Top 10 fuel-efficient diesel cars in India

4th 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.

Also see:
Maruti announces service campaign for new Dzire
2017 Maruti Dzire long term review, second report
2017 Maruti Suzuki Dzire review, test drive

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)

Also see:
Maruti Ciaz facelift spied in India
Maruti Ciaz long term review, final report
2015 Maruti Ciaz SHVS diesel hybrid review, test drive

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).

Also see:
2015 Maruti Baleno long term review, final report
2015 Maruti Baleno review, road test

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.

Also see:
Honda issues recall for 2013 Accord, City and Jazz
2015 Honda Jazz review, road test
Honda India sees future for diesels beyond 2020

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.

Also see:
Tata to hike car and SUV prices by around Rs 60,000
2017 Tata Tigor long term review, second report
Tata Tiago EV and Tigor EV make their debut at Auto Expo 2018
Tata Tigor JTP, Tiago JTP first look video
Tata Tiago review, test drive

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.

Also see:
2017 Maruti Ignis vs Mahindra KUV100 NXT diesel comparison
2017 Maruti Ignis long term review, first report
Maruti Ignis vs Grand i10 vs KUV 100 diesel comparison
2017 Maruti Ignis Alpha AMT launched at Rs 7.01 lakh

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.

Also see:
Ford Figo facelift spied in India
Ford Figo review, road test

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.

Also see:
Ford Aspire facelift spied
2017 Ford Figo Aspire long term review, first report

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.

Also see:
2018 Honda Amaze: 5 things you need to know
Second-gen Honda Amaze makes global debut at Auto Expo 2018
Honda Amaze facelift review, test drive
Honda Amaze diesel long term review second report

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.

Also see:
A City Quartet: Road Trip
Honda to launch six all-new models in next three years
2014 Honda City long term review first review


Take a look at our most fuel efficient petrol cars list here.

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