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Petrol cars that can give diesel ones a run for their money

Last updated on: December 17, 2013 19:06 IST

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Government has been increasing diesel prices regularly by Rs 0.5. With petrol and diesel prices mounting up frequently, buyers get caught in the old debate of petrol vs diesel cars.

Petrol engines development has progressed well over the years and many of the current cars in India give a good mileage. Though they have to yet catch up with the fuel efficiency of diesel cars.

Buyers prefer petrol for the powerful engine that lasts longer compared to diesel, and also because petrol cars are much cheaper.

Let’s look at petrol cars in India that give the best mileage.

Hyundai Santro Xing

Mileage: 17.92 kmpl

Price: Rs 322,739 - Rs 417,981

This adorable hatchback was first launched way back in the year, 1998 and since then has been ruling the hearts of millions of users in the country.

Though the company claims fuel efficiency of 17.92 kmpl, the cars gives a mileage of approx 13.45 kmpl in the city.

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Tata Indigo eCS GVX variant

Mileage: 18 kmpl

Price: Rs 542,143

Tata Indigo eCS is sold in two petrol variants - Tata Indigo eCS GLX and Tata Indigo eCS GVX. The former returns 15.64 kmpl mileage.

For Tata Indigo eCS GVX variant, though the company claims fuel efficiency of 17.92 kmpl the vehicle gives a mileage of approximately 15 kmpl mileage.

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Honda Amaze (Manual)

Mileage: 18 kmpl

Price: Rs 551,853 - Rs 726,893

With Honda Amaze, the company introduced its first diesel engine that every reviewer went raving about. The petrol mill too is efficient if you compared to its peers. The car is one of the best entry-level sedans and competes with Maruti Swift Dzire.

In city, you can still get approximately 15 kmpl mileage from Amaze.

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Chevrolet Spark

Mileage: 18

Price: Rs 350,641 - Rs 422,405

Do you remember Daewoo Matiz? Chevrolet Spark is the new generation third generation of Matiz. It’s a perfect car for city driving, produced by General Motors. It can easily manoeuvre in tight city streets and can seat four adults comfortably.

You can get approximately 15 kmpl mileage in the city.

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Renault Pulse

Mileage: 18.06 kmpl

Price: Rs 445,714 - Rs 573,954

Renault Pulse is a version of Nissan Micra made for Indian market. Of course, there are changes made to the car and some of them include large arched roof, big cabin, and heavily resculpted nose.

Renault Pulse is one of the best cars for the youngsters who are in constant search for dainty, sporty and fuel-efficient compact car that is fun to drive.

While the company claims a fuel efficiency of 18.06 kmpl, practically, you can get about 15kmpl mileage ion the city.

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Chevrolet Sail UVA

Mileage: 18.2 kmpl

Price: Rs 451485 - Rs 594,758

The company has equipped this Chevrolet Sail U-Va with a performance packed 1.2-litre petrol mill, which has been incorporated with four cylinders and can displace 1199cc, which is rather good for the Indian road conditions.

The interiors of this Chevrolet Sail UVA have been done up lavishly and the company has blessed this hatchback with some very practical and utility based features.

In city driving conditions, the car returns about a mileage of approximately 15 kmpl.

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Chevrolet Sail

Mileage: 18.3 kmpl

Price: Rs 537,645 - Rs 678,931

Chevrolet has tried its level best to bless the all new Sail sedan with optimum styling and amazing craftworks. In fact, they have toned the outfit well to make it smarter and contemporary.

The latest Chevrolet Sail Sedan is quite powerful and generates pertinent power and torque, which is quite impressive for the Indian road conditions. On city roads, it delivers a mileage of approximately 15.9 kmpl.

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Nissan Micra

Mileage: 18.44 kmpl

Price: Rs 511,437 - Rs 575,154

While the new Micra has refined exterior and interior and good safety features, it is slightly more expensive than its competitors.

While the company claims a mileage of 18.44 kmpl, it gives approximately 15.22 kmpl in the city.

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Hyundai i20 (Manual)

Mileage: 18.5 kmpl

Price: Rs 514,066 - Rs 724,460

The Hyundai i20 is spacious and stylish. It has amazing eye catching interiors and is loaded with features. It is a high quality premium car. The only thing that probably work against it is the pricing.

Within city, the car returns approximately 13.3 kmpl mileage.

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Photographs: Courtesy, Hyundai
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Maruti Ritz (Manual)

Mileage: Petrol, 18.5 kmpl

Price: Rs 473,481 - Rs 570,872

The vehicle is surely a head turner with great design, and a combination of technology and power attached to it. Many buyers opt for Ritz instead of Swift as it saves them money while they get an equally good car.

