Car maintenance cost comparison Part 4: Compact SUVs

Car maintenance cost comparison Part 4: Compact SUVs

22nd Oct 2020 4:45 pm

A detailed study on the overall cost of maintenance of cars over a 60,000km span. Part four covers the popular Compact SUV segment.

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We carry on from Part 2 and Part 3 of our Maintenance Cost Comparison, and bring you Part 4, which deals with arguably the hottest segment on the market right now – Compact SUVs.

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

Compact SUVs seem to be just the perfect body style for India, combining the space and practicality of an SUV with the compact footprint of a small car. So much so that there have been two new launches in the segment in 2020 (the Sonet and Urban Cruiser, which are obviously too fresh to be a part of this survey), all the others have received major updates, and there are two more right around the corner.

Unfortunately, Maruti did not wish to participate in this study. However, we did manage to source the costs for the Vitara Brezza from various dealer sources. Thus, the prices for the Vitara Brezza should be treated as estimates.

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.

Compact SUVs maintenance cost comparison

This segment sees a fair fight between a number of players like the Maruti Brezza, Tata Nexon, Ford EcoSport and the Hyundai Venue. We’ve even included Honda’s compact crossover, the WR-V.

While all other manufacturers took part in the study, Maruti did not. However, we did manage to source the costs for the Brezza petrol from various dealer sources.

  • All the compact SUVs have their service intervals set at either one year or 10,000km, except the Tata Nexon whose intervals are every year or 15,000km.

  • The Ford Freestyle with the 1.2-litre petrol as well as the 1.5-litre diesel turns out to be the most economical to run.

  • In the case of the Hyundai Venue labour is chargeable from the 30,000km service onwards at a flat Rs 2,220, making it among the more affordable to run.

  • The Honda WR-V is one of the pricier cars to maintain in the segment, with the petrol version’s maintenance cost per km being even higher than most of its diesel competitors.

  • The running costs of the Tata Nexon is higher than the Honda, due to costlier replacement parts. The Tata also requires a minor check-up service at intervals of 7,500km, which is chargeable at Rs 1,000 for each service starting with the 22,500km check-up (which we have included in the second, third and fourth service costs).

  • Surprisingly, the Maruti Vitara Brezza is the priciest to maintain here. And while its service costs are lower than that of the petrol Nexon, it requires two more services up to the 60,000 mark.

Compact SUVs maintenance costs (in Rupees)
Honda WR-V Honda WR-V Ford Ecosport Ford Ecosport Ford Freestyle Ford Freestyle Mahindra XUV300 Mahindra XUV300 Tata Nexon Tata Nexon Hyundai VenueHyundai VenueHyundai VenueMaruti Vitara Brezza
Engine1.2 P1.5 D1.5 P1.5 D1.2 P1.5 D1.2 P1.5 D1.2 P1.5 D1.2 P1.0 P1.5 D1.5 P
COST OF PARTS
Air Filter437350358358358360318318470655275275275310
Oil Filter1753951321481321482361711631928989425165
Fuel FilterNANA59511405951140301960NA12027807801018505
Washer Drain Plug363642942916162222NANANA5
Spark Plug (for entire set)705NA375NA375NANANA1155NA227NANA440
Coolant14131382NANANANANANA11661166467505610432
Engine Oil1011193293120411224204114122106192527501188118817492072
Transmission/Transaxle OilNANANANANANANANA378378NANANANA
Brake fluid 330330489489489489563563436218NANANA355
Clutch fluidNANANANANANA563563436436NANANANA
Pollen / HVAC filter 779779163163163163230230414414371371371550
SERVICE INTERVALS1yr/10k km1yr/10k km1yr/10k km1yr/10k km1yr/10k km1yr/10k km1yr/10k km1yr/10k km1yr/15k km1yr/15k km1yr/10k km1yr/10k km1yr/10k km1yr/10k km
1st Service Cost (parts+labour)20213162110521981398219818942523342742811277127721742242
2nd Service Cost (parts+labour)53497818376045053487428721952523826297121619189437295861
3rd Service Cost (parts+labour)435756634444632941716113360845679068189544172389747945133
4th Service Cost (parts+labour)60577818376045053487428760137598826297124239451463497234
5th Service Cost (parts+labour)40276715359743423324412443305290NANA4364440354045003
6th Service Cost (parts+labour)62638732508860034815578753045880NANA5441523263485979
Total Cost2807439908217542788220682267962334428381290194265921112212172879831452
Maintenance cost per km (upto 60,000km)0.470.670.360.460.340.450.390.470.480.710.350.350.480.52

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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