10 most fuel-efficient petrol cars in India in 2021

10 most fuel-efficient petrol cars in India in 2021

29th Apr 2021 11:45 am

Maruti cars dominate the list, while a Renault, a Datsun and a Toyota make an appearance on the list of petrol cars with the highest ARAI fuel-efficiency figures.

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A fuel-efficient petrol car, especially one with an automatic transmission, is highly sought after in India. That makes sense considering what daily urban commutes are like on our roads. While petrol prices have come down marginally in the recent past, they are still close to all-time highs. With that in mind, these are the 10 most frugal petrol cars on sale in India today, as rated by ARAI.

10. Maruti Suzuki Ignis        20.89kpl

 

While the Ignis may not be the sales sensation Maruti hoped for, it is an underrated if expensive hatchback (for what is on offer). A highlight of the Maruti Suzuki Ignis is the peppy 83hp, 1.2-litre K12M petrol engine, which delivers an ARAI mileage of 20.89kpl in manual and AMT automatic form.

Maruti Suzuki Ignis factfile
Engine1197cc, 4 cyl, petrol1197cc, 4 cyl, petrol
Power83hp83hp
Torque113Nm113Nm
Gearbox5-speed MT5-speed AMT
ARAI mileage20.89kpl20.89kpl
Price (ex-Delhi)Rs 4.95-6.87 lakhRs 6.31-7.37 lakh

9. Maruti Suzuki Celerio /Celerio X        21.63kpl

The Maruti Suzuki Celerio and its cross-hatch counterpart are identical apart from cosmetic changes outside and in, which explains why they have the same 21.63kpl ARAI mileage for the 1.0-litre K10B engine. The manual and AMT versions have the same rating too. Like most small Maruti cars, a factory fit CNG option (with a 31.76km/kg economy) is also available with the Celerio. Maruti is working on bringing the second-generation Celerio to the market this year.

Maruti Suzuki Celerio factfile
Engine998cc, 3 cyl, petrol998cc, 3 cyl, petrol998cc, 3 cyl, CNG-petrol
Power68hp68hp59hp
Torque90Nm90Nm78Nm
Gearbox5-speed MT5-speed AMT5-speed MT
ARAI mileage21.63kpl21.63kpl31.76km/kg
Price (ex-Delhi)Rs 4.66-5.71 lakhRs 5.55-5.83 lakhRs 5.85-5.91 lakh

8. Maruti Suzuki S-Presso           21.7kpl

The S-Presso is typically small Maruti - it weighs relatively less, comes with a frugal and peppy engine and is well-priced for what it is. Considering it shares the 68hp, 1.0-litre petrol engine with the Celerio and Wagon R, it isn’t surprising that the Maruti Suzuki S-Presso has similar ARAI efficiency figures. Interestingly, it is the higher-spec VXI and VXI+ variants (which ride on 14-inch rims) that have a marginally higher 21.7kpl rating – the lower variants are rated at 21.4kpl. Maruti’s Renault Kwid and Datsun Redigo rival also gets a 5-speed AMT option - the only on the VXI and VXI+ variants - and a factory-fit CNG option on the mid-spec LXI and VXI trims.

Maruti Suzuki S-Presso factfile
Engine998cc, 3 cyl, petrol998cc, 3 cyl, petrol998cc, 3 cyl, CNG-petrol
Power68hp68hp59hp
Torque90Nm90Nm78Nm
Gearbox5-speed MT5-speedA MT5-speed MT
ARAI mileage21.4-21.7kpl21.7kpl31.2km/kg
Price (ex-Delhi)Rs 3.78-4.64 lakhRs 4.90-5.07 lakhRs 4.96-5.26 lakh

7. Maruti Suzuki Wagon R 1.0                21.79kpl

Like most Marutis, one of the reasons buyers opt for the Wagon R are the economical engines. The tall-boy hatchback gets two units – a 68hp 1.0-litre and an 83hp 1.2-litre. The smaller engine is the slightly more frugal mill, delivering 21.79kpl to the 1.2-litre’s 20.52kpl. Both units get a 5-speed AMT too, which have the same ARAI mileage as the manuals. The 1.0-litre engine also comes with a CNG option that is rated at an excellent 32.52km/kg; incidentally the Wagon R is the most frugal CNG car on sale today. Another reason for the Maruti Wagon R’s relatively higher sales numbers is its price and value for money quotient.

