As good as it Getz

Hyundai’s baby is cheap­est to run for the sec­ond year, write STEPHEN OT­T­LEY and PAULGOVER

Herald Sun - Motoring - - News -

THE high price of fuel is burn­ing holes in the wal­lets of Aus­tralian mo­torists. The ef­fect of the fuel cri­sis is re­flected in the latest RACV sur­vey of new-car run­ning costs, and worse is to come.

It shows the av­er­age cost of run­ning a new car has jumped 7 per cent in the past year, and some types of ve­hi­cles are do­ing worse.

Even hy­brid cars are not im­mune. Thanks to the de­pre­ci­a­tion on their higher show­room price, they trail the fuel mi­sers in the $15,000 class.

The re­sults for the past year are not the worst in the his­tory of the sur­vey, but do point to tough times and worse to come. The worst re­sult in re­cent sur­veys was a 10.42 per cent jump in 2003.

RACV chief en­gi­neer Michael Case cites the pump price of petrol as the big­gest fac­tor in the latest rise.

‘‘It’s very hard to know but as petrol con­tin­ues to rise in price, we’re ex­pect­ing the fig­ures to go up,’’ Case says.

He says the RACV ex­pects run­ning costs to rise an­other 7 per cent in the next 12 months, based on the con­tin­u­ing in­crease in the price of petrol.

It is the third time in six years that the study has recorded an av­er­age in­crease of more than 5 per cent. Costs went up 8.9 per cent in 2005 af­ter the 10.43 per cent jump in 2003.

‘‘There have been pre­vi­ous petrol spikes,’’ Case says. ‘‘The other key fac­tor is the trend in new ve­hi­cle prices.’’

The RACV study, which looks at own­ing and op­er­at­ing a ve­hi­cle, was topped for the sec­ond straight year by the Hyundai Getz.

The baby South Korean car costs $122.83 a week to own and op­er­ate, a re­sult that made it best of the light cars in show­rooms.

Not sur­pris­ingly, the best per­form­ers were all from the light and small-car classes.

Hyundai claimed a dou­ble with its i30. It topped the small-car class, and the diesel at $151.55 fin­ished just ahead of the petrolpow­ered i30, at a cost of $152.08.

The six-cylin­der lo­cals fin­ished well down the over­all list but fam­ily favourite Holden Com­modore scored a nar­row win against the Ford Fal­con, be­fore the latest FG ar­rived, cost­ing $239.44 weekly against the Ford at $242.47.

But the worst re­sult in the sur­vey, as al­ways, was re­served for the Toy­ota LandCruiser.

The four-wheel-drive wagon has al­ways been the costli­est car to run and its latest re­sults were $382.89 for a petrol V8 and $401.53 a week for a tur­bod­iesel.

In the hy­brid field, Toy­ota and Prius were well off the out­right pace.

Fu­els par­adise: the Hyundai Getz is the cheap­est car to run for the sec­ond year run­ning, ac­cord­ing to the RACV.

High anx­i­ety: the Toy­ota LandCruiser four-wheel-drive wagon re­mains the costli­est to run.

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