In today’s congested and traffic-infested urban environments, an automatic transmission provides a much more hassle-free drive, when compared to their respective manual counterparts. Older automatics were known to sap power and efficiency from an engine, making them far less desirable. However, modern automatic transmissions come in many guises – from torque converters and automated manuals to dual-clutch automatics – and have more improved levels of refinement, thereby providing cars with a fun-to-drive factor and greater fuel economy.
Hence we have come up with a list of the top 10 most fuel-efficient automatics you can buy in India.
Though the figures quoted here are ARAI certified, they do not reflect real-world efficiency figures as those tests are conducted in the lab under ideal conditions.
1. Maruti Dzire 1.3 DDiS AMT - 28.4kpl
The fastest-selling vehicle in India is also the most fuel-efficient vehicle on sale, currently. Thanks to its 75hp, 1.3-litre, Fiat-sourced diesel engine mated to a lightweight body, the Dzire AMT produces an impressive fuel economy of 28.4kpl. A segment leader that is priced from Rs 7.75 lakh (on-road, Delhi), the Dzire’s highlights include its styling and build quality, roomy cabin, impressive equipment list and Maruti’s excellent after-sales network.
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2. Maruti Suzuki Alto K10 AMT - 24.07kpl
A slightly upmarket variant of India’s best-selling car, the Alto K10 comes equipped with an AMT gearbox mated to the 68hp, 1.0-litre K10B petrol engine that helps the Alto K10 deliver a great mileage figure of 24.07kpl. The AMT works well for typical city use and is priced at Rs 4.09 lakh (on-road, Delhi).
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3. Renault Kwid 1.0 AMT - 24.04kpl
The Kwid has been a stellar success for Renault, helping the brand make inroads into the hotly contested entry-level hatchback segment. To increase its appeal even more, Renault has equipped the Kwid with an AMT gearbox. Powered by a 68hp, 1.0-litre engine, the Kwid delivers a mileage of 24.04kpl. Priced at Rs 3.78 lakh (on-road, Delhi), the Kwid’s combination of space, practicality, comfort and economy makes it an enticing proposition.
2017 Renault Kwid long term review, second report
2016 Renault Kwid AMT review, test drive
Renault Kwid road test
4. Tata Tiago Revotron AMT - 23.84kpl\
The Tiago has been a great sales success for Tata and has been well-received for its attractive design, spacious cabin and aggressive price tag. The 1.2 Revotron AMT is quite fuel efficient, which is evident in the 23.84kpl mileage that it delivers. Prices start at Rs 5.33 lakh (on-road Delhi).
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5. Maruti Suzuki Celerio AMT - 23.1kpl
The Celerio regularly features in the monthly top 10 bestselling cars list in India. Recently, Maruti launched a refreshed Celerio, with a subtly revamped exterior and better safety features. The automatic variant is powered by the same engine that is under the Alto K10’s hood. It is priced from Rs 4.91 lakh (on-road, Delhi).
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6. Maruti Suzuki Dzire 1.2 Petrol AMT - 22.0kpl
Even though the diesel variant of the Dzire is currently the most fuel-efficient vehicle on sale in India, the petrol automatic with the AMT gearbox delivers ample mileage for those who wish to opt for a petrol Dzire. It retails from Rs 7.70 lakh (on-road Delhi).
7. Tata Nano GenX AMT - 21.9kpl
The Tata Nano may have not been able to live up to its tag of being the most affordable 4-seater in the world, but it is still the cheapest vehicle on sale, in India. While it is dwindling in terms of sales, Tata is trying to update the Nano to broaden its appeal and push its sales higher. The AMT version ties-in well with the Nano’s strengths of great space, excellent visibility and easy manoeuvrability. The AMT version is priced at Rs 3.56 lakh (on-road, Delhi).
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8. Skoda Rapid DSG - 21.66kpl
Even though it shares its core mechanical elements with the Volkswagen Vento, the Skoda Rapid DSG is a notch above the Vento, when it comes to mileage. The 7-speed DSG 1.5-litre TDI turbo diesel delivers 21.66kpl, which is respectable for its segment. Coupled with the fact the DSG gearbox is one of the finest automatic transmissions used in a sedan in India, the sturdy build quality expected of Skoda coupled with good comfort make the Rapid worth serious consideration. It is priced at Rs 14.18 lakh (on-road, Delhi).
2016 Skoda Rapid review, test drive
New Skoda Rapid diesel auto review, test drive
9. Volkswagen Vento DSG - 21.5kpl
The Volkswagen Vento benefits from a spacious and comfortable cabin, tough build and a strong diesel engine. Sharing its engine with the Skoda Rapid, the Vento comes with a mileage of 21.5kpl – which does mean it lags behind the Rapid. Even still, VW has updated the Vento and given it plenty of features too, giving it a great value for money. The Vento DSG is priced at Rs 14 lakh (on-road, Delhi).
Volkswagen Vento long term review final report
2015 Volkswagen Vento TDI DSG review, test drive
10. Maruti Suzuki Baleno CVT - 21.4kpl
The largest and most premium of the Maruti hatchbacks, the Baleno is spacious, attractive and well-equipped; at least in top-spec form. It's no wonder why it still maintains an enviable position on the bestsellers chart. The 1.2 K12 petrol engine delivers a mileage of 21.4kpl, which adds to the ever-growing appeal of the Baleno. The Baleno is priced at Rs 8.02 lakh (on-road, Delhi).
2015 Maruti Baleno long term review, final report
2015 Maruti Baleno review, road test
Also check our list of 10 most efficient petrol cars and the list of most efficient diesel cars in India.