While the company claims a mileage of 18.5 kmpl, once can easily get 14.7 kmpl in city driving.

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Photographs: Courtesy, Maruti Suzuki

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Chevrolet Beat

Mileage: 18.6 kmpl

Price: Rs 413,643 - Rs 541,034

Though the small car came into limelight after it introduced Chevrolet Beat diesel because of its fuel efficiency, the journey of the badge Beat started with petrol-only variant in 2010. The diesel version offers a mileage of 25.44 kmpl.

The petrol version of the car, however, is quite fuel efficient too with 18.6 kmpl mileage and in city, one can expect about 15.2 kmpl.

The petrol version is also chic, just like the diesel. It has a built on funky design lines and lures the youth of our country who are constantly looking for a different car.

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Maruti Swift

Mileage: 18.6 kmpl

Price: Rs 482,289 - Rs 616,530

Just like Maruti 800, Swift is on the track of becoming a legend. It’s always been among the three highest selling cars in the country. Thanks to Maruti’s partner Suzuki, Swift is also among the top 20 selling cars in the wolrd.

The 1.2-litre K-series engine is powerful, low maintenance and provides excellent fuel efficiency. While the company claim a mileage of 18.6 kmpl, the owner can get approximately 15.2 kmpl in city.

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Ford Ecosport (999cc)

Mileage: 18.9 kmpl

Price: Rs 852,836 - Rs 852,836

Ford has six petrol variants. Out of these, four comes with the 1,499 cc engine that delivers 16.15 kmpl mileage. The two top end variants come with the award-winning 999 cc engine that’s frugal but delivers higher power with better mileage.

The SUV is stylish and interiors are done up luxuriously. It also comes loaded with new-age features such as Ford SYNC that sends out an SMS in case of an accident.

Ford has also priced the compact SUV in such a manner that it entices buyers across all categories. The car competes with entry-level sedans as well as with entry-level compact SUVs.

While the company claims mileage of 18.9 kmpl, practically, the car has a fuel efficiency of 15.3 kmpl in city.

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Photographs: Courtesy, Ford
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Hyundai Grand i10

Mileage: 18.9 kmpl

Price: Rs 451,440 - Rs 619,189

The front of the car is aggressive with a smart grille and a radiant head lamp cluster. The rear quite resembles to the Hyundai i20.

The interiors have been done up lavishly and seems to be very comfortable for five passengers. The boot space is rather decent and the seats offer good leg space along with shoulder and head room as well, thanks to its longer wheelbase.

The car comes loaded with features such as steering mounted audio controls and AC vent for rear passengers. IT also delivers a decent mileage of approximately 15.9 kmpl in city.

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Maruti A Star (Manual)

Mileage: 19 kmpl

Price: Rs 417,615 - Rs 496,903

In international markets, the car is sold under the name of Suzuki Alto and is also sold under the the badges of Nissan Pixo, Suzuki Celerio and Mazda Carol across different regions. In fact, A-star is the seventh generation of Suzuki Alto.

It has a seating capacity for five with pretty good leg, head, hip and shoulder room. The vehicle is equipped with MacPherson Strut and Coil Spring type of suspension system that results in efficient handling while driving.

Styling of the Maruti A-Star is typically European and has a good road presence. In city, it delivers a mileage of approximately 17 kmpl.

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Maruti Zen Estilo

Mileage: 19 kmpl

Price: Rs 376,803 - Rs 473,848

The car has decent legroom and headroom and makes sure that all occupants have a comfortable ride all through the journey. Under the bonnet, the smart and fuel efficient 1,061 cc petrol engine is present. All-in-all the car is well-suited for Indian roads. It delivers a mileage of 15kmpl in city.

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Maruti Swift Dzire (Manual)

Mileage: 19.1 kmpl

Price: Rs 536,967 - Rs 687,627

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.

Though the company claims a mileage of 19.1 kmpl, you can easily get approximately 16.3 kmpl with city.

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Honda Brio (Manual)

Mileage: 19.4 kmpl

Price: Rs 440,171 - Rs 571,315

With Brio, Honda made an entry into the country’s cheaper small car segment. Prior to this, the company sold Jazz, which was a premium hatch.

Brio has 1.2-litre, SOHC, i-VTEC petrol engine, which is capable of generates 86.8bhp of top power at 6000 rpm. The powerful engine of Honda Brio promises easy handling and control along with zippy acceleration.

With these spectacular figures and light weight body, the car has a decent acceleration and catches 100 kmph speed in 16 seconds. It has a top speed of 185 kmph. Within city, the car returns a fantastic mileage of 16.2 kmpl.

