In a developing country like India, people are obsessed with the best fuel efficiency, people opt for diesel-powered vehicles, as most diesel cars deliver more fuel economy as compared to the petrol-powered vehicles. Having said that, should one switch to other fuel alternatives like CNG (Compressed Natural Gas) for better fuel economy. While some manufacturers provide factory fitted kits, some other vehicles have an exceptional rated mileage in the petrol versions itself. So, here is our list of most fuel-efficient petrol cars in India:
Renault Kwid is offered with a choice of two engine options, a 0.8 litre and a 1.0 litre three-cylinder petrol unit. The 800cc engine produces 52 hp of power, while the bigger engine churns out 66 hp, paired to a 5-speed manual transmission and an AMT gearbox. The 799 cc engine comes with a 5-speed manual transmission only while the larger engine capacity versions have an optional AMT.
Rated Fuel efficiency: Renault Kwid 0.8 litre variants: 25.17 kmpl; Renault Kwid1.0 litre variants :23.01 kmpl
Similarly, the Datsun redi-GO which was launched in June, 2016 and shares its platform with the Renault Kwid 0.8 litre versions, has impressed many customers with its exceptional fuel efficiency as well as pricing. The redi-GO is powered by the same 799 cc found in the Renault Kwid. However, the company has tuned it to produce different power figures that the Kwid. In the redi-GO, the motor generates 53 hp of power and 72 Nm of torque, paired to only a 5-speed manual gearbox. Currently the Japanese model is not offered with an option of AMT or Automated Manual Transmission.
Rated Fuel efficiency: Datsun redi-GO: 25.17 km/l
The Maruti Suzuki 800 is powered by a 796cc three-cylinder petrol motor that develops 47 hp of power and 69 Nm of torque, The engine is mated to a 5-speed manual gearbox. The company has offered the Alto 800 with CNG options as well. Maruti Suzuki cars are known to have not just impressive fuel-efficiency figures, but are easy on the pocket as well due to a large dealership network and maximum localisation of spare parts. In November 2016, the Alto 800 and WagonR sold 38,886 units cumulatively, according to the company's sales report.
Rated Fuel efficiency: Maruti Suzuki Alto 800 petrol versions: 24.7 kmpl; Maruti Suzuki Alto 800 CNG versions: 33.44 km/kg
The Alto K10 gets 998cc, K10B petrol unit that delivers 66 hp and 90 Nm of power and torque, respectively. The engine is paired to a 5-speed manual and an AGS (Auto Gear Shift) gearbox. That said, it isn't available even with a factory-fitted option of CNG which would be even more reasonable on the pocket.
Rated Fuel efficiency: Maruti Suzuki Alto K10 24.07 kmpl
The Tata Tiago is the latest hatchback offering from the Indian carmaker. It is powered by a Revotron, three-cylinder, 1199 cc petrol engine that produces 83 hp at 6,000 rpm and 114 Nm of torque at 3,500 rpm. Currently, the company offers the Tiago with a 5-speed manual gearbox, however, an AMT option would also have been a good addition.
Rated Fuel efficiency: Tata Tiago: 23.84 km/l
Another very frugal car in Tata's stable is the GenX Nano. The Tata GenX Nano gets a 624cc, two-cylinder petrol engine that develops 36 hp of power and 51 Nm of torque. This motor is offered with a 4-speed manual and an AMT (Automated Manual Transmission) gearbox for added ease of convenience while driving in choc-a-block traffic.
Rated Fuel efficiency: Tata GenX Nano Manual Versions: 23.6 km/l for the manual; Tata GenX Nano AMT version: 21.9 km/l
The last contender on our list is the Maruti Suzuki Celerio in its petrol engine which is offered in both, a 5-speed manual and an AMT transmissions. The Celerio is powered by the 998cc K10B engine that produces a maximum power of 67 hp and churns out a peak torque of 90 Nm. It shares the same engine as the Alto K10, however has the option of an AMT in case you are looking for one.
Rated Fuel efficiency: Maruti Suzuki Celerio 23.1 kmpl