Top 10 fuel-efficient petrol cars in India

5th Jun 2017 6:35 pm

If petrol is your fuel of choice and fuel efficiency a priority, then these are the cars for you.

Many motorists favour petrol-driven cars over diesel since they are cheaper to buy, are quieter and are more refined. While around two years ago, the ratio of petrol cars sales vis-à-vis diesel was even, the rising uncertainty surrounding diesel has fuelled a shift in consumer preference to petrol. Besides, a higher tax on diesel cars vis-à-vis petrol is likely to accelerate the shift in the near term.

On World Environment Day, we get you a list of the 10 most fuel-efficient petrol cars in India.

However, note that the figures mentioned are each car's manufacturer-claimed fuel-efficiency data (as per ARAI testing conditions). The figures represent the fuel consumption a car could possibly achieve in perfect conditions, but are calculated in a laboratory and so don't reflect the conditions that our cars really endure on Indian roads. Hence, actual fuel efficiency figures might vary.

1. Datsun Redigo - 25.17kpl

The Datsun Redigo is a small 'tall boy' hatchback with a modern, urban design. It is not the most well-equipped or most spacious car, but with that low price tag, high fuel efficiency and a standout styling, it does have its plus points.

Also read: Datsun Redigo 1.0, AMT launch later this year

1. Renault Kwid - 25.17kpl

It is a small hatchback with SUV-like styling. The top-spec variant comes with a touchscreen infotainment system. It also comes with a low price tag, and the 800cc engine allows you to run 25.17km on a litre of petrol.

Also read: Renault Kwid road test

3. Maruti Alto 800 - 24.7kpl


The Alto 800 has been India's most popular small car for a while now. For its price, it is hard to beat, though the Kwid has been taking chunks out of its pie. However, it is still a great proposition, mainly because it is backed by Maruti's large service network.

Also read: Redigo vs Alto 800 vs Kwid vs Eon comparison







4. Maruti Alto K10 - 24.07kpl


It is a better-looking and more upmarket version of the Alto 800, with a peppy and more powerful engine. As an urban runabout, it's a great choice. Also, it comes with an automatic variant that is claimed to be just as fuel efficient as the manual.

5. Tata Tiago - 23.84kpl


The latest small hatchback from Tata features a fresh design, stylish-but-still-practical interiors and a good amount of equipment. Its size and features put it in a segment that's slightly above the other cars, but the engine is a bit lack-lustre in terms of performance.

Also read: Tata Tiago review

6. Tata Nano GenX - 23.6kpl


The Nano GenX is a great improvement over the original Nano. However, it is let down by its image, poor ride quality and lack of luggage space. In addition to being very affordable, the car is quite spacious and easy to manoeuvre, and comes with a few interesting features like power steering and Bluetooth.

7. Maruti Celerio - 23.1kpl


The Celerio is spacious, practical and cheap to run, and delivers a nice ride as well. It is quite close to ideal in terms of a small car. Plus, it comes with an AMT gearbox option which is as fuel efficient as the manual.







8. Maruti Dzire - 22kpl


The petrol variant of the recently launched all-new Dzire takes the eighth spot in our list. The Dzire features improved design proportions, borrows headlights and grille from the all-new Swift and loses its stubby boot. The petrol engine is the same 1.2-litre, four-cylinder as earlier but with a 4hp drop in power to 83hp. The slightly lower power output, coupled with a lighter kerb weight has resulted in a higher fuel efficiency of 22kpl.

Also read: Maruti Dzire review

9. Maruti Baleno - 21.4kpl


The Baleno is Maruti's new premium hatch. It features fresh styling, great interiors, a long equipment list and delivers a strong performance. Plus, it's quite fuel efficient.

Also read: Maruti Baleno road test

10. Hyundai Eon (0.8-litre) - 21.1kpl


The oldest car in this list but it is quite stylish still and decently equipped too. The 814cc engine is not the best performer, but it does deliver good fuel efficiency.

Looking for a fuel efficient diesel car? Check out our list of ten most fuel efficient diesel cars here.

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