‘Kitna deta hai?’ – that’s something everyone wants to know, but how much do you spend on the maintenance of your car? Service bills may only come every few months, but they can be big and they all add up.
Premium and Executive SUV maintenance costs compared
Factors in service parts & life, labour rates and service intervals
So, to give you an idea of just how much you’d spend maintaining your car, we’ve designed our first ever ‘Maintenance Cost Study’. And it’s not just the cost of spares or one service alone that we’ve analysed, but the total cost of service parts, their service life, the labour rates as well as the service intervals of each car, extrapolated over 60,000km.
For most owners this would come up at around the 5-year mark, and so this study will give you a very good insight of the cost you’d incur over a typical ownership period.
Over the years, our ‘Spare Parts Study’ has compared the cost of typically consumed parts across three baskets of service, mechanical and accident repair, thus giving you a very good insight into the likely expenses you would incur. But this Maintenance Cost study will give you an even better picture.
Maintenance cost study methodology
Arriving at a model that is fair and can be uniformly applied across vehicles is quite tricky though. Some vehicles may have a longer service interval (in kilometres) but you may be called in for a service periodically, irrespective of the mileage you’ve covered. And even then, some brands will allow you to extend the service life of certain parts if the condition is found to be ok.
Thus, in a bid to keep things uniform and reduce complexity, the study takes into account the cost of the service parts, the frequency of their change and the cost of associated labour for services undertaken up to the 60,000km mark, as per the manufacturers’ recommendations.
Let’s get started:
This segment is sub-divided into two classes of vehicles – monocoque SUVs like the Honda CR-V, Volkswagen Tiguan Allspace and Hyundai Tucson; and body-on-frame SUVs like the Mahindra Alturas G4, Toyota Fortuner and Ford Endeavour.
Monocoque Premium SUVs
The Hyundai Tucson offer petrol and diesel engines, as did the Honda CR-V before BS6 (it is petrol only now), whereas the Volkswagen Tiguan Allspace is a petrol-only offering.
Besides being an import, what makes the Tiguan Allspace the costliest is the costs for transmission fluid, transfer case oil and spark plugs, all of which need replacement at 60,000km; even the total labour charges will set you back by Rs 27,893 over the second, third and fourth paid services.
The Honda CR-V is the only one that requires a coolant change that happens every five years.
Hyundai charges for labour from the 40,000km service at a flat Rs 2,910 per service. The Tucson proves to be the most pocket-friendly, with the fewest parts requiring replacement, as well as affordable rates.
Body-on-frame Premium SUVs
The Ford Endeavour is the most economical to run, with the lowest cost of replacement parts, and a flat labour rate of Rs 3,240 for the paid periodical services.
Mahindra boasts of the cheapest replacement parts and labour rates, but it requires additional replacement parts such as a fuel filter, transmission/transaxle oil, rear differential oil, transfer case oil and clutch fluid, thus it comes in a bit higher than the Ford.
The Fortuner diesel is a bit more expensive to run than the Endeavour as, among other things, Toyota replaces the rear differential oil every 40,000km.
Premium SUVs maintenance costs (in Rupees)ManufacturerMahindra Alturas G4Toyota FortunerFord EndeavourHonda CR-VVolkswagen Tiguan AllspaceHyundai TucsonEngine2.2 D2.8 D2.7 P2.0 D2.0 P1.6 D2.0 P2.0 P2.0 DCOST OF PARTSAir Filter80017481748138575011321103727643Oil Filter3994124124181753951244172392Fuel Filter1400NANA1161NA1250NA4451725Fuel Filter – In TankNANANANANANANANANAWasher Drain Plug355959NA3636279NANASpark Plug (for entire set)NANANANANANA6332NANATiming Belt/ ChainNANANANANANANANANAFan Belt/ DrivebeltNANANANANANA446NANABelt tensionerNANANANANANANANANACoolantNANANANA19281699NANANAEngine Oil210635633563254311691978547212881594Transmission/Transaxle Oil5400NANANANANA4094NANARear differential oil92816071607NANANANANANATransfer case oil780NANANANANA2691NANABrake fluid 563345345489330330518NANAClutch fluid563NANANANANANANANAPower steering fluid NANANANANANANANANAPollen / HVAC filter 11001840184014621400140098911471147SERVICE INTERVALS1 year or 10,000km1 year or 10,000km 1 year or 10,000km 1 year or 10,000km1 year or 10,000km 1 year or 10,000km 1 year or 15,000km1 year or 10,000km 1 year or 10,000km 1st Service Cost (parts+labour)37994034313129612780380910948146031332nd Service Cost (parts+labour)459958744971766391471014421622260755013rd Service Cost (parts+labour)71438920627078515895714825820218731334th Service Cost (parts+labour)99211165311898904891471156344280542881875th Service Cost (parts+labour)602971726270620155658517NA437048966th Service Cost (parts+labour)135701076081108824947710474NA66008187Total Cost (up to 60,000km)4506148413406504254842011516551026702265233037Maintenance cost per km0.750.810.680.710.700.861.710.380.55
The petrol competitors include the MG Hector, Jeep Compass, VW T-Roc and the Skoda Karoq, all of which use turbo-petrol engines. In the diesel camp, three out of the four competitors, namely the Compass, Hector and Tata Harrier, are powered by the same 2.0-litre FCA diesel engine, while the fourth rival, the Mahindra XUV500, uses an in-house 2.2-litre powerplant.
