Vehicle Running Costs 2014

Vehicle Running Costs

A guide to the average cost of owning and operating vehicles for private purposes

  • Costings for 108 vehicles
  • Based on typical vehicles in various sizes available in Australia
  • Features the top three selling vehicles in each class
  • Includes three popular Prestige models from Audi, BMW and Mercedes-Benz
  • Includes Commodore and Falcon models running on petrol and also on LPG
  • Includes a number of diesel and hybrid sedan and hatch models

RACQ Vehicle Running Costs 2014

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Private Vehicle Running Costs 2014

All costs used in these calculations were current as at 3th April 2014, unless otherwise noted.

We have again included Commodore and Falcon models running on petrol and also on LPG . A number of diesel and hybrid sedan and hatch models have also been included. Three electric vehicles have also been included.

Please note that standing costs are shown in the tables as dollars per week and running costs as cents per kilometre amounts. The totals are shown as cents per km and as total dollars per week, total dollars annually and total dollars over 5 years.

Vehicle running costs for Micro Cars

Standing Costs
(avg $ per week)
Running Costs
(avg cents per km)
Total Costs
Vehicle List Price Depreciation Interest on Loan Other Costs* Fuel Tyres Service / Repairs Avg cents per km Avg $ per week Annual cost 5 year cost
Fiat 500 Pop 1.2L 5sp Manual 3dr hatch $15,000 $33.46 $11.83 $28.86 8.37 0.78 8.86 43.71 $126.08 $6,556.14 $32,780.72
Holden Barina Spark CD 1.2L 5sp Manual 5dr hatch
$12,490 $31.95 $12.37 $38.56 8.00 1.02 4.97 42.73 $123.26 $6,409.57 $32,047.85
Mitsubishi Mirage ES 1.2L 5sp Manual 5dr hatch $12,990 $33.22 $12.73 $38.31 7.08 1.02 6.30 43.61 $125.80 $6,541.66 $32,708.32
Nissan Micra ST 1.2L 5sp Manual 5dr hatch $13,490 $34.50 $13.12 $38.66 9.08 1.07 6.98 47.05 $135.71 $7,056.84 $35,284.20
Suzuki Alto GL 1.0L 5sp Manual 5dr hatch $11,790 $29.25 $11.77 $37.06 7.38 1.10 6.03 41.58 $119.95 $6,237.27 $31,186.37

Vehicle running costs for light cars

Standing Costs
(avg $ per week)
Running Costs
(avg cents per km)
Total Costs
Vehicle List Price Depreciation Interest on Loan Other Costs* Fuel Tyres Service / Repairs Avg cents per km Avg $ per week Annual cost 5 year cost
Ford WZ Fiesta Ambiente 1.5L 5sp Manual 5dr hatch $15,825 $35.30 $15.03 $40.99 8.93 1.28 5.37 47.23 $136.24 $7,084.54 $35,422.68
Holden Barina CD 1.6L 5sp Manual 5dr hatch $14,990 $37.76 $14.36 $40.58 10.47 0.95 5.83 49.38 $142.45 $7,407.42 $37,037.12
Honda Jazz Hybrid 1.3L CVT 5dr hatch $22,990 $54.38 $20.73 $44.16 6.93 1.35 7.85 57.47 $165.78 $8,620.75 $43,103.76
Honda Jazz Vibe 1.3L 5sp Manual 5dr hatch $15,990 $36.29 $15.16 $40.10 8.93 1.35 8.60 50.61 $146.00 $7,591.75 $37,958.76
Hyundai Accent Active 1.6L 6sp Manual 5dr hatch $16,990 $41.49 $15.95 $40.51 9.39 0.78 5.66 49.78 $143.60 $7,467.13 $37,335.66
Hyundai i20 Active 1.4L 6sp Manual 5dr hatch $16,590 $40.52 $15.64 $39.88 8.16 0.78 5.06 47.28 $136.39 $7,092.48 $35,462.39
Kia Rio S 1.4L 6sp Manual
5dr hatch
$16,290 $42.29 $15.40 $41.04 8.77 0.90 5.37 49.27 $142.13 $7,390.59 $36,952.93
Mazda2 Neo Sport 1.5L 5sp Manual 5dr hatch $15,790 $38.56 $15.00 $40.99 9.85 1.28 6.42 50.33 $145.18 $7,549.54 $37,747.71
Renault Clio Expression 1.2L Turbo 6sp EDC Auto 5dr hatch $20,290 $48.77 $18.58 $44.58 8.53 0.90 5.63 53.87 $155.38 $8,079.81 $40,399.05
Suzuki Swift GL 1.4L 5sp Manual 5dr hatch $15,990 $33.83 $15.16 $41.01 8.46 1.35 5.86 46.87 $135.20 $7,030.57 $35,152.86
Toyota Prius C Hybrid 1.5L CVT 5dr hatch $23,990 $58.59 $21.34 $40.70 6.40 1.01 9.18 58.41 $168.50 $8,761.86 $43,809.32
Toyota YR Yaris 1.3L 5sp Manual 5dr hatch $15,690 $37.11 $14.92 $40.06 8.77 0.78 7.06 48.54 $140.02 $7,280.89 $36,404.46
Volkswagen Polo Trendline 1.4L 5sp Manual 5dr hatch $16,990 $40.19 $15.95 $42.42 10.01 1.01 6.49 51.68 $149.09 $7,752.63 $38,763.14

