Car maintenance cost comparison Part 9: Mid-range hatchbacks

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 KUV100 Ford Figo Ford Figo Hyundai Grand i10 Nios Hyundai Grand i10 Nios Hyundai Grand i10 Nios Maruti Swift Maruti Ignis
Engine 1.2P 1.2P 1.5D 1.0P 1.2P 1.2D 1.2P 1.2P
COST OF PARTS
Air Filter 355 358 360 184 184 184 290 290
Oil Filter 171 132 148 89 89 425 90 90
Fuel Filter 301 595 1140 397 397 1018 265 265
Washer Drain Plug 9 42 9 NA NA NA 6 6
Spark Plug (for entire set) 342 375 NA NA 302 NA 800 800
Coolant NA NA NA NA NA NA 338 338
Engine Oil 1236 1224 2041 1368 1368 1669 1736 1736
Brake fluid 281 489 489 NA NA NA 355 355
Clutch fluid 281 NA NA NA NA NA NA NA
Pollen/HVAC filter 570 163 163 198 198 198 NA NA
Service Intervals 1 year or 10,000km 1 year or 10,000km 1 year or 10,000km 1 year or 10,000km 1 year or 10,000km 1 year or 10,000km 1 year or 10,000km 1 year or 10,000km
1st Service Cost (parts+labour) 1986 1398 2198 1457 1457 2094 1832 1832
2nd Service Cost (parts+labour) 2287 3487 4287 1824 1640 3399 5145 5122
3rd Service Cost (parts+labour) 3613 4171 6113 4077 4261 4714 4546 4369
4th Service Cost (parts+labour) 5464 3487 4287 4444 4260 6019 6653 6447
5th Service Cost (parts+labour) 4175 3324 4124 4077 4077 4714 4452 4369
6th Service Cost (parts+labour) 6003 4815 5787 4809 5087 6018 5298 5412
Total Cost 23528 20682 26796 20688 20782 26958 27926 27551
Maintenance cost per km 0.39 0.34 0.45 0.34 0.35 0.45 0.47 0.46

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