Vehicle Running Costs
The average cost of running a new vehicle in South Australia has soared by more than $530 a year, an RAA survey shows.
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RAA’s annual survey of the new car market has revealed average weekly running costs have jumped from $218.58 last year to $228.79 this year.
The survey determines running costs based on expenses such as fuel, maintenance, car price depreciation, registration, insurance and a five-year ownership.
RAA Senior Manager Future Mobility Mark Borlace said rising fuel prices were a major factor contributing to the increased cost of running a car.
“Last year’s survey was based on an average annual cost of 131c per litre for unleaded petrol, compared to 139.7c per litre in this year’s survey,’’ he said.
“While pump prices fluctuate during the short-term price cycle, unfortunately for motorists the long-term trend in fuel costs has been upwards.’’
RAA’s survey of the new car market reveals the various running costs of more than 140 models across 14 categories, including small, medium and large cars, utilities, SUVs and people movers.
The cheapest vehicle this year was the 1.2 litre Kia Picanto, from the micro vehicle category, which costs $111.49 a week to run.
In contrast, the Tesla Model S from the electric car category comes with a weekly bill of $562.70.
Although fuel prices have been on the rise, Mr Borlace said depreciation was the greatest overall financial burden of new car ownership.
“Depreciation is the biggest budget killer and tends to become painfully apparent when motorists realise how much they’ll get for their trade-in car compared to its price when new,’’ he said.
“Depreciation is a major reason why the Kia Picanto, worth around $14,190, costs so much less to run than the Tesla Model S which is priced around $141,400.
“When buying a car it is also important that you remember its listed price is just the start of the expenses, as there are hidden on-road costs which you should be aware of.
“This survey provides important information regarding the different running costs involved with different vehicles, which you need to know before stepping into a car showroom.
“Buying a car is among the most expensive emotional purchases you will make, and even if your heart is set on a particular type or colour, this survey will help you know the costs involved.’’
KIA PICANTO S (AEB) JA MY19 5D HATCHBACK INLINE 4 1248 cc MPFI 5 SP MANUAL
MITSUBISHI MIRAGE ES LA MY19 5D HATCHBACK INLINE 3 1193 cc MPFI 5 SP MANUAL
FIAT 500 POP SERIES 6 3D HATCHBACK INLINE 4 1242 cc MPFI 5 SP MANUAL
KIA RIO S YB MY19 5D HATCHBACK INLINE 4 1368 cc MPFI 4 SP AUTOMATIC
SUZUKI SWIFT GL AL 5D HATCHBACK INLINE 4 1242 cc MPFI CONTINUOUS VARIABLE
SUZUKI BALENO GL MY16 4D HATCHBACK INLINE 4 1373 cc MPFI 4 SP AUTOMATIC
KIA CERATO S (AV) BD MY19 5D HATCHBACK INLINE 4 1999 cc MPFI 6 SP AUTOMATIC