Vehicle running costs for small cars

Standing Costs
(avg $ per week)
Running Costs
(avg cents per km)
Total Costs
Vehicle List Price Depreciation Interest on Loan Other Costs* Fuel Tyres Service / Repairs Avg cents per km Avg $ per week Annual cost 5 year cost
Ford Focus Ambiente (Mk 2) 1.6L 6sp Auto 5dr hatch $22,590 $52.13 $20.41 $43.41 10.00 1.15 6.37 57.72 $166.50 $8,657.98 $43,289.89
Holden Cruze Equipe 1.8L 6sp Auto 5dr hatch $21,690 $48.39 $19.69 $41.36 11.39 1.19 5.88 56.40 $162.69 $8,459.74 $42,298.71
Holden Cruze Equipe 2.0L T/diesel 6sp Auto 5dr hatch $25,690 $58.30 $22.88 $42.44 10.73 1.25 7.00 61.84 $178.40 $9,276.67 $46,383.35
Honda Civic Dti-S 1.6L T/diesel 6sp Manual 5dr hatch $27,990 $62.44 $24.71 $44.74 6.41 1.08 8.60 61.80 $178.27 $9,270.11 $46,350.55
Honda Civic Hybrid 1.5L CVT 4dr sedan $33,990 $84.32 $29.22 $44.86 6.77 0.95 8.93 71.56 $206.42 $10,733.74 $53,668.72
Honda Civic Vti-S 1.8L 5sp Auto 5dr hatch $23,950 $54.35 $21.49 $43.23 10.31 1.06 9.06 61.71 $178.00 $9,256.05 $46,280.25
Hyundai Elantra Active (Ser. 2) 1.8L 6sp Auto 4dr sedan $23,240 $53.63 $20.93 $41.85 10.93 0.95 5.64 57.87 $166.93 $8,680.46 $43,402.31
Hyundai i30 Active 1.8L 6sp Auto 5dr hatch $23,240 $57.65 $20.93 $41.85 10.93 1.06 6.49 60.22 $173.71 $9,032.98 $45,164.91
Hyundai i30 Active CRDi 1.6L T/diesel 6sp Auto 5dr hatch $26,840 $65.55 $23.79 $43.56 8.97 1.06 7.03 63.13 $182.11 $9,469.73 $47,348.66
Kia Cerato S 1.8L 6sp Auto 5dr hatch $21,990 $55.40 $19.93 $42.34 10.93 1.06 5.73 58.51 $168.78 $8,776.76 $43,883.81
Mazda3 Neo 2.0L 6sp Auto 5dr hatch $22,490 $51.04 $20.33 $43.06 8.93 1.22 7.74 57.55 $166.01 $8,632.67 $43,163.36
Mitsubishi Lancer ES Sport 2.0L CVT 4dr sedan $22,640 $51.38 $20.45 $43.42 11.08 1.15 5.66 57.84 $166.85 $8,676.43 $43,382.17
Nissan Pulsar 1.8L CVT 5dr hatch $21,590 $52.73 $19.61 $42.96 10.31 1.13 7.43 58.85 $169.75 $8,826.96 $44,134.82
Subaru Impreza 2.0i (AWD) 2.0L CVT 5dr hatch $25,990 $55.98 $23.12 $44.87 10.47 1.06 9.68 64.18 $185.14 $9,627.27 $48,136.34
Toyota Corolla Ascent 1.8L CVT 5dr hatch $22,240 $49.61 $20.13 $43.72 10.16 1.06 8.04 58.59 $169.01 $8,788.75 $43,943.74
Toyota Prius Hybrid 1.8L CVT 5dr hatch $33,990 $78.44 $29.22 $43.77 6.40 0.95 8.27 68.11 $196.48 $10,216.98 $51,084.92
Volkswagen Golf 90 TSI 1.4L Turbo 7sp DSG 5dr hatch $23,990 $53.52 $21.52 $46.16 8.86 0.95 6.67 58.49 $168.74 $8,774.23 $43,871.16

