Top cars with the lowest maintenance cost in India

by Vivaan Khatri | 30/09/2018
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You want to own a car? The sticker price is only the beginning. You have to consider the car’s maintenance and repairs over time, too.

Cars are not cheap and neither are the maintenance costs. Owning a car means taking into account its insurance, fuel, parking expenses, and the biggest cash devouring of them all, repair and maintenance. Maintenance is not something that you can avoid, but you can minimize the cost by buying a car that is not very expensive to maintain. Here is the list of top 10 cars with the lowest maintenance cost in India.

1. Maruti Suzuki Alto 800

Maruti Suzuki Alto 800 is not an expensive car, actually the cheapest family hatchback from Maruti. A family that is considering owning a car for the first time and that does not have a huge budget for transportation should consider this car. Despite the low price, the look is refreshed and pleasant for a small car with prominent creases on both bonnet and front bumper. Alto 800 draws power from a 796cc engine. The mileage of petrol engine variant is 24.7km/l and the mileage of CNG option is 33.44km/l. With remarkable mileage numbers, the upkeep cost of the Maruti Suzuki Alto 800 is extremely perfect.

Red Maruti Suzuki Alto 800 front-side view

Maruti Suzuki Alto 800 has an affordable price and good maintenance cost

2. Maruti Suzuki Alto K10

Maruti Suzuki Alto K10 has a slightly higher price than Alto 800. The justification for the price lies in both the looks and operation of the car. Appearance wise, Alto K10 has got bigger and bolder thanks to a distinguishing front grille with a thick chrome slate and new black details all over the car. Performance wise, it is powered by a 1-litre engine, and some variants also have an AMT gearbox. Alto K10 delivers a mileage of 24.07km/l that is ARAI certified. With readily-available cheap service and spare parts, Maruti Suzuki Alto K10 is in the group of cars with the lowest maintenance cost in India.

range maruti suzuki alto k10 front-side view

Alto K10 is priced slightly higher than Alto 800 but is not a bad choice for low maintenance cost

3. Maruti Suzuki Celerio

Maruti Suzuki Celerio is the first car with an affordable price tag in India to have an AMT gearbox. The newest version of Celerio was released in 2018. While the car is very budget-focused, that does not mean that it is as unattractive and useless as a moving plastic box. Maruti Suzuki Celerio has a simple overall design but there is an interesting flair of metal lining on the top of the front grille. For such a small car, Celerio surprisingly has a pretty spacious interior with plenty of legroom. The Celerio is powered by a 1-litre engine and comes with the best-in-class mileage of 23.1 km/l. This car is only available in petrol engine. Just like other Maruti lineups, Celerio has low maintenance cost because of its affordable service together with readily available and cheap spare parts.

Orange Maruti Suzuki Celerio front-side view

Maruti Suzuki Celerio is an automatic hatchback car with best in class mileage

4. Maruti Suzuki Wagon R 1.0

Ever since it was launched in 1999, Maruti Suzuki Wagon R has been one of the most popular hatchbacks in India. That is not very difficult to comprehend because the car has a tall and strong design as well as a lot of added features. Maruti Suzuki Wagon R draws power from a 1-litre engine which runs on petrol. The car does not offer a diesel variant. Affordable service and efficient engine are the factors that contribute to the affordable maintenance cost of this car.

Brown Maruti Suzuki Wagon R 1.0 front-side view

Maruti Suzuki Wagon R 1.0 is one of the most popular hatchbacks in India

5. Tata Nano GenX

The cheapest car available in the Indian market is Tata Nano GenX, no joke. So if you are thinking about purchasing your very first car, Tata Nano GenX is not a bad choice. It is also a great option because of the small compact body. If you live in the urban area, Nano GenX can help you maneuver through the congested roads and find a parking space more easily. The car draws power from a 624cc petrol engine. While there is only petrol engine available, you can choose if you want a 5-speed AMT gearbox or a 5-speed manual to go with that engine. Nano GenX is another great car if you have not much in budget for maintenance.

Red Tata Nano GenX front-side view

If you have a limited budget, Tata Nano is the car to go for

6. Hyundai Eon

Hyundai Eon is one attractive entry-level car in every way: the price is reasonable, the design is sleek yet compact, the mileage is super low, and the maintenance is minimum. There are two options of petrol engine for you to choose from: either a 0.8-litre or a 1-litre engine. The car also comes with the incredibly low mileage of 19 - 21 kmpl.

Silver Hyundai Eon front-side view

Hyundai Eon is one great entry-level car

7. Maruti Suzuki Swift

That the crown of the best-selling hatchback is currently owned by Maruti Suzuki Swift is not hard to comprehend since the car is super popular with Indian people. The 3rd-gen Maruti Suzuki Swift, which was released in 2018, has a new appearance and frame. It has a bunch of features to ensure comfort, safety, and the overall best experience for the users. The Swift is available in both diesel and petrol options. You may also have an AMT gearbox if you decide to purchase this car. Maruti Suzuki Swift is one of the best hatchbacks in India with low maintenance, and being a member of the Maruti family makes service and repairs easy and cheap.

Blue Maruti Suzuki Swift side view

Maruti Suzuki Swift is India’s best-selling hatchback for a variety of reasons

8. Maruti Suzuki Dzire

Maruti Suzuki Dzire is reportedly one of the best compact sedans in India. A new Dzire was launched in 2018 with a brand new design that gives a premium feel. Having great features is also one of Dzire’s fortes. With excellent legroom and wooden dashboard accompanied by Apple CarPlay, Dzire owner is not far from a comfortable experience. The car has both diesel and petrol engine options. Dzire also comes with an AMT gearbox.

Blue maruti suzuki dzire front side view

Maruti Suzuki Dzire is one of the best compact sedans in India

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9. Hyundai Grand i10

Hyundai Grand i10 is another very reasonably priced hatchback from Hyundai. The car has a more luxurious design and a higher price when we put it in comparison with the Eon. It is popular as a car with quite low maintenance. Grand i10 is also a car that you can choose either a petrol or diesel engine. Some more decisions you have to make if you want to purchase this car is choosing between a 4-speed automatic gearbox or a 5-speed manual.

Red Hyundai Grand i10 front-side view

Hyundai Grand i10 is a more expensive entry-level hatchback

10. Toyota Etios Liva

Toyota, the Japanese automaker, offers only one model of hatchbacks in India and that is Toyota Etios Liva. This car is also the only Toyota candidate that makes to this list. This car boasts best-in-class cabin spaces and is available in many fun and funky colours. Etios Liva has a great engine, it does not cost much to maintain one. Like many other cars in this list, Etios Liva engine is available in both petrol and diesel variants. The mileage of the car pretty outstanding with the petrol at 16.78kmpl and the diesel at 23.59kmpl.

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