Which Luxury Car has the Lowest Cost of Ownership?

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The Mercedes Benz C-Class has the lowest cost of ownership in India. The C-class has been in production since 1993 and was one of the first few luxury cars to be introduced in India. The luxury quotient along with the performance factor makes it one of the most successful luxury cars in India. Although arguably, the BMW 3-series is also easy on the pocket when it comes to maintenance, the C-class outshines it because of fewer electrical and mechanical issues. Moreover, the car doesn’t need frequent servicing due to the durability and reliability of the mechanical and electronic parts.

Once a year service in an authorized service centre would cost you around INR 30,000. General maintenance and regular check-ups are sufficient to ensure the longevity of the car. The current offering from Mercedes Benz in the C-class segment is the 2.0-liter 4-cylinder turbocharged diesel engine configuration. The two variants are C220d and C300d with different power outputs (194bhp @ 3800 rpm and 245bhp @ 4200 rpm respectively).

The C220d is priced at INR 44.5 lakhs while the C300d AMG is priced at INR 49 lakhs. Mercedes has focused on increasing the dealership and service centre network rigorously. This has not only helped in increasing the outreach of the company but also building the trust of assured service anywhere in India. The cost of ownership can go around INR 50,000 to INR 65,000 per annum for a 3 year ownership period which is quite affordable as compared to its counterparts.

Some of the commonly incurred costs during maintenance are:

  • Engine oil and oil filter – INR 10,000
  • Cabin Air Filter – INR 4,000
  • Transmission Oil – INR 7,000
  • Fuel Filter – INR 8,000
  • Car wash and wax polish – INR 10,000
  • Wheel alignment and balancing – INR 4,000
  • Power Steering Oil replacement – INR 3,000

The above costs give a general idea of the repairs and replacements that can require your immediate attention. Although, these costs are a part of a regular service and maintenance regime that one should follow to ensure optimized ride quality and overall comfort of the vehicle.

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