Vehicle running costs for medium cars

Standing Costs
(avg $ per week)
Running Costs
(avg cents per km)
Total Costs
Vehicle List Price Depreciation Interest on Loan Other Costs* Fuel Tyres Service / Repairs Avg cents per km Avg $ per week Annual cost 5 year cost
Ford Mondeo LX 2.3L 6sp Auto 5dr hatch $31,490 $90.84 $27.49 $45.51 14.62 1.20 8.02 80.64 $232.62 $12,095.98 $60,479.90
Honda Accord Euro 2.4L 5sp Auto 4dr sedan $32,640 $75.32 $28.41 $46.01 13.94 1.25 9.98 77.08 $222.35 $11,562.06 $57,810.32
Hyundai i40 Active 2.0L 6sp Auto 4dr sedan $31,990 $84.28 $27.89 $44.50 11.54 1.15 6.31 73.31 $211.47 $10,996.65 $54,983.23
Kia Optima Si 2.4L 6sp Auto 4dr sedan $30,990 $81.65 $27.09 $44.38 12.16 1.19 6.04 72.47 $209.06 $10,871.15 $54,355.73
Mazda6 Sport 2.5L 6sp Auto 4dr sedan $33,460 $86.87 $29.06 $45.73 10.16 1.39 8.19 75.78 $218.59 $11,366.84 $56,834.20
Mazda6 Touring 2.2L T/diesel 6sp Auto 4dr sedan $40,350 $104.75 $34.54 $48.45 8.65 1.39 8.67 83.80 $241.72 $12,569.50 $62,847.48
Subaru Liberty 2.5i 2.5L CVT 4dr sedan $32,990 $76.13 $28.69 $47.60 12.16 1.19 10.46 76.65 $221.12 $11,498.06 $57,490.32
Toyota Camry Atara S 2.5L 6sp Auto 4dr sedan $33,490 $95.32 $29.08 $43.99 12.00 1.25 5.33 76.96 $222.01 $11,544.59 $57,722.96
Toyota Camry Hybrid H 2.5L CVT 4dr sedan $34,990 $96.90 $30.01 $43.50 8.00 1.07 5.72 73.86 $213.06 $11,079.19 $55,395.95
Volkswagen Jetta 118 TSI 1.4L Twin charger 7 DSG 4dr sedan $27,490 $63.44 $24.31 $47.38 10.17 1.06 7.25 65.32 $188.43 $9,798.11 $48,990.56

Vehicle running costs for prestige cars

Standing Costs
(avg $ per week)
Running Costs
(avg cents per km)
Total Costs
Vehicle List Price Depreciation Interest on Loan Other Costs* Fuel Tyres Service / Repairs Avg cents per km Avg $ per week Annual cost 5 year cost
Audi A4 1.8 TFSI 1.8L Turbo CVT Multitronic 4dr sedan $55,500 $137.68 $48.02 $59.43 9.51 1.25 9.15 104.90 $302.60 $15,735.29 $78,676.47
BMW F30 320i 2.0L Turbo 8sp Auto 4dr sedan $60,000 $131.54 $52.76 $66.63 9.84 1.25 6.88 104.97 $302.79 $15,745.18 $78,725.89
Mercedes-Benz C200 1.8L Turbo 7sp Auto
G-tronic 4dr sedan
$59,900 $146.29 $51.23 $60.33 11.15 1.61 10.29 112.44 $324.35 $16,866.16 $84,330.80

