Our latest analysis has revealed the most expensive cars to maintain across Hatchbacks, Saloons and SUV/MPVs!
The Costs Maintaining a Hatchback
Highest Average Repair Quote: Peugeot 207 (£208.37) Read Who Can Fix my Car’s complete guide to Peugeot 207 for drivers.
Highest Average Repair Quote – Premium: Audi A3 (£215.02) Read Who Can Fix My Car’s complete guide to Audi A3 for drivers.
The Costs Maintaining a Saloon
Highest Average Repair Quote: Peugeot 407 (£230.15)
Highest Average Repair Quote – Premium: Jaguar X-Type (£234.59)
The Costs Maintaining a SUV/MPV
Highest Average Repair Quote: Toyota Rav-4 (£297.83)
Highest Average Repair Quote: Land Rover Freelander (£271.64)
Interestingly, the Toyota Rav-4 is the most expensive car to maintain, based on having the highest average quote for servicing and repairs*. It came out more expensive that the likes of the Range Rover Sport, BMW X5 and the Jaguar X-Type.
Whocanfixmycar.com has tracked more than 1,000,000 data points nationally, looking at repairs and requests for all makes and models. The Toyota Rav-4, with an average repair cost of £297.83, was the most expensive in its SUV/MPV class, 9.6% more expensive that the most expensive premium SUV/MPV, the Land Rover Freelander with an average repair cost of £271.64.
Peugeot have two models at the top of the list in their respective classes with the Peugeot 207 owning the highest average repair bill in the Hatchback category (£208.37) and the Peugeot 407 in the Saloon category (£230.15).
It is the big non-routine jobs that push the expense of the Toyota Rav-4 to the top of the pile. Although it isn’t the most expensive across the board, it does sit in the top 3 spots for a lot of the big jobs.
A Clutch Replacement was quoted on average at £651.97, 52.2% higher than the national average of £428.26. The Ford S-Max was slightly more expensive at £668.67.
Head Gasket Repair is another big job that the Rav-4 is over £200 more expensive that the national average of £499.99, with an average quote of £700.25. However, the Kia Sportage came out more expensive for Head Gasket Repair with an average quote of £794.03.
It is not all bad news for Toyota drivers though as no other Toyota model feature in our most expensive cars.
Peugeot have two models in the top most expensive Hatchbacks including the top spot and they also have the top spot in the Saloon category. However, the brand as a whole doesn’t appear to be overly expensive with it sitting in 8th position when including all models (excluding premium brands).
Arguably the most interesting insight is that the premium vehicles are not much more expensive to maintain on average when comparing them to the non-premium brands.
Louis Butcher, Digital Marketing Manager of WhoCanFixMyCar.com, said:
With over 150,000 quotes submitted a month, our data gives us a really unique perspective on the automotive market. It is surprising to see the Toyota Rav-4 at the top of the list, ahead the likes of Range Rover, Land Rover Freelander and the BMW X3 and X5. This just further stresses the importance of considering the cost of maintenance when deciding on purchasing a new car.
Costs of Maintaining Different Car Types
|Top 5 Non-Premium SUV/MPV Models|
|Hyundai Santa Fe||£270.96|
|Top 5 Premium SUV/MPV models|
|Land Rover Freelander||£271.64|
|Land Rover Discovery||£225.80|
|Range Rover Sport||£205.03|
|Top 5 Non-Premium Saloon Models|
|Top 5 Premium Saloon Models|
|BMW 3 Series||£206.82|
|Top 5 Non-Premium Hatchbach Models|
|Top 5 Premium Hatchback Models|
|BMW 1 Series||£213.79|
*Cars with over 1,000 total quotes on WhoCanFixMyCar.com in 2017