Car maintenance cost comparison Part 3: Mid-size SUVs

Car maintenance cost comparison Part 3: Mid-size SUVs

21st Oct 2020 11:20 pm

A detailed study on the overall cost of maintenance of cars over a 60,000km span. Part three looks at mid-size SUVs.


We carry on from Part 2 of our Maintenance Cost Comparison, which dealt with Premium and Executive Sedans, and bring you Part 3, which takes on a popular segment – Mid-size SUVs.

  • Maintenance costs calculated over 60,000km
  • Mid-size SUV maintenance costs compared
  • Factors in service parts & life, labour rates and service intervals

SUVs are all the rage now and this segment has been hugely popular, all the way since it was born with the Renault Duster back in 2012, with a number of customers as well as players.

Just how much does the overall maintenance for these SUVs cost over 60,000km? Read on to find out, and be sure to check out our criteria and methodology for this detailed study in Part 1, which dealt with Premium and Executive SUVs.

Midsize SUV maintenance cost comparison

Comprising of blockbuster models like the Kia Seltos and Hyundai Creta, this segment also includes other biggies like the Renault Duster petrol and the ladder-frame Mahindra Scorpio.

Unfortunately, Maruti and Nissan didn’t wish to participate in this study. However, we did manage to source the costs for the S-Cross petrol from various dealer sources. Thus, the prices for the S-Cross should be treated as estimates.  

  • All the models in this segment have a one year or 10,000km service interval.

  • The Hyundai Creta is the most economical to run in this segment, with the lowest part prices and the most affordable labour rates.

  • What’s interesting is that, contrary to the popular notion of turbo-petrols being more expensive to run, Hyundai’s turbo-petrol costs only about as much as the regular 1.5-litre petrol version.

  • The Renault Duster is the only one that warrants a coolant and fan belt/drivebelt change every 48 months, thus adding to its costs.

  • Hyundai and Kia share the same engine as well as several parts, but the newer entrant in the market, the Kia Seltos, is a bit more expensive to run than the Hyundai.

  • Because the S-Cross petrol shares its engine with the Brezza, the cost of spares and also the service is identical. However, the total cost itself is a bit higher than its competitors, making this petrol crossover the most expensive to run.

  • Mahindra charges for labour only from the 30,000km service onwards, but the Scorpio is costlier to run due to the comparatively higher costs of oil change every 10,000km and air filter change every 20,000km.

Mid-size SUVs maintenance costs (in Rupees)
Mahindra ScorpioHyundai CretaHyundai CretaHyundai CretaKia SeltosKia SeltosKia SeltosRenault DusterMaruti S-Cross*
Engine2.2 D1.4 P1.5 P1.5 D1.4 P1.5 P1.5 D1.5 P1.5 P
Air Filter1268299299299320298320461310
Oil Filter171203203425203425425277165
Fuel Filter595618618899780570899NANA
Fuel Filter - In TankNANANANA433433NANA505
Washer Drain Plug9NANANANANANA715
Spark Plug (for entire set)NANANANANANANA684440
Fan Belt/ DrivebeltNANANANANANANA2082NA
Engine Oil210615971444170415501402177115842072
Rear differential oil950NANANANANANANANA
Brake fluid 375NANANA455455455413355
Pollen / HVAC filter 585449449449475475475557350
SERVICE INTERVALS1yr/10k km1yr/10k km1yr/10k km1yr/10k km1yr/10k km1yr/10k km1yr/10k km1yr/10k km1yr/10k km
1st Service Cost (parts+labour)382117991647212920732126251623932242
2nd Service Cost (parts+labour)526525112061367053495402579329505861
3rd Service Cost (parts+labour)530048855031521543154368475849895133
4th Service Cost (parts+labour)847455975147675672707113740055467234
5th Service Cost (parts+labour)458155535343696349524942540449895003
6th Service Cost (parts+labour)988361675226675660576110650177645979
Total service cost373242651225396314893001630061323722863131452
Maintenance cost per km (upto 60,000km)0.620.440.420.520.500.500.540.480.52

*Prices of S-Cross sourced from dealers and should be treated as estimates

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.

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