AA parts survey: Ford Ranger the big winner

AA parts survey: Ford Ranger the big winner

The Alfa Romeo Stelvio emerged as the unexpected two-category top performer.

Ford Ranger took top honours in three sub-categories.

The Ford Ranger and Alfa Romeo Stelvio have emerged as the top ranking models in the first ever Spare Parts Pricing Guide tabled by the Automobile Association (AA).

Spanning ten categories and 63 vehicles with aspects taken into consideration comprising the actual price of the parts in question, body repair parts and maintenance, the Ranger, mainly in single-turbo 2.0 XLT guise, was found to offer the lowest costs of total parts and service in the light commercial double-cab category.

In 2.2 TDCi form, it also took top honours in latter category for single-cab commercial vehicles with the Isuzu D-Max denying it a clean sweep by taking the spoils in the former.

The biggest surprise is the performance of the Alfa Romeo Stelvio.

Contesting the Executive SUV segment, the Stelvio came out top in both with other class winners being the Datsun Go, Renault Kwid, Ford Figo, Lexus RX and Isuzu MU-X to name but a few.

“The AA Spare Parts Pricing Guide is important research consumers must be made aware of. Buyers often don’t consider the potential lifetime costs of vehicles at the time of purchase, and budgeting for these expenses is critical,” the AA said in a statement.

“Our research shows that more and more people are keeping their vehicles for longer due to prevailing economic conditions and personal finance circumstances; the information in our Guide is a critical component of proper research as part of buying a new or second-hand vehicle”.

The mentioned ten categories comprise the following:

  • Entry-level vehicles
  • Budget vehicles
  • Compact Family vehicles
  • Family SUVs
  • Executive SUVs
  • Luxury SUVs
  • Adventure 4x4s
  • LCV single cabs
  • LCV double cabs
  • Electric Cars

In terms of the lowest rand value of total parts basket category, the top-rated models, excluding electric vehicles which were judged too early for consideration, were as follows:

  • Entry-level vehicles: Datsun Go – R74 024.80
  • Budget vehicles: Ford Figo 1.5 Titanium – R53 254.55
  • Compact Family vehicles:  Mazda CX-3 – R131 920.18
  • Family SUVs: Honda CR-V – R171 790.57
  • Executive SUVs: Alfa Romeo Stelvio – R179 210.39
  • Luxury SUVs: Range Rover Sport – R367 410.19
  • Adventure 4×4 vehicles: Ford Everest 2.0 BiT XLT – R117 037.19
  • LCV single cabs: Isuzu D-Max – R79 038.56
  • LCV double cabs: Ford Ranger 2.0 SiT XLT – R96 083.00
The outgoing Isuzu MU-X recorded the lowest rand value of service parts in the Adventure Vehicle category.

Fronting the lowest rand value of service parts basket category, which did include electric vehicles, were the following:

  • Entry-level vehicles: Renault Kwid 1.0 Dynamique – R4 085.84
  • Budget vehicles: Ford Figo 1.5 Titanium – R3 347.78
  • Compact Family vehicles: Peugeot 208 1.2 Active – R6 011.94
  • Family SUVs: Toyota RAV4 – R6 183.32
  • Executive SUVs: Alfa Romeo Stelvio – R9 538.53
  • Luxury SUVs: Lexus RX – R10 504.97
  • Adventure 4×4 vehicles: Isuzu MU-X– R7 444.50
  • LCV single cabs: Ford Ranger 2.2 TDCi – R5 747.30
  • LCV double cabs: Ford Ranger 2.0 SiT XLT – R5 134.09
  • Electric Cars: BMW i3 – R11 806.33

By Citizen Reporter