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Most fuel efficient diesel cars in India

Last updated on: November 22, 2013 17:29 IST

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Car manufacturers have realised that they cannot succeed without a diesel variant in their portfolio. This is the reason why Honda went to the drawing board and developed a diesel engine.

Honda didn't have a single diesel car in its stable. It now plans to introduce diesel variant of its popular vehicles starting with City.

There is a surge in demand for diesel vehicles after petrol prices were de-regulated last year. And India is a mileage crazy nation. Good fuel efficiency can make or break the deal.

Here are the 21 diesel cars that offer the best mileage.

Source for car price: Cardekho

Hyundai i20

Mileage: 21.9 kmpl

Price (ex-showroom New Delhi): Rs 609,048 - Rs 773,218

Hyundai i20 diesel has five variants. The most expensive one, Hyundai i20 Asta 1.4 CRDi, gives a mileage of 21.27 kmpl. All others are slightly more fuel-efficient.

Buyers prefer the car as it is spacious, stylish, and has a good seating position.

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Photographs: Courtesy, Hyundai

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Volkswagen Cross Polo 1.2 TDI

Mileage: 22.07 kmpl

Price (ex-showroom New Delhi): Rs 775,700

Cross Polo has been created for those looking at a premium hatchback in a sporty crossover style.

Originally based on the Polo hatchback, the Cross Polo is sportier and more rugged compared to it. It competes with Ford EcoSport and Maruti Ertiga.

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Photographs: Courtesy, Volkswagen

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Volkswagen Polo

Mileage: 22.07 kmpl

Price (ex-showroom New Delhi): Rs 620,800 - 721,800

Volkswagen Polo is a car for the next generation that wants style, advanced technology, power, and comfort all in one package. Polo with its classy and elegant looks makes it simply irresistible.

Volkswagen also has a performance variant of this car, called Polo GT TDI. It gives a mileage of 19.7 kmpl and costs Rs 808,000.

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Photographs: Courtesy, Volkswagen

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Chevrolet Sail UVA

Mileage: 22.1 kmpl

Price (ex-showroom New Delhi): Rs 530,811 - Rs 672,713

The car’s engine is powerful and consequently has a good pick up. The interior is stylish and comes packed with some advanced features.

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Chevrolet Sail sedan

Mileage: 22.1 kmpl

Price (ex-showroom New Delhi): Rs 640,448 - Rs 765,383

The car is well suited to Indian driving conditions. It has the right suspension and glides over potholed roads. Add to this good looks and practicality.

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Photographs: Courtesy, Chevrolet

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Tata Vista Quadrajet

Mileage: 22.3 kmpl

Price (ex-showroom New Delhi): Rs 523,092 - Rs 682,579

If you are looking for diesel hatch, Tata Vista is among the cheapest options. Recently, Tata Motors introduced a face lifted version of the hatch with huge improvements and added features such as ABS and steering mounted controls.

Tata didn’t just introduce cosmetic changes but added more powerful engine, bigger and better interiors, and improved quality overall.

Vista comes with six variants in the diesel category. Four with Quadrajet engines and two with TDI.

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Photographs: Courtesy, Tata Motors

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Ford Ecosport

Mileage: 22.7 kmpl

Price (ex-showroom New Delhi): Rs 701,300 - Rs 937,290

Ford has played very smart with the pricing and variants of this SUV. The petrol variant starts at Rs 582,300 and it competes across categories with compact sedans such as Maruti Dzire and Honda Amaza, as well as compact SUVs such as Renault Duster and Mahindra XUV.

The car is elegant and comes loaded. Ford has also included good amount of safety features in it. The Ecoboost engine probably is the best in its category that gives a good balance of power and mileage.

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Hyundai Neo Fluidic Elantra

Mileage: 22.7 kmpl

Price (ex-showroom New Delhi): Rs 13.24 lakh - Rs 16.18 lakh

Just like other Hyundai cars, Elantra’s impressive features start with the looks. The car is gorgeous and gets high marks in designing. The diesel engine is powerful and offers good pick up. The interiors are plush and packed with sophisticated features.

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Maruti Swift

Mileage: 22.9 kmpl

Price (ex-showroom New Delhi): Rs 565,673 - Rs 695,181

Swift is one of the most successful cars in India and consistently features in top three highest selling cars in the country. The new Maruti Swift is a very smart and classy car that looks quite robust and sporty. The face lifted model makes it more driveable and fun compared to its predecessor.

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Photographs: Courtesy, Maruti Suzuki

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Renault Pulse

Mileage: 23.08 kmpl

Price (ex-showroom New Delhi): Rs 619,900 - Rs 687,900

Renault is trying to catch attention of mass audience with Pulse by positioning the vehicle in the same category as Maruti Swift.

The car looks sporty, aggressive and with character. It is an apt small car for youth and aspiring Indian customers looking for a bold, fuel-efficient compact vehicle that is fun to drive in the city as well as on the highways.

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Photographs: Courtesy, Renault

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Maruti Ritz

Mileage: 23.2 kmpl

Price (ex-showroom New Delhi): Rs 546,254 - Rs 637,754

Maruti Ritz is surely a head turner with great design and styling. Ritz is a car with added firepower along with some interesting new tech features that helped Maruti Ritz carve a new niche and distinguish itself from the competition.