Maruti Suzuki Wagon R factfile
Engine998cc, 3 cyl, petrol998cc, 3 cyl, petrol998cc, 3 cyl, CNG-petrol 1197cc, 4 cyl, petrol 1197cc, 4 cyl, petrol
Power68hp68hp59hp83hp83hp
Torque90Nm90Nm78Nm113Nm113Nm
Gearbox5-speed MT5-speed AMT5-speed MT5-speed MT5-speed AMT
ARAI mileage21.79kpl21.79kpl32.52km/kg20.52kpl20.52kpl
Price (ex-Delhi)Rs 4.81-5.20 lakhRs 5.63-5.70 lakhRs 5.61-5.68 lakhRs 5.49-5.83 lakhRs 5.99-6.33 lakh

6. Datsun Redigo AMT                     22kpl

 

Datsun updated its smallest model last year and it’s much better for it. Besides the comprehensive styling update, the Datsun Redigo facelift got more equipment too, such as internal wing mirror adjust across the range and an 8.0-inch infotainment touchscreen for the top-spec T(O) variant. The upgrade to BS6 norms meant that both, the 54hp, 0.8-litre and the 68hp, 1.0-litre engines’ ARAI figures are slightly lower than their respective BS4 versions. However, at 22kpl for the 1.0-litre engine with the AMT gearbox, the Redigo still ranks among the moist frugal petrol cars in the country. The 0.8-litre and 1.0-litre engines are rated at 20.71kpl and 21.7kpl, respectively, with the manual gearbox.

Datsun Redigo factfile
Engine799cc, 3 cyl, petrol999cc, 3 cyl, petrol999cc, 3 cyl, petrol
Power54hp68hp68hp
Torque72Nm91Nm91Nm
Gearbox5-speed MT5-speed MT5-speed AMT
ARAI mileage20.71kpl21.7kpl22kpl
Price (ex-India)Rs 3.84-4.54 lakhRs 4.75 lakhRs 4.96 lakh

5. Renault Kwid 1.0 AMT                  22kpl

While the Renault Kwid comes with 54hp 0.8-litre and 68hp 1.0-litre engines, it is that latter that can go an impressive 22km on a single litre of petrol, when mated to the AMT gearbox. The Kwid 1.0 manual is nearly as efficient with an ARAI mileage of 21.74kpl, while the 0.8-litre unit is rated at 20.71kpl. This makes it marginally more fuel-efficient than its cousin from Datsun, the Redigo, with which it shares its powertrain options.

Renault Kwid factfile
Engine799cc, 3 cyl, petrol999cc, 3 cyl, petrol999cc, 3 cyl, petrol
Power54hp68hp68hp
Torque72Nm91Nm91Nm
Gearbox5-speed MT5-speed MT5-speed AMT
ARAI mileage20.71kpl21.74kpl22kpl
Price (ex-Delhi)Rs 3.84-4.54 lakhRs 4.75 lakhRs 4.96 lakh

4. Maruti Suzuki Alto                       22.05kpl

Maruti Suzuki’s smallest model is powered by a frugal 48hp 0.8-litre engine that has been certified by the ARAI to deliver 22.05kpl. While the Maruti Suzuki Alto feels basic and has a cramped cabin, its low price, high efficiency and minimal maintenance costs make it a popular buy. There’s a CNG variant on offer that has an equally impressive mileage of 31.59km/kg of gas.

