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Trevor Collett | Jun, 22 2014 | 3 Comments

Australia’s motoring clubs have conducted their annual vehicle running costs surveys, with the Suzuki Alto once again proving to be the cheapest car in most states of Australia to own and run.

While the Alto’s running costs varied from state to state, South Australia’s RAA, Tasmania’s RACT and Queensland’s RACQ all agreed it was the cheapest.

Tasmania is the cheapest state to drive an Alto with weekly running costs of $106.65, rising to $113.33 in SA and $119.95 in Queensland.

The Holden Barina Spark was the second-cheapest car in most states with weekly running costs of $111.34 in Tasmania, while the Spark’s running costs in SA and Queensland are $114.74 and $123.26 respectively.

The final step on the podium is filled by the Mitsubishi Mirage in Tasmania, Western Australia and Queensland, while the RAA in SA found the Fiat 500 was the third-cheapest model.

WA also sees the top-two reversed, with the Barina Spark proving to be the cheapest car to own and run followed by the Alto, with weekly running costs of $111.76 and $113.49 respectively.

The Alto was pipped by the Mirage in the 2013 survey, and the model is due to be replaced in Australia by the Celerio in early 2015.

Naturally, cars in the sub-light class were generally the cheapest, although the light-sized Suzuki Swift makes a strong argument to step up a class, costing just $117.70 per week in Tasmania.

The Swift also came out on top of the light class in Queensland, SA and WA, while the Holden Cruze is the cheapest small car to own in all participating states except WA.

Electric vehicles, 4WD utilities and large SUVs are at the other end of the scale, with the Nissan Patrol ST-L costing $406.42 and $424.54 per week in Tasmania and WA respectively.

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