Cheapest cars to run 2016

Suzuki Celerio
Credits: Suzuki Celerio front tracking
5 Feb, 2016 3:45pm Chris Rosamond

Looking for the cheapest car to run in the UK in 2016? You've come to the right place! We've got the top 10 cars for running costs

For many car owners, running costs are a huge factor when looking at buying a new model. Finding the cheapest car to run can be a complex process, however, with things like servicing, tax, depreciation and insurance all needing to be factored in. If you're looking for the cheapest cars to run then read on - we've done all the maths for you.

Cheapest cars to insure

The costs over the entire ownership of a car can all add up, and even models with very high mpg figures can turn out to be expensive to run thanks to other factors you might not have thought of. Thankfully our friends at CAP the data to make light work of the complex sums, and we've put together a list of the cheapest cars to run in the UK.

Driver Power: the UK's larget ownership survey

Their definitive data tracks every new car in the UK over a typical 3-year, 36,000-mile ownership period, and factors in all the relevant costs.

Our list includes the top 10 cheapest cars to run in the UK, which we’ve ranked on the total cost of ownership. As you would expect, city cars and superminis make up the bulk of the list, but there are some surprising entries too...

Top 10 cheapest cars to run in the UK

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  1. 1. Suzuki Celerio 1.0 SZ2 5dr
  2. 2. Peugeot 108 Hatchback 1.0 Access
  3. 3. Dacia Sandero 1.5 dCi Ambiance 5dr
  4. 4. Toyota Aygo 1.0 VVT-I X 3dr
  5. 5. Vauxhall Viva 1.0 SE 5dr
  6. 6. Citroen C1 1.0 VTi Touch 3dr
  7. 7. Nissan Micra 1.2 Visia Limited
  8. 8. Ssangyong Tivoli 1.6 D SE 5dr
  9. 9. Dacia Logan MCV 1.5 dCi Ambiance 5dr
  10. 10. Kia Picanto 1.0 65 1 3dr

Cheapest cars to run in each market sector

Not everyone is looking for a city car or supermini, so check out the list below to see the cars with the lowest running costs across a range of other significant market sectors. Each category winner is listed with its total cost of ownership (TCO) over a 3-year, 36,000-mile period.

Cheapest city car to run

Suzuki Celerio 1.0 SZ2 5dr. TCO: £6,914

Cheapest supermini to run

Dacia Sandero 1.5 dCi Ambiance 5dr. TCO: £7,140

Cheapest family car to run

Skoda Rapid Spaceback 1.2 TSI 90 S 5dr. TCO: £11,050

Cheapest MPV to run

Kia Venga 1.4 ISG 1 5dr. TCO: £10,831

Cheapest SUV to run

Ssangyong Tivoli 1.6 D SE 5dr. TCO: £7,921

Cheapest executive car to run

Jaguar XF 2.0d. TCO: £17,888

Cheapest sports car to run

Audi TT 1.8 TFSI Sport. TCO: £15,351 

Cheapest luxury car to run

Bentley Flying Spur saloon. TCO: £86,264

What is the cheapest car to run you've ever owned? Let us know in the comments section below...

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