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6 most fuel efficient hatchbacks in India

Last updated on: December 4, 2012 15:24 IST

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hat is the first question that pops into the mind of an average, working class Indian when he thinks about finally getting a four-wheeled ride in the house? The obvious question is which car should it be, or rather, which segment should the car belong to? And the answer is - a hatchback.

The second and the more (or should I say, the 'most') important question, however, is how much mileage will I get from the hatch? This, in most of the cases, is the sole factor that determines the fate of a first-time purchase, especially in India.

And very understandably so because when it comes to fuel-prices, it is a task to find a worse sufferer of inflation than the Indian common man. Finally, it boils down to the fact that fuel-efficient hatchbacks are the favourite of Indian car owners.

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Tata Nano

The smallest, the cheapest and still, the most fuel-efficient hatch of the country - who else could it be but the incredible Tata Nano!

Tagged with an amazing starting price of Rs 141,000 this small car delivers a fantastic mileage of 25.4kmpl that is paralleled by just one other of its kind.

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A powerful 624cc petrol engine, capable of churning out a maximum of 37.48bhp for a maximum torque of 51Nm, drives the Nano providing it with not just the brilliant mileage that it flaunts but also with an impressive low-maintenance low-emission nature.

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Chevrolet Beat

'Beat'-ing all, but Nano, for the title of the most fuel-economical hatchback of India, is Chevrolet Beat Diesel.

With best-in-class mileage returns of 25.44kmpl, this sporty hatch can be bought for a sum of Rs 461,000.

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Although priced Rs 300,000 premium compared to Nano, this car never had any issue in the value-for-money department, as, that is well taken care of by the brilliant GM engineers.

The car boasts of trendy outfit, classy interior styling and fully-loaded pack of features.

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Tata Indica eV2

At the third position stands yet another ride from our very own Tata Motors and that is Tata Indica eV2.

Upgraded in October, this hatchback came with a pack of surprises for the Indian masses.

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With an enhanced and impressive fuel-economy of 25kmpl, the car sports a cabin that feels better than it ever did and has comfort levels escalated to admirable heights.

These updates are packed up for a price that went down by a notable amount of Rs 23,000 bringing it to an unbelievably economical sum of Rs 401,000.

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Toyota Etios Liva

With an excellent fuel-efficiency of 23.59kmpl, Toyota Etios Liva proudly stands as a part of this fabulous pack of cars of India.

Starting at a price of Rs 586,000 this wonderful diesel machine happens to be the maiden ride for the auto-giant from Japan in the Indian hatchback sector.

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Pride and popularity are all that it has brought to its parent company.

Under the hood, this ride houses a mighty 1.4-litre 8-valve oil-burner that can spin a peak 67.1bhp for a peak torque of 170Nm.

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Maruti Ritz

And it's Maruti again! With Ritz returning a mileage of 23.3kmpl, the Indian manufacturer makes yet another place for itself in the line-up of efficiency and economy. Housing a 1.3-litre, 16V, DDiS diesel mill, Maruti Ritz LDi is the only model in the entire Ritz series that delivers this brilliant fuel figure.

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Tagged at Rs 531,000, the hatch, besides holding a brawny power-house under the bonnet, also carries a pretty alluring frame that only adds to the charm of the car.

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Maruti Suzuki Swift

Bringing up the rear of this brilliant party of hatches is another Maruti.

The car was an instant hit when it first entered the market in 2005 and it is an acclaimed best-seller today when it has been more than seven years since its launch.

Priced at Rs 554,000 and delivering a mileage of 22.9kmpl, it does not come as much of a surprise that Maruti Suzuki Swift has been in the top charts ever since its inception.

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And the month of April 2012 witnessed the creation of a new record for this car when it outran its own sibling, Alto, selling a total of 19,484 units as against 17,842 of Alto and pushing the 7-year long champion to the second position.

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