Depreciation and fuel are the two biggest expenses facing fleet decision-makers, but wholelife cost figures for the all-new Mazda5 ensure that businesses choosing the Compact Multi Activity Vehicle (MAV) will be saving money against most rival models.
Wholelife operating cost figures from industry experts Emmox Carcost over the benchmark three-year/60,000-mile replacement cycle reveal that the £15,100 on-the-road Mazda5 1.8 TS2 is the least expensive car to operate when compared with rivals from the likes of Citroen, Honda, Renault, Toyota, Vauxhall and Volkswagen.
The Vauxhall Zafira and the Renault Scenic are the biggest sellers in the C-MAV segment, but the Mazda5’s wholelife cost figures and the recently published residual values are expected to ensure the established order is revised in the fast-growing new car segment.
Emmox’s wholelife cost figures for the 115ps Mazda5 1.8 TS2, which take into account depreciation, fuel (86p per litre), service, maintenance and repair, insurance, finance (at 4 per cent), National Insurance, Vehicle Excise Duty and first registration fee, give it a three-year/60,000 mile operating cost of 36.6p per mile.
That compares with its nearest rival, the Renault Grand Scenic Expression 1.6 at 36.9ppm, while the new Vauxhall Zafira Club 2.2 will cost 41.57ppm. Although the Citroen Xsara Picasso Desire 1.8 is the only model that has a lower list price, £14,895, it costs more to operate (37.78ppm) largely due to higher depreciation. The figures reveal that, for example, fleets choosing the Mazda ahead of the rival Vauxhall will save 4.6ppm, which over three-years/60,000 miles equals a saving of £2,760 per vehicle.
Meanwhile, the 110ps Mazda5 2.0 Diesel TS2 (available from Quarter 1 2006) is calculated to have a pence per mile cost of 36.47p over three-years/60,000-mile, (the figure is calculated with diesel priced at 89p per litre), which puts it ahead of the likes of the new Vauxhall Zafira Club 1.9 CDTi, which will cost 38.42ppm to operate over the same period. Similarly, the Volkswagen Touran SE 1.9 TDI will cost 37.15ppm to run and the Toyota Verso T3 2.0 D-4D’s figure is 38.54ppm.
Mazda fleet and remarketing director Adam Pumfrey said: "The lower the pence per mile figure the cheaper the car is to operate. It is generally agreed that wholelife costs represent the basis for the best form of allocation policy. With company car costs continually under the microscope the Mazda5 can play its part without compromising driver appeal.
"Vehicle depreciation and fuel costs are the two single largest elements in any vehicle’s wholelife cost and with residual values generally falling across the marketplace, and pump prices continuing to escalate, the Mazda5 makes obvious financial sense for fleets.