- How much does it cost to drive a car for 5 miles?
A mini debate going on here. We have a 10 yr old BMW 530D, big heavy beast. Gets 40mpg on a run, and typically averages just under 30mpg with mixed driving. But seems less when engine’s cold.
So if you drive 5 miles, what’s the diesel cost (excl. wear and tear etc)? Anyone know … and presumably wear and tear’s tough on the first few miles?
Just out of interest/fuel the argument!Posted 7 years agowwaswasSubscriber
PDF from AA giving full details;
but in summary, as much as £2.52/mile for a flash car with a big engine.Posted 7 years ago
Well… if you take your average as 30mpg, then 5 miles = 1/6th of a gallon.
But confusing fuel is sold in litres, so 1/6th (UK Imperial) gallon = 0.7577 litres
According to http://www.petrolprices.com/ the current average price for diesel is 144.01p per litre
So that makes it about £1.09 by my calculations, for fuel alone.Posted 7 years agostumpy01Member
Well, diesel costs about £1.44 a litre or £6.54 a gallon.
So 40mpg means 5 miles will cost you (£6.54/40mpg*5miles) = £0.82
30mpg costs £1.08
20mpg costs £1.64
in terms of diesel cost alone. The more miles you do, the less significant all the other costs become to the overall cost/mile.Posted 7 years agoPeterPoddyMember
Our Focus does 40.25mpg (Petrol, average consumption worked out over 32,746 miles)
That’s 15p/mile in fuel according to my Road Trip app, over all that time, with varying fuel prices
5 miles is 75p in fuel alone
Tax is £165-ish a tear
Servicing/repairs/MOT about £500
Tyres £300 a set for 26,000 miles
We do about 13,000 a year so we use half that set of tyres
43.5p+75p= 118.5p for 5 miles.
EDITPosted 7 years ago
5 miles costs 5.7p in tyres alone.CougarSubscriber
Apropos of nothing,
I once worked out that, given mileage covered and the amount of times I’ve bought new tyres, driving costs me around 10p a mile in rubber.
If I were to claim business travel expenses in a private car, I’d be looking at around 40p / mile. This ‘feels’ about right to me. So for the OP, I’d guess around two quid to drive five miles.Posted 7 years ago
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