Vehicle running costs for large cars

Standing Costs
(avg $ per week)
Running Costs
(avg cents per km)
Total Costs
Vehicle List Price Depreciation Interest on Loan Other Costs* Fuel Tyres Service / Repairs Avg cents per km Avg $ per week Annual cost 5 year cost
Ford FG Mk2 Falcon XT (LPI) 4.0L LPG 6sp Auto 4dr sedan $39,735 $116.15 $34.33 $48.29 10.78 1.02 6.45 87.16 $251.41 $13,073.30 $65,366.50
Ford FG MK2 Falcon XT 4.0L 6sp Auto 4dr sedan $37,235 $116.00 $32.33 $48.62 15.24 1.02 5.69 90.22 $260.26 $13,533.34 $67,666.70
Ford FG Mk2 Falcon XT Ecoboost 2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6sp Auto 4dr sedan $37,235 $113.14 $32.06 $45.81 12.47 1.02 5.95 85.66 $247.09 $12,848.46 $64,242.29
Holden VF Commodore Evoke 3.0L V6 6sp Auto 4dr sedan $34,990 $103.62 $30.54 $47.98 12.77 1.09 6.01 83.02 $239.49 $12,453.24 $62,266.19
Holden VF Commodore Evoke (LPG) 3.6L V6 6sp Auto 4dr sedan $37,490 $109.59 $32.54 $47.99 10.08 1.09 6.74 83.82 $241.79 $12,572.87 $62,864.35
Toyota Aurion AT-X 3.5L V6 6sp Auto 4dr sedan $36,490 $110.87 $31.74 $49.21 14.31 1.07 5.96 87.85 $253.40 $13,176.91 $65,884.53

Vehicle running costs for people movers

Standing Costs
(avg $ per week)
Running Costs
(avg cents per km)
Total Costs
Vehicle List Price Depreciation Interest on Loan Other Costs* Fuel Tyres Service / Repairs Avg cents per km Avg $ per week Annual cost 5 year cost
Honda Odyssey VTi 2.4L CVT 4dr wagon $38,990 $82.48 $33.46 $49.12 11.70 1.34 8.18 78.43 $226.25 $11,764.99 $58,824.94
Hyundai iMax TQ 2.4L 4sp Auto 4dr wagon $38,290 $92.04 $32.90 $45.57 16.31 1.31 6.34 83.08 $239.65 $12,461.71 $62,308.56
Kia Grand Carnival S 3.5L V6 6sp Auto 4dr wagon $38,990 $102.72 $33.74 $50.63 16.78 1.68 5.85 89.17 $257.22 $13,375.57 $66,877.87
Toyota Tarago GLi 2.4L CVT 4dr wagon $48,990 $111.17 $41.42 $49.86 13.70 1.21 8.85 93.94 $270.98 $14,091.19 $70,455.94

Vehicle running costs for SUV compact cars

Standing Costs
(avg $ per week)
Running Costs
(avg cents per km)
Total Costs
Vehicle List Price Depreciation Interest on Loan Other Costs* Fuel Tyres Service / Repairs Avg cents per km Avg $ per week Annual cost 5 year cost
Ford Ecosport Ambiente 1.5L 6sp Auto 4dr wagon $22,790 $57.41 $20.57 $43.09 10.00 0.95 5.57 58.49 $168.72 $8,773.42 $43,867.12
Holden Trax LS 1.8L 6sp Auto 4dr wagon $25,690 $65.71 $22.88 $43.43 11.70 1.33 6.01 64.80 $186.91 $9,719.52 $48,597.60
Hyundai iX35 Active (Ser.2) FWD 2.0L 6sp Auto 4dr Wagon $29,190 $72.41 $25.66 $43.17 12.93 1.37 6.03 69.29 $199.87 $10,393.25 $51,966.25
Mitsubishi ASX 2wd 2.0L CVT 4dr wagon $26,990 $64.88 $23.91 $46.12 11.85 1.31 6.18 66.11 $190.70 $9,916.66 $49,583.29
Nissan Dualis ST (4x2) 2.0L CVT 4dr wagon $28,490 $68.49 $25.11 $47.49 12.62 1.31 8.34 71.18 $205.33 $10,677.18 $53,385.89
Subaru XV 2.0i 2.0L CVT 4dr wagon $30,990 $73.30 $27.09 $46.58 10.77 1.39 10.39 73.50 $212.03 $11,025.49 $55,127.46
Volkswagen Tiguan 118 TSi (4x2) 1.4L twin charger 6sp DSG 4dr wagon $30,990 $73.30 $27.09 $47.78 11.97 1.28 7.25 71.88 $207.33 $10,781.41 $53,907.03

