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What it will cost if you were to add all the features of mid-level variant if you have the low-end variant.

Ever wondered what it would cost you to install gadgets and features offered on the variant priced just above the base variant? Will it cost you lesser than what it costs to buy the same variant? We’ve compiled this story to find out just that!

Take a look at the estimate cost of equipping base variants of these popular small cars to the same level as the variant priced just above them. We have taken into account only those features which can be installed aftermarket and calculated the total cost of the modifications based on the estimated market price of these add-ons.

Converting hatchbacks

To start with we will take in to account three of the most popular entry level small cars and see what the base variants lack when compared to the mid trim variants.

Maruti Suzuki Alto K10

Price difference between variants: Rs.13, 000

Cost of modification: Rs.11, 000

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The Alto K10 has only two variants the base LXI and the top end VXi variant. The LXI costs Rs.3.14 lakh while the top-end variant costs Rs. 3.27 lakh. That is a price difference of Rs. 13, 000. Let’s take a look at what you get for the extra Rs.13, 000 on the VXI variant and how much it will cost to get the same features on the Lx variant.

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So add to that a total installation cost of Rs. 500-Rs.1000 and the actual cost of modifications comes to Rs.11, 500. That means not only will you be able to choose the specific brand for all these gadgets but you will also be able to save roughly Rs.1, 500.

Hyundai i10

Price difference between variants: Rs. 34,000

Cost of modification: Rs.38, 000

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The Hyundai i10 is offered in 9 petrol and 2 LPG variants. The base 1.1 D-Lite variant costs Rs.3.65 lakh, while the next variant on offer, the 1.1 Era costs Rs. 3.99 lakh. That is a price difference of Rs.34, 000. Let’s take a look at what you get for the extra Rs.34, 000 on the Era variant and what it will cost to install those features on the Era variant.

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That means the total cost of bringing your i10 D-Lite to the same spec level as the Era variant will cost you around Rs. 35,000-Rs.38, 000 once you take into account. So in this case it will actually make more sense to buy the Era variant.

Maruti Suzuki Wagon R

Price difference between variants: Rs.30, 000

Cost of modification: Rs.32, 500

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The Wagon R Lx costs Rs. 3.47 lakh while the LXi variant costs Rs. 3.77 lakh. That is a price difference of Rs. 30,000. Let’s take a look at what extra features you get on the LXi variant and how much it will cost to get the same features on the LX variant.

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That means the total cost of bringing a Wagon-R Lx to the same spec level as the LXi variant will cost your around Rs.32,500. Add to that the cost of installation and you will be spending almost Rs.34, 000. This means it is better to buy the LXi variant as it will cost more to bring an LX variant up to the same kit level.

Converting premium hatchbacks

Maruti Suzuki Swift

Price difference between variants: Rs.46, 000

Cost of modification: Rs.14, 500

The base LXi variant of the Swift costs Rs. 4.44 lakh while its immediate successor, the VXi variant costs Rs. 4.90 lakh. That is a difference of Rs.46, 000. Let’s take a look at what extra features you get on the VXi variant and how much it will cost to get the same features on the LXi variant.

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One thing we have to take into account is that the VXi variant of the Swift also comes with ABS and EBD which you cannot get installed after market. If you think you can do without these safety features then the LXi variant can be easily brought to the same level as the VXi. You will have saved roughly Rs. 30,000 even after factoring labor costs.

Ford Figo

Price difference between variants: Rs. 38,000

Cost of modification: Rs.34, 000

ford figo

The Figo EXI variant is the base Figo variant and costs Rs. 3.81 lakh while the LXI variant costs Rs. 4.19 lakh. That is a difference of Rs.38, 000. Let’s take a look at what extra features you get on the LXI variant and how much it will cost to get the same features on the EXI variant.

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Even if you add labour costs to the final cost of adding features you will still get a grand total of roughly Rs.34, 000. Which means , not only can you being the EXI variant to the same feature level as the LXI variant but you can also save around Rs.4,000.

Hyundai i20

Price difference between variants: Rs. 24,000

Cost of modification: Rs.12, 000

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The Hyundai i20 1.2 Era is the base variant and costs Rs. 4.73 lakh, while the variant right above it is the 1.2 Magna which comes in at Rs. 4.97 lakh. That is a price difference of Rs.24, 000. Let’s take a look at what extra features you get on the Magna variant and how much it will cost to get the same features on the Era variant.

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The total cost of adding missing features along with labour costs for the i20 Era should come to Rs. 12,000. That means you will be saving a massive Rs.12, 000! Hence if you have an i20 Era then it totally makes sense to opt for after market modification rather than buying the Magna variant.

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