Cheapest cars to run in Queensland

RACQ’s 2018 Vehicle Running Costs survey reveals the cheapest cars to own.

How much does it cost to own and operate your car?

It’s a question that might not be top of mind when you’re at a car dealership taking your dream set of wheels for a test drive.

It can be easy to be blindsided by the new car smell, soft leather seats and perfectly polished paint before considering your financial commitment.

Reality hits, though, when your rego, car insurance or service bills arrive, along with the ongoing costs of fuel, parking and toll fees and cleaning products for maintenance.

Which is why, every year, RACQ conducts a Vehicle Running Costs Survey to educate members who might be in the market, not just about a vehicle’s retail price, but how much it will cost in the long term.

According to the 2018 survey, the cheapest car to own and operate in Queensland is the Mitsubishi Mirage ES 1.2L, costing just under $6000 per year.

RACQ’s Head of Technical and Safety Policy Steve Spalding said the report is a key piece of information for those looking to change their vehicle, as it highlights the running costs beyond the initial purchase price and impact on the family budget.

“We all think of petrol prices but these account for only around 15% of total ownership costs,” Mr Spalding said.

“The information in this survey allows prospective buyers to identify and consider all the costs that go into owning a vehicle.

“It really highlights how and where real savings can be made, with this information buyers can choose a more affordable vehicle within a category or downsize and save even more.

“It’s really an opportunity to take a fresh look at your motoring needs.”

Cheapest cars

Light Car

Suzuki Swift GL 1.2L
Annual Cost = $5995.49

Small Car

Kia Cerato S 2.0L
Annual Cost = $6684.76

Medium Car

Skoda Octavia 110 TSI Sport 1.4L
Annual Cost = $9798.57

Large Car

Holden Commodore RS 2.0L
Annual Cost = $11,643.20

People Mover

Honda Odyssey VTi 2.4L
Annual Cost = $11,374.82

Sports Car Class

Mazda MX-5 Roadster ND 1.5L
Annual Cost = $10,138.04


Small – Suzuki Vitara RT-S 1.6L
Annual Cost = $7783.61

Medium – Haval H6 Premium 2.0L
Annual Cost = $9905.91

Large – Subaru Outback 2.0D 2.0L
Annual Cost = $10,870


Mitsubishi Triton GLX 2.4L
Annual Cost = $11,720.74

Electric Vehicle

Mitsubishi Outlander LS Phev (Hybrid) 2.0L
Annual Cost = $13,476.14

All costs used in these calculations were current as at 23 July 2018, unless otherwise noted.