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15 cheapest diesel cars in India

Last updated on: May 29, 2012 08:48 IST

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whopping Rs 7.54/litre hike in petrol prices will undoubtedly take a toll on the auto industry. For petrol cars which were already witnessing sagging sales, the recent hike in petrol prices is a jolt out of the blue.

While there is no solace for those who own petrol cars, let us look at the cheapest diesel cars available in India to help prospective buyers.

Note: All ex-showroom prices, BSIII and BSIV versions included.

Hatchbacks

Tata Indica eV2 

Tata Indica eV2 hatchback is offered at a starting price of Rs 420,000, the diesel version of the hatch is available in four trim levels. The top end version Tata Indica eV2 LX comes with a price tag of Rs 511,000.

The extremely frugal engine offers a mind boggling fuel efficiency of 20kmpl in city and 25 kmpl on highways. You also might have seen the teasers on television claiming '25 nahin toh kuch nahin'.

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The eV2 CR4 diesel mill powers Indica eV2 that poops out 70 PS of power at 4000 Rpm and 140 Nm of maximum torque at 1800-3000 Rpm.

Indica eV2 also comes equipped with safety features like central locking with remote, fog lamps, collapsible steering column etc.

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Chevrolet Beat

Chevrolet Beat diesel would cost you around Rs 451,000 for the base version, while the top end variant is available at Rs 569,000.

Armed with a 1.0 litre, 936cc diesel engine engenders 62.5 PS of power at 4000 Rpm and a peak torque of 160.26 Nm at 1750 Rpm.

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The hatchback is one of the most fuel efficient cars in India with a fuel economy of 25.44 kmpl on highway.

The car boasts of safety features like ABS, airbags etc.

Hatchback has also received a four star rating from NCAP, making it one of the safest cars to drive.

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Tata Indica Vista

Tata Indica Vista Diesel is priced at an affordable cost of Rs 456,000 Rs 506,000 (for BSIII models) and from Rs 509,000 to Rs 640,000 for the BSIV models.

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The 1.3L engine produces great power and performance on the road along with a pleasant fuel efficiency of 22.3 kmpl.

The big on features hatchback contains features like 2-way adjustable rear seat headrests, tilt-adjustable steering, 2-DIN audio system with FM/MP3/CD playback and USB port auxiliary port with Bluetooth connectivity.

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Ford Figo

Ford Figo price for the base trim of diesel guise is Rs 479,000 while the high end trim could yours by shelling out Rs 594,000.

Under the hood is the 1.4 litre Duratorq diesel engine that generates 69 PS of power at 4000 Rpm and a robust 160 Nm of torque at 2000 Rpm.

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Offering a little less fuel efficiency than Indica eV2 and Beat, Figo diesel runs 14.8 kmpl in city and 19.7 kmpl on highway.

Along with ABS and airbags, comfort features like Bluetooth connectivity that enables audio streaming, call logs, call swap and SMS notification.

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Sedans

Hindustan Motors Ambassador

India's first sedan Hindustan Ambassador comes in a host of choices with as many as 5 engines to select from, out of which two diesel engines offer true value for money.

The diesel powered 1.8L and 2.0L motors deliver a good overall fuel efficiency of 12-16 kmpl. Both power-trains are mated to 5-speed gear box for smooth shifting and longevity.

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The Ambassador diesel model price starts with around Rs 464,000 and moves up to Rs 655,000, which is pretty competitive compared to other diesel options in the market.

These diesel models are packed with some impressive features like company fitted air conditioner, molded door pads; front and rear body colored bumpers and headlamps with clear glass.

Inside convenient features include 60:40 front split seats, multi-point cell phone chargers together with option of central locking.

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Tata Indigo eCS

Tata Indigo eCS LE TDi is up for grabs at Rs 489,000; however the Tata Indigo eVX trim is tagged at Rs 614,000.

Indigo eCS diesel is offered in the CR4 powertrain with 1396cc displacement, pumps out 70 PS power at 4000 Rpm and a robust torque of 140 Nm at 1800 to 3000 Rpm.

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ABS, keyless entry, superior braking and driving control are some of the features that the sedan is affixed with. 25 kmpl of Fuel economy is another striking fact about the Indigo eCS.

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Mahindra Verito

Priced at Rs 594,000 Mahindra Verito diesel 1.5 D2 BS III is an affordable diesel sedan, on the other hand Mahindra Verito diesel 1.5 litre D6 version comes with a price tag of Rs 676,000.

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Sedan is offered in 1.5 litre, 1461cc, diesel mill with four cylinder churning out 65 PS power at 4000 Rpm and 160 Nm of torque at 2000 Rpm. ABS, EBD, electrical rear windows etc are some of the features of Mahindra Verito.

The sedan is extremely frugal and delivers a mileage of 17 kmpl in city and 21 kmpl on highway.

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Maruti Swift Dzire

Maruti Swift Dzire diesel has been topping the charts ever since its launch, base version of Dzire diesel is available at Rs 599,000 and the top end version has a price tag of Rs 734,000.

The DDiS diesel powerplant with 1248cc displacement, four cylinders and 16 valves does duty in the Dzire diesel.

The diesel engine churns out 75 PS at 4000 Rpm and 190 Nm at 2000 Rpm.

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The notchback is also available in automatic transmission bestowed on the VXi petrol model.

Body coloured door mirrors, rear window demister, ABS and EBD are some of the comfort and safety features of the notchback.

Maruti Swift Dzire is a fuel efficient notchback that returns 19.3 kmpl in city and 23.5 kmpl on highway.

