Revealed: the most expensive and cheapest cars to maintain

Local garage and mechanic comparison service,, reveals the most expensive and cheapest cars to maintain.

Most expensive cars to maintain

The BMW 5 Series has been named Britain’s most expensive car to maintain in a study of the country’s 50 most popular vehicles.

Local garage and mechanic comparison service,, calculated the average annual maintenance cost for the top 50 vehicles, with each figure including servicing, MOTs and any unexpected repairs that may arise.

At a cost of £585 per annum, the BMW 5 Series is the most costly, followed by the Mercedes-Benz C-Class (£557) and Volkswagen Passat (£543). In fact, German cars make up 50 percent of the top 10 most expensive motors.

Looking at the other end of the table, the Fiat Punto is the cheapest car to maintain, with an average maintenance cost of just £255. The Peugeot 206 (£283) and Mercedes-Benz A-Class (£289) complete the top three least expensive cars to keep on the road. calculated how much each car costs to maintain at different ages, from brand new to 15 years old, and created an average cost for each car per year. All figures were collated between September 2017 and September 2018.

The comparison website also analysed how many repairs are carried out through its website and used official registration statistics to compile a list of the most reliable cars on the road.

It found that the Audi A1 is the most reliable, with a one in 1,610 chance of the car requiring a repair. Next up is the Renault Clio (one in 1,249), the Nissan Note (one in 1,055), the Seat Leon (one in 864) and the Hyundai i10 (one in 292).

It’s worth noting that these figures are based on repairs carried out via the website.

10 most expensive cars to maintain

BMW 5 Series

  1. BMW 5 Series: £585
  2. Mercedes-Benz C-Class: £557
  3. Volkswagen Passat: £543
  4. BMW 1 Series: £518
  5. BMW 3 Series: £486
  6. Hyundai i10: £470
  7. Toyota Yaris: £459
  8. Audi A4: £454
  9. Kia Sportage: £447
  10. Honda CR-V: £447

10 least expensive cars to maintain 

Fiat Punto

  1. Fiat Punto: £295
  2. Peugeot 206: £283
  3. Mercedes-Benz A-Class: £289
  4. Citroen C4: £293
  5. Renault Megane: £310
  6. Nissan Note: £312
  7. Nissan Micra: £312
  8. Vauxhall Zafira: £317
  9. Peugeot 207: £320
  10. Honda Civic: £321


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