Maintenance cost is a big concern for SUV buyers. Here is the list of 8 low maintenance SUVs in India that will benefit you in the long run.
Buying an SUV is usually more expensive than purchasing a regular hatchback or sedan. Not only having a heftier original price but owning an SUV can also come at a high maintenance cost. However, it should not be a big problem anymore because IndianAuto has managed to find you a full list of the eight best low maintenance SUVs in India.
Before the SUV comes to its recent prominence, Mahindra Scorpio was among the most popular vehicles in the segment. Over the last 15 years, the SUV has evolved a lot to fit the changing preference of the market. At its core, the Mahindra Scorpio is still the same competent SUVs with excellent off-road capacity and a high level of practicality.
At the starting price of 10.19 lakh, Mahindra Scorpio is one of the most affordable seven-seater SUVs in the market. The maintenance cost of the SUV in five years is calculated to be around Rs 18,000. Mahindra also offers the first three services for Mahindra Scorpio owners.
Mahindra Thar is one of the most popular nameplates on Mahindra’s range. The Thar has gained its come to fame thanks to its competent off-road capability. Just like other Mahindra cars, the Thar is also a value-for-money vehicle. Moreover, the cost for service and maintenance of the Thar in the first 5 years is approximated around Rs 17,000, which makes it among the best low maintenance SUVs in India.
This off-road SUV draws power from a 2.5-litre diesel engine that generates 105 PS and 247 Nm. The power is delivered to four wheels via a 5-speed manual gearbox.
Before the debut of the Kia Seltos, Hyundai Creta was the long-reigning vehicle of the compact SUV segment. In order to enforce its strength and refresh its appeal to car buyers, Hyundai has given the Creta a comprehensive upgrade recently.
The 2020 Hyundai Creta is available with three choices of engines, a 1.5-litre naturally aspirated petrol (115PS/144Nm), a 1.4-litre turbo-petrol (140PS/242Nm), and a 1.5-litre diesel (115PS/250Nm). The turbo petrol engine comes exclusively with a 7-speed DCT. The other two engines come with a standard 6-speed manual transmission. Each engine will be offered with a different automatic gearbox.
The new Hyundai Creta is priced from Rs 9.99 lakh to Rs 17.2 lakh. The maintenance cost of this mid-size SUV is around Rs 18,000 for the first five years after purchase.
Hyundai Venue is the latest hit of the sub-four-meter SUV space. The SUV has captured huge attention from buyers thanks to its fully-packed features list and attractive design. Introduced as a rival to the Maruti Brezza, Tata Nexon as well as other cars in the segment, Hyundai Venue is priced at Rs 6.7 to 11.39 lakh.
About the maintenance cost, this hot-selling SUV is, no doubt, one of the low maintenance SUV in India with a total cost of Rs 18,500 in the first five years.
The Venue is loaded with various premium features including the BlueLink connectivity system, wireless charger, sunroof, cruise control, push a start-stop button, and an 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system to name a few.
Hyundai Venue comes with three engines which are 1.2-litre petrol (83PS/114Nm), 1.0-litre petrol (120PS/171Nm), and a 1.5-litre diesel engine (100PS/240Nm). While the 1.2-litre petrol option is limited to the base E and S variant only, the 1.0-litre turbocharged engine will be offered from the S trim onwards. The latter can be mated to either a 6-speed manual or a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission.
Maruti Brezza is the segment-leading vehicle in the sub-four-meter SUV space. This SUV is available at a very competitive price ranging running from Rs 7.34 lakh to Rs 11.4 lakh.
Like other cars in Maruti’s line-up, Maruti Brezza is not only a value for money option but also comes as a very low maintenance SUV in India. The estimated maintenance price for this SUV is around Rs 32,000 for five years after the date of purchase.
Also, Maruti Suzuki will provide the three first service costs for Brezza buyers. Another bonus for the Brezza is that, with Marut’s wide-spread showroom and service station network.
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Maruti Brezza is currently available exclusively with a BSVI 1.5-litre petrol engine only. This engine puts out the top power of 105 PS and a maximum torque of 138 Nm. It comes with either a 5-speed manual gearbox or a 4-speed automatic transmission. The diesel option is no longer available on the Maruti Brezza.
The next low maintenance SUV in India is the Renault Duster from the French marquee. Recently, the BSVI version of the car has gone on sale in the market. Priced from Rs 8.49 lakh and 9.99 lakh, this sub-compact SUV already undercuts most of the rivals in the segment.
The updated Renault Duster is only available with a petrol engine only. It is powered by a 1.5-litre petrol engine that delivers a maximum power of 106 PS and a peak torque of 142 Nm. There is only one transmission option on offer, which is the 5-speed manual gearbox.
The cost for maintenance for the Duster is estimated to be around Rs 65,000 over the course of five years.
On the premium end of the SUV segment, the Toyota Fortuner is among the most popular model. This SUV is trusted by Indian customers owing to its incredible reliability, wonderful performance, and strong road presence design. Priced from Rs 28.18 to 33.95 lakh, this full-size SUV is positioned as a premium offering.
Despite the expensive original purchasing price, the maintenance cost of the Toyota Fortuner is quoted at a budget-friend rate. Approximately, the total cost for maintaining a Fortuner over the course of five years is around Rs 26,000, which can be considered a good price for a car of its price range.
Toyota Fortuner is now available in both diesel and petrol versions. The diesel variants are powered by a 2.8-litre 4-cylinder turbo-diesel unit. If mated to the 6-speed manual gearbox, the oil burner can put out 177PS of power and 420Nm. When mated to the automatic transmission, the torque is increased to 450 Nm.
On the other hand, the 2.7-litre petrol engine churns out 166PS and 245Nm and is mated to either a 5-speed manual gearbox with an option of automatic transmission. While the diesel version can come with both 2WD and 4WD, the petrol variants come exclusively with a two-wheel drive system.
To be the last name in the list of low maintenance SUVs in India, Ford Endeavour is the main rival of the Toyota Fortuner in the premium SUV segment. The two SUVs are priced closely with the Endeavour being offered from Rs 28.19 lakh to Rs 32.97 lakh. However, the maintenance cost is for a Ford Endeavour is around Rs 31,000 in five years which is higher than that of the Fortuner by Rs 5,000.
Unlike the Toyota Fortuner, the Ford Endeavour is only available with diesel engines. The first option is a 2.2-litre unit that unleashes 160PS of power and 385Nm of torque. It is coupled with either a 6-speed MT or an automatic transmission option. On the other hand, the second 3.2-litre five-cylinder engine is capable of making 200 PS and 470 Nm. This engine comes exclusively with a 6-speed automatic gearbox option.