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SUV/MPVs

Mahindra Thar

Mahindra Thar SUV is priced aggressively between Rs 465,000 to Rs 686,000.

The NEF CRDe Turbocharged intercooled 2498cc BS IV compliant diesel engine is housed in the SUV, pooping out 105 PS of power at 3800 Rpm along with maximum torque figures of 247 Nm at 1800-2000 Rpm.

Another engine, the Di diesel powertrain has a MDI 3200TC L with 2523cc capacity, churning out 63 bhp at 3200 Rpm with 182.5 Nm at 1500-1800 Rpm.

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Delivering a mileage of 11.5 kmpl in city and 15.5 kmpl on highway the CRDe 4X4 version is frugal enough while the Di 4X4 version runs 10 kmpl in city and 12 kmpl on highway.

Power steering, adjustable seats, body coloured bumpers, alloy wheels, remote fuel filler are few of the features that the SUV flaunts.

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Mahindra Bolero

Mahindra Bolero SUV is offered in numerous trim levels with a starting price of Rs 542,000 and the top end trim is priced at Rs 694,000.

The SUV is offered in three engine options that include. 2.5 litre diesel mill, 2.5 litre inline 4 (turbo) XD3PU diesel powertrain and 2.5 litre I-4 DI turbo diesel engine.

These engines come with a displacement of 2523ccmated to a five speed manual transmission.

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Power figures range between 63 HP to 97 HP with 137.5 Nm to 255 Nm of torque.

Fuel efficiency too ranges between minimum 9 kmpl in city to maximum 13.6 kmpl on highway. CD player, MP3 player, AM/FM Radio, speakers both front and rear are some of the features adorned inside the car.

Other features include 12V charging point, mobile holder, keyless entry, power windows, central locking, seat belt warning etc are also equipped in the car.

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Tata Sumo Gold

Tata Sumo Gold is another affordable utility vehicle available in diesel guise.

Tata Sumo Gold CX BSIII could be yours at Rs 545,000; however, the Tata Sumo Gold CX BS IV variant has a price tag of Rs 576,000.

Other than this there are few other trim levels offered under Sumo Gold, the high end version of Sumo Gold is available at Rs 710,000.

The 3.0 litre diesel engine is offered in both BS III and BS IV compliant.

The BSIII compliant diesel engine engenders 50-52KW at 3000 Rpm with a peak torque of 223 Nm at 1600-2200 Rpm.

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On the other hand the BSIV compliant engine generates 60-62KW at 3000 and a maximum torque of 250 Nm at 1600-2000 Rpm.

The fuel efficiency delivered by the BSIII version varies between 11 kmpl to 14.3 kmpl while the BSIV variant returns 11.5 kmpl to 14.7 kmpl. CD, MP3 player with AUX, central locking, keyless entry are some of the features present in the top end version of Sumo Gold.

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Premier Rio

Premier Rio diesel is available at a price ranging between Rs 561,000 to Rs 587,000.

It is a compact SUV powered with a 1489cc turbo diesel engine with maximum power of 64.8 PS at 4000 Rpm and 152 Nm of torque at 2550-3000 Rpm.

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Rio offers a fuel efficiency of 12 kmpl in city and a whopping 16 kmpl on highway, considering a SUV, the mileage offered is decent.

ABS, EBD, child lock at rear doors, fog lamps, alloy wheels, tubeless tyres are some of the features present in Rio.

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Mahindra Scorpio

Mahindra Scorpio M2DI BS III version is offered at Rs 752,000 and the Mahindra Scorpio VLX AT 4WD BS IV version (with airbag) is tagged at Rs 12.63 lakh.

Mahindra Scorpio is sturdy SUV with rugged looks, the powerful mHawk engine make it even more muscular with 120 BHP at 4000 Rpm and 290 Nm of robust torque at 2800 Rpm.

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Other than this the CRDE (Getaway) 115 HP, 28.3 kgm torque diesel engine is also offered.

Fuel economy ranges between 10 kmpl to 14.4 kmpl depending on the model one chooses.

It is befitted with an array of comfort and safety features like the ABS, airbags however come optional in the SUV.

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ICML Rhino Rx

Available at a meagre starting price of Rs 588,000 ICML Rhino Rx is another utility vehicle offered in diesel engine.

The high end trim level is tagged at Rs 779,000. Powered with a 1994cc, CRD-Fi diesel engine, pumping out 100 Bhp at 3600 Rpm along with a robust torque of 240 Nm at 2000 Rpm.

ICML Rhino runs 10.2 kmpl in city and 14.5 kmpl on highway.

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Capable of seating 7 to 9 people, Rhino is capacious, features like remote fuel lid opener, tilt adjustable steering, digital odometer, low fuel warning light, body coloured door handles are some of the features present in Rhino.

ICML Rhino is also offered in both BSIII and BSIC variants.

The BS IV version price begins at Rs 6.52 lakh, the engine produces a power of 121 PS at 4000 Rpm and 285 Nm torque at 1750 Rpm.

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Maruti Ertiga

The compact MPV Maruti Ertiga is offered with two engine choices, one is petrol while the other is diesel.

Out of the two, the 1.3L DDiS is the ideal choice with an ARAI certified mileage of 20.77 kmpl.

The spacious 7-seater MPV with sedan like drivability and handling is surprisingly priced at Rs 730,000 for base variant; moreover the top end comes at Rs 845,000.

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Maruti Ertiga diesel is loaded with just too many features that comprise of front and rear power windows, steering mount audio controls, advanced music player, sporty looking dashboard and dual front airbags along with Anti lock Brake System (ABS) with Electronic Brake force Distribution (EBD) for rock solid safety.        




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