Best low-priced diesel cars in India

With petrol prices fluctuation quite frequently and staying nearly 50% more expensive than diesel even now, the market is still biased toward diesel cars. But diesel cars are inherently more expensive than petrol cars. CarToq looks at some of the lowest priced diesel cars in India, across segments.

If you are looking for low running costs, and you drive over 1000 km a month, you would be better off buying a diesel car. Diesel cars are typically between Rs. 80,000 to Rs. 1 lakh more expensive than their petrol variant counter parts. Here is a list of the lowest-priced diesel cars that also give you a good mix of power, mileage and ride comfort.


Cheapest diesel hatchback: Tata Indica eV2

Best low-priced overall diesel hatchback: Chevrolet Beat diesel (PS)

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The cheapest diesel hatchback you can get is the Indica eV2 L-variant. It is priced at Rs. 4.2 lakh ex-showroom Delhi. However, it is devoid of features. The car has a 70 bhp, 1.4 litre diesel engine with a claimed mileage of 25 kmpl. It does not have an AC or power-steering. Buy it only if you can’t afford any other new diesel car.

The best overall diesel hatchback would be the Chevrolet Beat diesel (PS). It is the lowest-priced, slightly below the Ford FigoLXi – which is actually in a different segment altogether. The Beat diesel is priced at Rs. 4.55 lakh ex-showroom Delhi. It comes with AC and power steering. It has a three-cylinder 1-litre diesel engine that puts out just 58 bhp of power and 150 Nm of torque. However, it is good to drive in the city, compact and easy to park and gives a claimed mileage of 25.4 kmpl – with real world figures of 19-20 kmpl in the city. Also see: Chevrolet Beat diesel road test

Premium hatchbacks

Cheapest diesel premium hatchback: Ford FigoLXi

Best low-priced overall diesel premium hatchback: Ford Figo Titanium diesel

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The Ford Figo LXI is the cheapest premium diesel hatchback you can get. It is priced at Rs. 4.8 lakh ex-showroom. At that price point you get a spacious five-seater with good handling characteristics as well. The car is powered by a 1.4 litre diesel engine that puts out 68 bhp of power and 160 Nm of torque, which is slightly on the lower side compared to other premium hatchbacks. The base variant of the Figo comes with power steering and AC. It’s much cheaper than hatchbacks like the Maruti Ritz. It has a fuel efficiency of 20 kmpl.

If you want engine power as well, then it’s a close call between the Ford Figo Titanium diesel and the base Maruti Swift LDI priced at Rs. 5.57 lakh ex-showroom. At that price point, you get a slightly more powerful engine than the Ford Figo. The Swift has a 1.3 litre diesel engine that puts out 74 bhp of power and 190 Nm of torque. It is comfortable for four and has good driving characteristics. It is a fairly peppy car and handles well. The Swift has an overall fuel efficiency of 22 kmpl. However, when it comes to features at the lowest price, then the Swift loses out to the Figo – which offers airbags, ABS, Bluetooth, power mirrors, alloy wheels etc, at a price point of Rs. 5.95 lakh – for its top-end variant, nearly Rs. 60,000 cheaper than the Swift. Ford Figo diesel road test

Compact sedans

Cheapest diesel compact sedan:Maruti Dzire Tour LDI

Best overall low-priced compact sedan: Maruti Dzire LDI

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Compact sedans include vehicles such as the Maruti Dzire, Mahindra Verito, Tata Manza, Ford Classic and Toyota Etios. Among these the cheapest diesel compact sedan is the Maruti Dzire Tour LDI, which was first meant only for commercial buyers, but is now available also for private buyers. The car has AC and power steering, but comes with black bumpers and only a single rear-view mirror, as well as grey interiors. It is powered by a 1.3 litre diesel engine that puts out 74 bhp of power and 190 Nm of torque, with fuel efficiency of over 21 kmpl. It is priced at Rs. 5.6 lakh ex-showroom.

The best low-priced overall diesel compact sedan would be the Maruti Dzire LDI, the newer compact version, as it has better interiors – all beige, with better space and seat contouring. It comes with power steering and AC. The Dzire LDi is priced at Rs. 6.05 lakh ex-showroom, and is cheaper than the Mahindra Verito D2 that’s priced at Rs. 6.25 lakh.

Mid-size sedans

Cheapest mid-size diesel sedan: Fiat Linea Active diesel

Best overall lowest-priced mid-size diesel sedan:  Nissan Sunny XL diesel

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Among mid-size sedans, the Fiat Linea Active emerges as the cheapest diesel mid-size sedan. It is priced at Rs. 7.98 lakh, ex-showroom. It has power steering, power windows, AC, and a music system. It comes with the most ground clearance in its segment as well. The car is powered by a 1.3 litre diesel engine that puts out 92 bhp of power. It looks good and handles well, and is also one of the most comfortable cars to travel in.

However, if you wanted even more bang for your buck, and wanted the best overall lowest-priced mid-size diesel sedan, then take a look at the Nissan Sunny XL diesel priced at Rs. 8.2 lakh. It comes with ABS and airbags, two crucial safety features, as well as climate control, integrated audio system, power windows, mirrors and power steering. The Sunny is powered by a 1.5 litre diesel engine that puts out 85 bhp of power and 200 Nm of torque. It gives a fuel efficiency of 19 kmpl.

Premium sedans

Cheapest premium diesel sedan: Toyota Corolla Altis D4-D J

Best overall low-priced premium diesel sedan: Renault Fluence E2 diesel

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The Toyota Corolla Altis D4-D J variant is the cheapest premium diesel sedan you can get at Rs. 12 lakh ex-showroom. It is powered by a 1.4 litre diesel engine that puts out only 87 bhp of power and 205 Nm of torque, with a six-speed manual transmission. It is highly fuel efficient at over 20 kmpl. It’s a good car to own if you primarily are chauffeur driven. It has all the basic creature comfort features one needs such as AC, power steering, power windows etc.

However, the best overall low-priced premium diesel sedan that has a good balance between power and features would be the Renault Fluence E2 diesel that’s priced at Rs. 13 lakh ex-showroom, about Rs. 40,000 cheaper than the Toyota Altis D4D-G variant. The E2 diesel Fluence lacks rear AC vents, but has good comfort, good image and plenty of space. It comes with manual HVAC, six-speed transmission and an integrated music system, with electronic stability program, ABS and airbags. It is powered by a 1.5 litre diesel engine that puts out 105 bhp of power.

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