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How Much Does It Cost To Fuel Your Car?

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As part of its Total Cost of Motoring report, CAP, the independent agency analysing motoring costs, has worked out for you which are the most expensive and which are the cheapest cars to run, based upon fuel costs. The Total Cost of Motoring compiles the cost of 36 months of ownership of a number of models, based on an average 12,000 miles covered annually. Official mpg figures are given but, of course, average consumption can in reality vary wildly from manufacturers' numbers.

According to Cap data, the 10th cheapest car to fuel is the Nissan Note 1.5 dCi, with a fuel outlay of £2,793.68 over three years, based upon an official average consumption of 88.3mpg. It is followed by the Fiat Punto 1.3 Multijet, the Renault Megane 1.5 dCi and the Alfa Romeo Mito 1.3 JTD, all at £2,717.52 and 80.7mpg. Next cheapest are the Mini One 1.5 diesel and the Volvo V40 D2 ES, both costing £2,639.04 over three years for 83.1mpg. The Smart Fortwo CDI comes in fourth cheapest at a 36 month cost of £2,561.96 and 85.6mpg, then joint winners are the laudably frugal Kia Rio CRDi and Hyundai i20 1.1 CRDi, drinking £2,483.62 worth of fuel in three years for 88mpg.

At the other, far more painful, end of the scale are those cars which are the most expensive to fuel over three years...

In tenth place is the Aston Martin DB9 V12 Auto, whose owners will spend £10,662.67 on fuel in three years, with an official average consumption of 18.2mpg. The Audi R8 V8 Spyder is next, with fuel costs of £10,771.47 and 19.9mpg, the same as the Aston Martin Vanquish V12 Auto. Even worse is the Maserati GranCabrio V8 Auto, costing £10,826.71 at the pumps over three years, thanks to 18.2mpg, then the Rolls-Royce Phantom Saloon at £11,053.45 and 19.1mpg. It just gets more and more painful, as the Ferrari F12 Berlinetta will cost owners £11,229.83 in fuel over 36 months with 18.8mpg, while the ostensibly far more prosaic Vauxhall VXR8 GTS comes in at £11,411.94 for 18.5mpg. The Lamborghini Aventador is probably an obvious candidate for this list, with three year fuel costs coming to £11,927.73, covering a paltry (but very fast) 16.4mpg, while the second most expensive car to fuel is the Ferrari FF at £12,203.52 and 15.4mpg. Holding the dubious honour of the most expensive car to fuel is the Bentley Mulsanne 6.8 litre V8 Auto, which consumes an enormous £12,566.72 in fuel over three years and covers only 16.8mpg. Ouch...

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