Car Advice

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.’’

Micro

$/week

KIA PICANTO S (AEB) JA MY19 5D HATCHBACK INLINE 4 1248 cc MPFI 5 SP MANUAL

$111.49

MITSUBISHI MIRAGE ES LA MY19 5D HATCHBACK INLINE 3 1193 cc MPFI 5 SP MANUAL

$115.11

FIAT 500 POP SERIES 6 3D HATCHBACK INLINE 4 1242 cc MPFI 5 SP MANUAL

$129.27

Light

 

KIA RIO S YB MY19 5D HATCHBACK INLINE 4 1368 cc MPFI 4 SP AUTOMATIC

$111.79

SUZUKI SWIFT GL AL 5D HATCHBACK INLINE 4 1242 cc MPFI CONTINUOUS VARIABLE

$117.72

SUZUKI BALENO GL MY16 4D HATCHBACK INLINE 4 1373 cc MPFI 4 SP AUTOMATIC

$121.99

Small

 

KIA CERATO S (AV) BD MY19 5D HATCHBACK INLINE 4 1999 cc MPFI 6 SP AUTOMATIC

$134.55

HOLDEN ASTRA R BK MY19 5D HATCHBACK TURBO 4 1399 cc TDFI 6 SP AUTOMATIC

$146.54

MITSUBISHI LANCER ES SPORT CF MY17 4D SEDAN INLINE 4 1998 cc MPFI CVT AUTO 6 SPEED

$146.64

Medium

 

TOYOTA CAMRY ASCENT SPORT (HYBRID) AXVH71R MY19 4D SEDAN INLINE 4 2494 cc MPFI

$181.18

TOYOTA CAMRY ASCENT SPORT ASV70R MY19 4D SEDAN INLINE 4 2494 cc MPFI 6 SP

$185.74

HYUNDAI SONATA ACTIVE LF4 MY19 4D SEDAN INLINE 4 2359 cc GDi 6 SP AUTOMATIC

$186.11

Large

 

HOLDEN COMMODORE RS (5YR) ZB 5D LIFTBACK TURBO 4 1998 cc TDFI 9 SP AUTOMATIC

$219.43

HOLDEN COMMODORE RS (5YR) ZB 5D LIFTBACK V6 3649 cc DIRFI 9 SP AUTOMATIC

$235.31

TOYOTA CAMRY SL V6 GSV70R MY19 4D SEDAN V6 3456 cc DDMPFI 8 SP AUTOMATIC

$244.68

People Mover

 

HONDA ODYSSEY VTi RC MY19 4D WAGON INLINE 4 2356 cc MPFI CONTINUOUS VARIABLE

$207.84

HYUNDAI iMAX ACTIVE TQ4 MY19 4D WAGON DIESEL TURBO 4 2497 cc TCDI 5 SP AUTOMATIC

$232.54

KIA CARNIVAL S YP MY19 4D WAGON V6 3342 cc MPFI 8 SP AUTOMATIC

$237.38

SUV Small

 

HYUNDAI KONA ACTIVE (FWD) OS.2 MY19 4D WAGON INLINE 4 1999 cc MPFI 6 SP AUTOMATIC

$156.75

HONDA HR-V VTi MY18 4D WAGON INLINE 4 1799 cc MPFI CONTINUOUS VARIABLE

$160.21

SUZUKI JIMNY GJ 2D WAGON INLINE 4 1462 cc MPFI 4 SP AUTOMATIC 4x4

$161.82

SUV Medium

 

TOYOTA RAV4 GXL (2WD) MXAA52R 5D WAGON INLINE 4 1987 cc DIRFI CONTINUOUS VARIABLE

$187.62

FORD ESCAPE AMBIENTE (AWD) ZG MY18.5 4D WAGON TURBO 4 1499 cc TMPFI 6 SP

$192.04

MAZDA CX-5 MAXX (4x4) MY19 (KF SERIES 2) 4D WAGON INLINE 4 2488 cc DIRFI 6 SP AUTOMATIC

$193.47

SUV Large

 

SUBARU OUTBACK 2.5i MY18 4D WAGON INLINE 4 2498 cc MPFI CONTINUOUS VARIABLE

$207.39

SUBARU OUTBACK 2.0D MY18 4D WAGON DIESEL TURBO 4 1998 cc TCDI CONTINUOUS VARIABLE

$213.43

MAZDA CX-8 SPORT (AWD) (5YR) KG MY18 4D WAGON TWIN TURBO 4 2191 cc TTCDI 6 SP AUTOMATIC

$221.38

SUV All Terrain

 

ISUZU MU-X LS-M (4x4) UC MY18 4D WAGON DIESEL TURBO 4 2999 cc TCDI 6 SP AUTO

$229.31

TOYOTA FORTUNER GX GUN156R MY19 4D WAGON DIESEL TURBO 4 2753 cc DTFI 6 SP AUTOMATIC

$231.63

MITSUBISHI PAJERO SPORT GLX (4x4) 5 SEAT QE MY19 4D WAGON DIESEL TURBO 4 2442 cc TCDI 8 SP AUTOMATIC

$232.91

2wd Utility

 

MITSUBISHI TRITON GLX ADAS MR MY19 DOUBLE CAB P/UP DIESEL TURBO 4 2440 cc DTFI 6 SP AUTOMATIC

$211.33

ISUZU D-MAX SX HI-RIDE (4x2) TF MY18 CREW CAB UTILITY DIESEL TURBO 4 2999 cc TCDI 6 SP AUTOMATIC

$219.37

FORD RANGER XL 2.2 HI-RIDER (4x2) PX MKIII MY19 DOUBLE CAB P/UP DIESEL TURBO 4 2198 cc DTFI 6 SP AUTOMATIC

$222.62

4wd Utility

 

MITSUBISHI TRITON GLX (4x4) MR MY19 DOUBLE CAB P/UP DIESEL TURBO 4 2440 cc DTFI 6 SP AUTOMATIC

$230.49

HOLDEN COLORADO LS (4x4) (5YR) RG MY19 CREW CAB P/UP DIESEL TURBO 4 2776 cc DTFI 6 SP AUTOMATIC

$240.10

ISUZU D-MAX SX HI-RIDE (4x4) TF MY18 CREW CAB UTILITY DIESEL TURBO 4 2999 cc TCDI 6 SP AUTOMATIC

$245.00

Electric

 

HYUNDAI IONIQ ELECTRIC ELITE (BLACK GRILLE) AE.2 4D HATCHBACK NOT APPLICABLE 0000

$195.89

RENAULT ZOE INTENS 4D HATCHBACK NOT APPLICABLE 0000 ELEC 1 SP AUTOMATIC

$218.26

MITSUBISHI OUTLANDER PHEV (HYBRID) ES ZL MY19 4D WAGON INLINE 4 1998 cc MPFI 1 SP

$244.32

Sports

 

TOYOTA 86 GT ZN6 MY18 2D COUPE INLINE 4 1998 cc MPFI 6 SP AUTO SEQUENTIAL

$197.39

MAZDA MX-5 ROADSTER ND MY19 2D CONVERTIBLE INLINE 4 1496 cc GDi 6 SP AUTOMATIC

$201.91

SUBARU BRZ MY19 2D COUPE INLINE 4 1998 cc DIRFI 6 SP AUTOMATIC

$202.89

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