The petrol MG Hector has a service interval of one year/ 10,000km, while Jeep and Skoda have a 15,000km annual service. However, the MG is the most economical to run due to considerably lower-priced spares and more pocket-friendly labour rates.
The Jeep’s parts costs are much higher than the Hector’s and what further drives up costs is the 1.4 turbo-petrol engine’s spark plug set, which costs Rs 3,960.
The fully imported Skoda Karoq’s running costs are higher than those of the Hector and the Compass, and a significant cost is its fanbelt/drive belt replacement at the fourth year or 60,000km service, which costs Rs 6,108, excluding labour.
But the most expensive petrol offering is the also-imported Volkswagen T-Roc, and despite the first service being free of labour charges, the second, third and fourth service labour charges alone are over Rs 28,000, thus contributing to a significantly higher running cost.
All the SUVs powered by the FCA-sourced 2.0-litre diesel engine have a service interval of one year/15,000km, whereas the Mahindra XUV500 needs a service every 10,000km.
What comes as a surprise is that the homegrown Tata Harrier is the most expensive to run. This isn’t down to higher spare costs alone, but because of labour-intensive jobs like the fan belt/drive belt and belt tensioner replacement every four years.
Also, in addition to regular service intervals, the Harrier also requires a basic check-up at 22,500, 37,500 and 52,500km, each of which costs Rs 1,416 (which we have added to the 2nd, 3rd and 4th service costs).
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.
Executive SUVs maintenance costs (in Rupees)ManufacturerTata HarrierMG HectorJeep CompassSkoda KaroqVolkswagen T-RocMahindra XUV500Engine2.0D1.5P2.0D1.4P2.0D1.5P1.5P2.2DCOST OF PARTSAir Filter9433953957677671312822925Oil Filter8672416065076499999171Fuel Filter29624131306NA2990NANA595Washer Drain Plug3739586195326161559Spark Plug (for entire set)NA784NA3960NA44164416NATiming Belt/ ChainNANANANANA382NANAFan Belt/ Drivebelt3052NANANANA61083821449Belt tensioner3348NANANANANANANACoolant1484NA935NANANANANAEngine Oil47501332436328843389412841282106Transmission/Transaxle OilNA6552230NANANA1089NARear differential oilNANANANANANANANATransfer case oilNANANANANANA2691NABrake fluid 305476476377377518518375Clutch fluidNANANA377377NANA375Power steering fluid 492NANANANANANANAPollen / HVAC filter 53722522551451455617871170SERVICE INTERVALS1 year or 15,000km1 year or 10,000km 1 year or 15,000km1 year or 15,000km 1 year or 15,000km 1 year or 15,000km1 year or 15,000km1 year or 10,000km1st Service Cost (parts+labour)1035519207013518390874986848734562nd Service Cost (parts+labour)17316272870131341412886125491973634563rd Service Cost (parts+labour)1670931807489789711801107191571178974th Service Cost (parts+labour)188004970114851341412886182032791689325th Service Cost (parts+labour)NA4162NANANANANA62886th Service Cost (parts+labour)NA6885NANANANANA8489Total Cost (up to 60,000km)6318023845330003990846660464577185038518Maintenance cost per km1.050.400.550.670.780.771.200.64