cheapest cars to run: UK's
best budget motors
12 April 2011
According to Which? Magazine, the ten most economic new cars to run are
They based their assessment on the depreciation
value of the car over time, the cost of road tax, the fuel consumption
and the cost of servicing the vehicle. The car insurance
group was not considered although these are all relatively low cost
cars to insure. The 10 cheapest cars to insure are presented here: ABI /
cheapest cars for car insurance.
- Renault Twingo (2007-)
- Kia Picanto (2004-2011)
- Renault Clio (2005-)
- Nissan Pixo (2009-)
- Suzuki Alto (2009-)
- Ford Ka (2009-)
- Smart ForTwo (2007-)
- Fiat Panda (2004-)
- Chevrolet Spark (2010-)
- Hyundai i10 (2008-)
The above list is presented with the
the top, therefore a Renault Twingo is the best choice for those
struggling to afford to run a car and who wish to buy a more economic
car when they trade in their old car and buy a new one.
As would be expected, these are all small cars but most of them offer a
comfortable ride for longer journeys, opening up the possibility of
real savings for those willing to trade down to a more modest car as
their family vehicle.
One approach is to trade down and to buy a roof box for occasional use,
including for family holidays, if the smaller car's boot space is, at
It is an unfortunate fact of life nowadays that we can rarely buy the
car that might best meet our needs overall, given that it is now so
important to own a vehicle with running costs that are affordable.
Certainly, as we've reported here before, when people buy a new car,
the most important aspect of that purchase is to get a car that's economic to run and many
intend to downsize when
they next buy.
The majority now report using
less and many are reducing their speed on motorways to reduce
Motoring organisations including the AA have advised drivers on how to reduce their fuel
driving while EU-wide motoring organisations have called for
urgent review of
prices are determined by the EU which they believe is
unrepresentative of the market as a whoile and lacks transparency.
For some young drivers, the cost of running a car has become
unrealistic. Even for those that can afford it, it does need to be
asked whether paying £6,000 for annual insurance as a new driver
is an acceptable or sensible expense. It's no surprise, then, that
fewer teeneagers are now choosing to sit their driving test.
The outlook for the future remains gloomy. There is no reason to
suppose that fuel costs will not continue to escalate above inflation
year after year while although the cost of car insurance should
stabalise next year, cover for new and young drivers will remain very
expensive. For young women in particular, with the removal of gender
discrimination in December 2012 from the calculation of their premiums,
they will see a major price hike as a result.
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