With the petrol price hike yesterday, the demand for diesel cars is bound to increase. The Hyundai fluidic Verna diesel has the best-selling sedan for the last few months, with a waiting period of almost four months now. So if you want a diesel sedan, and cannot wait for this long, what are your options? CarToq spoke to dealers across the country to come up with alternatives to the Verna diesel.
The Hyundai Fluidic Verna was launched on May 11. The Verna has two diesel engines: a 1,396 cc engine that belts out 106 Bhp of power and a 1,582 cc which produces 126 bhp of power. It is available in the price range of Rs. 8.09 lakh-Rs. 10.74 lakh.
Keeping this proposition in mind, we have identified three cars that could be a good alternative to the diesel Verna.
Maruti Suzuki Sx4: Waiting period 1-1.5 months
Price: Rs. 7.79 lakh-Rs. 8.67 lakh
The Maruti Suzuki Sx4 is a tried and tested vehicle and sells in abundance thanks to its reliability and Maruti Suzuki’s wide service network. The Sx4 has a 1.3 litre DDIS multi-jet diesel engine from Fiat which churns out 89 Bhp of power and 200 Nm of torque. It also comes with a variable geometry turbocharger. Read our story about alternatives for the Honda Jazz here
The company claims that the Sx4 diesel returns a mileage of 21.5 kmpl so a real world figure of 18 kmpl can be expected. The car is spacious and gives you ample road presence, it may not be as features loaded as the Verna but will offer basic equipment and creatures comforts like ABS, airbags, music system and steering mounted audio controls.
Volkswagen Vento: Waiting period 0-1.5 months
Price: Rs. 8.19 lakh-Rs. 9.43 lakh
The Volkswagen Vento is another car you could opt for in this segment. It gives you the solid fit and finish that you expect from a German car and the Volkswagen brand name will make you feel spoilt.
The Vento has a four-cylinder, 1.6-litre common-rail diesel engine that produces 105 bhp of peak power and about 249 Nm of torque. The company claims a mileage of 20.5 kmpl and real world figures will range from 15-18 depending on driving and road conditions. Also read our story on the alternatives to the Maruti Suzuki Swift diesel.
Volkswagen offers a CD player in the Vento but you will USB and Aux-in ports. On the safety front you will get twin airbags, ABS and an anti-theft alarm system with electronic immobilizer.
Ford Fiesta: Waiting period 0-2 months
Price: Rs. 9.27 lakh-Rs. 10.42 lakh
The Ford Fiesta may not be the most affordable alternative to the Hyundai Verna but it is definitely one of the most driver oriented car in the segment. The Fiesta diesel sports a 1.5 Duratorq engine that puts out 90 bhp of power and 204 Nm of torque. Ford claims an ARAI-certified fuel consumption of 23.5 kmpl for the diesel Fiesta and real world figures will be around 15-20 kmpl.
Now the Verna is touted to be feature loaded but the Fiesta too is pretty up to date in terms of features and creature comforts. It has some interesting and useful features like multi-function voice-activated controls that can control the radio, adjust climate control settings and make or receive phone calls.
You also get steering mounted controls, follow-me home headlamps, auto-folding mirrors and audio-only parking sensors (top end variant).
Here’s a table with the waiting periods of the above cars in major cities:
|Model||Waiting Period Delhi||Waiting Period Chennai||Waiting Period Mumbai|
|Hyundai Verna||6-7 Months||4 Months||8 Months|
|Maruti Suzuki Sx4||1 Month||1.5 Months||1 Month|
|Volkswagen Vento||1-1.5 Months||Readily available|
|Ford Fiesta||1.5 Months||2 Months||Readily available|