Petrol powered vehicles are quite popular in the Indian market. In 2017, between April and November, of all the vehicles sold in the market, there were 61.14% petrol and 38.84% diesel vehicles while hybrids only sold 0.02%. However, there are a few cars which have more diesel customers than petrol. Here are ten such cars and the biggest reason for the anomaly.
The Maruti Ertiga is powered by both petrol and diesel engine options. However, 60% of units sold between April and November 2017, were diesel powered. Ertiga is an MUV and is often used for long distance journeys. The higher volume of diesel engines is not a surprise
Maruti also offers the SHVS (Smart Hybrid Vehicle by Suzuki) mild hybrid system with the Ertiga, which adds an incredible fuel efficiency to the vehicle. The Ertiga is powered by 1.4-litre petrol engine churning out 94 Bhp – 130 Nm and a 1.3-litre diesel engine that produces 89 Bhp – 200 Nm. The petrol engine returns 17.5 km/l and the diesel returns 24.52 km/l as per ARAI.
Maruti launched the all-new Dzire earlier this year and the car has already become extremely popular in the market. 56% Dzire sold in the market were diesel. The Dzire also became the best selling vehicle for a couple of months. Maruti does not reveal the data separately for the Dzire and the Dzire Tour so the higher sales of the vehicle can be given to fact that it is very popular among the cab aggregators.
The all-new Dzire diesel is also the most fuel-efficient car in India and returns a maximum of 28.4 km/l. The petrol engine is a 1.2-litre petrol engine that produces 82 Bhp – 113 Nm and returns 22 km/l. The diesel engine is a 1.3-litre unit that produces a maximum of 74 Bhp – 190 Nm.
Hyundai Creta is an extremely popular compact SUV in India. Hyundai sold 68% of diesel Creta while rest are petrol powered. The diesel Creta is known for its performance and is loved by the enthusiasts. Being an SUV, the car is bought by many who love to go on long-distance trips, where diesel fuel proves to be more economical. The 1.6-litre engine of the Creta produces 126 Bhp – 265 Nm, which makes it most powerful in the segment.
Hyundai also offers 1.4-litre diesel that produces 89 Bhp – 224 Nm and 1.6-litre petrol engine that produces 122 Bhp – 154 Nm. Hyundai offers an automatic transmission with both petrol and diesel engine options.
Hyundai recently launched all-new Verna and the car has already become a hit in the market. Hyundai only offers 1.6-litre engine options for both petrol and diesel engines and 56% units sold of the vehicle were diesel powered.
The Verna diesel is quite refined and has better performance than the petrol counterpart. Hence, a lot of people are choosing the diesel version over the petrol. The car is powered by 1.6-litre petrol generating 121 Bhp – 153 Nm and a 1.6-litre diesel producing 126 Bhp – 260 Nm. Both the engine options get the automatic option.
Mahindra is the brand known for making SUVs. Most of their vehicles are powered by diesel engines except for the KUV and the recently launched XUV 500 petrol. The petrol engine of the KUV is not as refined and fuel efficient as the diesel engine, hence, 65% of the customers go for the diesel-powered KUV. The petrol engine is a 1.2-litre unit producing a maximum of 82 Bhp – 115 Nm with 18.15 km/l mileage. The diesel engine is a 1.2-litre unit that produces a maximum of 77 Bhp – 190 Nm with 25.32 km/l mileage.
Honda WR-V was launched earlier this year and has become one of the best sellers from the brand. It is the only car of Honda that manages to sell more than the petrol units. Being an SUV, people prefer the diesel engine because of its torque and fuel efficiency over the long distance journeys. Also, the Honda petrol engines have high-revving characteristics that particularly does not suit the WR-V. It is powered by a 1.2-litre petrol engine generating 89 Bhp – 110 Nm while the 1.5-litre diesel unit produces 99 Bhp – 200 Nm and also returns more fuel efficiency.
The Tata Zest diesel manages to capture 85% customers. The Zest is also sold as cabs and the high difference between the sale of petrol and diesel units can be explained because of that. Also, the 1.2-litre petrol produces a maximum of 89 Bhp – 140 Nm. The 1.3-litre diesel unit comes in two states of tunes; 74 Bhp -190 Nm and 89 Bhp – 200 Nm.
Tata launched the all-new Nexon, the first sub 4-meter compact SUV from Tata in India earlier this year. The Nexon diesel manages to get 71% customers. It is because of the fact that it is an SUV and the diesel engine offers much more torque than the petrol counterpart. Also, the Nexon petrol and a three-cylinder turbocharged engine, which is a high-revving unit. It is fun to drive but does not matches the SUV’s character.
Hyundai re-launched the Tucson in the Indian market after skipping a generation. The diesel version of the Tucson sells 76%. This is because of the SUV is quite heavy and is often bought by people who love to be on the highways. Diesel is much more appropriate fuel for long distance driving. The Tucson diesel is also the quickest SUV under Rs. 20 lakh, which put it on enthusiast’s radar.
The Tata Bolt manages a massive 96% diesel sale. The Bolt is also sold as a cab in India, which explains the great rift. The Bolt gets a 1.2-litre engine that generates 89 Bhp – 140 Nm. The diesel engine is a 1.3-litre engine that generates 74 Bhp – 190 Nm.