Cheapest cars to own and run

The Mitsubishi Mirage has the lowest new car running costs.
Karla Pincott
CarsGuide

24 Sep 2013 • 7 min read

The Mitsubishi Mirage has claimed the 2013 crown for the lowest running costs of any new car on the Australian market. The Mirage took the title in this year’s NRMA’s Running Costs research, which calculates the weekly cost of owning every car – including registration, CTP insurance, fuel, servicing and depreciation.

The $12,990 Mirage ES led in the light car category under $20,000 – and overall -- with costs of $93.29 per week. The leader in the light car field over $20,000 was the $18,990 Suzuki Swift GLX with running costs of $126.55 per week.

The small car field’s leader was the $16,990 Proton Gen.2 GX at $115.73/wk, while the cheapest running medium car was the $26,490 Volkswagen Jetta 118TSI at $170.77/wk. Holden’s $37,490 LPG VF Commodore Evoke took the large car under $60,000 crown with $225.04/wk.

The cheapest compact SUV under $40,000 was the $18,990 Suzuki Jimny, while the $44,800 Audi Q3 2.0 TDI took out the $40,000+ category at $228.42. Medium SUVs under $50,000 were topped by the $25,490 Kia Sportage Si at $162.54, and the Range Rover Evoque Ed4 Pure took out the upper segment at $250.70.

Holden's $32,490 Captiva 7 SX was the winner for large SUVs under $60,000 at $193.04/wk and $63,490 Volvo XC70 D5 won the luxury band at $291.97/wk. Kia’s $29,990 Rondo Si was the cheapest seven-seater at $180.70/wk.

Great Wall took out both ute categories with the V240: the $17,990 2WD costing $163.72/wk and the $20,990 4WD coming in at $171.90. The best van was the Holden Combo at $144.24/wk, but the formerly $21,280 workhorse was discontinued earlier this year.

For more complete information on the winners in each class, visit the NRMA’s results at http://www.mynrma.com.au/motoring/buy-sell/buying-advice/car-operating-costs/class-winners.htm

Cheapest running costs

Category   Vehicle Weekly $
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 diesel 190.73
Medium under $50,000 Volkswagen Jetta 118TSI 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 320.49
People Mover  Kia Rondo Si 180.69
Hot HB Sed-Wag under $80,00 VW Polo GTI 167.42
Hot HB Sed-Wag over $80,000 Audi A5 Sportback 450.49
Sports car under $80,000 Fiat 500C Lounge 153.43
Sports car over $80,000 Mercedes-Benz C250 CDI Sport 415.91
SUV Compact under $40,000 Suzuki Jimny Sierra 131.48
SUV Compact over $40,000 Audi Q3 2.0 TDI 228.41
SUV Medium under $50,000 Kia Sportage Si 162.53
SUV Medium over $50,000 Range Rover Evoque Ed4 Pure 250.70
SUV Large Luxury under $60,000 Holden Captiva 7 SX 193.03
SUV Large Luxury over $60,000 Volvo XC70 D5 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