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Typical vehicle running costs - for a petrol engine car

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Typical vehicle running costs - for a petrol engine car

The RAC, in conjunction with  Emmerson Hill Associates, has compiled the following guide to the motoring costs of running, from new:

  • a privately-owned petrol car
  • for a period of three years from 2016
  • assuming an annual mileage of 10,000 miles

The data below is provided without warranty.


Engine size (cc) up to 1000 up to 1200 up to 1400 up to 1800 up to 2000 up to 2500 up to 3000 over 3000
Assumed fuel consumption (mpg) 60 50 46 40 36 31 27 25
CO2 emissions level (g/km) under 120 121-150 151-165 166-185 186-225 226-255 226-255 255 plus
New cost incl all taxes (incl first year's VED / 'showroom tax') £7,450 £8,950 £10,250 £13,450 £15,500 £19,750 £22,500 £27,500
Average value @ 3 years £3,200 £3,750 £3,950 £4,750 £5,350 £6,350 £6,750 £9,750
Projected depreciation £4,250 £5,200 £6,300 £8,700 £10,150 £13,400 £15,750 £17,750
Finance charges @ 4.8% APR £551 £662 £759 £995 £1,147 £1,462 £1,665 £2,035
Servicing & maintenance £550 £575 £600 £700 £880 £1,070 £1,200 £1,375
Tyres & replacement parts £340 £370 £415 £500 £600 £760 £790 £835
Insurance premiums over 3 years £900 £1,050 £1,095 £1,335 £1,650 £2,520 £2,805 £3,225
VED for years 2 and 3 £60 £260 £360 £450 £570 £970 £970 £1,000
RAC membership over 3 years £495 £495 £495 £495 £495 £495 £495 £495
Total cost over 3 year period £7,146 £8,612 £10,024 £13,175 £15,492 £20,677 £23,675 £26,715
Annual cost £2,382 £2,871 £3,341 £4,392 £5,164 £6,892 £7,892 £8,905 
Cost Per Mile (CPM) excl petrol 23.8p 28.7p 33.4p 43.9p 51.6p 68.9p 78.9p 89.1p
+ Petrol CPM @ £0.90/litre 6.8p 8.2p 8.9p 10.3p 11.4p 13.2p 15.2p 16.4p
+ Petrol CPM @ £0.95/litre 7.2p 8.6p 9.4p 10.8p 12.0p 13.9p 16.0p 17.2p
+ Petrol CPM @ £1.00/litre 7.6p 9.1p 9.9p 11.4p 12.6p 14.7p 16.9p 18.2p
+ Petrol CPM @ £1.05/litre 8.0p 9.5p 10.4p 11.9p 13.3p 15.4p 17.7p 19.1p
+ Petrol CPM @ £1.10/litre 8.3p 10.0p 10.9p 12.5p 13.9p 16.1p 18.5p 20.0p
+ Petrol CPM @ £1.15/litre 8.7p 10.4p 11.3p 13.1p 14.5p 16.8p 19.3p 20.9p
+ Petrol CPM @ £1.20/litre 9.1p
10.9p 11.8p 13.6p 15.1p 17.6p 20.2p 21.8p

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