Fuel efficiency is often the single-most important factor that Indian buyers consider while buying a car. Even while inquiring about a particular brand of car among friends, the mileage returned, is the most commonly asked question. Diesel cars are often the crowd favourite because the fuel costs less than petrol and the engine too offer better mileage. To those whom fuel economy is of supreme importance, here’s our list of the most fuel efficient diesel cars in 2016.
1. Maruti Suzuki Ciaz SHVS
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Maruti, unarguably, makes the most fuel efficient cars in India. It entered the premium sedan segment with the Ciaz, which has become quite popular within a very short time. The Ciaz Smart Hybrid Vehicle by Maruti (SHVS) is the most fuel efficient car in India as of now, returning a 28.09kmpl mileage. The car runs on a 1.3 litre engine that outputs 90PS of peak power at 200Nm of torque. A 5-speed manual gearbox handles the transmission. The car is available at a price range between ₹7.68-9.49 lakhs (ex-showroom Delhi). Being an environment friendly car, the Ciaz SHVS also benefits from production subsidies from the government.
2. Maruti Suzuki Celerio
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Celerio comes second in the list with an ARAI certified 27.62kmpl fuel efficiency. It’s one of the bestselling hatchbacks in the country, largely because of it’s mileage. A 793c DDiS engine powers the car which is paired to a 5-speed MT gearbox. The car outputs 47PS peak power at 3500rpm and 125Nm peak torque at 2000rpm. The engine of the car is very responsive. Looks-wise too, the Celerio scores some brownie points with slated air intake, chrome garnished slated front grille, neat fog lamps, and sharp character lines. Priced between ₹4.81-5.90 lakhs (ex-showroom Delhi), the Celerio is one of the best diesel cars in India.
3. Maruti Suzuki Baleno
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No wonder, Maruti manufactures some of the most fuel efficient diesel cars in India. The Baleno was launched late in 2015 and has been climbing up the popularity charts. The affordable pricing and comfort quotient played a crucial role in this regard. The Baleno diesel comes with 27.39kmpl fuel efficiency. It’s powered by 1.3 litre DDiS engine, paired to a 5-speed MT gearbox, which churns 75PS peak power at 190Nm peak torque. The beauty from India’s largest carmaker is priced between ₹6.33-8.32 lakhs (ex showroom Delhi) and is among the best diesel cars in the country today.
4. Honda Jazz
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The Jazz failed to set the cash registers ringing for Honda when it was launched about a couple of years back. But now, in its revised avatar, the Jazz has grabbed all eyeballs. The car is powered by a 1.5 litre i-DTEC engine. The transmission is handled by a 5-speed MT gearbox which produces 100PS of peak power at 200Nm torque. The ARAI certified fuel economy is 27.3kmpl, making Jazz one of the best diesel cars around. It’s priced between ₹5.56-8.99 lakhs (ex-showroom Delhi). The car is not only stylish, but looks premium as well.
5. Tata Tiago
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It’s the latest hatchback from Tata Motors. A sporty and stylish design is the car’s hallmark. The car is fun to drive and zips on the road. A 1.05 litre Revotorq 3-cylinder engine powers the car which is mated to a 5-speed MT gearbox. It’s equipped with a multi-drive mode and pumps out 70PS peak power at 140Nm peak torque. Tata Tiago has a 27.29kmpl fuel efficiency, which makes it one of the best mileage cars on the roads. It’s priced between ₹3.94-5.59 lakhs (ex showroom Delhi).
6. Maruti Suzuki Swift Dzire
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Maruti is synonymous with the most fuel efficient diesel cars and Swift Dzire is the bestselling compact sedan in India. The car offers an upmarket vibe at an affordable price. The Dzire diesel offers a 26.59kmpl fuel economy. Power to the car is sourced from a Fiat 1.3 litre DDiS 4-cylinder MultiJet engine. It’s the same engine that comes under the hood of other Maruti Suzuki cars like the Ertiga, Ciaz, and of course the Swift hatchback on which the Dzire sedan is based. The car is priced between ₹6.01-8.60 lakhs (ex-showroom Delhi).
7. Honda City
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It’s perhaps the most popular sedan in India. With a fuel economy of 26kmpl, it’s one of the best mileage cars in the market. Powered by a 1.5 litre i-DTEC engine, the Honda City diesel outputs 100PS peak power and 200Nm torque. The mileage offered is one of the most important reasons behind the car’s success. It’s priced between ₹9.30-12.40 lakhs (ex-showroom Delhi). The City boasts of sharp headlamp clusters, thick chrome bars, a sharp crease on the side, and of course the iconic Honda logo at the centre.
8. Ford Aspire
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It’s a surprise entry to the list of fuel efficient diesel cars. The compact sedan, based on the Figo platform, is pretty stylish in looks. Affordable pricing, comfortable interiors, safety features and the 25.83kmpl fuel economy, are major reasons behind its success. It’s one of the best diesel cars in the country. Power to the car comes from a 1.5 litre TDCi engine that’s fitted to the EcoSport. The 5-speed MT gearbox outputs 100PS of power at 215Nm peak torque. The Ford Aspire is priced between ₹6.30-8.50 lakhs.
9. Ford Figo
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The Figo hatchback sits just next to its sedan sibling. The car has undergone a full makeover. Quite impressive in design and features, it’s one of the better fuel efficient diesel cars in India. The Ford Figo shares its 1.5 litre TDCi engine with the Aspire sedan, which generates 100PS peak power at 215Nm torque. A 5-speed MT gearbox handles the transmission duties. The car is priced between ₹5.60-7.60 lakhs ex-showroom Delhi) and at a decent 25.83kmpl fuel economy, it’s a steal.
10. Honda Amaze
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The Honda Amaze facelift was recently unveiled at a ₹5.29-8.19 lakhs price range. The car looks aggressive with the new styling. But the powertrain is borrowed from the earlier version. A 1.5 litre i-DTEC DOHC engine powers the car, which is mated to a 5-speed MT gearbox. The engine generates 100PS peak power at 200Nm torque. The 25.8kmpl economy makes Amaze one of the most fuel efficient diesel cars in India.
The battle for manufacturing the most fuel efficient cars is likely to become more intense in the coming days. Leading car companies have lined up several new models, and buyers would be spoilt for choice to buy the best mileage cars.