Maruti Ritz comes with elegant looks and world class technology and advanced features that deliver great performance and is economical to run on roads.

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Photographs: Courtesy, Maruti Suzuki

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Maruti Swift Dzire

Mileage: 23.4 kmpl

Price (ex-showroom New Delhi): Rs 599,500 - Rs 758,901

Swift Dzire is packed with the same engine as Maruti Swift hatchback as it is also shares Swift’s platform. But Maruti says that it has made loads of changes to the car and it’s not a pure version of Swift with a boot.

The interior is slightly more stylish than Swift but in terms of driving both are more or less similar.

There are three variants of the diesel Dzire.

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Photographs: Courtesy, Maruti Suzuki

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Ford Fiesta

Mileage: 23.5 kmpl

Price (ex-showroom New Delhi): Rs 929,329 - Rs 10.32 lakh

Fiesta is synonym for style, comfort, and great performance. The car’s reviews had been positive and the experts give thumbs up to Fiesta for looks, safety and drivability.

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Hyundai Verna Fluidic

Mileage: 23.5 kmpl

Price (ex-showroom New Delhi): Rs 862,206 - Rs 939,828

Hyundai has seven diesel variants of Verna Fluidic but only two give the above stated mileage, and these are lower variants with 1,396cc engine. Variants with more powerful 1582cc engine give a mileage of 22.32 kmpl.

This car adorns style, luxury, and sporty appearance. After the introduction of Verna Fluidic, Hyundai significantly ate into Honda City’s market share. It comes fully loaded with advance controls and safety features.

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Photographs: Courtesy, Hyundai

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Toyota Etios Liva

Mileage: 23.59 kmpl

Price (ex-showroom New Delhi): Rs 580,701 - Rs 669,153

One thing that you will love about the car is the drivability. The car is light to drive that makes it a fun vehicle. Inside, the car is spacious enough to carry five adults.

Reviewers, however, do point out as Toyota tried to make the car more practical, the company has provided modest interiors.

The car comes in five diesel variants.

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Toyota Etios sedan

Mileage: 23.59 kmpl

Price (ex-showroom New Delhi): Rs 677,450 - Rs 824,011

The elder sibling of Etios Liva has inherited everything good and bad from it. While it’s practical with space and drivability, the interior styling could have been better.

This, too, comes in five diesel variants.

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Nissan Micra

Mileage: 23.8 kmpl

Price (ex-showroom New Delhi): Rs 557,390 - Rs 721,237

Few months back, Nissan launched face lifted Micra and completely changed the styling of the car. Many thought that the predecessor had feminine design. The new look makes it gender neutral.

The car is smooth and practical for city driving. The interiors are well designed and have new age features such as keyless entry, engine start and stop button, and electric folding mirrors.

The Micra has five diesel variants.

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Hyundai Grand i10

Mileage: 24 kmpl

Price (ex-showroom New Delhi): Rs 525,743 - Rs 643,644

The Hyundai Grand i10 is the second-generation i10, re-named for the Indian market. The vehicle sits between the old i10 and the i20 in Hyundai's growing car portfolio.

Boasting of many segment first features, the Grand i10 looks very promising to become a top-seller in the Indian market.

The Hyundai Grand i10 is an excellent package and offers everything a hatchback buyer wants. The vehicle rides well, offers very good interior space and comes loaded with features.

The engines offer good city performance and are frugal too.

The car comes in five diesel variants.

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Tata Indica eV2

Mileage: 25 kmpl

Price (ex-showroom New Delhi): Rs  446,379 - Rs 488,006

Tata Indica is the most successful diesel hatchback car in its segment. The engine delivers higher amount of torque providing smoother drive, with more response.

The compact car has stylish exteriors with good pick up. The interiors, too, are very luxurious with all the added features.

It has four diesel options out of which two give the stated mileage. The other two provides 17.88 kmpl.

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Photographs: Courtesy, Tata Motors

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Chevrolet Beat

Mileage: 25.44 kmpl

Price (ex-showroom New Delhi): Rs 477,502 - Rs 600,522

When Chevrolet launched Beat, it started price wars in India. Beat is probably one of the cheapest diesel cars in India.

Beat has funky looks to appeal to the gen-next. The frugal 3-cylinder engine is perfect for city driving. Reviews say that the stylish interiors feel slightly cramped.

The variant comes in four different options.

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Honda Amaze

Mileage: 25.8 kmpl

Price (ex-showroom New Delhi): Rs 617,000 - Rs 777,640

If you compare Honda Amaze’s features to its peers the sedan stands high on each of them.

The launch of this compact sedan has affected the sales of other cars like Chevrolet Sail, Nissan Sunny, and Mahindra Verito.

Despite the compact design, it offers best-in-class cabin space and has 400 litres of luggage carrying capacity, which is much higher than that of its direct rival.

Despite the compact design, it offers best-in-class cabin space and has 400 litres of luggage carrying capacity, which is much higher than that of its direct rival.

Amaze has four diesel variants.


Photographs: Courtesy, Honda

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