Most value for money diesel sedans

There are plenty of options in the market for a buyer looking for a diesel sedan. But which sedan should you go for? Here’s a list of diesel sedans that offer the most value for their price across price ranges.

In this compilation we will take a look at entry level sedans, sedans priced between Rs.7 lakh-Rs.10 lakh and premium sedans.

Entry level sedans (Rs.5 lakh–Rs.7 lakh)

Most affordable sedan

Maruti Suzuki Swift Dzire LDI

Price: Rs.5.54 lakh

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Photo: The Dzire steals the show in its segment by ticking all the right boxes

The Swift Dzire LDI is the most affordable diesel sedan under Rs.7 lakh with decent kit on offer. It is powered by a 1,248 cc motor that is mated to a 5-speed manual transmission and makes 74 bhp of power at 4,000 rpm and 190 Nm of torque at 2,000 rpm. Also read: Buyers checklist for used Maruti Swift or Dzire

It is not a bare basic sedan even at this price and offers essential features such as AC, power steering, tilt steering, 2 outside rear view mirrors, dual trip meter, digital fuel indicator, low fuel warning lamp, body colored bumpers and fabric upholstery. You may also consider the Tata Manza if you do not fancy the Swift Dzire. The base Manza, however, is priced much above the Dzire at Rs.6.49 lakh.

Most value for money

Maruti Suzuki Swift Dzire ZDI

Price: Rs.7.34 lakh

The Dzire is also the most value for money car when it comes to top end variants and their price to features ratio. It is powered by the same engine that powers the LDI variant but has a lot more features. It gets AC, climate control, 4 power windows, power mirrors, adjustable seats, central locking, anti glare IRVM, rear arm rest, power steering, tilt steering, tachometer and a rear defogger. It also comes with ABS, EBD, 2 airbags, IPod dock; Steering mounted audio controls, a music system (single CD) and 6 speakers. Also read: 2012 Maruti Dzire road test and review: Pocket-sized fun

Other interesting cars in this segment include the Mahindra Verito, Tata Manza and the Toyota Etios.

Sedans (Rs.7 lakh-Rs.10 lakh)

Most affordable sedan

Fiat Linea

Price: Rs.7.98 lakh

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Photo: The Linea with its attractive looks and price is a winner for practical buyers

The Fiat Linea is powered by a 1,248 cc 4 cylinder engine that makes 92 bhp of power at 4,000 rpm and 209 Nm of torque at 2,000 rpm. The base Active variant of the Linea comes with features like AC, 4 power windows, central locking, power steering, tilt steering, tachometer, rear defogger, manual outside rear view mirrors, dual trip meter, low fuel warning lamp and a music system with 4 speakers. It is a classy looking sedan with an elegant stance and comfortable ride. It also boasts of best in class ground clearance. Also read: 2012 Fiat Linea Dynamic Road Test and Review: Refined luxury

Most value for money sedan

Nissan Sunny

Price: Rs. 8.93 lakh

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Photo: With its amazing space and decent feature list the Sunny is a good deal

The Nissan Sunny is the most value for money sedan in this segment thanks to the number of features and the overall package it offers at its price point. Compared to the competition, the Sunny scores most in terms of space and passenger comfort. Also read: Difference between the Nissan Sunny and Renault Scala

The Sunny is powered by a 1,461 cc engine that makes 85 bhp of power at 3,750 rpm and 200 Nm or torque at 2,000 rpm. It comes equipped with features like AC, climate control, 4 power windows, central locking, rear AC and rear arm rest. If you want slightly better looks the Renault Scala is a good option to consider as well. While the Maruti Suzuki Sx4 is also a value for money, tried and tested vehicle.

Premium sedans (Rs.10 lakh-Rs.18 lakh)

Most affordable sedan

Toyota Corolla Altis

Price: Rs. 12 lakh

Photo: The Altis is the budget conscious buyers pass to the premium sedan segment

The Toyota Corolla Altis is the most affordable vehicle in this segment priced at just Rs.12 lakh for the base D4-D J variant. It is powered by a 1,364 cc motor that is mated to a 6-speed manual transmission. This 4 cylinder motor belts out only 87 bhp of power at 3,800 rpm and 205 Nm at 1800-2800 rpm.

It sports features like AC, 4 power windows, adjustable seats, central locking, anti glare inside rear view mirror, rear arm rest, power steering, tilt and telescopic steering, a tachometer, power rear view mirrors and dual trip meter. Also read: 2012 Hyundai Elantra vs Toyota Corolla Altis

It also has safety features like ABS, EBD and all round disc brakes, and automatic door locks, defogger, and door/trunk ajar warning.

Most value for money

Hyundai Elantra

Price:  Rs. 14.85 lakh

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The Hyundai Elantra is powered by a 1598 cc motor that is mated to a 6-speed manual transmission. This 4 cylinder motor makes 126 bhp of power at 4,000 rpm and 264 Nm of torque at 1,950 rpm. Also read: Hyundai Elantra road test and review.

It was a close call between Elantra, the Renault Fluence and the Cruze for us as the Cruze offers a lot of good features at its price, while the Renault Fluence E4 also is a loaded car.  But the Elantra  offers a little more and we feel that the price is justified. It comes with  dual zone climate control, 4 power windows, power adjustable seats, central locking, anti glare inside rear view mirror (IRVM), reverse camera, parking sensors, rear AC, rear arm rest with audio controls, cruise control, power steering, tilt and telescopic steering, cooled front seats and rear defogger.

But that’s not all it also comes with a multi-info display, digital fuel indicator, ABS, EBD, ESP, traction control, 6 airbags, all round disc brakes and front fog lamps, IPod dock, steering mounted audio controls, music system (single CD) with Bluetooth, USB, phone charger, 6 speakers, push button start and keyless entry. The top end Cruze at Rs.14.77 lakh is also an attractive options if you are looking for more power with features.