Top 10 fuel-efficient cars in India
We all know that the planet’s fossil fuel reserves are fast depleting. Environmentalists have frequently stressed on the need to conserve natural resources. Motor vehicles are one of the largest consumers of fossil energy and with the number of cars always on a rise worldwide, the fuel consumption graph will only keep soaring.
On the occasion of World Environment Day, we bring you a list of the 10 most fuel-efficient cars in
India to help you choose better, if you wish to do your bit for the environment. The list mostly
comprises hatchbacks and compact sedans, and unsurprisingly all of them are diesel cars. Maruti clinches the top three spots and easily dominates the list with four entries — a clear indication of India’s largest carmaker’s efforts to develop cars that offer the best fuel efficiency to the mileage-conscious Indian buyer.
The figures mentioned here are manufacturer-claimed fuel-efficiency figures (as per ARAI testing conditions). They represent the fuel consumption a car could possibly achieve in perfect conditions. But the figures are calculated in a controlled environment, and the real conditions that our cars endure on Indian roads are quite different. Hence, actual fuel efficiency figures could be lower.
1. Maruti Celerio diesel
Maruti Suzuki recently launched its Celerio diesel hatchback in the country, following the success of the petrol model. The car is powered by Suzuki’s homegrown 793cc two-cylinder diesel, developing 47bhp at 3,500rpm and 12.7kgm of torque. It is the lightest in its segment weighing around 880-900kg. The lightweight and small engine gives the Celerio an ARAI-tested fuel-economy figure of 27.62kpl; making it the most fuel-efficient car in the country.
2. Maruti Swift Dzire Diesel
Maruti launched the updated Swift Dzire this February. The Dzire received updates on the outside, along with more equipment. But the big news was that the fuel efficiency had gone up significantly. The refreshed Swift Dzire’s diesel motor now delivered 26.59kpl instead of the previous 23.4kpl, thanks to a tweaked ECU.