These are the people movers that should cost you the least to own over three years. This has been calculated by Wheels using fuel economy, maintenance and insurance costs, and the sum you can expect to lose in depreciation. Cars also get points for the length of their warranties. To read about the brains behind the formula, please click here to visit Wheels.
1. Kia Rondo Si
Taking the top spot isn’t a first for Kia’s Rondo, which suggests frugality is not just a fleeting quality. The Korean bus doesn’t win on the strength of retained value – the predicted depreciation isn’t fantastic at 53 percent – but on the fact you can buy the Rondo for a mere $30K, so there’s not too much to lose. Kia’s seven-year warranty is a bonus, which helps the Rondo people-mover see off challengers from other long-warrantied brands such as Hyundai and Citroen.
2. Hyundai iMax 2.5 CRDi
3. Fiat Freemont
|People Movers under $60K||Kia Rondo Si 2.0i auto||Hyundai iMax 2.5DT man||Fiat Freemont 2.4i auto|
|Combined cycle fuel (L/100km)||7.9||8.1||9.8|
|Fuel RON (min. rec.)||91||D||91|
|Three-year fuel cost||$4509||$4895||$5594|
|Redbook resale (%)||53.2||65.2||58.1|
|AAMI insurance premium||$944||$1035||$933|
|Service interval (months)||12||12||6|