Cheapest Car to Run in 2023, From Small Car to SUV

Are you sick of your car’s fuel bar plummeting while its maintenance bills rocket? No matter your lifestyle, there will always be cheap cars to run, and we have you covered. From small city cars to cross-country carriers, you will find cars on this list here that will save you big in the long run

Small Cheap to Run Cars

If you're looking for the cheapest cars on sale, the Hyundai i10 should be mentioned here. If you are looking for a truly efficient city runner that won’t burn holes in your pocket, the i10 is a great choice. It is even considered one of the cheapest cars to maintain in the UK! The i10 gets well over 50mpg and its 1.0-litre petrol engine is an excellent choice if you are looking to optimise your efficiency.

Moving up to something a little bigger with sharp handling, you can’t go wrong with the Peugeot 208. It's an efficient, fuel economy, 1.2L petrol engine doesn’t drink up that much fuel and brings a quiet and comfortable ride. It also has a very appealing price, making it more than a viable option. Other honourable mentions here are the Vauxhall Corsa, Suzuki Swift, and Mazda 2 – all having great miles per gallon and low running costs that are worth looking at, even consider electric cars.

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Cheap to Run SUVs

The Suzuki Ignis is an excellent cheap-to-run small SUV that is very versatile for cities and off-road alike. With just under 60mpg and the option to engage its four-wheel drive technology, the Suzuki Ignis is a great choice to keep running costs down. If you are looking for an SUV that holds its value very well, the MG ZS EV is a great choice to consider. With free road tax, a five-star NCAP safety rating and up to 273 miles of range, this might just be what you are looking for to cut fuel costs.

Another cheap small car SUV that holds a firm place here is the Peugeot 2008. Its frugal and reliable engine has well over 50mpg, while the car itself also retains its value quite well. While the Peugeot 2008 has a modern and stylish interior, the Vauxhall Crossland takes a more familiar design which might be to your appeal. The Crossland offers an impressive 49mpg and its low asking prices generously offer a spacious interior and lots of equipment.

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7-Seater Cheapest Car to Run

We can’t ignore those who are looking for a little more space beyond a typical SUV. There are two honourable mentions here with the first being the Peugeot 5008. This is an incredibly cheap 7-seater car whether you purchase it upfront or on finance, and it can retain its value quite well too. A used Vauxhall Zafira Tourer may also tick your boxes since it is reliable to run considering its size and offers great mpg .

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We hope that these cheap alternatives will make your next car-buying decision that much easier! The experts at Eden are here to answer any questions you may have before buying, but if you wish to explore the full range of used cars now, click here.