Car maintenance cost comparison Part 9: Mid-range hatchbacks

    A detailed study on the overall maintenance cost of cars over a 60,000km span. Part 9 covers the mid-range hatchback segment.

    Published On Oct 28, 2020 06:34:00 PM


    Car maintenance cost comparison Part 9: Mid-range hatchbacks

    After Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6, Part 7 and Part 8 of our maintenance cost study, here’s Part 9 comprising of mid-range hatchbacks.

    • Maintenance costs calculated over 60,000km
    • Mid Range hatchbacks maintenance costs compared
    • Factors in service life as well as cost of parts and labour (ex-Delhi, inclusive of taxes)

    With the budget and entry level hatchbacks offering petrol only power, the Mid-range Hatchback segment is where you will find the most affordable diesel. And while in the pre BS6 era all the cars here had diesel power it’s now only the Nios and Figo that come with diesel engines. The KUV100, Swift and the Ignis being now petrol only.

    Unfortunately, Maruti refused to participate in this test, however, we have managed to source the data through our dealer sources for the sake of this comparison study and thus its prices should be treated as estimates.

    Mid-range hatchbacks maintenance cost comparison

    • One year or 10,000km is the standard service interval in this segment.
    • It’s a close fight for the top spot in this segment, between the Hyundai and the Ford, the Figo though comes out on top in both the petrol and diesel guise narrowly piping the Hyundai.
    • Ford charges for labour at a flat rate of Rs 1,926 from the 20,000km service, amounting to a total of Rs 9,630; Hyundai on the other hand charges for labour from the 30,000km service at a flat rate of Rs 2,620, amounting to a total of Rs. 10,480.
    • The Mahindra KUV100 has a higher number of replacement parts but what balances the Mahindra’s cost are its labour rates which are applicable from the 30,000km service onwards, averaging Rs 1,895 per service, which helps it tuck below the Maruti Swift and Ignis which are the priciest cars to service in this segment.
    • The two Maruti’s share the same engine and other components, however, it is their preset labour charges due to which there is a slight difference in their total costs.

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

    Mid-range hatchbacks maintenance costs (in Rupees)
    Mahindra KUV100Ford FigoFord FigoHyundai Grand i10 NiosHyundai Grand i10 NiosHyundai Grand i10 NiosMaruti SwiftMaruti Ignis
    Air Filter355358360184184184290290
    Oil Filter17113214889894259090
    Fuel Filter30159511403973971018265265
    Washer Drain Plug9429NANANA66
    Spark Plug (for entire set)342375NANA302NA800800
    Engine Oil12361224204113681368166917361736
    Brake fluid281489489NANANA355355
    Clutch fluid281NANANANANANANA
    Pollen/HVAC filter570163163198198198NANA
    Service Intervals1 year or 10,000km1 year or 10,000km1 year or 10,000km1 year or 10,000km1 year or 10,000km1 year or 10,000km1 year or 10,000km1 year or 10,000km
    1st Service Cost (parts+labour)19861398219814571457209418321832
    2nd Service Cost (parts+labour)22873487428718241640339951455122
    3rd Service Cost (parts+labour)36134171611340774261471445464369
    4th Service Cost (parts+labour)54643487428744444260601966536447
    5th Service Cost (parts+labour)41753324412440774077471444524369
    6th Service Cost (parts+labour)60034815578748095087601852985412
    Total Cost2352820682267962068820782269582792627551
    Maintenance cost per km0.390.340.450.340.350.450.470.46

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