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Trevor Collett | Sep, 24 2013 | 12 Comments

The NRMA’s annual Vehicle Running Costs Survey has found the sub-light Mitsubishi Mirage is the cheapest car to own and run, while the Mercedes-Benz C 63 AMG Black is the most expensive.

More than 1800 cars were included in the survey, which also compared the commuting costs for areas in greater Sydney.

A Mirage owner living on the Northern Beaches has the cheapest way of getting to the Sydney CBD by car, while a Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG Black owner living in the Windsor area is much worse off.

Weekly running costs were calculated using a formula including vehicle price, insurance, registration, fuel, repairs and depreciation with the average annual distance covered being 15,000km.

The Mirage scored weekly running costs of $93.29, earning it praise for being cheap to purchase and run while still offering a 5-star ANCAP safety rating.

Last year’s winner, the Suzuki Alto, finished equal-second next to the Holden Barina Spark with running costs of $95.96 per week.

The cheapest large car under $60,000 was the Holden Commodore Evoke LPG, while the cheapest large SUV under $60,000 was the Holden Captiva 7.

Utes and vans were included in this year’s survey, with the Great Wall V240 being the cheapest 2WD or 4WD ute to own and run, while the Holden Combo was the cheapest van.

Earlier this year, the RACV also found the Mirage to be the cheapest car to run, while the RACT gave the gong to the Alto.


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