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    is there much saving in fuel by swapping cars ?

    So currently I have a Toyota Corolla 2004 diesel 2L spending around £90 on fuel a month . I want to down size to save money and was wondering if a 2009 Yaris 1.3VVT-I would save much money ? I know I will save a bit on insurance , tax and fuel but wondered if there would be a real noticeable saving ? Sorry for my stupidity but I'm not good with this stuff !! Thanks to all who answer

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    You probably need to tell us how many miles you do a month...

    It's impossible to even guess how much unless you equate the cost per month against how much mileage a month you do.

    Original Poster

    About 400-500 a month

    You're consumption seems WAY too high if you're only covering 400-500 miles on £90 of diesel. I get 400 miles on about £40 or so of petrol in my Jazz. Maybe you are driving it too hard? What you've told us means you're only getting mid 20's mpg which from a two litre diesel seems too low.

    scrumpypaul

    You're consumption seems WAY too high if you're only covering 400-500 … You're consumption seems WAY too high if you're only covering 400-500 miles on £90 of diesel. I get 400 miles on about £40 or so of petrol in my Jazz. Maybe you are driving it too hard? What you've told us means you're only getting mid 20's mpg which from a two litre diesel seems too low.



    Agree, also with so little mileage they don't really need a diesel, A petrol would be a much wiser option.

    rule of thumb: if u do below average mileage then buy a petrol. if u do above then buy a diesel.

    also... you might want to look at the mpg and tax bands for both cars.

    2004 Corolla 2.0 D-4D = 49mpg / £185 tax
    2009 Yaris 1.3 vvti = 47-55mpg / £30- £145 tax

    hopefully will help your decision making

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    118luke

    also... you might want to look at the mpg and tax bands for both … also... you might want to look at the mpg and tax bands for both cars.2004 Corolla 2.0 D-4D = 49mpg / £185 tax2009 Yaris 1.3 vvti = 47-55mpg / £30- £145 taxhopefully will help your decision making





    Thanks

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    NewYellowFour

    Thanks for the time you took to post


    the simple answer is YES - definitely time to change
    If corolla breaks down big repair bill cheaper on al counts for Yaris so no brainer really

    buttonpushervic

    It's impossible to even guess how much unless you equate the cost per … It's impossible to even guess how much unless you equate the cost per month against how much mileage a month you do.



    It's perfectly possible. We know the cost and we know how many MPG the corolla does so you can work it out. Although you don't even need to do that, you can compare it directly to the Yaris' fuel economy and allow for the differing fuel cost to work out the fuel bill after the change without ever knowing the mileage.

    Mileage is useful as a check though. In this case you're only doing about 27mpg rather than the high forties/low fifties generally reported for the Corolla 2.0 diesel. If your fuel cost and mileage figures are accurate then there's something wrong with your car and it may be cheaper to get it fixed than to replace it with a different car.

    My personal view would be that if the Corolla is reliable and does everything you want then don't change it. Its probably worth very little so you may as well run it until it stops. It will also be an old style diesel without the dreaded DPF and other expensive emissions system which newer cars have (the Yaris will probably be a DPF model). You could go from a reliable car to an unknown money pit which would wipe any savings out.

    If you must change then a better option may well be a petrol Yaris. There is a lot less to go wrong than the diesel and the economy will probably not be vastly different.

    Edit: Just seen a comment somewhere else - You'll be spending pounds to save pennies.

    OK, just seen you are looking at a Yaris petrol in any case.

    Edited by: "paul123edwards" 31st Aug 2016

    What sort of journeys do you do?
    My wife hasn't been to a petrol station for a year....

    Bought a used nissan leaf - no tax, very cheap to run, but only really suitable if you only do short local drives.

    118luke

    also... you might want to look at the mpg and tax bands for both … also... you might want to look at the mpg and tax bands for both cars.2004 Corolla 2.0 D-4D = 49mpg / £185 tax2009 Yaris 1.3 vvti = 47-55mpg / £30- £145 taxhopefully will help your decision making



    Not disputing your comment - it seems a reasonable response but I'd just like to see real world fuel consumption figures.... meaning I'd like to know how many Yaris 1.3 vvti drivers actually get 47mpg never mind 55mpg but you could say the same for the Corolla figures.

    If your happy with your current car your probably better taking it for or giving it a full service and see if it improves.
    Rough maths works out your getting 26ish mpg which is pretty dire without your thrashing the hell out of it. Should be getting closer to the 40 mark.

    Definitely Google driving tips for better fuel economy. Sounds like your mpg is way down due to a lot of stop start traffic or being too heavy with your foot. A change of car will only correct so much. I'd try changing your driving habits first and see how much you save...
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