Maruti Suzuki Alto factfile
Engine796cc, 3 cyl, petrol796cc, 3 cyl, CNG-petrol
Power48hp41hp
Torque69Nm60Nm
Gearbox5-speed MT5-speed MT
ARAI mileage22.05kpl31.59km/kg
Price (ex-Delhi)Rs 2.99-4.16 lakhRs 4.56-4.61 lakh

3. Maruti Swift AMT              23.76kpl

 

With the recent facelift, the Maruti Suzuki Swift now shares its 90hp K12N petrol engine with idle-start stop tech and 5-speed manual and AMT gearbox options with the Dzire. In the peppier hatchback, the powertrain options’ mileage figures are slightly lower - 23.2kpl and 23.76kpl for the manual and AMT, respectively.

Maruti Suzuki Swift factfile
Engine1197cc, 4 cyl, petrol1197cc, 4 cyl, petrol
Power90hp90hp
Torque113Nm113Nm
Gearbox5-speed MT5-speed AMT
ARAI mileage23.2kpl23.76kpl
Price (ex-Delhi)Rs 5.73-7.91 lakhRs 6.86-8.41 lakh

2. Toyota Glanza/Maruti Suzuki Baleno        23.87kpl

Badge-engineered siblings, Maruti Suzuki’s Baleno and Toyota’s Glanza, share the third spot in their mild-hybrid avatars with an ARAI-rated economy of 23.87kpl. Their powertrains comprise 90hp, 1.2-litre engines and also include an integrated starter generator and a 12V lithium-ion battery that adds in start/stop and energy recuperation functionalities, along with a (very) mild power assist. Considering the Baleno mild-hybrid is priced at Rs 7.60 lakh, thereby undercutting

the Glanza mild-hybrid (Rs 7.65 lakh), the Maruti is the most affordable mild-hybrid car you can buy today in India. It is also the most fuel-efficient petrol hatchback available in India today. Do note that both premium hatchbacks are also available with an 83hp, 1.2-litre petrol engine that has an ARAI rating of 21.01kpl for the manual and 19.56kpl for the CVT version.

Maruti Suzuki Baleno factfile
Engine1197cc, 4 cyl, petrol1197cc, 4 cyl, petrol1197cc, 4 cyl, mild-hybrid petrol
Power83hp83hp90hp
Torque113Nm113Nm113Nm
Gearbox5-speed MTCVT5-speed MT
ARAI mileage21.01kpl19.56kpl23.87kpl
Price (ex-Delhi)Rs 5.98-8.10 lakhRs 7.91-9.30 lakhRs 7.60-8.23 lakh

Toyota Glanza factfile
Engine1197cc, 4 cyl, petrol1197cc, 4 cyl, petrol1197cc, 4 cyl, mild-hybrid petrol
Power83hp83hp90hp
Torque113Nm113Nm113Nm
Gearbox5-speed MTCVT5-speed MT
ARAI mileage21.01kpl19.56kpl23.87kpl
Price (ex-Delhi)Rs 7.18-7.90 lakhRs 8.38-9.10 lakhRs 7.65 lakh

1. Maruti Suzuki Dzire AMT             24.12kpl

Besides the design changes and longer equipment list that came with last year’s Dzire facelift, one of the most important changes was the 1.2-litre K12M petrol engine was replaced with the 1.2-litre K12N unit that comes with a start-stop function. The Maruti Suzuki Dzire is 7hp more powerful than before and more efficient in both, 5-speed manual (23.26kpl) and 5-speed AMT (24.12kpl) form, making it the most fuel-efficient petrol car currently on sale in India.

Maruti Suzuki Dzire factfile
Engine1197cc, 4 cyl, petrol1197cc, 4 cyl, petrol
Power90hp90hp
Torque113Nm113Nm
Gearbox5-speed MT5-speed AMT
ARAI mileage23.26kpl24.12kpl
Price (ex-Delhi)Rs 5.98-8.53 lakhRs 7.54-9.03 lakh

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