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Top 3 fuel efficient diesel cars in India – Beating Fuel Prices

In the Indian automobile market the fuel efficiency of the car is very important as the first question a customer asks will be: – ‘how much it gives’. With respect to the fuel costs the diesel cars are well ahead of the petrol variants.

The fuel efficiency of a car depends on many factors like the road conditions, the attitude of the driver, the weather, the type of locality and the condition of the car. The Automotive Research Association of India (ARAI) conducts test to check the fuel economy of cars and this figure is quoted as the mileage of the vehicle. The actuals on the road will be less sometimes. To pick up 3 of the best fuel efficient diesel cars is a tedious task.

The most fuel efficient car in India is the diesel Chevrolet Beat launched in 2011 and face lifted in 2014. The Chevrolet Beat has a trendy and sporty appearance with an interior fitted with an AC, a music system and normal safety features including airbags. The Beat comes in four diesel versions with 936 cc engines. The ARAI mileage of the Beat is 25.44 kmpl on highways. The Chevrolet Beat is priced between Rupees 3.97 lakhs and 5.9 lakhs.

Hyundai, the Korean automobile manufacturer makes fuel efficient cars. Their hatchback Grand i10 is second in fuel efficiency. Its exterior has a swooping roof, a pair of sweptback head lamps and large fog lamps, a beautiful rear spoiler and a pair of large rear reflectors. A smart key entry and a push button starter, a manual AC system, tinted glasses and a music system with Bluetooth connectivity are features inside. The diesel variants use 1120 cc CRDi engines giving mileages of 24 kmpl. In the versions Grand i10 1.2 Asta VTVT(O) and 1.1 Asta CRDi(O) have added features like rear parking sensors , ABS, rear AC vents and airbags. The prices range from Rupees 4.32 to 6.35 lakhs for various versions. The Grand i10 has already won many awards including the IOCT award for ‘the Indian car of the year 2014’, ‘2013 ET Zig wheels compact car of the year’ award and the ‘Golden Steering Wheel 2014’ award.

The third most fuel efficient diesel car is a Maruti product the Swift Dzire launched in 2008.The diesel versions LDI, VDI and ZDI launched in 2012 are priced from Rupees 5.79 to 7.4 lakhs. The diesel Dzire gives a mileage of 23.4 kmpl with a 1248 cc engine. The features of the Dzire include an automatic AC, airbags, a 2Din music system and alloy wheels.

The Maruti Ritz, the Ford Fiesta, the Honda Amaze, and the Tata Indica are few other fuel efficient diesel cars.

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