10 mileage CHAMP diesel hatchbacks of India: Maruti Baleno to Hyundai i20

The fuel efficiency of cars has gone up drastically over the past few years. Lighter bodies and more efficient engines have universally increased the mileage of the modern day vehicles. We bring you ten diesel hatchbacks with maximum fuel efficiency.

Maruti Baleno

ARAI efficiency: 27.39 km/l

The Maruti Baleno is the first car to be made on the lightweight HEARTECT platform. The first ever premium hatchback from Maruti is also the best seller in the segment. The Baleno diesel is powered by a 1.3-litre multijet diesel engine that churns out a maximum of 73 Bhp – 190 Nm. It is only available with a 5-speed manual transmission.

Honda Jazz

ARAI efficiency: 27.3 km/l

Honda launched the all-new Jazz in India, and it became decently popular in the market. The Jazz diesel is Honda’s most fuel-efficient car. It is powered by the 1.5-litre EarthDreams four-cylinder diesel engine that produces a maximum of 98 Bhp – 200 Nm. It is only offered with a 6-speed manual transmission.

Tata Tiago

ARAI efficiency: 27.28 km/l

The Tata Tiago has become the best selling car from the Tata brand. The hatchback has slowly gained momentum in the segment and is a value-for-money vehicle. The Tiago is powered by 1.01-litre three-cylinder engine. It is one of the smallest diesel engines in the market and produces a maximum of 69 Bhp – 140 Nm. The Tiago gets both 5-speed manual and AMT options.

Maruti Ignis

ARAI efficiency: 26.8

Maruti launched the unique looking Ignis earlier this year. It is the most affordable Nexa offering from the brand and comes with Japanese Kei car looks. The Ignis diesel is powered by a 1.3-litre diesel engine that churns out a maximum of 74 Bhp – 190 Nm. It is the cheapest diesel offering from Maruti in the market. The Ignis diesel is offered with both 5-speed manual and 5-speed AMT.

Ford Figo

ARAI efficiency: 25.83 km/l

The Ford Figo is the most fuel-efficient car in the segment. The premium hatchback is quite powerful and is regarded as a fun-to-drive vehicle. The Figo diesel is powered by 1.5-litre four-cylinder engine that develops a maximum of 99 Bhp – 215 Nm. It is only available with a 5-speed manual transmission.

Maruti Swift

ARAI efficiency: 25.2 km/l

The Maruti Swift has been around for a long time now. The hatchback was once the most fuel efficient diesel hatchback in India but newer vehicles overtook it in that department. The Swift diesel is powered by the same 1.3-litre diesel unit that generates a maximum of 74 Bhp – 190 Nm. Maruti only offers 5-speed manual transmission.

Hyundai Grand i10:

ARAI efficiency: 24 km/l

Hyundai launched the updated Grand i10 earlier this year with minor changes. The Grand i10 has become quite popular in the market and has been posting good sales figures every month. The Grand i10 also offers rear AC vent, which is unique in the segment. The diesel variant of the Grand i10 is powered by 1.2-litre three-cylinder engine. It produces 70 Bhp and 194 Nm. Hyundai offers both manual and automatic transmission option with the Grand i10.

Toyota Etios Liva

ARAI efficiency: 23.59 km/l

Toyota launched the refreshed, dual-tone version of the Etios Liva earlier this year. The hatchback is available with both petrol and diesel engines. The diesel engine is a 1.4-litre four-cylinder unit that produces a maximum of 67 Bhp – 170 Nm. It is available only with manual transmission.

Nissan Micra

ARAI efficiency: 23.08 km/l

Nissan Micra, the entry-level car from the Japanese carmaker has been around for a long time now. The Micra looks quite good in the segment is powered by a 1.4-litre diesel engine that produces a maximum of 65 Bhp – 160 Nm. It is only available with a 5-speed manual transmission.

Hyundai Elite i20

ARAI efficiency: 22.54 km/l

The Elite i20 is one good looking hatchback in the segment. The Swift-rivalling hatchback is powered by 1.4-litre four-cylinder engine that produces a maximum of 89 Bhp – 220 Nm. There is no automatic option with the diesel variant of the Elite i20.