Hyundai Motors has decided to launch CNG variants of its three petrol cars - the i10, Santro Xing and Accent in the coming weeks. The decision has been taken in an effort to attract people who are interested to buy a diesel car but do not wish to spend as much money on it.
A CNG variant is not as expensive as diesel cars and its running cost is close to half of a petrol car. With the recent price hike of diesel by Rs.5, CNG powered cars are getting more and more attractive. However, one of the problems of having a CNG powered car is that the duel is not available across the country. (Read CNG Vs LPG Comparison Here)
CNG kits for Hyundai's petrol car are already available in the market but fitting them would remove the car's warranty. But the new Hyundai approved CNG kits to be sold at showrooms will not affect warranty.
Hyundai's CNG kit will be priced at Rs.56,000. The kit will consist of a 60 litre fuel tank.. This huge tank will be placed in the trunk taking away whatever boot space you had for your luggage. If you are ready to compromise on the car's luggage space in exchange for low running costs, you can opt for Hyundai's CNG kit for the i10, Santro Xing and Accent.
CNG is available in some major metros and in some states in North India. It does not deliver as much power as petrol and hence the car's performance will be slightly lower while running on CNG. The 60kg tank will also increase the car's weight affecting performance. Considering these drawbacks, a performance oriented driver will not opt for Hyundai's CNG kit. But if reducing running cost is your aim, then these kits will definitely help.