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Photographs: Courtesy, Honda
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Nissan Micra Active

Mileage: 19.49 kmpl

Price: Rs 365,457 - Rs 500,485

This new hatch is an excellent combination of a new generation cutting edge technology along with exceptional designs and advanced features as well.

The car gets thumbs up for the high performance engine. Buyers can still complained about the boot space, which could have been slightly expanded.

Like Brio, this car too delivers a good mileage of approximately 16.24 kmpl in city.

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Hyundai i10 (manual)

Mileage: 19.81 kmpl - 20.36 kmpl

Price: Rs 393,167 - Rs 574,053

This car succeeded Santro. The i10 is a great value for money car, which offers decent features, in fact more than its competitors, interior quality too is top-notch at this price.

Its styling features with standard AC system is very effective, which make it a fun car to drive.

Out of 10 petrol variants (manual); half of them have mileage of 19.81 kmpl and the others return 20.36 kmpl.

Within city, you can get 16.4 to 17.18 kmpl mileage depending on the variant.

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Maruti Alto K10

Mileage: 20.2 kmpl

Price: Rs 359,995 - Rs 373,906

Maruti Alto is a very dynamic performer with beautiful design and technology. The revolutionary engine present in the car gives extraordinary performance. The car can sprint from 0-100 kmph in mere 13.3 seconds.

The features of Maruti Alto is much better compared to other cars in tis price range and the curvier body that adds tons to its appeal. The interiors of Maruti Alto are stylish and chic, too.

You can easily get about 15 kmpl mileage within city.

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Maruti Alto K10

 

Mileage: 20.2 kmpl

 

Approx Mileage in city: 15 kmpl

 

Price: Rs 359,995 - Rs 373,906

 

Maruti Alto is a very dynamic performer with beautiful design and technology. The revolutionary engine present in the car gives extraordinary performance. The car can sprint from 0-100 kmph in mere 13.3 seconds.

 

The features of Maruti Alto is much better compared to other cars in tis price range and the curvier body that adds tons to its appeal. The interiors of Maruti Alto are stylish and chic, too.

 

You can easily get about 15 kmpl mileage within city.

 

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Photographs: Courtesy, Maruti Suzuki

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Maruti WagonR/Maruti Suzuki WagonR Stingray

Mileage: 20.51 kmpl

Price: Rs 388,295 - Rs 507,756

The Wagon R has an eye catching design with dynamic exteriors and very impressive interiors. The new Wagon R now has classy exteriors that make the look of the car more robust and attractive. The car has very impressive interiors too with dual tone finishing.

The aluminium light weight KB10 engine of WagonR delivers superb performance and it also satisfies the BS IV emission norms.

It can accelerate from 0 - 100 kmph in just 15.9 seconds and achieves top speed of 148 kmph.

It also delivers an excellent mileage of about 17.08 within city.

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Maruti Alto 800

Mileage: 22.74 kmpl

Price: Rs 270,037 - Rs 364,419

For budget-friendly buyers Alto 800 makes for a great first car. The external appearance of Maruti Alto 800 may not exactly bowl you over but neither will it fail to keep your eyes busy.

The acceleration and pick-up that Maruti Suzuki Alto 800 offers is quite good. The car can go from a 0 to a 100 kmph in 15 to 16 seconds. And, it delivers a mileage of about 17 kmpl in city.

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Hyundai EON

Mileage: 21.1 kmpl

Price: Rs 306,243- Rs 413,229

Conceived, designed and developed over four years, keeping the Indian consumer’s preferences in mind and is not a hurried result.

The small car is certainly formidable competitor to the India's top-selling car Alto, courtesy its competitive pricing and styling.

EON is a city car with a decent engine tuned to perform well in even congested city roads. Though the company claims a mileage of 21.1 kmpl, within city it retruns about 17.3 kmpl.

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Tata Nano

Mileage: 25.4 kmpl

Price: Rs 154,540 - Rs 235,500

Launched in the year 2009, Tata Nano managed to lure Indian budget car buyers initially but later on it faced tough times.

Despite being the low cost compact car, it is equipped with some exciting set of features inside.

Nano is the most fuel efficient petrol car that are currently available for sale in Indian automobile market.

It has got a very good height of about 1652mm and it is designed on the roomy wheelbase of about 2230mm, which makes the interiors far more spacious than you can expect.

There is a boot space of about 80-litres (without rear seat folding).

The hatch has the ability to reach a 100 Kmph speed, which is something unthinkable for a car with 624cc engine. It can reach a top speed of about 105 kmph, which is great for city driving. In city, you can also expect a mileage of about 22.2 kmpl.

All prices mentioned are ex-showroom Mumbai

Data is sourced from Cardekho.com

Prices are indicative and exclusive of tax, registration, insurance and cost of accessories. For exact prices of these cars, please contact dealers


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