HOLDEN ASTRA R BK MY19 5D HATCHBACK TURBO 4 1399 cc TDFI 6 SP AUTOMATIC
MITSUBISHI LANCER ES SPORT CF MY17 4D SEDAN INLINE 4 1998 cc MPFI CVT AUTO 6 SPEED
TOYOTA CAMRY ASCENT SPORT (HYBRID) AXVH71R MY19 4D SEDAN INLINE 4 2494 cc MPFI
TOYOTA CAMRY ASCENT SPORT ASV70R MY19 4D SEDAN INLINE 4 2494 cc MPFI 6 SP
HYUNDAI SONATA ACTIVE LF4 MY19 4D SEDAN INLINE 4 2359 cc GDi 6 SP AUTOMATIC
HOLDEN COMMODORE RS (5YR) ZB 5D LIFTBACK TURBO 4 1998 cc TDFI 9 SP AUTOMATIC
HOLDEN COMMODORE RS (5YR) ZB 5D LIFTBACK V6 3649 cc DIRFI 9 SP AUTOMATIC
TOYOTA CAMRY SL V6 GSV70R MY19 4D SEDAN V6 3456 cc DDMPFI 8 SP AUTOMATIC
HONDA ODYSSEY VTi RC MY19 4D WAGON INLINE 4 2356 cc MPFI CONTINUOUS VARIABLE
HYUNDAI iMAX ACTIVE TQ4 MY19 4D WAGON DIESEL TURBO 4 2497 cc TCDI 5 SP AUTOMATIC
KIA CARNIVAL S YP MY19 4D WAGON V6 3342 cc MPFI 8 SP AUTOMATIC
HYUNDAI KONA ACTIVE (FWD) OS.2 MY19 4D WAGON INLINE 4 1999 cc MPFI 6 SP AUTOMATIC
HONDA HR-V VTi MY18 4D WAGON INLINE 4 1799 cc MPFI CONTINUOUS VARIABLE
SUZUKI JIMNY GJ 2D WAGON INLINE 4 1462 cc MPFI 4 SP AUTOMATIC 4x4
TOYOTA RAV4 GXL (2WD) MXAA52R 5D WAGON INLINE 4 1987 cc DIRFI CONTINUOUS VARIABLE
FORD ESCAPE AMBIENTE (AWD) ZG MY18.5 4D WAGON TURBO 4 1499 cc TMPFI 6 SP
MAZDA CX-5 MAXX (4x4) MY19 (KF SERIES 2) 4D WAGON INLINE 4 2488 cc DIRFI 6 SP AUTOMATIC
SUBARU OUTBACK 2.5i MY18 4D WAGON INLINE 4 2498 cc MPFI CONTINUOUS VARIABLE
SUBARU OUTBACK 2.0D MY18 4D WAGON DIESEL TURBO 4 1998 cc TCDI CONTINUOUS VARIABLE
MAZDA CX-8 SPORT (AWD) (5YR) KG MY18 4D WAGON TWIN TURBO 4 2191 cc TTCDI 6 SP AUTOMATIC
SUV All Terrain
ISUZU MU-X LS-M (4x4) UC MY18 4D WAGON DIESEL TURBO 4 2999 cc TCDI 6 SP AUTO
TOYOTA FORTUNER GX GUN156R MY19 4D WAGON DIESEL TURBO 4 2753 cc DTFI 6 SP AUTOMATIC
MITSUBISHI PAJERO SPORT GLX (4x4) 5 SEAT QE MY19 4D WAGON DIESEL TURBO 4 2442 cc TCDI 8 SP AUTOMATIC
MITSUBISHI TRITON GLX ADAS MR MY19 DOUBLE CAB P/UP DIESEL TURBO 4 2440 cc DTFI 6 SP AUTOMATIC
ISUZU D-MAX SX HI-RIDE (4x2) TF MY18 CREW CAB UTILITY DIESEL TURBO 4 2999 cc TCDI 6 SP AUTOMATIC
FORD RANGER XL 2.2 HI-RIDER (4x2) PX MKIII MY19 DOUBLE CAB P/UP DIESEL TURBO 4 2198 cc DTFI 6 SP AUTOMATIC
MITSUBISHI TRITON GLX (4x4) MR MY19 DOUBLE CAB P/UP DIESEL TURBO 4 2440 cc DTFI 6 SP AUTOMATIC
HOLDEN COLORADO LS (4x4) (5YR) RG MY19 CREW CAB P/UP DIESEL TURBO 4 2776 cc DTFI 6 SP AUTOMATIC
ISUZU D-MAX SX HI-RIDE (4x4) TF MY18 CREW CAB UTILITY DIESEL TURBO 4 2999 cc TCDI 6 SP AUTOMATIC
HYUNDAI IONIQ ELECTRIC ELITE (BLACK GRILLE) AE.2 4D HATCHBACK NOT APPLICABLE 0000
RENAULT ZOE INTENS 4D HATCHBACK NOT APPLICABLE 0000 ELEC 1 SP AUTOMATIC
MITSUBISHI OUTLANDER PHEV (HYBRID) ES ZL MY19 4D WAGON INLINE 4 1998 cc MPFI 1 SP
TOYOTA 86 GT ZN6 MY18 2D COUPE INLINE 4 1998 cc MPFI 6 SP AUTO SEQUENTIAL
MAZDA MX-5 ROADSTER ND MY19 2D CONVERTIBLE INLINE 4 1496 cc GDi 6 SP AUTOMATIC
SUBARU BRZ MY19 2D COUPE INLINE 4 1998 cc DIRFI 6 SP AUTOMATIC
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