Snapshot: Small cars are bought mainly with city driving in mind. Driving in the city with the constant stop-go nature of traffic puts pressure on fuel efficiency. With rising fuel prices, low running costs are much sought after. Enter LPG and CNG powered small cars. Most big Indian cities now have well developed CNG and LPG refueling infrastructure and this makes small cars powered with LPG and CNG options cost effective bets for city commuting.
What’s more, all CNG and LPG powered cars come with the dual fuel option, which allows drivers to toggle between petrol and CNG/LPG modes seamlessly. The dual fuel option also mean that CNG and LPG powered cars can be driven on the highway, where CNG and LPG fuel stations can be hard to find. CarToq rounds up 10 CNG and LPG powered dual fuel cars that you can buy for under 5 lakh rupees.
Tata Nano eMAX CNG
The Tata Nano eMAX is the least priced CNG powered car sold in India. The 623 cc, twin cylinder petrol engine (37 Bhp-51 Nm) of the Nano is retained, albeit with dual fuel capability. On CNG, the Nano eMAX outputs 32 Bhp-45 Nm. On CNG, the Nano can cover a distance of 150 kilometers. Two, 4 liter CNG tanks are placed under the driver’s seat of the Nano eMAX. The CNG powered car is available in CX and LX variants. The CX variant is priced at 2.41 lakh rupees while the LX variant is priced at 2.67 lakh rupees.
Maruti Alto 800 CNG
India’s best selling car, the Alto 800 is the least priced CNG powered car in Maruti Suzuki’s line up. The car retains its 796 cc-3 cylinder F8D petrol engine (47 Bhp-62 Nm) and 5 speed manual gearbox. The CNG tank of the Alto 800 is situated in the boot of the car. So, some amount of boot space is sacrificed. The car is sold in 3 CNG variants, the bare basic STD (3.21 lakh rupees), LX (3.43 lakh rupees) and LXi (3.62 lakh rupees).
Hyundai Eon LPG
Hyundai’s least priced car model, the petrol powered Eon is also available with an LPG fuel option. The LPG powered model starts at 3.49 lakh rupees for the base D-Lite, 3.63 lakh rupees for the Era and 3.94 lakh rupees for the Magna variants. The car is powered by an 817 cc-3 cylinder engine. The Eon is one of the better appointed small cars in terms of interiors. The nattiness of the car carries on to the exterior design as well.
Tata Indica eV2 eMAX
A spacious, no-nonsense car, the Indica is now available with a CNG engine option. The CNG powered version of the Indica is known as the eMax model and is priced at 4 lakh rupees. The car shares its 1.2 liter petrol engine with the Indigo eCS. The motor outputs 55 Bhp-90 Nm in CNG guise, and a higher 65 Bhp-100 Nm in petrol guise. The car manages a range of 230 kilometers on CNG.
Hyundai Santro Xing LPG and CNG
The original tall boy, the Santro continues to motor on with the Xing moniker and revised looks. The car is available in both LPG and CNG guises. While the 1.1 liter petrol engine supports both LPG and CNG options, the buyer has to pick either LPG or CNG to go with the standard petrol option. The 1.1 liter-4 cylinder engine of the Santro Xing manages 62 Bhp-96 Nm, and is mated to a 5 speed manual gearbox. The car’s LPG variants – GL Plus and GLS – are priced at 4 and 4.21 lakh rupees, while the CNG variants – GL and GLS – are priced at 4.13 and 4.35 lakh rupees.
Maruti WagonR LPG and CNG
Another tall boy hatchback that is one of the top selling Maruti cars, the WagonR is available with LPG and CNG fuel options. The petrol powered LXi CNG variant is priced at 4.28 lakh rupees whereas the LXi CNG variant is priced at 4.47 lakh rupees. Both variants retain the 1 liter K-Series petrol engine that outputs 67 Bhp-90 Nm. The 3 cylinder K-Series motor is known for its smooth power delivery and excellent fuel efficiency.
Maruti Zen Estilo CNG
The Maruti Zen Estilo is on its way out and hence, you should be able to snag attractive discounts on this car. The Estilo CNG variant is priced at 4.36 lakh rupees and like the WagonR, the car retains the 1 liter K-Series petrol engine. The car’s tall boy design makes it suitable for the elderly.
Hyundai i10 LPG
On of the better put together or say a premium car in the B-Segment hatchback space, the Hyundai i10 is available in LPG guise as well. The car is known for its well appointed interiors and compact size, which makes it nimble in city traffic. The 1.1 liter iRDE petrol motor, a more powerful version of the Santro Xing, outputs 68 Bhp and 99 Nm. The LPG version of the i10 is sold in two variants, Magna (4.5 lakh rupees) and Sportz (4.8 lakh rupees).
Chevrolet Beat LPG
The Chevrolet Beat is the only B+ segment hatchback to come with a LPG-Petrol dual fuel option in India. The car’s 1.2 liter SMARTECH petrol engine is tuned to run on LPG. Known for its unconventional looks, the Beat has a steady fan following in India. The car is available in LS and LT variants. While the LS model is priced at 4.59 lakh rupees, the LT model costs 5.05 lakh rupees, ex-showroom Delhi. These prices make the Beat one of the most expensive vehicle in the LPG/CNG small car category.
Tata Indigo eCS eMAX
The only CNG powered sedan to be sold in India, the Tata Indigo eCS is a spacious car that is compact too. Measuring under 4 meters in length, the Indigo eCS compact sedan’s eMAX CNG version is powered by a 1.2 liter petrol-CNG engine that outputs 65 Bhp-100 Nm in petrol guise and 55 Bhp-90 Nm in CNG guise. The CNG version of the car is sold in two variants, GLS and GLX. The GLS variant is priced at 4.99 lakh rupees, while the GLX variant is priced at 5.27 lakh rupees.