Buying a petrol car over a diesel one in India has its advantages – mainly the lower initial cost and comparatively better levels of refinement and NVH. With prices of diesel slowly achieving parity with petrol and the various recent international diesel emission scandals, the Indian industry is seeing a gradual shift towards petrol engine cars.
Still, fuel efficiency is one of the most important factors an Indian consumer takes into account when buying a car. Hence, here’s our list of the 10 most fuel-efficient petrol cars on sale in India today.
Though the figures quoted ahead are ARAI certified, they do not reflect real-world efficiency figures as those tests are conducted in the lab under ideal conditions. We have also added fuel efficiency figures from our road tests and long term reviews to give you an idea of the figures you can expect in the real world.
1. Datsun Redigo
ARAI Certified: 25.17kpl
Autocar test (overall): 17.88kpl
Datsun’s Redigo, when powered by the 54hp, 0.8-litre engine, shares the top spot with the identically equipped Renault Kwid. The brand has also introduced a 68hp, 1.0-litre model (ARAI fuel efficiency of 22.5kpl) of the tall boy hatchback. While the Redigo isn’t the most well-equipped or most spacious car, with prices starting at Rs 2.81 lakh (on-road, Delhi), the frugal engine and its styling, the Redigo is a decent buy. The automated manual version of the Redigo 1.0 has recently been introduced recently at Rs 3.81 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi) and it has the same fuel efficiency as its manual counterpart.
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2. Renault Kwid
ARAI Certified: 28.4kpl
Autocar test (overall): 18.4kpl
The rugged-looking Renault hatchback shares the 0.8-litre engine with the Redigo, and the same ARAI-rated fuel-efficiency figure. Slightly more premium and spacious interiors, along with a touchscreen infotainment system on the top-spec trim, are a few of the reasons to go for the Kwid, whose prices start at Rs 2.67 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). A 1.0-litre version and an AMT variant are also available, along with a more rugged-looking Climber version.
Renault Kwid road test
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3. Maruti Alto 800
ARAI Certified: 24.7kpl
Autocar test (overall): 22.25kpl
There’s a good reason why the Alto 800 is one of India’s most popular small cars – its staring price of Rs 2.51 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi), its fuel efficiency and Maruti’s extensive service network. The 48hp, 796cc motor helps the lightweight car post the third-best fuel efficiency figure on this list.
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4. Maruti Alto K10
ARAI Certified: 24.07kpl
Autocar test (overall): 15.5kpl
It is a better-looking and more upmarket version of the Alto 800 and comes with a peppy, 68hp, 1.0-litre engine. It’s a great choice as an urban runabout, with a price tag starting at Rs 3.30 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). It also comes with an automatic variant that is claimed to be just as fuel efficient as the manual.
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5. Tata Tiago
ARAI Certified: 23.84kpl
Autocar test (city): 10.5kpl
Priced from Rs 3.26 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi), the Tiago is a good-looking hatchback that features a stylish, yet practical interior and decent levels of equipment. Its size and features put it in a segment that's slightly above the other cars, but the 85hp, 1.2-litre engine is a bit lacklustre in terms of performance. An AMT version is also on offer. A performance version and an all-electric version of the hatchback were showcased recently at Auto Expo 2018.
2017 Tata Tiago long term review, final report
Tata Tiago review
6. Tata Nano GenX
ARAI Certified: 23.6kpl
Autocar test (overall): 17.85kpl
While the Nano GenX is a marked improvement over the original Nano, the package is let down by its image, poor ride quality and lack of luggage space. However, it is the most affordable car in India with prices starting at Rs 2.28 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). Along with the price tag, the efficient 38hp, 624cc engine, interior space and manoeuvrability in tight spaces are a few of the reasons to buy one.
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7. Maruti Suzuki Celerio
ARAI certified: 23.1kpl
Autocar test (overall): NA
Maruti brought out a minor facelift for its Celerio recently, priced from Rs 4.20 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi); though not much had changed. Besides a claim that the hatchback has been upgraded to meet upcoming Indian safety norms in terms of pedestrian, offset and side impact regulations, the model is more or less the same, with Maruti having missed the opportunity to equip it with a touchscreen infotainment system. The 68hp, 1.0-litre three-cylinder motor is shared with the Alto K10 and an AMT transmission is also an option.
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8. Maruti Suzuki Dzire
ARAI Certified: 22kpl
Autocar test (overall): 15.96kpl
The new Dzire pairs Maruti’s frugal 83hp, 1.2-litre petrol engine to a lightweight body, making it the most fuel-efficient petrol sedan (albeit a compact one) on sale in India. The Dzire is the largest-selling compact sedan for a great many reasons, which is not just limited to its peppy performance, fuel efficiency, cabin room and equipment. With a competitive starting price of Rs 5.56 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi), it is no wonder it won our big, compact sedan comparison shootout.
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9. Maruti Suzuki Baleno
ARAI Certified: 21.4kpl
Autocar test (overall): 15.77kpl
While Maruti may have positioned the Baleno as a premium offering, with prices starting at Rs 5.36 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi), it features all the things that Maruti cars are known for, from the 84hp, 1.2-litre engine to the lightweight platform and body. A decently long equipment list, strong performance and a nice cabin are a few of the highlights. Incidentally, the Baleno RS with the 102hp, 1.0-litre engine has an ARAI-certified fuel efficiency figure of 21.1kpl.
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2015 Maruti Baleno review, road test
10. Hyundai Eon (0.8-litre)
ARAI Certified: 21.1kpl
Autocar test (overall): 15.4kpl
Hyundai’s Eon may not be the freshest car in the market, but the 56hp, 814cc motor is still one of the most fuel-efficient ones available. The engine’s downside is its lacklustre performance. Higher variants of this hatchback are very decently equipped but are a bit too expensive compared to rivals. Prices start at Rs 3.30 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). For reference, the 69hp, 1.0-litre engine gets a rating of 20.3kpl.
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