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Suzuki Alto tops bang-for-your-buck list


Australia’s leading motoring authority has declared the Suzuki Alto the country’s least expensive car to own and operate

The Suzuki Alto has again been named by the NRMA as the most affordable to own and run.

The NRMA’s annual vehicle running costs survey showed that, taking into account purchase price, depreciation, petrol prices, maintenance and insurance, the Suzuki Alto GL dominated the light car class. Based on average car operating costs over a five year period, the Alto GL manual ranked first among all new vehicles in Australia with a weekly bill of AU$89.81.

Its budget rivals, the Proton S16, Holden Barina Spark and Hyundai Getz, were the next cheapest cars to own.

In the compact SUV segment Suzuki models occupied the top three spots with the Jimny Sierra (manual and auto) and Grand Vitara (manual).

The Korean contenders performed well in the medium SUV category, with the Hyundai Santa Fe CRDi manual, SsangYong Kyron and Kia Sorento taking out the top three spots ahead of the Korean-sourced Holden Captiva.

The 3.5-litre Jeep Grand Cherokee led the large SUV segment, ahead of the Nissan Patrol DX. The Toyota LandCruiser Workmate was third.

Skoda’s Octavia 77 TDI manual liftback took the honours in the medium car segment, edging out the Volkswagen Jetta 77 TDI, Suzuki Kizashi and Mazda6.

The Toyota Aurion SE was judged Australia’s most affordable large car. The cheapest Ford Falcon to own and run was the XR6 50th Anniversary edition, closely followed by the Holden Commodore Omega dual-fuel.

Volkswagen and Peugeot filled nearly all the top spots in the sportscar class, with the Polo GTI and 207 CC heading-off the Volkswagen Golf GTD and Mini Cooper Cabrio.

The NRMA survey compares more than 1200 cars on all key cost factors. The full listing can be found at

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