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Fuel costs wipe out efficiency savings

03 April 2006

  • Petrol cars 1.6mpg more frugal than in 2005
  • Diesel cars now 2.5mpg more economical
  • Any fuel saving is offset by higher pump prices

BP fuel news medium

Motorists are likely to lose any money they have saved from improvements in their car's fuel efficiency over the last year because petrol prices are tipped to go through the roof.

In its annual look at the cost of running a car, the AA Motoring Trust reckons likely increases in prices at the pump this year will wipe out any savings drivers have enjoyed with improvements in engine technology.

The Trust says that improvements in engine design between 2005 and 2006 have given motorists an extra 1.6mpg on a typical new petrol car, and 2.5mpg on a diesel.

Even though these gains have meant that the cost of motoring has generally edged downwards over the last year, the Trust expects continued pressure on petrol prices to leave motorists out of pocket.

The new pence per mile (PPM) figures from the Trust take into account purchase price, fuel costs and servicing expenses, and are based on a motorists driving 10,000 miles a year. They show how slight savings have been made over the last year and how easily they would be obliterated.

• Petrol cars up to £10,000 – 2006 34.62ppm (down 0.36ppm compared with 2005)
• Diesel cars up to £10,000 – 2006 34.73ppm (down 0.75ppm compared with 2005)

• Petrol cars £10,000 to £13,000 – 2006 43.50ppm (down 0.56ppm compared with 2005)
• Diesel cars £10,000 to £13,000 – 2006 40.52ppm (down 2.18ppm compared with 2005)

• Petrol cars £13,000 to £20,000 – 2006 55.47ppm (down 0.68ppm compared with 2005)
• Diesel cars £13,000 to £20,000 – 2006 54.61ppm (up 1.62ppm compared with 2005)

• Petrol cars £20,000 to £30,000 – 2006 74.59ppm (up 1.27ppm compared with 2005)
• Diesel cars £20,000 to £30,000 – 2006 68.49ppm (up 1.12ppm compared with 2005)

• Petrol cars worth more than £30,000 – 2006 103.64ppm (down 4.58ppm compared with 2005)
• Diesel cars worth more than £30,000 – 2006 91.02ppm (down 0.65ppm compared with 2005)

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