Top 10 fuel-efficient diesel cars in India4th Apr 2018 10:34 am
Our top 10 list of fuel efficient diesels has ARAI certified figures and Autocar India test figures from our reviews, road tests and long term reviews.
Up until and after the Dieselgate scandal broke in 2015, diesel has carried a reputation of being a 'dirty' fuel. In addition it has been thought to be primarily used for commercial transportation, rather than personal. However, the modern diesel engine delivers a proposition that is hard to resist – namely fuel efficiency and low carbon dioxide emissions (nitrous oxides and sulphates still require quite a bit of reduction though!); along with low-end torque, making driving more effortless. Some of the newer diesels also have a fun-to-drive aspect. These engines are more capable of withstanding the rigors of high compression and ensuring the longevity of the motor. They also require less maintenance, while maintaining a higher resale value.
Fuel efficiency is still one of the foremost factors that drives the Indian consumer, when it comes to buying a car. Hence, here’s our list of the 10 most fuel efficient diesel cars currently on sale in India.
Though this list is based on the figures quoted by ARAI, they do not reflect real-world efficiency figures as those tests are conducted in the lab under ideal conditions. However, we have added figures from our comprehensive road tests and long term reports of these models.
1. Maruti Suzuki Dzire
ARAI Certified: 28.4kpl
Autocar test (overall): 15.95kpl
The fastest-selling vehicle in India is also the most fuel-efficient vehicle on sale, today. Thanks to its 78hp, 1.3-litre, DDiS diesel engine mated to a lightweight body, the Dzire can go an impressive 28.4km on one litre of diesel. The Dzire is a class leader for various reasons, such as its styling and build quality, roomy cabin and equipment list – in addition to Maruti’s excellent after-sales network. Priced from Rs 6.56 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi), it is no wonder it won our six-car compact sedan comparison.
2. Maruti Ciaz (SHVS)
ARAI Certified: 28.09kpl
Autocar test (overall): 14.35kpl
The Ciaz has been a strong seller in the mid-size sedan segment, holding up well against the like of the Honda City and Hyundai Verna. A lot of the Ciaz’s positives include its plush cabin, peppy performance and the extremely fuel-efficient mild hybrid SHVS diesel engine producing 90hp and delivering a compelling 28.09kpl. Prices for the diesel range begin at Rs 9.50 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi)
3. Maruti Baleno
ARAI Certified: 27.39kpl
Autocar test (overall): 18.15kpl
Maruti’s first premium hatchback, the Baleno, has been yet another class leader in its segment, when pitted against the Hyundai i20 and Honda Jazz. The Baleno is a well-rounded vehicle and offers customers an array of equipment, premium styling as well as superb fuel efficiency. The diesel models are priced from Rs 6.51 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi).
4. Honda Jazz
ARAI Certified: 27.3kpl
Autocar test (overall): 17.1kpl
The Honda Jazz blends clever interior packaging, legendary Honda reliability and a frugal fuel economy that has made it the car to look out for in the severely contested premium hatchback segment. The 1.5-litre diesel engine is powerful enough for the Jazz and as a bonus, also ensures it foots low fuel bills. The ex-showroom price, Delhi for the diesel trims start at Rs 7.36 lakh.
5. Tata Tiago
ARAI certified: 27.28kpl
Autocar test (city): 12.5kpl
The Tiago sells well for Tata, with the 1 lakh Tiago having rolled out of its factory, in Gujarat. With a spacious, well-appointed cabin, aggressive price tag, European styling and an impressive ARAI fuel efficiency rating of 27.28kpl, the Tiago offers great value-for-money motoring. The ex-showroom, Delhi price for the base diesel is Rs 4.05 lakh.
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6. Maruti Ignis
ARAI Certified: 26.8kpl
Autocar test (overall): 17.7kpl
The Ignis is a quirky little crossover, which is refreshingly different with its plethora of customization options and 'tall boy' design that harks back to Suzukis of yore. It unsurprisingly features an extremely fuel-efficient engine. Powered by the same 1.3-litre diesel engine that features in many other Marutis, the Ignis continues to be a potent combination of premium features, comfort and fuel frugality. The diesel variant’s ex-showroom price in Delhi starts at Rs 6.32 lakh.
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7. Ford Figo
ARAI Certified: 25.83kpl
The successor to the previous-gen Figo, this refreshed Figo from Ford has been a sales success, thanks to its long feature list, safety kit packaging and the 1.5-litre diesel engine under its boot that delivers 25.83kpl – which means the Figo ensures low fuel bills and is extremely frugal. Ex-showroom, Delhi prices for diesel versions of the car start at Rs 6.43 lakh.
8. Ford Figo Aspire
ARAI certified: 25.83kpl
Autocar test (overall): 15.84kpl
The compact sedan sibling of the Figo, the Aspire gets everything right, much like its hatchback sibling; including the big fuel efficiency number and the addition of a boot – both have increased its practicality. The ex-showroom, Delhi prices for the car’s diesel option start at Rs 6.78 lakh.
9. Honda Amaze
ARAI Certified: 25.8kpl
Autocar test (overall): 18kpl
While it hasn’t been a great sales success, Honda’s compact sedan has won much acclaim for its spacious cabin and punchy 1.5-litre i-DTEC Earth Dreams diesel engine which delivers great fuel efficiency, for its class. It has recently received a facelift – Honda armed it with sharper looks and better features, making the Amaze an even greater value proposition. Prices for the diesel Amaze ex-showroom, Delhi start at Rs 6.75 lakh.
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10. Honda City
ARAI Certified: 25.6kpl
Autocar test (overall): 16.85kpl
The compact executive sedan segment leader now features an aluminum, 1.5-litre, i-DTEC diesel engine that is hugely fuel-efficient and offers a good low and mid-end performance. It’s a great car, both to drive as well as be driven around in. Honda refreshed its iconic vehicle, earlier this year, with more features and an all-new top-end variant. Price of the diesel Honda City ex-showroom, Delhi is Rs 10.99 lakh.
Take a look at our most fuel efficient petrol cars list here.