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The cheapest SUVs to run in 2022

Ellie Dyer-Brown, 1 month ago

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Renault Captur

WhoCanFixMyCar reveals which SUVs are likely to be the cheapest to run in 2022.

SUVs are an increasingly common sight on our roads, and with so much variation between different manufacturers and models, it isn't hard to see why people are opting for cars that offer the best of both worlds when it comes to space and style.

If you're considering whether to buy an SUV in 2022, we've created a guide ranking the cheapest models to run to help you with the decision making process.

Our running costs are based on the average price of a full service, interim service, aircon service and MOT for each model in 2021.

Renault Captur

The ultra practical and versatile Renault Captur takes first place with an average annual running cost of £391.01 a year. The latest iteration of this popular SUV is built on the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance’s new supermini platform, providing better handling and an improved overall driving experience.

Renault Captur (2)
Renault CapturAverage Cost
Aircon Regas£75.14
Full Service£168.78
Interim Service£107.24

Peugeot 3008

The Peugeot 3008 comes complete with a swish interior, good equipment levels and a spacious boot. Add that to the fact that it’s also cheap to run, costing just £394.47 a year on average, and you’ve got an SUV that’s able to hold its own in what is ultimately an oversaturated segment.

Peugeot 3008
Peugeot 3008Average Cost
Aircon Regas£69.61
Full Service£171.34
Interim Service£112.69

Kia Sportage

If you’re looking for an SUV that offers excellent value for money, the Kia Sportage is a strong contender. The fourth generation is available with a broader range of engines and transmissions and more sporting design features. Plus, since it’s cheap to run - £398.33 a year on average - you get more for your money than ever before.

Kia Sportage
Kia SportageAverage Cost
Aircon Regas£69.53
Full Service£175.29
Interim Service£112.37

Nissan Qashqai

The Qashqai is one of the best selling SUVs out there, famous for championing the appearance of an off-roader without being weighed down by all the unnecessary hardware. Other manufacturers have since followed suit, but the Qashqai remains popular today. It’s not hard to see why given that it also comes with a pretty low running cost - just £400.51 a year on average.

Nissan Qashqai
Nissan QashqaiAverage Cost
Aircon Regas£72.64
Full Service£174.09
Interim Service£112.58

Ford Kuga

Fifth on our list is the Ford Kuga, which has a reputation for being the Puma’s slightly worse looking cousin. That being said, it comes through where it counts - it’s reliable, pleasant to drive, affordable to buy and comes with a modern, spacious interior. In terms of annual running costs, the Kuga takes the fifth spot on our list at £402.61. If you’re a fan of the classic Ford Focus but need a little extra room, this is the car for you.

Ford Kuga
Ford KugaAverage Cost
Aircon Regas£67.59
Full Service£179.68
Interim Service£115.09

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Hyundai Tucson

The Tucson might not be the most stylish or luxurious SUV on the market by any stretch of the imagination, but it’s a great all-rounder, and for families who need a reliable car with plenty of space, that’s enough. It costs an average of £402.86 a year to run, so even though it isn’t the cheapest car to buy, you’re still getting decent value.

Hyundai Tucson
Hyundai TucsonAverage Cost
Aircon Regas£76.74
Full Service£172
Interim Service£113.48

Suzuki Vitara

Like the Kuga, the Suzuki Vitara is a supermini-based SUV. If you have any experience with the Grand Vitara, make no mistake - these two are very different beasts. The Vitara is less powerful, much lighter and a lot lower, but it’s quicker than you’d expect and certainly well equipped for its price tag. It also scores pretty well when it comes to running costs, with an average price of £403.25.

Suzuki Vitara
Suzuki VitaraAverage Cost
Aircon Regas£82.65
Full Service£174.55
Interim Service£103.63

Volkswagen Tiguan

This compact SUV offers all the style and class that’s come to be associated with the Volkswagen brand while managing to be cheaper than many of its premium-badged competitors. It doesn’t handle tricky terrain as well as it does the road, but generally speaking it’s a decent SUV with a decent average annual running cost of £410.91.

VW Tiguan (Fabian Canela)
Volkswagen TiguanAverage Cost
Aircon Regas£73.91
Full Service£178.93
Interim Service£117.15

Vauxhall Crossland 

The Crossland X was refreshed in 2021, losing the X from its name, but the latest iteration isn't any more inspiring than its predecessor. However, while it isn’t exciting to look at, it’s a capable vehicle with a large boot and plenty of equipment for what you pay. It ranks ninth on our list with an annual running cost of £410.95 on average.

Vauxhall Crossland
Vauxhall CrosslandAverage Cost
Aircon Regas£94.88
Full Service£167.28
Interim Service£108.43

Honda CR-V

Taking tenth place on our list is the CR-V, the largest SUV in Honda’s range. Reliable and well-made, by Honda’s own claim it is the world’s best selling compact SUV, and considering its class-leading fuel efficiency, it isn’t hard to see why. The CR-V has an average annual running cost of £411.21.

Honda CR-V
Honda CR-VAverage Cost
Aircon Regas£64.04
Full Service£184.59
Interim Service£121

Family car annual running costs

Car ModelAverage Annual Cost
Renault Captur£391.01
Peugeot 3008£394.47
Kia Sportage£398.33
Nissan Qashqai£400.51
Ford Kuga£402.61
Hyundai Tucson£402.86
Suzuki Vitara£403.25
Volkswagen Tiguan£410.91
Vauxhall Crossland£410.95
Honda CR-V£411.21
Audi Q2£419.21
Toyota Rav4£427.31
Citroen C3 Aircross£428.37
Volkswagen T-Roc£431.17
Skoda Kodiaq£440.55
Volvo XC90£443.36
BMW X5£456.76
SEAT Ateca£459.68
Range Rover£463.67

The Cheapest SUV to run in 2022

Congratulations to the Renault Captur for taking the top spot on our list! For more advice on how to save money as a driver, click here.