Every motorist knows that running a car can be expensive. Most also know that how expensive it is depends on the brand and the type of car you choose. Running, for example, a thirsty SUV or a high-end sports model pushes costs up compared to, say, a city hatch. But how do we know before we buy which cars are going to prove the most cost effective in terms of ownership?
Here, we look at a car service costs comparison, giving you the cheapest and most expensive cars to service.
A compact hatch designed to tackle urban environments with ease, the Peugeot 106 is one of the cheapest cars to service according to Servicing Stop, a maintenance cost comparison website. The average bill for this nippy model was just £158.
In a close second, with a difference of just £18, is the Ford EcoSport. This compact SUV is surprisingly cheap to service, with an average cost of £176, and shows Ford really is doing its bit when it comes to quality performance supported by low running costs.
Third in terms of the best servicing price is – unsurprisingly – another hatch. The Nissan Pulsar is a great value alternative to the Volkswagen Golf and has an average servicing cost of just £180. That makes it not only cheaper to buy, but cheaper to run too.
The following vehicles in our car service costs comparison represent the worst choice if you’re looking to keep running costs low. Their premium status, combined with high-performance engines, make parts and labour expensive, meaning your bill for one of these models will be more than double that of those above.
Comfortably the most expensive to service, the Porsche Boxster will cost on average £426. Part of the reason is that access to the engine is restricted on this model, so many routine jobs that are simple to perform on other cars take longer.
It comes as no surprise that it’s another premium vehicle taking second place. The British-made Jaguar S-Type, now only available on the pre-owned market, is a plush saloon that costs around £406 to service.
The Volvo XC70 is a practical estate with four-wheel drive capability and a raised ride height to enable families to adventure to all sorts of remote places. What buyers may not realise, however, is that the cost of a service is only marginally cheaper than that of the S-Type. You can expect to pay an average of £404 each time this model goes in for its routine service.