Vehicle running costs for SUV medium cars

Standing Costs
(avg $ per week)
Running Costs
(avg cents per km)
Total Costs
Vehicle List Price Depreciation Interest on Loan Other Costs* Fuel Tyres Service / Repairs Avg cents per km Avg $ per week Annual cost 5 year cost
Ford TF Kuga Ambiente (AWD) 1.6L Turbo 6sp Auto 4dr wagon $31,490 $80.54 $27.49 $47.03 11.85 1.62 8.04 75.27 $217.12 $11,290.08 $56,450.40
Holden Captiva 5 (4x4) 2.2L T/diesel 6sp Auto 4dr wagon $32,190 $76.14 $28.05 $44.87 13.14 1.62 7.35 73.78 $212.83 $11,066.94 $55,334.71
Honda CRV Vti (4x2) 2.0L 5sp Auto 4dr wagon $29,790 $70.46 $26.14 $45.31 11.85 1.54 7.68 70.27 $202.69 $10,540.02 $52,700.08
Honda CRV Vti (4x4) 2.4L 5sp Auto 4dr wagon $32,790 $77.56 $28.53 $46.03 13.39 1.54 7.76 75.42 $217.56 $11,313.22 $56,566.10
Kia Sportage SLi Series 2 (AWD) 2.0L 6sp Auto 4dr wagon $34,790 $83.63 $30.12 $45.89 13.24 1.37 5.47 75.41 $217.54 $11,312.20 $56,561.02
Mazda CX-5 Maxx (4x4) 2.5L 6sp Auto 4dr wagon $32,880 $75.88 $28.60 $46.04 11.39 1.79 9.14 74.49 $214.87 $11,173.47 $55,867.37
Mazda CX-5 Maxx Sport (4x4) 2.2L T/diesel 6sp Auto 4dr wagon $39,470 $89.57 $33.84 $47.17 9.13 1.79 9.15 79.20 $228.48 $11,880.72 $59,403.62
Mitsubishi ZJ Outlander ES (4x4) 2.4L CVT 4dr wagon $32,990 $78.03 $28.69 $47.60 11.54 2.13 6.94 74.11 $213.77 $11,115.89 $55,579.46
Nissan T32 X-Trail ST (4x4) 2.5L CVT 4dr wagon $33,980 $85.60 $29.47 $47.72 12.77 1.54 7.56 78.31 $225.88 $11,746.02 $58,730.09
Subaru Forester 2.5i 2.5L CVT 4dr wagon $32,990 $78.03 $28.69 $44.27 12.47 1.37 11.06 77.24 $222.80 $11,585.85 $57,929.23
Toyota Kluger GX (4x4) 3.5L V6 6sp Auto 4dr wagon $44,990 $106.42 $38.53 $53.82 16.31 1.90 10.23 97.35 $280.81 $14,602.38 $73,011.90
Toyota RAV4 GX (4x4) 2.2L T/diesel 6sp Auto 4dr wagon $38,190 $90.33 $32.82 $47.80 10.41 1.54 8.40 79.61 $229.66 $11,942.12 $59,710.58
Toyota RAV4 GX (4x4) 2.5L 6sp Auto 4dr wagon $34,690 $83.39 $30.04 $47.01 13.08 1.54 9.44 79.68 $229.84 $11,951.52 $59,757.60

