Updated On: 31 July 2021 Jatin Jhamb
Skoda marked its inning into the mid-size SUV segment with the Kushaq and has received a tremendous response. In no time, the bookings have crossed to over 2000 units and the market is liking the European touch when it is dominated by South Korean cousins, Hyundai Creta and Kia Seltos. However, the Czech carmaker has always been known for higher maintenance costs but with the newer MQB-AO IN platform that offers 95% localisation, Skoda has tamed down the costs by a margin. Still, how does it compete with the market rival, Kia Seltos? In this article, we compare the maintenance cost of Skoda Kushaq vs Kia Seltos and bring you the detail you're looking for.
|Service Schedule||Skoda Kushaq||Hyundai Creta|
|1st Service||Rs 2,128 @ 15,000 km/1 year||Rs 1,549 @ 10,000 km/1 year|
|2nd Service||Rs 7,150 @ 30,000 km/2 years||Rs 4,341 @ 20,000 km/2 years|
|3rd Service||Rs 6,260 @ 45,000 km/3 years||Rs 4,103 @ 30,000 km/3 years|
|4th Service||Rs 8,000 @ 60,000 km/4 years||Rs 4,385 @ 40,000 km/4 years|
|5th Service||Rs 6,260 @ 75,000 km/5 years||Rs 4,147 @ 50,000 km/5 years|
Here, we have taken the 1.0L petrol Skoda Kushaq and the 1.5L petrol Kia Seltos manual transmission. From the table above, it is clear that the Seltos will be lighter on the pocket when compared with the Skoda Kushaq in the five years ownership experience. For the first year, the service cost of the Skoda Kushaq will set you at Rs 2,128 whereas Kia Seltos sticks to Rs 1,549.
It is also worth noting that the service schedules of both SUVs are different. The first-year service interval sticks to 15,000 km or 1 year for the Kushaq whereas for the Seltos it sticks to 10,000 km or 1 year. At the end of 5 years, the kms for the Kushaq sticks to 75,000 km whereas for the Kia Seltos it is as low as 50,000 km. That's a massive 25,000 km difference between the two.
If you calculate the five-year service cost charge for both the SUVs then the Skoda Kushaq will set you Rs 29,798 whereas the total of Kia Seltos sticks to Rs 18,525. Yes, there's a difference of 11,273 but do note that at the end of the fifth year, the set kms limiter to as much as 75,000 km for the Skoda Kushaq whereas the Seltos only gets at 50,000 km. Also, the cost of wheel alignment and balancing is not mentioned in any of the periodic service intervals above.
One thing worth noting here is that Kia is a sister brand of Hyundai and the carmaker plans to have as many as service centres and dealerships across the country to create a wide area of network. So no matter where you cruise in any part of India, chances are Kia's service point will be easier to locate. However, the same cannot be said about Skoda India. Also, the costs of spare parts are not yet known for Skoda.
Skoda offers a 4 year or 1 lakh km warranty as standard whereas Kia offers 3 years/ unlimited km warranty. For those looking to churn out more km from their SUV, it is the Kia Seltos that will keep them happy with the standard warranty. However, for those who do not drive their car around too much, both Skoda and Kia provide customised warranty packs to the consumers.
Skoda provides three AMC packages for the Kushaq namely - Standard, Enhanced and Comprehensive. In the standard warranty pack, normal service interval parts are covered, in the enhanced pack it includes the standard pack along with wear and tear of parts and the top of the line. The comprehensive package includes everything the enhanced pack offers but now also covers the battery, flywheel and clutch assembly.
The cost for the Standard package sticks to Rs 30,000, Enhanced for Rs 40,000 and Comprehensive for Rs 60,000. These are the approximate prices and you might have to connect with the nearest dealership to get the exact figures. This AMC sticks to 4 years or 60,000 km.
Coming on the Seltos then Kia also provides extended warranty packages, which is seen as 4 years/ 1 lakh km, 4 years/ Unlimited km, 4years and 5 years/ 1.20 lakh km, and 4 years and 5 years/ Unlimited km. Do note that the prices are before GST so check out the nearest dealership for the exact cost.
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