Making Every Drop Count — India's Top 10 Fuel Efficient Cars

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If you've ever gone hunting for a brand new car, the first question after the price of the vehicle is usually 'What's the Mileage?'

This ingrained mentality of asking about the mileage of any vehicle no matter what brand, make or model, is something that all of us as Indians do on an almost everyday basis.

This frugality sometimes makes us compromise on what car we bring home, just because the one we originally wanted to buy wasn't fuel efficient enough.

So let's take a look at the most frugal fuel sipping cars in the country.

10. Chevrolet Beat

The quirky looking Chevrolet Beat is powered by a 936cc, 3-cylinder engine that produces 58bhp and 150Nm of torque.

The Beat diesel returns a mileage of 25.44km/l according to official figures from the Automotive Research Association of India (ARAI).

Prices for the diesel powered Beat start at Rs. 5.05 lakhs, ex-showroom (Delhi).

09. Honda Amaze

Honda's 1.5-litre diesel engine does duty on a number of cars and when put under the hood of the Amaze sedan it kicks out 98bhp and 200Nm of torque.

The SOHC 4-cylinder diesel is a very fuel efficient engine and returns a mileage of 25.8km/l (ARAI).

Prices for the Amaze diesel start at Rs. 6.42 lakhs, ex-showroom (Delhi).

08. Ford Figo (Tie)

The Ford Figo is Ford's answer to the Maruti Suzuki Swift and it utilizes a 1.5-litre engine to produce 99bhp and 215Nm of torque. 

The Figo hatchback returns an ARAI certified mileage of 25.83km/l and is priced at Rs. 6.26 lakhs, ex-showroom (Delhi).

08. Ford Figo Aspire (Tie)

The Figo Aspire is the sub 4-metre sedan version of the Figo hatchback and utilises the same 1.5-litre engine. Power and torque figures are the same at 99bhp and 215Nm.

Despite the increase in weight thanks to addition of the boot, the Ford Figo Aspire returns a mileage of 25.83km/l(ARAI).

Prices for the Aspire diesel start at Rs. 6.31 lakhs ex-showroom (Delhi).

07. Honda City

Honda's 1.5-litre diesel engine returns under the hood of the City sedan. The 4-cylinder diesel engine produces 98bhp and 200Nm of torque.

Despite producing quite a good amount of power and torque, Honda's i-DTEC sips fuel at the rate of just 26km/l which ensures that it slips ahead of the Ford Figo siblings into seventh place.

The base Honda City diesel is priced at Rs. 9.22 lakhs, ex-showroom (Delhi).

06. Maruti Suzuki Swift Dzire

The Swift Dzire from Maruti Suzuki is powered by a 1.3-litre diesel engine sourced from Fiat. The 4-cylinder engine produces 74bhp and 190Nm of torque.

The reason why the Dzire sedan has become a favourite of the taxi industry is quite simple, the car returns a mileage of 26.59km/l.

Prices for the diesel Dzire start at Rs. 5.99 lakhs, ex-showroom (Delhi).

05. Tata Tiago

The Lionel Messi endorsed Tiago from Tata Motors is aimed at the younger crowd with its youthful design.

What will drive the younger crowd to the Tiago hatch even more is the 1.05-litre, 3-cylinder diesel engine that produces 69bhp and 140Nm of torque while returning an ARAI certified mileage of 27.28km/l.

Also Read: Tata Tiago Review

Prices for Tata's latest diesel hatch start at Rs. 3.94 lakhs, ex-showroom (Delhi).

04. Honda Jazz

Honda's 1.5-litre diesel engine returns once again in the Jazz hatchback as it shows off its frugality once again.

The power and torque remain at 98bhp and 200Nm but the mileage has gone up to 27.3km/l.

Prices for the diesel powered Honda Jazz start at Rs. 6.79 lakhs, ex-showroom (Delhi).

03. Maruti Suzuki Baleno

Maruti Suzuki's latest hatchback, the Baleno can be found either on the streets or sitting inside a NEXA showroom (the only place you can buy one), waiting for its next mileage minded buyer.

The Baleno like the most of the diesel burning Maruti Suzuki range is powered by the 1.3-litre diesel engine supplied by Fiat.

Power and torque figures for the diesel engine are 74bhp and 190Nm while the mileage figure of 27.39km/l helped it edge out the Jazz into our Top 3.

Prices for the Baleno diesel start at Rs. 6.16 lakhs, ex-showroom (Delhi).

02. Maruti Suzuki Celerio

The Maruti Suzuki Celerio is the smallest and least expensive diesel powered Maruti on sale in the country.

Underneath the small hood of the Celerio sits the tiniest engine in this list. The 793cc diesel engine has only two cylinders and produces just 46bhp and 125Nm of torque.

However, the tiny size of the powerplant means that it sips fuel like a toddler using a straw. The Celerio diesel returns a mileage of 27.62km/l.

Prices for the diesel powered Celerio start at Rs. 4.72 lakhs, ex-showroom (Delhi).

01. Maruti Suzuki Ciaz

The most fuel efficient car on the roads of the country at the moment is the Maruti Suzuki Ciaz as it used a mild hybrid system. 

The 1.3-litre diesel engine produces 89bhp and 200Nm of torque but thanks to the SHVS mild hybrid system it helps the Ciaz run for 28.09 kilometers on each litre of diesel it sips.

The base Ciaz diesel is available at a price of Rs. 8.22 lakhs, ex-showroom (Delhi).

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Story first published: Monday, April 25, 2016, 18:23 [IST]
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