Philip Nothard

Philip Nothard

Boasting practicality, presence and efficiency, subcompact SUVs are all the rage in the UK at present and clearly an increasingly popular choice with drivers.

The latest analysis from cap hpi looks at the total cost of ownership to reveal the 10 SUVs with the lowest motoring costs over the first three years. Once all the servicing, fuel and other motoring costs are taken into account, which SUVs come out in pole position?

The Dacia Duster Estate 1.6 SCe 115 Access 5dr and Dacia Diesel Estate 1.6 16V 115 Access 5dr share the lowest total cost of ownership on the SUV market, starting from £9,856.84 respectively also boasting the lowest monthly running cost of £273.80. This is followed by the SsangYong Tivoli Diesel Hatchback 1.6 D SE 5dr with a TCO of £10637.19.

When it comes to fuel costs, the SsangYong Tivoli Diesel Hatchback 1.6 D SE 5dr is also ahead of the rest of the pack and comes in lowest at £2,304.

Philip Nothard, cap hpi consumer and retail editor, comments: “When it comes to the looking at the leading 10 SUVs with the lowest total cost of ownership, for the first 3 years from new, our research shows that the Dacia Duster Estate and Diesel Estate really can’t be beaten.

“The SUV market has been booming of late and sector growth has been boosted by a real appetite from consumers. The SUV sector is one of the fastest growing vehicle sectors and manufacturers are putting a great deal of emphasis on this to capitalise on this continuous growth. Our top ten cars show that SUVs represent a good buy for the motorist and with manufacturers such as Citroen, Ford, Kia, Nissan, Renault, Peugeot, Fiat and Suzuki all providing a comprehensive quality choice of vehicles the sector can sustain its healthy position for some time to come.”


Top 10 SUVs by Make & Model 

Manufacturer Model Description Monthly Running Costs Service & Maint. Fuel Costs TCO
Dacia DUSTER ESTATE/ DUSTER DIESEL ESTATE 1.6 SCe 115 Access 5dr/1.6 16V 115 Access 5dr 273.80 550.00 3401.84 9856.84
SSANGYONG TIVOLI DIESEL HATCHBACK 1.6 D SE 5dr 295.48 978.00 2304.19 10637.19
Citroen C4 Citroen Hatchback 1.2 PureTech Touch 5dr 320.09 855 2443.34 11523.34
Suzuki Vitara Estate 1.6 SZ4 5dr 326.35 845.00 2814.66 11748.66
Fiat 500X Diesel Hatchback  EDITION 1.3 Multijet Pop 5dr 327.06 472.00 2197.17 11774.17
Peugeot 2008 Estate 1.2 PureTech Access A/C 5dr 327.82 822.00 2604.54 11801.54
Renault Captur Hatchback 0.9 TCE 90 Expression+ 5dr 331.78 456.00 2707.97 11943.97
Dacia Duster Diesel Estate 1.5 dCi 110 Prestige 5dr 332.36 582 2358.02 11965.02
Kia Sportage Diesel Estate 1.7 CRDi ISG 1 5dr 334.52 327 2465.56 12042.56
Ford Ecosport Diesel Hatchback 1.5 TDCi Zetec 5dr 337.63 739 2465.56 12154.56


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