Vehicle running costs for All-Terrain vehicles

Standing Costs
(avg $ per week)
Running Costs
(avg cents per km)
Total Costs
Vehicle List Price Depreciation Interest on Loan Other Costs* Fuel Tyres Service / Repairs Avg cents per km Avg $ per week Annual cost 5 year cost
Ford SZ Territory (AWD) TX 2.8L T/diesel 6sp Auto 4dr wagon $48,240 $107.61 $41.13 $51.51 14.10 1.50 7.28 92.31 $266.26 $13,845.75 $69,228.75
Ford SZ Territory (RWD) TX 2.7L T/diesel 6sp Auto 4dr wagon $43,240 $98.12 $37.13 $50.84 13.14 1.50 7.28 86.43 $249.33 $12,965.15 $64,825.76
Ford SZ Territory (RWD)TXZ 4.0L 6sp Auto 4dr wagon $39,990 $96.13 $34.54 $50.40 16.31 1.50 5.90 86.49 $249.49 $12,973.22 $64,866.11
Holden Captiva 7 LT (4x4) 2.2L T/diesel 6sp Auto 4dr wagon $36,990 $85.36 $31.87 $47.66 12.98 1.72 7.29 79.16 $228.33 $11,873.30 $59,366.48
Holden Captiva 7 LT V6 3.0L 6sp Auto 4dr wagon $35,990 $83.05 $31.34 $50.23 15.54 1.72 6.00 80.34 $231.74 $12,050.39 $60,251.94
Hyundai Santa Fe Active (4x4) 2.4L 6sp Auto 4dr wagon $40,990 $93.02 $35.05 $45.19 13.85 1.62 6.57 82.11 $236.85 $12,316.05 $61,580.25
Jeep WK Grand Cherokee Laredo (4x4) 3.0L V6 T/diesel 8sp Auto 4dr wagon $51,000 $113.77 $43.34 $59.28 12.02 2.36 14.14 103.52 $298.63 $15,528.73 $77,643.66
Jeep WK Grand Cherokee Laredo (4x4) 3.6L V6 8sp Auto 4dr wagon $46,000 $104.38 $39.34 $57.60 16.01 2.36 11.79 99.95 $288.31 $14,992.34 $74,961.70
Kia Sorento Si (4x4) 2.2L T/diesel 6sp Auto 4dr wagon $41,990 $99.32 $35.85 $48.64 11.70 1.62 6.38 83.41 $240.61 $12,511.96 $62,559.81
Mitsubishi NW Pajero GLX (4x4) 3.2L T/diesel 5sp Auto 4dr wagon $53,990 $120.44 $45.39 $50.85 14.42 1.90 8.14 99.58 $287.24 $14,936.46 $74,682.30
Nissan GU Patrol ST (4x4) GU Series 9 3.0L T/diesel 4sp Auto 4dr wagon $60,390 $123.10 $50.49 $53.80 18.91 2.19 11.27 111.19 $320.75 $16,679.23 $83,396.17
Nissan Y62 Patrol ST-L (4x4) 5.6L V8 7sp auto 4dr wagon $82,690 $171.74 $69.13 $63.90 23.78 1.88 11.93 143.25 $413.24 $21,488.23 $107,441.14
Toyota Landcruiser GXL (4x4) 4.5L V8 T/diesel 6sp auto 4dr wagon $89,990 $179.98 $75.00 $67.70 16.50 2.41 9.58 140.35 $404.87 $21,053.19 $105,265.96
Toyota Landcruiser GXL (4x4) 4.6L V8 6sp Auto 4dr wagon $84,990 $169.98 $70.98 $60.79 20.93 2.41 8.72 136.67 $394.25 $20,501.13 $102,505.66
Toyota Landcruiser Prado GXL (4x4) 3.0L T/diesel 5sp Auto 4dr wagon $64,190 $140.72 $53.51 $50.80 13.62 1.90 10.06 110.52 $318.82 $16,578.42 $82,892.12
Toyota Landcruiser Prado GXL (4x4) 4.0L V6 5sp Auto 4dr wagon $63,190 $138.53 $53.09 $55.04 18.86 1.90 10.25 116.52 $336.12 $17,478.40 $87,391.98

Vehicle running costs for 2WD utilities

Standing Costs
(avg $ per week)
Running Costs
(avg cents per km)
Total Costs
Vehicle List Price Depreciation Interest on Loan Other Costs* Fuel Tyres Service / Repairs Avg cents per km Avg $ per week Annual cost 5 year cost
Ford FG Falcon Mk2 (LPI) 4.0L LPG 6sp Auto Utility $31,490 $78.12 $27.77 $50.10 12.18 1.02 6.39 73.67 $212.51 $11,050.74 $55,253.69
Ford FG Falcon Mk2 4.0L 6sp Auto Utility $28,990 $73.03 $25.78 $50.13 16.47 1.02 5.63 74.75 $215.63 $11,213.01 $56,065.07
Ford PX Ranger XL 2.2 Hi-Rider (4x2) 2.2L T/diesel 6sp Auto Crew Cab Pickup $36,990 $90.34 $31.90 $46.27 14.26 1.51 7.09 81.28 $234.47 $12,192.34 $60,961.72
Holden VF Commodore 3.6L V6 6sp Auto Utility $32,990 $76.13 $28.97 $52.23 13.85 1.09 5.78 75.26 $217.11 $11,289.69 $56,448.47
Toyota Hilux SR 4.0L V6 5sp Auto X Cab Pickup $32,240 $74.40 $28.37 $49.84 18.16 1.91 7.64 80.61 $232.53 $12,091.61 $60,458.07

