The Indian customers have an obsession with the fuel efficiency of the vehicle while choosing a car. The main reason for this is the steep rise in the fuel prices occurred in the last few years. So the manufacturers are keeping this in mind while designing cars for the Indian market. The diesel cars are more fuel efficient than the petrol variants. But the maintenance and initial costs are more for the diesel cars. Bigger cars give lesser mileages. Many types of cars with decent fuel efficiencies are available in the Indian market.
The ARAI tested mileages are normally considered as the standard fuel efficiency of a vehicle. Among the petrol hatchbacks the Tata Nano priced from Rupees 1.96 to 2.35 lakh gives mileages of 25.44 kmpl. The Nano is essentially a city car which can be parked easily in congested places. The Maruti Suzuki Celerio launched in 2014 gives mileages of 23.1 kmpl. The Celerio priced from Rupees 3.78 lakh has an auto transmission variant also.
The Maruti Alto 800 gives mileages of 22.74 kmpl and the Alto K10 gives 20.92 kmpl. The Hyundai Eon competing with the Alto has a fuel efficiency of 21.1 kmpl. The Maruti Wagon R, the Maruti Ritz, the Datsun Go, the Maruti Ciaz and the Hyundai i10 are few other hatchbacks in petrol with mileages of nearly 20 kmpl and priced below Rupees 5 lakh.
Among the diesel cars the recently launched sedan the Maruti Ciaz has a fantastic fuel efficiency of 26.21 kmpl. Priced from Rupees 8.04 to 9.80 lakh the Ciaz has 2 petrol variants with auto transmission. The Honda Amaze launched recently gives mileages of 25.8 kmpl and is priced around 8 lakh. The diesel Honda City has mileages of 26 kmpl. The hatchback Chevrolet Beat diesel gives mileages of 25.44 kmpl and is priced below Rupees 6 lakh. The Beat has sufficient features including 2 airbags, a manual AC and a 2 Din music system. Among the Tata cars the diesel Indigo eCS gives mileages of 25 kmpl and is priced from Rupees 5.5 to 6 lakh.
The sedan Ford Fiesta has a mileage of 25.01 kmpl with diesel. The Nissan Sunny priced below 10 lakh has a fuel efficiency of 17.97 kmpl with petrol and 22.71 with diesel. The Renault Scala, the Volkswagen Vento and Volkswagen Cross Polo give mileages above 20 kmpl with diesel.
Among the utility vehicles the Honda Mobilio priced Rupees 7.89 to 9.76 has mileages of 24.2 kmpl. The Renault Duster priced Rupees 9.7 lakh, the Ford EcoSport priced Rupees 9.3 lakh, the Chevrolet Enjoy priced around Rupees 8.41 lakh are few other diesel utility vehicles with good fuel efficiencies.
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