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The Top 10 cheapest small cars to maintain in the UK

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WhoCanFixMyCar reveals which are the Top 10 cheapest small cars to maintain on the road today

It’s easy to just focus on the price of a car when you’re thinking of buying a new one, but equal consideration needs to be given to how much it will cost to maintain, otherwise what seemed like a bargain buy may end up becoming a money pit in disguise.

That's why the team at WhoCanFixMyCar have done the research for you to show you the small cars that are likely to cost you the least to maintain each year in terms of MOT, Full Service, Interim Service and Aircon Regas.


Top 10 cheapest small cars to maintain

Guide Contents

Vauxhall Corsa

Renault Clio

Suzuki Swift

VW Polo

Nissan Micra

Skoda Fabia

Toyota Yaris

Ford Fiesta

Citroen C3

Hyundai i30


Vauxhall Corsa

The Vauxhall Corsa has become one of Britain’s best-selling cars ever since it first appeared on our roads in 1993. It’s easy to see why it has proved perennially popular with its looks, easy handling, practicality and, crucially for us, affordability. It is the latter in terms of annual maintenance costs which has also seen it earn top spot in our Top 10.

Cost: £375.51 per year*


Renault Clio

Just like the Vauxhall Corsa, the Renault Clio has been a major commercial as well as critical success since it was launched in the 1990s. It also gives it a real run for its money when it comes to maintenance costs with less than 50 pence separating our top two.

Cost: £376.04 per year*


Suzuki Swift

Short, agile and wallet friendly is how Parkers described the Suzuki Swift. And you can now add to that list extremely affordable to maintain with the supermini rounding out our top three cheapest used small cars to maintain on our roads today.

Cost: £376.09 per year*


VW Polo

The first ever Volkswagen Polo rolled off the production line in 1975. And, almost 50 years later, the so-called ‘little brother’ of the Volkswagen Golf continues to prove just as popular with drivers. While the Volkswagen Polo isn’t cheap to buy, at least this is offset by some of the most competitive maintenance costs in class.

Cost: £376.43 per year*


Nissan Micra

The Nissan Micra is the perfect choice for anyone who requires economical as well as efficient small car city driving. The same applies to maintenance, with the average cost of a full service the cheapest of any of the models in our Top 10.

Cost: £376.55 per year*


Skoda Fabia

Some small cars are cheap and feel it, while others are premium but don’t really do much to justify it. The Skoda Fabia is neither of these which probably explains why over four million have been produced to date. What the Skoda Fabia does well is keep things simple and straightforward. The same logic extends to maintenance with its servicing prices competitively priced - only the cost of an aircon regas brings its overall score down.

Cost: £377.04 per year*


Toyota Yaris

A trendsetter in its day (among superminis at least thanks to its petrol / hybrid engine), the Toyota Yaris has always represented solid value for money, particularly for those drivers who rate reliability over anything else. This frugality extends to maintenance with its modest costs overall putting it ahead of more illustrious rivals such as the Ford Fiesta in our Top 10.  

Cost: £378.03 per year*


Ford Fiesta

The best-selling car in its class for many years now, the Ford Fiesta goes from strength-to-strength with every new model that is released. Popular with drivers of all ages, it’s overall maintenance costs are pretty comparable with only its high aircon regas cost letting it down.

Cost: £380.21 per year*


Citroen C3

If you’re looking for a supermini with distinctive looks, lots of neat futures and a good choice of economical engines, then the Citroen C3 ticks all of those boxes. Sadly, this isn’t reflected in its average maintenance costs which are the second highest, with the interim service particularly high when compared with other superminis.

Cost: £381.97 per year*


Hyundai i30

Rounding off our Top 10 is the Hyundai i30. One of the best value for money cars on the road (for its size), the Hyundai i30 combines excellent build quality, equipment levels and reliability. Where it falls down, based on our research, is with its maintenance costs; the average cost of an MOT together with a full service is significantly higher than any other car we reviewed.

Cost: £382.55 per year*


There you have it. Congratulations to the Vauxhall Corsa, the cheapest small car to maintain in the UK right now.

*Prices based on the average cost of an annual MOT, Full Service, Interim Service and Aircon Regas