Vehicle running costs for 4WD utilities

Standing Costs
(avg $ per week)
Running Costs
(avg cents per km)
Total Costs
Vehicle List Price Depreciation Interest on Loan Other Costs* Fuel Tyres Service / Repairs Avg cents per km Avg $ per week Annual cost 5 year cost
Ford PX Ranger XL 3.2 (4x4) 3.2L 5cyl T/diesel 6sp Auto Dual Cab Utility $48,390 $111.67 $41.29 $52.74 14.74 1.51 7.20 94.76 $273.34 $14,213.80 $71,069.02
Holden Colorado LTZ (4x4) 2.8L T/diesel 6sp Auto Crew Cab Pickup $52,190 $129.47 $44.00 $49.11 14.58 2.36 7.25 101.35 $292.36 $15,202.47 $76,012.37
Mazda BT50 XT (4x4) 3.2L 5cyl T/diesel 6sp Auto Dual Cab Utility $46,240 $109.38 $39.57 $52.46 14.74 1.76 8.43 94.75 $273.32 $14,212.60 $71,063.00
Mitsubishi Triton GLX-R (4x4) 2.5L T/diesel 5sp Auto Double Cab Utility $48,240 $105.76 $40.85 $51.46 15.38 1.96 7.76 93.76 $270.46 $14,064.15 $70,320.74
Nissan D40 Navara RX (4x4) 2.5L T/diesel 5sp Auto Double Cab Utility $44,290 $98.80 $37.71 $50.58 16.82 1.51 10.72 93.91 $270.91 $14,087.22 $70,436.08
Toyota Hilux SR (4x4) 3.0L T/diesel 5sp Auto Dual Cab Pickup $45,240 $99.18 $38.47 $49.86 14.90 2.13 8.17 90.20 $260.19 $13,529.87 $67,649.33

Vehicle running costs for Electric Vehicles

Standing Costs
(avg $ per week)
Running Costs
(avg cents per km)
Total Costs
Vehicle List Price Depreciation Interest on Loan Other Costs* Fuel Tyres Service / Repairs Avg cents per km Avg $ per week Annual cost 5 year cost
Holden Volt EV Elec CVT 5dr hatch $59,990 $151.13 $49.71 $49.66 5.94 1.19 5.80 99.77 $287.80 $14,965.44 $74,827.22
Mitsubishi ZJ Outlander PHEV Hybrid 2.0L CVT 4dr wagon $47,490 $117.81 $39.86 $47.45 6.86 2.13 7.58 87.68 $252.92 $13,152.03 $65,760.14
Nissan Leaf Elec CVT 5dr hatch $51,500 $129.74 $43.02 $47.36 5.09 1.06 6.99 89.44 $258.00 $13,415.97 $67,079.87

*Other costs include registration, insurance, licence, RACQ membership and other on-road costs.
**The new MY12 model Colorado and Hyundai i30 was released immediately prior to release of this data and too late for inclusion.

Calculation periods & distances

Private Motoring

Calculations have been made for an annual distance of 15,000 km in line with Australian Bureau of Statistics surveys of Australian vehicle use. They are based on buying a new vehicle and operating it for 5 years.

Depreciation

Annual depreciation for private vehicles is calculated using the market rates for each manufacturer as taken from reputable pricing and vehicle data guides. On-road costs including statutory charges and average dealer delivery fee of $2152.14 are not included in the purchase price and are factored into the relevant indicated line of the standing costs.

Our normal industry source for depreciation rates was unable to provide a sufficiently reliable indicator of likely depreciation rates on the Volt electric vehicle. A residual similar to that provided for the Outlander PHEV and Nissan Leaf was assumed.

The purchase price includes air conditioning and on cab chassis light commercial models, an optional tray from the manufacturer #^

Notes:
# Purchase prices are list prices as at 16th May 2014.
^Purchase prices include LPG equipment where shown. The Government $2000 gas rebate on purchase of new gas vehicles, phases out as at 30th June 2014 and therefore is no longer included in calculations.

Interest

We have assumed 100% of the total cost (including statutory and other on-road costs) of the new vehicle has been financed. The loan through RACQ Finance is secured, has a 5-year term with monthly repayments and an assumed market-competitive fixed interest rate of 7.45%. A $294.00 loan application fee and $15.44 registration of interest and search fee have been included.

RACQ Finance details shown are indicative only; actual rates, terms, conditions and fees may vary.

Registration and Insurance

Registration costs and Compulsory Third Party insurance costs are current as at 1st July 2013. Calculations include CTP cover (Classes 1 and 6, private use) provided by RACQ Insurance.*

RACQ comprehensive insurance rates are based on the assumption that the driver is male, 35 years of age, carries a $600 basic excess, has an average no claims bonus, the car will be garaged at an average risk postcode, the vehicle is financially encumbered and that market value cover applies. Rates are for private use.

