Have you ever wondered how much it costs to fuel a car in Britain?
In November 2016, the Government published its latest Advisory Fuel Rates (AFRs). You might want to sit down now, because based on a petrol price of around £5.30 per gallon, the fuel cost per mile for cars with engines of up to 1.4 litres is 11.3p. For cars between 1.4 and 2.0 litres, that rises to 14p per mile. Above 2.0 litres, you’re looking at 21.4p per mile. That’s £1 for every five miles of motoring. Given that fuel costs generally rise, the situation is unlikely to improve.
Fortunately, there’s a way out; switch to an all-electric Nissan LEAF. The LEAF’s cost per mile is 2p. Yes, you read that right – two pence. So instead of five miles for every pound, you get 50. The LEAF is no hopelessly impractical micro car, either. It’s a fully-equipped, extremely refined five-seater, described by What Car? as “easy, fun and comfortable to drive” with “impressive reliability, safety and theft protection”.
Exempt from road tax and congestion charge costs, a LEAF will give you up to 155 miles on a single charge. A fast-growing UK charging infrastructure means that driving a LEAF makes more sense than ever. And you won’t have to sit down when it’s time to work out your motoring costs.*
Farewell fossil fuels
Like Nissan, What Car? is committed to driving down the cost of motoring. What Car?’s True MPG fuel economy tests are conducted in a laboratory to ensure consistency, but based on a real-world route involving town, rural and motorway driving, so you can make an informed judgement on your next choice of car. When it comes to fuel efficiency, the Nissan LEAF is ahead of the pack – because it uses no combustible fuel at all.
Nissan is a global leader in electric vehicles. Its five-seat LEAF is the world’s best-selling all-electric car, with more than three billion emissions-free kilometres covered since its launch in 2011.