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 Maruti Swift has been the most popular hatchback in India ever since its launch in 2005. Available in both petrol and diesel engines, the Maruti Swift diesel is the higher-selling variant among the two. The 1.3-litre diesel unit makes enough output to make the light Maruti Swift a good performer. The diesel Maruti Swift also gives good mileage compared to its competition. The excellent service network of Maruti Suzuki is another factor that makes the Swift diesel a good buy.
The Hyundai Verna is one of the best diesel cars available in the C-segment sedan category. If not the best overall, it is definitely the best-looking sedan on the market today. The Next-Gen Verna is available in a 1.6-litre diesel mill, which is also the car’s most powerful engine option available. The new Hyundai Verna is packed with a lot of comfort and safety features on the inside. The sedan has also won the prestigious ‘Indian Car Of The Year (ICOTY) 2018’ award; something enough to make it a compelling buy.
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.