'Kitna deti hai' is a familiar phrase and is apt for the Indian market. Sedans were spacious and had enough boot space to carry luggage, but customers had to sacrifice mileage, which is very important.
The mileage issue has long been sorted over the years and sedans have even become compact. So what are the most fuel efficient compact sedans in India? Let's take a look at the top 5.
Note: Prices mentioned are on-road (Delhi)
Mileage figures are as per ARAI certification
5. Tata Zest
Mileage: 23km/l (diesel); 17.6km/l (petrol)
Price: Rs. 5.55 lakh
First up in our list and in the fifth place is the Tata Zest. The Tata Zest is powered by a turbocharged 1.2-litre petrol engine that produces 89bhp and a 1.3-litre diesel engine in two states of tune. The first state of tune produces 74bhp and the second makes 89bhp. Both engines produce 140Nm and 200Nm of torque respectively. The Tata Zest is also offered with an optional Automated Manual Transmission (AMT) along with a 5-speed manual gearbox.
4. Hyundai Xcent
Mileage: 24.4km/l (diesel); 19.1km/l (petrol)
Price: Rs. 5.82 lakh
Taking the fourth place is the Hyundai Xcent, which is offered with a choice of petrol and diesel engines as well. The 1.2-litre petrol engine produces 81bhp and 114Nm of torque while the 1.1-litre diesel engine produces 71bhp and 180Nm of torque. The Xcent is offered with a choice of either a 5-speed manual or a 4-speed automatic gearbox.
3. Honda Amaze
Mileage: 25.8km/l (diesel); 17.8km/l (petrol)
Price: Rs. 5.84 lakh
The Honda Amaze comes next in the list of the most fuel efficient compact sedans in India. The Amaze again is offered with a choice of two engine options and the diesel engine was specifically made for India. The 1.2-litre petrol engine produces 87bhp and 109Nm of torque and the 1.5-litre diesel engine produces 99bhp and 200Nm of torque. Honda offers the Amaze with a 5-speed manual and a 5-speed automatic gearbox.
2. Ford Figo Aspire
Mileage: 25.8km/l (diesel); 18.1km/l (petrol)
Price: Rs. 5.71 lakh
The Ford Figo Aspire is a brilliant compact sedan offered in India. The car features very good styling along with three brilliant engines. The first up is the 1.2-litre petrol engine that produces 87bhp and 112Nm of torque, while the 1.5-litre petrol engine produces 110bhp and 136Nm of torque. The third choice is a 1.5-litre diesel engine that makes 99bhp and 215Nm of torque. The 1.5-litre petrol engine comes with an automatic gearbox while the rest feature a manual gearbox.
1. Maruti Suzuki Swift Dzire
Mileage: 26.5km/l (diesel); 20.8km/l (petrol)
Price: 5.79 lakh
The most fuel efficient compact sedan in India is the Swift Dzire, which is also the best selling compact sedan in India. The Dzire comes with a 1.2-litre petrol engine that makes 83bhp and 115Nm of torque, and a 1.3-litre diesel engine that produces 74bhp and 190Nm of torque. Both variants are offered with an optional automatic gearbox.