The Ford Figo diesel is the most capable diesel hatchback you can buy today. The 1.5-litre diesel unit is also found in the Figo Aspire and the EcoSport. The Ford Figo, especially the Figo S diesel, is also a fun car to drive. Ford is one of the very few manufacturers in India that makes driver-focussed cars; the Figo being one of them. While the petrol Figo isn’t preferred by most, it is the diesel variant that has developed a lot of fans over the years.
The Honda Amaze, now in its second generation, comes with a lighter chassis and more spacious interiors. Though the overall looks of the Honda Amaze isn’t great, the compact-sedan has been getting good market response since its launch. The diesel-powered Honda Amaze is a brilliant performer and has the same engine as on the Honda City diesel. The 1.5-litre i-DTEC engine is available mated to a CVT and makes the Honda Amaze is the first and only diesel-CVT available in India.
The Ford EcoSport diesel is a strong performer in the sub-four-metre SUV segment. The 1.5-litre TDCi unit outputs well while also offering good mileage figures. The latest generation of the crossover comes with a lot of new features packaged well in a premium interior. Being a global product, the EcoSport offers excellent build quality. There is also a sportier EcoSport S diesel variant which carries some neat styling elements and blacked-out details.