In its latest guide to vehicle operating costs, the NRMA found the Mitsubishi Mirage to cost owners $93.28 per week to run. This beats last year’s winner, the Suzuki Alto, which the NRMA says costs $95.96 per week to run, the same as a Holden Barina Spark, and makes the Mirage one of just five cars to cost less than $100 per week to run.
The result differs to the RACQ’s Vehicle Running Costs survey released in June, which put the Alto ahead of the Mirage.
At the opposite end of the spectrum, the Mercedes C63 AMG Black Series was found to be the most expensive car to run, costing owners $1550 per week, mostly due to depreciation. If a C63 owner has to drive on roads with several tolls it could costs as much as $2000 per week to run.
The Holden Commodore Evoke (
$225.03) and Caprice V6 (
$320.49) were the only Australian-made vehicles to top their class for ownership cost.
The NRMA report encourages car buyers to look at all aspects of car ownership when deciding what model to purchase. For example, owners could spend $100 more per week if they purchased a Citroen C4 over the Proton Gen 2, which is the class leader from an ownership cost perspective.
“The gaps between the cheapest and most expensive vehicles widen even further in some classes so it is important that families do their homework before buying a new vehicle,” NRMA Motoring and Services motor research engineer David Carr said.
The study, which surveyed 1860 new cars, considered a car’s CTP insurance, fuel, servicing, registration, maintenance, repairs, roadside membership and depreciation costs. Results are based on a driver who travels 15,000km annually over an ownership period of five years.
In line with the study the NRMA has also released its 2013 Running Costs Calculator, which allows motorists to enter their personal car ownership costs, from insurance to fuel, to get an estimate of their total expenses.
2013 Least Expensive Cars to Run by Class per week:
Light under $20,000: Mitsubishi Mirage ES - $93.28
Light over $20,000: Suzuki Swift GLX - $126.55
Small under $35,000: Proton Gen 2 GX - $115.73
Small over $35,000: Volvo C30 - $190.73
Medium under $50,000: Volkswagen Jetta 118 - $170.77
Medium over $50,000: Peugeot 508 GT - $256.71
Large under $60,000: Holden Commodore Evoke - $225.03
Large over $60,000: Holden Caprice V6 - $320.49
People-mover: Kia Rondo Si - $180.69
Hot hatch, sedan, wagon under $80,000: VW Polo GTi ST4 - $167.42
Hot hatch, sedan, wagon over $80,000: Audi A5 Sportback - $450.49
Sports car under $80,000: Fiat 500 - $153.43
Sports car over $80,000: Mercedes-Benz C250 - $415.91
SUV Compact under $40,000: Suzuki Jimny Sierra - $131.48
SUV Compact over $40,000: Audi Q3 - $228.41
SUV Medium under $50,000: Kia Sportage Si - $162.53
SUV Medium over $50,000: Range Rover Evoque - $250.70
SUV Large Luxury under $60,000: Holden Captiva 7 SX - $193.03
SUV Large Luxury over $60,000: Volvo XC70 - $291.97
Utility Cab Chassis 2WD: Great Wall Motors V240 - $163.72
Utility Cab Chassis 4WD: Great Wall Motors V240 - $171.90
Van: Holden Combo - $144.24