One of the main factors that drives people to purchase a specific car in India is fuel efficiency (Kitna deti hai?). Fuel efficient vehicles are not only environment friendly but more importantly help in saving money of fuel for the car owner. With car makers launching more fuel efficient vehicles quite often, let’s take a look at the 5 most fuel efficient cars in the country at present.
1. Maruti Suzuki Ciaz SHVS
Maruti’s player in the popular C-segment, the Ciaz is a replacement of the not so popular SX-4. Offered with the choice of a petrol and diesel engine, Maruti launched a mild hybrid variant of the Ciaz diesel (SHVS – Smart Hybrid Vehicle by Suzuki) to replace the current crop of diesel variants.
The car comes with an integrated starter generator (ISG), start-stop technology and a larger battery capacity that helps in returning more mileage. The sedan returns an ARAI certified 28.09 km/l thanks to the hybrid technology, thereby making it the most fuel efficient car in the country.
2. Maruti Suzuki Celerio diesel
After a successful run in form of the Celerio petrol, Maruti launched the diesel powered model in the country at a starting price of Rs. 4.65 lakhs (ex-showroom, Delhi). Powered by a newly developed 793cc two-cylinder mill, it has been made by aluminium in order to keep the weight low and gets a fuel distribution system by a turbocharger to increase power.
Prior to the Ciaz (SHVS), the Celerio diesel was proudly sitting on top of the fuel efficiency list. The locally developed engine churns out 47 BHP of power and 125 Nm of torque which comes with the option of a 5-speed manual gearbox and the very popular AMT unit.
3. Honda Jazz
Another latest entry in the list, the new Jazz is a very good looking vehicle that gets a City inspired front end and interiors setup. The premium hatchback gets a new diesel engine under the hood which is the same 1.5-litre i-DTEC diesel engine which also powers the City.
Mated to 6-speed manual gearbox while churning out 99 BHP of power and 200 Nm of torque, Jazz is now the most fuel efficient premium hatch in the country returning an ARAI certified mileage of 27.3 km/l. As a result of this, it is giving a tough fight to the Hyundai Elite i20 which is the segment leader with respect to sales.
The third Maruti car in the list, the DZire comes does not come as a surprise entry in the list. The oldest top 5 model here, the DZire was recently updated in the country to make it a fresher product in the market. Powered by the popular 1.3-litre MultiJet diesel engine that is sourced from Fiat, 74 BHP of power and 190 Nm of torque drives the compact sedan very comfortably. It returns 26.59 km/l, making it one of the most fuel efficient cars in India.
5. Honda City
Though the Honda City has been retailed in India since 1998, it took the Japanese car maker a very long time to offer a diesel engine on the car. Powered by a 1498cc 16-valve, four-cylinder diesel engine that outputs 99 BHP of power and 200 Nm of twisting force, this unit has helped bring the sedan to this famous list.
Returning 26 km/l, it’s not surprising to know that this is the same engine which also powers the newly launched Jazz hatchback that sits in the third spot.
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