Over the last few years, the list of the most fuel-efficient diesel cars in India has undergone significant changes. After the introduction of BS6, many famous diesel engines like Renault Nissan’s K9K unit as well as Fiat’s Multijet went dysfunctional. Several carmakers like Tata, Hyundai, Ford, and Honda are still offering small diesel engines. Some of the carmakers have the most economical cars on sale. Here’s what you need to know about the top 10 fuel-efficient BS6 diesel cars in our country.
Ford Freestyle: One of the finest engines is that of the Ford, with 100hp/215Nm, 1.5 litre four-cylinder unit. In the case of the Ford Freestyle cross-hatch, it is possible to go as long as 23.8km with 1 litre of diesel. Another engine option is that of a 96hp, 1.2 litre petrol mill. This is one better suitable for the Freestyle’s fun-to-drive nature. The Freestyle, unlike Mahindra KUV100 NXT and Maruti Suzuki Ignis, is the only BS6 compliant diesel cross-hatch available. Its price range is around Rs 8.14 to Ra 8.79 lakhs.
Honda WR-V: The highly popular Jazz based cross-hatch by Honda comes equipped with a 1.5 litre, four-cylinder i-DTEC engine. The engine can churn up power worth 100hp and 200Nm of torque. This engine is quite helpful for the likes of Hyundai Venue and Tata Nexon. The engine is tractable in nature and audible as well. Another engine option for WR-V is 90hp, 1.2 litre petrol.
Kia Sonet: The Kia Sonet will be powered by a 100hp, 1.5 litre diesel engine in the manual form. It can go up to 0.8 km further with 1 litre of diesel. At present, the Sonet is the most fuel efficient diesel compact SUV. When paired with the 6-speed automatic gearbox, the vehicle can be rated at 19Kpl. The car costs around Rs 8.05 lakhs-12.89 lakhs.
Fifth Gen Honda City: This one, too, is powered by the 1.5 litre diesel engine, similar to the WR-V. Because of the i-DTEC engine, the car shows minimal turbo lag, a liner build of power, and tractability from low revs. It is quite expensive, and the price is Rs 12.40 to Rs 114.65 lakhs.
Ford Figo & Aspire: The 1.5 litre, four-cylinder, turbo-diesel engine proves to be highly efficient in the case of Ford Figo and Aspire. The ARAI rating for both the models is 24.4kpl. The Figo diesel locks horn with the Hyundai Grand i10 Nios. On the other hand, the Ford Aspire rivals the likes of Honda Amaze and Hyundai Aura.
Honda Amaze: This compact sedan by Honda comes equipped with a 100hp, 1.5 litre diesel engine. It is paired with either a CVT automatic gearbox or a 5-speed manual.
Hyundai Grand i10 Nios: Hyundai has the smallest diesel engine in India – the 1.2 litre U2CRDi unit. In the case of the Grand i10 Nios, the three cylinder unit churns the power of 75hp and is paired with the 5-speed manual and AMT gearbox. The petrol-manual Nios version has the fuel efficiency figure of about 25.1 kpl.
Hyundai Verna: This id size sedan has the updated 115hp, 1.5 litre diesel engine. The Verna diesel auto delivers about 21.3kpl, and the manual one is capable of delivering 25kpl.
Hyundai Aura: It has got the 1.2 litre, three-cylinder turbo diesel engine. The ARAI rating of fuel efficiency is about 25.40kpl. The cost of the car is between Rs 7.80 lakhs and Rs 9.28 lakhs.
Hyundai i20: It has to be the most frugal hatchback in India at present. It comes with the 100hp, 1.5 litre diesel engine, which is quite flexible and efficient. It runs smoothly both on the city roads and highway. The price is somewhere between Rs 8.20 lakhs and 10.60 lakhs.