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Cheapest Cars to Run 2024


As the cost of living continues to rise, more and more people are looking for ways to save money. One effective way to cut costs is to choose a car that’s economical to run, with low costs for fuel, insurance, and road tax. In this bog, we explore some of the cheapest cars to run in 2024, examining fuel consumption and reliability to find vehicles that will help to keep your expenses in check.

Citroën Ami

The Citroën Ami might not be the most practical car, but it’s without a doubt one of the cheapest cars to run, and if low cost is your priority, it might just be the car for you. Although, officially, it’s not a car at all – it’s legally classified as a quadricycle. However, it has four wheels, an enclosed driving space, and can hold a driver and a passenger and even has some luggage space, so it might have everything you need.

The Citroën Ami has an electric motor and a top speed of 28mph, so it’s really suited just for city driving. The battery has a 46-mile range and can be fully charged in three hours. According to Auto Express, the Ami will cost 39.31p per mile to run, with a total cost over three years of £11,794.

Dacia Sandero

The Dacia Sandero might be a more appropriate choice if you need more space and more speed. It’s a 1.0 litre, 5-door car and the bi-fuel option is cheap to buy and cheap to run. The bi-fuel uses petrol and liquid petroleum gas (LPG), which contributes to the lower running costs thanks to its efficiency.

Dacia states that with eh bi-fuel option, drivers can enjoy 40% savings in fuel costs and a 60% increase in driving range. Auto Express puts the per mile running cost at 40.65p and the total cost over three years at £12,169.

Toyota Aygo X

The Toyota Aygo X is a powerful but compact hatchback, and a great economical choice. It’s a 1.0 litre, 5 door car that offers 58.9 mpg. It’s in one of the lowest car tax brackets available, with annual costs at £190. Per mile costs are estimated to be 40.83 p, with a total cost of £12,248 over three years.

Even being a small car, the Toyota Aygo X has great safety features, including the full range of Toyota’s Safety Sense tech. The vehicle scored four out of five stars in the Euro NCAP safety tests and there are six airbags throughout the inside. It’s known to be a reliable and sturdy car, and even comes with a three-year warranty when bought new, which could lower your maintenance costs even further.

VW Up!

The VW Up! is a nippy, economical small car. It’s only available with a 1.0 litre petrol engine with 50mpg, which helps to keep running costs down, both with the fuel economy and the lower tax bracket. It’s also pretty cheap to insure, with various models spanning insurance groups from 1 to 10, with most models in 1 to 3.

VW provides a three-year warranty on new Up!s, plus a body protection warranty that guarantees the car against rust for 12 years. These can both give peace of mind that maintenance costs will be kept low.

Peugeot 208

The Peugeot 208 is a punchy hatchback that’s fuel efficient, cheap to run, and still has plenty of space inside. The 1.2 litre petrol offers 55.6 mpg and low CO2 emissions, resulting in relatively cheap tax and low fuel costs. There’s also a 100% electric model with a range up to 248 miles, and a hybrid option that promises up to 20% fuel saving and a combined consumption of up to 65 mpg.

The model has a reputation for being reliable and sturdy, with quality materials that last, which can help reduce maintenance costs. Insurance will be low to mid-range, with models spanning insurance groups 12-25.

Hyundai i10

The Hyundai i10 is a sporty but frugal city car. The 1.0 litre engine option offers 55.3 mpg, whereas the 1.2 litre offers 54.3mpg. The car is well constructed and reliable, with plenty of space, making it a great choice for families.

Running costs can amount to around 41 p per mile, with a total cost of £12,246 over three years. The entry level model sits in insurance group 4, so is fairly cheap. Other models span through to group 10, so keeping to the lower end of the range.

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