WhoCanFixMyCar reveals which cars you should be looking to buy over the next 12 months if you want to save money on servicing
New year, new you…new car? If you’re looking to buy a new set of wheels in 2022, it’s worth doing some research into annual maintenance costs before you make a decision about which model to go for. Typically, maintenance includes annual servicing (both full service and interim service), an MOT and aircon regas.
Since servicing is one of the biggest maintenance cost car owners face, we’re going to take a look at which cars are likely to be the cheapest to service in 2022 - based on this year’s data.
Top 10 cheapest cars to service
Thanks to its excellent value for money and practicality, the Skoda Citigo has earned a reputation as one of the best city cars on the market. Despite being a small car, the interior is more spacious than you’d think; according to carwow, it provides “big car features in a small package”.
|Skoda Citigo||Average Cost|
When it comes to style, one thing’s for sure: the Fiat Panda isn't going win any awards on that front. Olivier Francois, the Fiat boss, describes it as “a car for doing whatever the hell you like”, a statement which perfectly encapsulates the “couldn’t care less” styling of the Panda.
It comes with lots of storage - 14 different spaces, according to Fiat - yet offers a distinct lack of knee room in the front. Nevertheless, one of the Panda’s strengths is that it’s cheap to service, costing an average of £267.16 a year. So, if you can look past its aesthetic flaws and higher-than-expected price tag, the running costs are pretty reasonable.
|Fiat Panda||Average Cost|
Though not quite as exciting as the VW Up or Toyota Aygo, the Kia Picanto holds its own in the city car segment. It comes with five doors as standard, it handles well and has a well-equipped infotainment system. If you want a small city car but you’re reluctant to move from petrol to electric or hybrid, the Picanto is worth considering. For servicing, it costs £267.37 a year on average.
|Kia Picanto||Average Cost|
The C1 has been around for nine years, but in that time it’s failed to catch up with its competitors like the VW Up and Skoda Citigo. Though it’s had several facelifts, it still has the rounded and somewhat unrefined appearance of a car from the mid-2000s, but the latest iteration has at least introduced an extra burst of speed and power.
When it comes to servicing, the C1 takes fourth place on our list at £268.04 a year on average.
|Citroen C1||Average Cost|
Rounding off our top 5 is the Peugeot 108, a city car that very closely resembles - at least under the bonnet - the Citroen C1 and Toyota Aygo. Its predecessor, the 107, was around for almost a decade and managed to maintain its popularity during that time, which is why Peugeot saw fit to refresh it in the form of the 108.
Servicing costs an average of £268.66 a year, which isn’t bad at all.
|Peugeot 108||Average Cost|
The Aygo has a punchy appearance and is very modestly priced, making it an attractive second-hand car for first-time buyers. It was built in a joint venture with Peugeot and Citroen, offering the best of both brands without compromising on the reliability that Toyota is so well known for.
At just £268.67 a year on average for servicing, there isn’t much not to like about this city car.
|Toyota Aygo||Average Cost|
Unlike many of its competitors, this Hyundai city car offers a petrol, rather than electric or hybrid, engine. It’s good looking - better, in our opinion, than others like the 108 and C1 - offers plenty of cabin space, good equipment levels and a strong overall performance on the road. The i10 has a fairly low annual servicing cost, too: £269.63 on average.
|Hyundai i10||Average Cost|
Big by small SUV standards, the Kamiq manages to stand out in its class thanks to a great looking exterior and lots of nifty practical features. Standard equipment includes lane-keeping assistance and automatic emergency braking, making this overall a very safe car that’s sturdily built.
|Skoda Kamiq||Average Cost|
Dacia Sandero Stepway
Based on the regular Dacia Sandero, the Stepway features roof rails, an increased ride height, chunky wheel arch extensions and bumpers with integrated skidplates. There’s no hybrid or diesel versions, which is a little disappointing, but at least with Dacia you know you’re getting a car that’s unfailingly reliable…if not particularly stylish.
Average annual servicing costs £270.03 a year.
|Dacia Sandero Stepway||Average Cost|
Last, but by no means least, on our list is the Clio, a car that has made it into a number of our ‘cheapest for 22’ guides now, proving just how much value it offers to drivers. Now in its fifth and final iteration, the Renault Clio looks more attractive than ever and has clearly been designed with quality in mind. Annual servicing costs £273.74 on average.
|Renault Clio||Average Cost|
Annual Servicing Costs
|Model||Average Annual Servicing Cost|
|Dacia Sandero Stepway||£270.03|
The cheapest car to service in 2022
Hats off to the Skoda Citigo which had the lowest annual servicing costs in 2021 according to our data.
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