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13 best diesel hatchbacks in India

Last updated on: August 19, 2011 14:03 IST

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There is a recession in the Indian car market due to high interest rates on car loans and a rise in petrol prices.

Customers are, therefore, opting for diesel cars, and don't even mind the long waiting period.

According to market reports diesel car sales accounted for around 65-70 per cent of the total car sales in the first quarter of this year as against a mere 50 per cent during the same time last year.

Diesel is 40 per cent cheaper than petrol and some of the diesel cars are 30 per cent more fuel efficient as compared to their petrol variant.

Leading auto makers like Maruti Suzuki India and Ford India are facing supply crisis for their diesel cars and trying hard to meet the current market demand.

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Classy Maruti Swift

This highly popular hatchback was re-launched this year, with renovated looks to add to its already appealing exteriors.

The greatest factor leading to the Maruti Swift success is its classy, exquisite looks and now it is a little longer and roomier than the outgoing model, though 80 kg lighter than the previous version.

The new Maruti Swift diesel continues to house Fiat's 1. Litre Multijet Diesel engine, which promises higher fuel economy of 25.8 km per litre.

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Sporty Maruti Ritz

Maruti Ritz, one of the most hyped cars from the MUL stable has European design and sporty yet aggressive looks in a more localised fashion.

It combines the next generation fuel efficiency, cutting-edge technology, redefining the style and fashion.

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The diesel version of the Maruti Ritz is powered with a 1.3 litre DDiS engine that is generating 75 PS maximum power and 190 Nm extreme torque output providing a mileage of 21.1 kmpl.

The Maruti Ritz is priced around Rs 500,000 to compete against its potential rival Hyundai i10.

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Tata Indica V2

The Tata Indica V2 diesel hatchback was launched by the Tata Motors as the most fuel efficient vehicle with a mileage of 25 km per litre as certified by ARAI.

The latest version of Tata Indica, Tata Indica eV2 claims to be 32 per cent more powerful.

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It delivers 65 per cent of improved torque production and is 46 per cent more fuel efficient.

The Tata Indica V2 is installed with a five-speed manual gearbox is a compact hatchback, with luxurious interiors.

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Tata Indica Vista

The new Tata Indica Vista, which will be launched soon, is believed to have borrowed the bold and beautiful looks from Tata Manza.

The new Tata Indica Vista will be available in both the fuel options.

The diesel version is likely to house a 1248 cc Quadrajet, 4-cylinder SDE common Rail diesel engine and 1405 cc TDI, 4-cylinder 475 IDI Turbo Intercooled Diesel engine each capable of producing a maximum power of 75 PS and 71 PS and peak torque of 190Nm and 135 Nm.

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The new Tata Indica Vista is expected to have Anti-lock Braking system (ABS), Bluetooth enabled music system and airbags along with the steering mounted controls.

The award winning Fiat's diesel engine is another captivating feature of Tata Indica Vista.

The powerful, yet elegant new Tata Indica Vista hatchback is likely to be competitively priced around Rs 350,000-Rs 450,000 and will give a stiff competition to Maruti Swift, Chevrolet Beat Diesel, Ford Figo and Volkswagen Polo.

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Fabulous Skoda Fabia

The Skoda Fabia is a sleek and stylish model, which provides all the comfort and luxury that any ideal car is expected to.

The striking chrome front, wide alloy wheels add to the sporty image of the car.

The Skoda Fabia sets a perfect picture as a family car with enough boot space and roomy interiors.

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Though available in both versions, its diesel version is equipped with a 1.2 litre TDI CR DOHC engine with three cylinders.

Deployed with a five-speed manual transmission gearbox; the diesel car dashes through the road with a maximum power of 75 Bhp and maximum torque of 180 Nm.

Skoda Fabia prices range from Rs 435,000 for its base variant to Rs 670,000 for its top variant (ex-showroom New Delhi).

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Volkswagen Polo

The Volkswagen Polo is a gracefully designed hatchback powered with a majestic engine and uncompromising exteriors.

The Volkswagen Polo diesel variant has 1.2 L engine under its solid hood.

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With a five-speed manual transmission gearbox, the diesel version delivers a maximum power output of 75 PS and 180 Nm maximum torque.

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Volkswagen Beetle

The Volkswagen Beetle is a very popular small car and in the D-segment this car is a potential rival of Fiat 500 and Fiat Bravo.

At present it is imported as a completely built unit from Volkswagen's Mexican manufacturing plant.

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This extremely posh car is priced at Rs 20 lakh (Rs 2 million).

The Volkswagen Beetle Diesel comes with a powerful 2450 cc four cylinder engine producing 115 Bhp maximum power installed with a six-speed auto transmission.

The Volkswagen Beetle was launched in 2009 and is currently a super-hit model with its top-of-the-line pricing.

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Compact Chevrolet Beat

The Chevrolet Beat Diesel is a sporty hatchback loaded with exceptional features that ensure safety.

Powered with 1.0 L engine, it delivers an excellent mileage of 24 km /l.

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Its base variant is priced at Rs 429,000.

Its top variant costs Rs 545,000.

It includes many enhanced features like airbags and ABS.

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Ford Figo

Figo is typically considered to be a cool car that redefines Brand Ford.

The base price of Figo is Rs 500,000 and  the top-end costs Rs 5 97,000.

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Fiat Punto

The Fiat Punto safety features include Electronic Brake distribution dual-stage front airbags, side bags, and window bags.

The powerful diesel engine provides an excellent mileage of 19 kmpl on the highways.

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The Fiat Punto diesel car houses a 1.3 Litre Multijet Diesel engine, that generates a maximum power of 93 PS is considered to be a very powerful engine.

It is equipped with the standard five-speed manual transmission.

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Fiat 500

The Fiat 500 was launched in 2008 and it is imported as a completely built unit.

The Fiat 500 model was actually built keeping the target of 5-star rating in the EuroNCAP impact tests.

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This sub-compact hatchback diesel version has a 1248 cc, and a 75 Bhp multijet diesel engine and is priced around Rs 15 lakhs (Rs 1.5 million).

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Nissan Micra

The Nissan Micra is an excellent combination of most advanced technology incorporated in the stylish, sleek exteriors of a car.

This premium hatchback is loaded with safety measures and installed with five-speed manual transmission gearbox.

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Along with this the Nissan Micra diesel which has a base price of Rs 585,000 and Rs 630,000 for its superior variant is equipped with a 1.5 L CRDI, 8 valves, 4 cylinder engine that generates a maximum power output of 64 PS and a maximum torque of 160 Nm.

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Hyundai i20

The Hyundai i20 hatchback claims to provide maximum comfort to the users with plush interiors and superb exterior styling.

The Hyundai i20 is a classy hatchback with surprisingly spacious interiors packed with a 6-speed manual transmission gearbox.

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The diesel variant of the hatchback is powered by a 1.4 L 1396 cc CRDI diesel engine and priced at around Rs 500,000 - Rs 800,000 producing 92 Ps maximum power and maximum torque of 22.4 kgm.


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