Top 20 cheapest cars to drive in the UK

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Gareth Herincx

2 days ago
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New research by comparison site Uswitch has revealed the cheapest cars to run, breaking down the annual running costs of the country’s most popular motors.

Knowing how much it’s going cost to run a car each year is an important part of any purchase decision, so the study calculated the cost per mile (CPM) and annual running cost (including fuel, insurance, road tax and miles per gallon) against the UK’s average mileage (7,400 miles).

Top 20 cheapest cars to run each year in the UK

Rank Vehicle Total Annual Running Cost Average Cost Per Mile
1 Kia Picanto £1,372.63 £0.19
2 Citroen C1 £1,383.50 £0.19
3 Peugeot 108 £1,405.32 £0.19
4 Toyota Aygo £1,418.58 £0.19
5 Toyota Yaris £1,420.18 £0.19
6 Hyundai i10 £1,439.55 £0.19
7 Toyota Corolla £1,443.84 £0.20
8 Toyota Prius £1,446.27 £0.20
9 Fiat 500 £1,448.96 £0.20
10 Suzuki Swift £1,458.33 £0.20
11 Fiat Panda £1,467.62 £0.20
12 Volkswagen UP! £1,481.03 £0.20
13 Honda Jazz £1,487.20 £0.20
14 Hyundai i20 £1,495.95 £0.20
15 Dacia Sandero £1,502.50 £0.20
16 Skoda Fabia £1,510.75 £0.20
17 Kia Ceed £1,513.12 £0.20
18 Renault Megane £1,516.57 £0.20
19 Ford Fiesta £1,526.51 £0.21
20 Mazda 2 £1,526.99 £0.21

“When buying a new car there are many factors that have to be taken into account before making a final decision on which make and model to purchase,” said Joel Kempson, car insurance expert at Uswitch.com.

“However, undoubtedly the most important factor is the costs that come with purchasing a vehicle, not only the cost of the car itself but also the extra cash needed to run it day to day.

“According to our cost per mile (CPM) calculation, the Kia Picanto is the most affordable car to run per mile, making the vehicle a great choice for drivers wanting to save money over the long term.”

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Gareth is a versatile journalist, copywriter and digital editor who’s worked across the media in newspapers, magazines, TV, teletext, radio and online. After long stints at the BBC, GMTV and ITV, he now specialises in motoring.

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The total number of stolen vehicles in the UK dropped by nearly 15% in 2020 while many of us were at home and able to watch over our cars due to the pandemic, according to new research.

Insurer comparethemarket.com analysed data from 26 police forces, revealing that 61,743 vehicles were stolen over the last two years – 28,454 in 2020, compared to 33,289 in 2019.

Overall, the West Midlands fell victim to the most crimes in the past two years. However, it’s Birmingham West that ranks top for the total number of offences, despite thefts in 2020 decreasing by nearly 21% compared to 2019.

While theft rates in Liverpool, Sheffield and Birmingham East also decreased last year, Doncaster saw thefts increase by 8%.

Top 10 vehicle theft hotspots

Rank Location 2019 thefts 2020 thefts Total
1 Birmingham West 1,730 1,375 3,105
2 Liverpool 1,276 1,062 2,338
3 Sheffield 1,199 1,123 2,322
4 Birmingham East 1,050 991 2,041
5 Doncaster 739 796 1,535
6 Sandwell 726 748 1,474
7 Brighton and Hove 672 590 1,262
8 Rotherham 557 615 1,172
9 Luton Borough 679 486 1,165
10 Coventry 506 608 1,114

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