Like we’ve mentioned in our earlier ”Maintenance Costs” articles, ownership cost can be a detrimental factor to decide a vehicle for a lot of people in India. Other reasons being mileage and ease of servicing and repair. We’ve gone through the segments individually to come up with the cars with the least maintenance costs in every segment. Today, we compare the products of the most popular segment in India, the compact SUV segment. We have chosen the top 5 highest-selling compact SUVs. As always, the costs include service costs, repair of spare parts and labour charges for a span of 5 years. But before we move on, do check out our maintenance cost comparison for the premium hatchback segment!
Kia Sonet is one of the highest-selling compact SUVs in India at the moment. Reasons for this success have been plenty of comfort and convenience features and a variety of engine and transmission options to choose from. Also, the looks and styling is something that a lot of people have taken a liking to. The average cost of maintenance for the Sonet is Rs 5,500 per year, making the total amount to Rs 27,500 for the span of 5 years. Similarly, the average maintenance cost for the turbo petrol powertrain can be summed up to be around Rs 30,000 and for the diesel, around Rs 35,000.
Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza
Always featuring at the top of the list of highest-selling compact SUVs in India, Brezza continues to be strong as ever even after so many years of launch and so much competition. Sellin points of the Brezza obviously include the peace of mind attached to the largest car manufacturer in the country. The maintenance costs of the Brezza can be calculated to about Rs 6,000 per year or Rs 30,000 for 5 years. This is surprisingly high for a brand that focuses so much on the economics of its products. There is no diesel variant of offers for Maruti Suzuki at the moment.
The Nexon has been fairly popular in India because of being the first Indian car to secure a 5-star safety rating at the Global NCAP. Apart from that, the build quality of Tata and the value for money proposition of the Nexon made it a very popular and successful product for Tata. It is, however, a bit expensive to maintain. The average cost to maintain a Nexon over the tenure of 5 years is around Rs 28,000 in the petrol guise. The diesel engine will cost you around Rs 40,000 to maintain for a 5-year period.
Another popular product from the homegrown carmaker Mahindra is the XUV300. Apart from its striking looks, it also boasts of having a 5-star safety rating at the Global NCAP. There are petrol as well as diesel engines on offer. The maintenance costs for the petrol variant across 5 years amounts to Rs 24,000 and for the diesel variant around Rs 30,000. This is a very affordable price point compared to the rivals in this segment.
Officially, one of the top 2 selling compact SUVs in India, the Venue does everything very well. There are tons of features on offer, prices are also very competitive, the engine-transmission combination is varied and is the most affordable car in the segment in terms of maintenance costs. The average cost of maintenance over 5 years in the petrol variant comes out to be around Rs 22,000 (for naturally aspirated as well as turbo petrol) and for the diesel around Rs 29,000. This is one of the biggest reasons for the massive success that the Venue is enjoying at the moment and it seems that it will continue in the times to come.