Car maintenance cost comparison – Part 2: Premium and Executive Sedans

    Published On Sep 28, 2020 10:20:00 PM

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    A detailed study on the overall cost of maintenance of Premium and Executive sedans over 60,000km.

    Carrying on from Part 1 of our Maintenance Cost Comparison, we bring you Part 2, which deals with the Premium and Executive Sedan segments. Be sure to check out our criteria and methodology for this detailed study from the link above.

    Thanks to the ever-growing popularity of the SUV, the higher-end sedan segments, namelypremium and the executive sedans, consists of very few players. The former category is made up of just two – the Skoda Superb and the Toyota Camry, while the latter is comprised of the Honda Civic, Hyundai Elantra and, though it’s a far more expensive CBU import, the Skoda Octavia RS245, which we’re including in the survey. Just how much does the overall maintenance for these cars cost over 60,000km? Read on to find out.

    • Maintenance costs calculated over 60,000km
    • Premium and Executive sedan maintenance costs compared
    • Factors in service parts & life, labour rates and service intervals

    Premium sedan maintenance costs

    • The premium sedan segment consists of just two models and both are offered in petrol avatars, with the Camry being a hybrid.
    • Over the course of 60,000km, the Camry Hybrid has six periodic services, whereas the Skoda has only four, but it’s the Camry that costs less to maintain.
    • In addition to the standard replacement parts, the Superb also requires its drivebelt and spark plugs to be replaced, which isn’t the case with the Camry. Higher labour and parts costs make the Skoda much more expensive to maintain.

    Premium executive sedans maintenance costs (in Rupees)
    Skoda SuperbToyota Camry Hybrid
    Engine2.0P2.5P
    COST OF PARTS
    Air Filter11031781
    Oil Filter1244717
    Washer Drain Plug24859
    Spark Plug (for entire set)2256NA
    Fan Belt/ Drivebelt1132NA
    Engine Oil54721463
    Brake fluid518173
    Pollen / HVAC filter9893838
    SERVICE INTERVALS1 year or 15,000km1 year or 10,000km
    1st Service Cost (parts+labour)71832611
    2nd Service Cost (parts+labour)173866448
    3rd Service Cost (parts+labour)139786092
    4th Service Cost (parts+labour)2112112338
    5th Service Cost (parts+labour)-6092
    6th Service Cost (parts+labour)-9929
    Total Cost (up to 60,000km)5966843510
    Maintenance cost per km0.990.73

    Executive sedan maintenance costs

    • The executive sedan segment has dwindled down to merely the Honda Civic and the Hyundai Elantra. The third car in the segment, the fully imported Skoda Octavia RS245, isn’t exactly a direct competitor due to its price and performance.
    • The Hyundai Elantra is much cheaper to maintain than the Honda Civic, costing a little more than half of what the Civic does per kilometre. Interestingly, Hyundai also charges for labour from the 40,000km service onwards at a flat Rs 3,369 for each service.
    • Driving up the Civic’s costs a bit more are coolant and brake fluid replacements, which aren’t necessary for the Elantra, as well as higher labour charges applicable from the 20,000km service onwards.
    • In the Skoda’s case, the engine oil itself costs Rs 5,472 during each service, plus additional items like spark plugs, fan belt/drivebelt, transmission/transaxle oil and brake fluid further add to its total costs. Also, higher labour costs of over Rs 5,700 for the 30,000km and 45,000km service, and over Rs 6,500 for the 60,000km service, makesthe Skodathe costliest to maintain.

    Executive sedans maintenance costs (in Rupees)
    ManufacturerHonda CivicHyundai ElantraSkoda Octavia RS245
    Engine1.6D1.8P2.0P1.5D2.0P
    COST OF PARTS
    Air Filter6454959229421103
    Oil Filter3951752034251244
    Fuel Filter1250NA23692208NA
    Washer Drain Plug3636NANA279
    Spark Plug (for entire set)NANANANA2256
    Fan Belt/ DrivebeltNANANANA1132
    Coolant16331821NANANA
    Engine Oil19781169152018815472
    Transmission/Transaxle OilNA1775NANA1554
    Brake fluid330330NANA596
    Pollen / HVAC filter9499494881691989
    SERVICE INTERVALS1 year or 10,000km1 year or 10,000km1 year or 10,000km1 year or 10,000km1 year or 15,000km
    1st Service Cost (parts+labour)33582329172323067909
    2nd Service Cost (parts+labour)885279972172682217597
    3rd Service Cost (parts+labour)633151022644230613642
    4th Service Cost (parts+labour)8852121955541888728503
    5th Service Cost (parts+labour)7634477250925676NA
    6th Service Cost (parts+labour)10195832786468887NA
    Total Cost (up to 60,000km)4522240722238183488267651
    Maintenance cost per km0.750.680.430.581.13

    Did you find this maintenance cost comparison helpful? Tell us what you think in the comments section, and stay tuned for more maintenance cost comparison surveys of other segments that are coming soon.

    Also see:

    SUV maintenance cost comparison – Part 1: Premium and Executive SUVs

    Car maintenance cost comparison Part 3: Mid-size SUVs

    Car maintenance cost comparison Part 4: Compact SUVs

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