Less than 500 euros or almost 1000 euros – according to a study by LeasePlan, that is the range when it comes to the cost of driving a car in Europe. The Dutch car leasing and fleet management company took a close look at 18 European countries for the “Car Cost Index 2020”. According to the information, it was looked at which total operating costs arise for gasoline, diesel and electric cars from the small and medium class.
High running costs for cars
According to LeasePlan, these costs were taken into account to calculate maintenance:
- Fuel or electricity
- Road tax
- Maintenance (repair, maintenance, tires)
According to the information, an average value for the first four years was determined and a mileage of 30,000 kilometers per year was taken as the basis. LeasePlan compared direct euro costs. In view of the differences in average income and purchasing power, this is only of limited significance.
According to the study, driving is the most expensive in these European countries:
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# 10 Austria
For small and compact cars in Austria in 2020, according to LeasePlan, monthly operating costs averaged 682 euros. This meant tenth place among the 18 European countries examined. Electric cars were the most expensive (718 euros), diesel the cheapest (672 euros).
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# 9 Denmark
Denmark landed just ahead of Austria in ninth place among the most expensive countries for drivers. The analysis calculated average operating costs of 683 euros. LeasePlan has also set spending in relation to gross domestic product. Here Denmark had the comparatively lowest operating costs alongside Sweden.
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# 8 Belgium
According to the ranking, Belgian car owners paid an average of 706 euros to operate their car in 2020. For petrol it was 686 euros, for diesel 709 euros and for electric cars 797 euros.
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# 7 Germany
In Germany, e-cars are hardly more expensive in comparison. According to the LeasePlan, operating costs of 730 euros were due for them. That was 10 euros more than for diesel and 26 euros more than for gasoline. In terms of the cost of e-cars, Germany slipped to ninth place in the ranking of the most expensive European countries.
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# 6 Great Britain
According to the study, annual operating costs in the United Kingdom averaged 730 euros in 2020 (petrol: 727 euros, diesel: 731 euros, e-cars: 744 euros). That meant sixth place among the countries examined.
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# 5 Finland
Finland came in fifth with € 739. The additional costs for electric cars were particularly high here. According to LeasePlan, they were 177 euros more than gasoline vehicles (944 instead of 767 euros). However, in the case of Finland, these disaggregated figures only refer to the compact class, not to small cars.
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# 4 Netherlands
In most of the countries examined, diesel cars were only slightly more expensive to run than gasoline-powered cars. In Greece they were even the cheapest form of propulsion for cars. The picture was different in the Netherlands. Here, diesel cars topped the price list at 806 euros, followed by e-cars (721 euros) and petrol (711 euros).
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# 3 Italy
The high running costs for cars are particularly noticeable in Italy. In relation to GDP, they are the highest here alongside Portugal. In terms of gasoline engines, only one country was more expensive than Italy. While this type of drive was cheapest in most countries, it topped the list in Italy at 807 euros. Diesel cost an average of 763 euros per year, e-cars were the cheapest at 742 euros.
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# 2 Norway
With a view to operating costs, switching to electromobility can also pay off in Norway. According to LeasePlan, e-cars were by far the cheapest there at 750 euros per year. Petrol came to 851 euros, diesel to 913 euros. The average value of 852 euros meant second place in Europe.
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# 1 Switzerland
Driving is by far the most expensive in Switzerland. The analysis calculated an annual average of 942 euros for 2020, 90 euros more than Norway in second place. The operating costs for a car were around 50 percent higher than in Austria and Denmark. The most expensive were petrol engines (960 euros), followed by e-cars (949 euros) and diesel (925 euros). Hungary had the lowest operating costs among the 18 countries examined at 491 euros. (Note: LeasePlan originally reported different numbers and corrected them in a later version of the report. This ranking is based on the current status.)