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.
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.
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...
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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.
Suzuki Celerio 1.0 SZ2 5dr. TCO: £6,914
Dacia Sandero 1.5 dCi Ambiance 5dr. TCO: £7,140
Skoda Rapid Spaceback 1.2 TSI 90 S 5dr. TCO: £11,050
Kia Venga 1.4 ISG 1 5dr. TCO: £10,831
Ssangyong Tivoli 1.6 D SE 5dr. TCO: £7,921
Jaguar XF 2.0d. TCO: £17,888
Audi TT 1.8 TFSI Sport. TCO: £15,351
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...