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With fuel prices rocketing and pressure on consumer finances seemingly ever rising, choosing a car with low running costs is a top priority for many drivers.

And according to a new survey of motorists by Auto Express, a Toyota could be the way to go for those looking to minimise the impact of driving on their wallets.

Models from the Japanese manufacturer took all three top positions in the 'best for running costs' category of Auto Express's annual Driver Power survey, with the Aygo, Prius MkIII and the iQ coming in first, second and first respectively.

And, according to the manufacturer, as well as low fuel consumption, it is the way Toyota car parts are design which also helps to keep lower cost of owning one of its models.

Toyota explained that the parts of its cars that most often need repairing or replacing are deliberately designed to be "quick and simple to fit, saving on labour time and costs".

All three Toyota models scored a satisfaction rating of more than 90 per cent, based on the opinions of 29,000 motorists who took part in the survey.