan Patrol ST-L coming in at the other end of the scale as the most expensive.

The survey showed the average cost of running most vehicles has fallen slightly in the last 12 months due to a reduction in CTP insurance and lower loan interest rates, despite a higher fuel cost average.

A number of survey changes took place this year, including a reduction from the national average of motorists clocking 15,000km per year, to the new South Australian average of 12,000.

A micro car category was also added into the 2014 survey and although we expect smaller cars to cost less to run, credit to the Suzuki Alto as it has again taken out the crown, coming in at $113.33, with the Holden Barina Spark just behind at $114.74 per week.

Keeping things in the Suzuki family, the Suzuki Swift takes out the honours in the light vehicle class at $125 per week, closely followed by the Hyundai i20.

A number of changes have also taken place to cater for the ever growing SUV category which has been broken into small, medium and large SUV categories for the first time, replacing the all-terrain category.

Ford’s new Ecosport has edged out the other newcomer, Holden Trax, to be the cheapest small SUV to own at $163 per week.

The medium SUV category has seen the Mitsubishi Outlander ES come in at top spot, with the Holden Captiva 7 LT taking out the large SUV category.

A good result for the local Holden Cruze, as it came in as the cheapest car to run in the small vehicle category at $154 per week.

In the large car category, the petrol version of the Commodore is surprisingly cheaper to run than the LPG version because of the rise in LPG prices.

The people mover segment sees the new design Honda Odyssey coming in first, with the 2WD Ford Falcon (LPI) Utility keeping its crown, and the ever popular Toyota Hilux retaining its 4WD utility spot.

Electric vehicles still haven’t broken new ground, due to the large initial purchase price and cloudy resale value.

Of course vehicle deprecation remains a major cost that people should keep in mind when buying a car, 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 2014 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 2014.

Micro$/week
SUZUKI ALTO GL 5D HATCHBACK 996 cc 5 SP MAN$113.33
HOLDEN BARINA SPARK CD 5D HATCHBACK 1206 cc 5 SP MAN$114.74
FIAT 500 POP 3D HATCHBACK 1242 cc 5 SP MAN$118.85
Light 
SUZUKI SWIFT GL 5D HATCHBACK 1372 cc 5 SP MAN$124.51
HYUNDAI i20 ACTIVE 5D HATCHBACK 1396 cc 6 SP MAN$127.95
FORD FIESTA AMBIENTE 5D HATCHBACK 1498 cc 5 SP MAN$129.59
Small 
HOLDEN CRUZE EQUIPE 5D HATCHBACK 1796 cc 6 SP AUTO$154.09
HYUNDAI ELANTRA ACTIVE 4D SEDAN 1796 cc 6 SP AUTO$157.19
TOYOTA COROLLA ASCENT 5D HATCHBACK 1798 cc CVT$157.76
Medium 
VOLKSWAGEN JETTA 118 TSI 4D SEDAN 4CYL 1390 cc 7 SP DSG$180.72
KIA OPTIMA Si 4D SEDAN 2359 cc 6 SP AUTO$199.39
HYUNDAI i40 ACTIVE 4D SEDAN 1999 cc 6 SP AUTO$201.23
Large 
HOLDEN COMMODORE EVOKE VF 4D SEDAN V6 2997 cc 6 SP AUTO$230.00
HOLDEN COMMODORE EVOKE (LPG) VF 4D SEDAN V6 3565 cc 6 SP AUTO$233.95
FORD FALCON XT ECOBOOST FG 4D SEDAN TURBO 4 1999 cc 6 SP AUTO$239.70
People Mover 
HONDA ODYSSEY VTi 4D WAGON INLINE 4 2356 cc CVT$213.63
HYUNDAI iMAX 4D WAGON INLINE 4 2359 cc 4 SP AUTO$227.48
KIA GRAND CARNIVAL S 4D WAGON V6 3470 cc 6 SP AUTO$243.21
SUV Small 
FORD ECOSPORT AMBIENTE 4D WAGON 1498 cc 6 SP AUTO$163.08
HOLDEN TRAX LS 4D WAGON 1796 cc 6 SP AUTO$179.16
MITSUBISHI ASX (2WD) 4D WAGON INLINE 4 1998 cc CVT$181.48
SUV Medium 
MITSUBISHI OUTLANDER ES (4x4) 4D WAGON 2360 cc CVT$204.48
HOLDEN CAPTIVA 5 LT (4x4) 4D WAGON DIESEL 2231 cc 6 SP AUTO$205.74
MAZDA CX-5 MAXX (4x4)  4D WAGON 2488 cc 6 SP AUTO$207.84
SUV Large 
HOLDEN CAPTIVA 7 LT (4x4) 4D WAGON V6 2997 cc 6 SP AUTO$218.10
HOLDEN CAPTIVA 7 LT (4x4) 4D WAGON DIESEL 2231 cc 6 SP AUTO$219.63
HYUNDAI SANTA FE ACTIVE (4x4) 4D WAGON 2389 cc 6 SP AUTO$228.77
2WD Utility 
FORD FALCON (LPI) FG UTILITY 3984 cc LPG 6 SP AUTO$199.39
FORD FALCON FG UTILITY 3984 cc 6 SP AUTO$199.97
HOLDEN UTE VF UTILITY V6 3565 cc 6 SP AUTO$201.18
4WD Utility 
TOYOTA HILUX SR DUAL CAB P/UP DIESEL 2982 cc 5 SP AUTO$246.96
VOLKSWAGEN AMAROK TDI420 D/CAB UTE DIESEL 1968 cc 8 SP AUTO$251.95
MITSUBISHI TRITON GLX-R DOUBLE CAB UTILITY DIESEL 2477 cc 5 SP AUTO$256.21
Electric 
MITSUBISHI OUTLANDER PHEV HYBRID ZJ 4D WAGON 1998 cc AUTO$253.07
NISSAN LEAF 5D HATCHBACK ELEC AUTO$259.93
HOLDEN VOLT EV 5D HATCHBACK ELEC CVT$288.50

 

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 May of 2014.

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

 

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