Registration Fees Queensland

Cylinders 3 4 5 6 8
Total $ Payable - Class 1*
(as at 1/7/13)
605.65 665.50 828.90 828.90 1006.40
Total $ Payable - Class 6*
(as at 1/7/13)
649.65 709.50 872.90 872.90 1050.40

Note: There is a plate charge for new registration of $26.35
Class 1 = Cars; Class 6 = Utilities

*Total fee includes CTP cover provided by RACQ Insurance. Total fee may vary slightly from those shown depending on CTP insurance provider actually chosen. Registration costs also include a traffic improvement fee.

The average running costs shown in the Vehicle Reimbursement Rates table are developed from the averages for the combined vehicles in the respective categories as listed in this fact sheet’s ‘New to 5 years’ ownership cost tables.

Private Vehicle Reimbursement Rates

Also shown is a table of the rates allowed by the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) when claiming a deduction for the use of a private motor vehicle in conjunction with your employment. The rates shown are for the previous financial year (2012/2013) as the new rates were not available at time of compilation.

For persons using their own car for business purposes, the actual amount reimbursed by their employer may be dependent on the particular award or other employment conditions under which they are employed.

Engine Capacity

Rate per kilometre

Ordinary Cars

Rotary engine cars

Cents per km

Up to 1600 cc (1.6 litre)

Up to 800 cc

63.0 cents

(1.60 litre - 2.6 litre)

(0.8 litre or less)

 

1601 - 2600 cc

801 - 1300 cc

74.0 cents

(1.60 litre - 2.6 litre)

(0.81 litre - 1.3 litre)

 

over 2600 cc

over 1300 cc

75.0 cents

(2.60 litre and over)

(1.301 litre or over)

 

  • These rates are allowable for vehicles travelling less than 5,000 business km/yr and are the latest available at the time of publication.
  • For distances greater than this, we recommend that you seek advice from your accountant or the Australian Tax Office.

RACQ Survey average running costs

Vehicle Category

Cents /km

Average $ per week

Micro

43.28

$124.84

Light

50.32

$145.15

Small

60.27

$173.87

Medium

74.93

$216.14

Prestige

106.89

$308.33

Large

85.26

$245.95

People Movers

85.30

$246.05

SUV Small

67.21

$193.88

SUV Medium

76.96

$222.01

SUV Large

102.29

$295.06

Lt. Commercial 4x2

76.03

$219.31

Lt. Commercial 4x4

93.34

$269.25

Roadside Assistance and Driver’s Licence Fee

Club membership is based on basic RACQ Club Care at the fee applicable as at 1st July, 2014. The fee applicable as of 1st July, 2014 for a 5-year Queensland Smartcard driver’s licence has been used.

Fuel

Fuel costs of 153.90 cents/litre (ULP), 164.03 cents/litre (PULP), 160.22 cents/litre (diesel) and 87.63 cents/litre (LPG) are based on the average price in Brisbane for the last six months prior to the time of calculation. Changes to fuel excise included in the 2014 Federal Budget have not been included.

Fuel consumption data was based on the Australian Design Rule 81/01 standard fuel consumption test.

For the electric vehicle the domestic electricity tariff 11 of 29.40 cents/kWh has been used and official power consumption as provided by the manufacturer. In the case of the Holden Volt and Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV which combine electric and petrol engine technologies, the domestic electricity tariff and appropriate petrol costs and official fuel consumption have been used.

Tyres

We assume replacement of tyres on the following basis:-

  • 4 tyres every 45,000 kms
  • Plus 1 tyre during the 5 year period due to puncture damage beyond repair

Replacement costs include fitting and balancing and in conjunction with replacing the four tyres the cost of a wheel alignment. Costs are at retail pricing. Tyre selection is based on the most suitable replacement for the original equipment branded tyre or a tyre of equivalent specification of a different brand suitable for the vehicle.

Service and repairs

Maintenance costs include servicing according to the manufacturer’s schedule plus repairs and spare parts that are likely to be required for normal driving conditions and assumed annual distances. A labour rate of $150.29 per hour including GST has been used.

With the exception of Audi, BMW, Fiat, Jeep, Mercedes-Benz and Subaru manufacturers offer capped price servicing and this has been factored into our costings. Where a maker’s capped price servicing arrangements expire earlier than our five-year calculation period, servicing reverts back to normal maker’s schedule at appropriate rates.