Volkswagen’s light-on-your-pocket Jetta 118TSI manual has just been announced as the least expensive car to own and run in the medium car category under $50,000 in the 2012 Car Operating Costs survey.

The nation’s leading motoring authorities conducted an operating cost survey covering over 1,500 vehicles in 17 popular categories.

The Survey includes costs that go with car ownership and are unavoidable if you own your own car, such as purchase price, depreciation, vehicle registration, insurance, fuel, scheduled service pricing and replacement parts over a 5-year period.

With its impressively low fuel consumption of 6.5l/100km the Jetta only puts you out of pocket $34.28 per week on fuel. The total weekly running costs came in at $175.28 or 60.76 cents per km.

Volkswagen Group Australia’s Managing Director, Anke Koeckler, welcomes the result: “It is pleasing to see the Jetta honoured for its outstanding value and efficiency. After being named Best Medium Car under $50,000 in the 2011 Australia’s Best Cars Awards, this survey further highlights why the Jetta is such a great all-round package.”

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