What are the cheapest new cars to buy and own?

These are the ten cheapest cars, including SUVs, hatches, sedans and dual-cab utes, that you can buy in Australia

Header Jpg
Gallery15
Ford Range XLT Jpg
15

2019 Gold Star Award winners

If you want the absolute cheapest car to own, what should you buy? Wheels' Gold Star Awards answers that question by calculating the costs of ownership for every car on the Australian market across ten different categories - small SUV, medium SUV, large SUV (7 seater), premium SUV, dual-cab ute, mainstream hatch, premium hatch, mainstream sedan, premium sedan and performance car.

The result is three finalists and one winner in every segment, bringing new car buyers advice on the cheapest and best value cars to own. Given the numbers don't account for driveability and evaluation of the vehicle itself, we've also included what Wheels would pick if it were our money.

Click through to see all the finalist and winners below.

Smallsuv Jpg
15
Medsuv Jpg
15
Largesuv Jpg
15
Premsuv Jpg
15
Dualcab Jpg
15
Mainstreamhatch Jpg
15
Premhatch Jpg
15
Mainsedan Jpg
15
Premsedan Jpg
15
Perf Jpg
15

 


What is the Gold Star Awards?

Often, the only real cost people think about when buying a new car is the big one – the purchase price. But once you fork out the dough, there are countless other hidden costs that start racking up the moment you leave the car yard.

We’re talking things like servicing costs which can vary greatly, comprehensive insurance that is different for every model, and fuel, which depending on if the car is diesel or petrol and how much it consumes, could end up costing over 50 percent more to run at the bowser.

Asdasd Jpg
15

And finally, there’s the biggest cost of ownership for most new cars – depreciation. Or, the amount of value a car loses each year as a percentage of its original purchase price.

Ford Range XLT Jpg
15

Combining all of these costs over three years, Wheels has calculated the best value car to own in eight different segments. It’s named the Gold Star Awards.

Wheels has announced the top three contenders and winning car in the following segments, representing the best value cars you can buy this year:

  • Small SUV
  • Medium SUV

  • Large SUV

  • Premium SUV

  • Dual-cab ute

  • Mainstream hatch

  • Premium hatch

  • Mainstream sedan

  • Premium sedan

  • Performance
Volvoxc Jpg
15

Crunch go the numbers

Here are the categories Wheels uses to calculate the best value car to buy in Australia.

Depreciation: The biggest cost of ownership for most new cars. Of the 2000-plus cars number-crunched, Glass’s three-year retained value figures ran as low as 33 percent for the worst depreciators, to as high as 69 percent for something like Toyota’s LandCruiser GXL.

Insurance: We used comprehensive insurance quotes obtained online from Budget Direct for a 35-year-old male living in Chatswood, NSW, Rating One for life, no finance, with the vehicle declared for private use.

Fuel: Annual fuel cost has been calculated on ADR combined-cycle consumption figures – not real-world, but a good base for comparison. Annual distance travelled is taken as the ABS Australian average of 14,000km, and fuel
prices on the day were used.

Purchase price: Most new-car buyers set out with a budget in mind, so the survey is divided into price brackets. The real cost of owning the car is depreciation, which is where purchase cost comes into our value analysis.

Real cost: It’s relatively easy to put a representative number on the three-year cost of depreciation, fuel and insurance, so the total of these running costs equates to 80 percent of a car’s score.

Servicing costs: Widespread fixed- or capped-price servicing schemes would make it possible to compare car servicing costs, but for the fact they’re not universal. We can score service intervals; a longer interval may result in less expense and increases convenience, so it takes the maximum 10 points.

Warranty: Yes, a seven-year warranty gives greater peace of mind compared with a shorter one. However, it’s impossible to put a hard cost on what an extra-long warranty is worth; it only translates into cash if something fails and is fixed without cost. Accounts for 10 points out of 100.

The Wheels pick: This is to assist all of you who don’t always follow your accountant’s advice. Still with an eye firmly fixed on the bottom line, this is the model we reckon nails a sweet spot for driving enjoyment, comfort, and value ... if you can stretch to it. 

 

How are you finding our new site design? Tell us in the comments below or send us your thoughts at feedback@whichcar.com.au.

 

Subscribe to Wheels magazine

Subscribe to Wheels Magazine and save up to 44%
Get your monthly fix of news, reviews and stories on the greatest cars and minds in the automotive world.

Subscribe

 

We recommend

NEWS

2021 Mercedes-AMG GT 4 door
News

Mercedes-AMG gives mid-life updates to GT 4-door Coupé, Australia to miss out

Revisions come for Merc-AMG four-door but Australia won't get six-cylinder models

2 days ago
Jordan Mulach
Please enable JavaScript to view the comments powered by Disqus.