Which cars are cheapest to run

Cars cost – that’s no secret – but the expense doesn’t stop after you buy. The problem is that while it’s easy to compare the prices of new cars, or check the cost of various second-hand ones on sites like Autotrader, working out what things will cost after you get the keys in your hand is somewhat harder.

So we decided to ask the experts, getting the people at car buying site carwow.co.uk to run the numbers and work out exactly what you should but to minimise everything from your petrol bill to insurance quotes – as well as an overall winner.

This is what they found:

Cheapest new cars to buy

  • Dacia Sandero from £5,995 – This compact yet surprisingly spacious model is the cheapest car on sale in the UK and offers a comfortable ride with a well-equipped interior.

  • Suzuki Celerio from £6,999 – This five-door supermini has a three cylinder engine that’s easy on the fuel consumption and free to tax, so there are even more savings to be had there. For a small car, the boot is rather spacious and the vehicle is sturdy and functional.

Cheapest cars to insure

  • Skoda Citigo from £8,495 – Falling into insurance group 1, the Citigo is one of the cheapest cars to buy cover for. The practical and charming city car is cheaper than some of its smaller rivals, without feeling like it’s lacking. Available in three or five door options, the car also has 1.0 litre engine which means it’s cheap to run; so, great value for money overall.

  • Hyundai i10 from £8,995 – As well as being cheap to buy and offering a 5-year warranty, this practical supermini also falls into insurance group 1. The latest version has been given a bit of a facelift, so the interior and exterior are both easy on the eye too.

Cars with the best fuel economy

Miles Per Gallon (or mpg) refers to how far the fuel you put into a car will get you, effectively telling you how much it’ll cost to run. These are two of the best:

  • Peugeot 208 from £12,600 – The Peugeot 208 offers 94.2mpg with the 1.6 BlueHDi 75 model, which is very good indeed.

  • VW Polo from £11,635 – The 1.4 TDI Bluemotion version of this model boasts 91.1mpg.

Cars with the lowest road tax

In April 2017, the current system for taxing a new car here in the UK – known as the Vehicle Excise Duty (or VED) – will be replaced.

The new system looks at CO2 emissions as well as costs when calculating tax. The good news? Both of these cars will be exempt.

  • Renault Zoe from £18,495 – Winner of the 2016 Green Apple Awards for cars that are good for the environment and good to drive, the Renault Zoe is also Europe’s best-selling electric vehicle with a range of up to 250 miles.

  • Nissan Leaf from £21,180 – This is Britain’s best selling electric vehicle. The 30kWh version can travel further on a single charge than any of its rivals and its conservative styling makes it hard to tell that it isn’t a conventional car.

Cars with the lowest maintenance costs

  • Kia Sportage from £18,250 – All Kias get an industry-leading 7-year warranty that’s transferrable to the next owner, meaning they are good buys both new and used. The Sportage is a well-built SUV that offers lower running costs if you opt for one of the three diesel engines on offer, rather that the petrol.

  • SsangYong Tivoli from £16,250 – Although not quite as generous as Kia’s offering, SsangYongs come with a lengthy five-year warranty which, unlike rivals, extends to light commercial vehicles and taxis. The Tivoli is a mid-sized SUV which has been called SsangYong’s best car yet, with generous standard equipment and a frugal 1.6 diesel engine available.

The cheapest new car overall…

The Peugeot 208 has the lowest fuel consumption of any conventionally powered (non-hybrid and non-electric) car – an average of 94.2mpg is pretty astonishing.

In addition, its fairly low purchase price means buyers won’t be crippled by finance repayments. To make life even easier, Peugeot offers ‘just add fuel’, meaning finance payments, insurance, maintenance and road tax are all rolled into one monthly bill so you need only pay for the fuel you use.

Save on any car

If none of those take your fancy (or even if they do) the good news is you can save on any car you by with two simple tactics.

First – always haggle. Carwow figures show that you can save £3,600 on the list price of a new Peugeot 208 by getting a dealer’s best deal. The better news is that they will also get nearby dealers to compete for your business automatically.

Second – beware finance deals. There are some good car finance deals out there, but there are also terrible ones. With personal loans now charging less than 3% interest and 0% credit cards offering almost 4 years interest free, taking out finance might mean you add hundreds of pounds to the cost of your new motor.

This article was sourced from http://newsa4.com