About 2014 Car Operating Costs
NRMA Motoring & Services has conducted a survey of vehicle operating costs for over 2,000 vehicles using 13 popular categories as reported by VFACTS - an automotive industry body. The vehicles have been sorted into 24 classes to help make selecting a new car easier. NRMA reserves the right to amend vehicle class information where appropriate.
Calculations are for private ownership in New South Wales and The Australian Capital Territory, based on an annual distance of 15,000 kilometres which is "the approximate national average distance travelled" according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics. Other factors included to calculate the running cost are an ownership period of 5 years, the average retail price for the vehicle and the following elements.
Components of Operating Costs
Depreciation is calculated using the vehicle manufacturers' recommended retail price plus dealer and statutory charges including Luxury Car Tax or the advertised drive away price where available; less the forecast residual value for each model. Short term special offer pricing has not been included.
Loss in interest from the capital consumed by depreciation is calculated using an interest rate of 7.05%. There has been no provision for the borrowing expense of the capital.
Vehicle Registration, CTP Insurance and NRMA Membership
Private registration rates from the NSW RMS and ACT Road Transport Authority and CTP estimates for NSW/ACT where the owner is aged between 29 and 55 (GST has been included) are used along with NRMA Classic Care Membership rates.
Vehicle maintenance costs are calculated using manufacturers' recommended service schedules using retail prices and include a range of replacement parts(e.g. tyres and brake components) required for average city driving conditions.
Note: Fixed Price Service costing has been incorporated where available.
The amount of fuel used is calculated using Australian Design Rule ADR82/01. Figures include an appropriate factor to allow for variations in driving styles and conditions as per previous surveys. Where ADR82/01 data is not available, average fuel consumption is taken from road tests and research carried out by NRMA Motoring & Services. Average cost of fuel per kilometre is then calculated using the average price per litre for the recommended fuel type for each vehicle using values in the following table.
|Fuel prices for 2014 survey|
|Premium Unleaded Petrol 95 RON||161.50||166.50|
|Liquid Petroleum Gas||78.00||83.00|
Predicting fuel cost for the next 12 months is difficult with the impact of larger global events, hurricanes or conflict and the widespread campaigns of fuel discounting particularly in the larger cities. The cost of fuel can fluctuate wildly depending on where and when you buy fuel.
To estimate the effect of these changes on the costs in this report, use this table to add or subtract from the Private Operating Costs weekly changes in fuel costs separated by fuel type.
For example if the price of unleaded petrol changes from $1.50 to $1.55 per litre for a Micro Car Class Vehicle from this table add 0.31 cents per kilometre or $0.90 to the weekly running costs.
The same vehicle using Diesel for every 5 cent change in the price of fuel add or subtract 0.24 cents per kilometre or $0.70 to the weekly fuel/ running costs.
|Change in running costs per 5 cents fuel price change|
|Vehicle Segment||Fuel type||Cents/km||$/week|
|Micro car||Premium ULP||28||$0.82|
|Light car||Premium ULP||35||$1.00|
|Small Car under $35K||Diesel||30||$0.87|
|Small car under $35K||Premium ULP||36||$1.03|
|Small car under $35K||ULP||40||$0.85|
|Small car over $35K||Diesel||29||$1.05|
|Small car over $35K||Premium ULP||37||$1.05|
|Small car over $35K||ULP||32||$0.94|
|Medium car under $50K||Diesel||34||$0.98|
|Medium car under $50K||Premium ULP||42||$1.20|
|Medium car under $50K||ULP||43||$1.25|
|Medium car over $50K||Diesel||29||$0.84|
|Medium car over $50K||Premium ULP||39||$1.14|
|Medium car over $50K||ULP||07||$0.20|
|Large car under $70K||Diesel||34||$0.98|
|Large car under $70K||LPG||70||$2.01|
|Large car under $70K||Premium ULP||62||$1.79|
|Large car under $70K||ULP||54||$1.57|
|Large car over $70K||Diesel||34||$0.97|
|Large car over $70K||Premium ULP||49||$1.43|
|Large car over $70K||ULP||30||$0.86|
|Family wagon||Premium ULP||55||$1.58|
|Sports under $50K||Diesel||34||$0.98|
|Sports under $50K||Premium ULP||40||$1.17|
|Sports under $50K||ULP||39||$1.12|
|Sports $50-$100K||Premium ULP||43||$1.23|
|Sports over $100K||Diesel||34||$0.98|
|Sports over $100K||Premium ULP||54||$1.55|
|Hot HB-Sed-Wag under $50K||Diesel||30||$0.87|
|Hot HB-Sed-Wag under $50K||Premium ULP||41||$1.17|
|Hot HB-Sed-Wag under $50K||ULP||39||$1.11|
|Hot HB-Sed-Wag $50-$100K||Diesel||30||$0.87|
|Hot HB-Sed-Wag $50-$100K||Premium ULP||64||$1.85|
|Hot HB-Sed-Wag over $100K||Premium ULP||61||$1.76|
|2WD SUV under $35K||Diesel||34||$0.97|
|2WD SUV under $35K||>Premium ULP||42||$1.20|
|2WD SUV under $35K||ULP||45||$1.30|
|2WD SUV over $35K||Diesel||35||$1.01|
|2WD SUV over $35K||Premium ULP||46||$1.33|
|2WD SUV over $35K||ULP||56||$1.61|
|AWD SUV under $45K||Diesel||42||$1.22|
|AWD SUV under $45K||Premium ULP||48||$1.37|
|AWD SUV under $45K||ULP||51||$1.48|
|AWD SUV $45-$65K||Diesel||44||$1.28|
|AWD SUV $45-$65K||Premium ULP||50||$1.43|
|AWD SUV $45-$65K||ULP||59||$1.70|
|AWD SUV over $65K||Diesel||44||$1.27|
|AWD SUV over $65K||Premium ULP||63||$1.81|
|AWD SUV over $65K||ULP||71||$2.06|
|Utility-Cab Chassis 2WD||Diesel||47||$1.36|
|Utility-Cab Chassis 2WD||LPG||80||$2.31|
|Utility-Cab Chassis 2WD||Premium ULP||72||$2.07|
|Utility-Cab Chassis 2WD||ULP||64||$1.86|
|Utility-Cab Chassis 4WD||Diesel||52||$1.49|
|Utility-Cab Chassis 4WD||ULP||66||$1.90|
Green Vehicle Guide
Greenhouse Gas and Pollution are shown against each vehicle to allow for a more informed comparison to be made. See www.greenvehicleguide.gov.au for more information.
ANCAP ratings are a guide to the protection offered to the occupants in a crash. NRMA recommends a four, preferably five star ANCAP rating. For more information go to ancap.com.au.
Note: ANCAP ratings are provided by a third party and whilst all care has been taken NRMA accepts no responsibility for errors or omissions and readers are advised to make their own enquires on the crash ratings of a particular vehicle. ESC is required for a five star ANCAP rating.
Electronic Stability Control (ESC)
Availability of ESC is shown as Std (Standard), Opt (Optional) or N/A (Not Available). There is extensive research that shows ESC offers a significant safety benefit to all road users so NRMA believes that it should be on every vehicle purchaser's list.
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