Waiting periods are taking their toll on potential buyers looking for hatchbacks, especially, diesel versions. CarToq spoke to dealers across the country and found out which diesel small cars you can buy within a month.
While car makers like Maruti Suzuki are struggling to deliver the diesel version of Swift which has a very long waiting period of eight months, there are some diesel hatchbacks which are ready for delivery within a month.
For those of you who can’t wait, here’s a look at small family diesel cars with the lowest waiting periods.
Chevrolet Beat diesel – (1 week to 4 weeks)
Chevrolet Beat diesel has an average waiting period of two weeks and may vary slightly depending on the variant and color you choose. The Beat diesel is priced in the Rs. 4.29 – 4.99 lakh range (ex-showroom, Delhi). In Delhi, the waiting period is minimal, with cars available within a week of booking. In Chennai, the waiting period can go up to four weeks, according to dealers we spoke to.
The Beat diesel is powered by a 936 cc, 3-cylinder “Smartech” diesel engine that produces 58 PS of power at 4000 rpm and 150 Nm of torque at 1,750 rpm, mated to a five-speed manual transmission. The Beat diesel is supposed to have an ARAI-certified fuel consumption of 24 kmpl. Also read: Chevrolet Beat diesel first drive
The funky styling, bold contours, bike-inspired instrument cluster, good fit and finish and plush interiors will impress buyers. Chevrolet also offers a three-year maintenance package for about Rs. 18,000, which covers all kinds of maintenance on the car.
The Beat diesel’s value proposition is hard to ignore and has started getting other car makers to look at smaller and more efficient diesels for their hatchbacks. If you are looking for a four seater, diesel small car for your family, the Beat diesel is a good option.
Maruti Suzuki Ritz diesel – (3 weeks)
Maruti Suzuki Ritz diesel has an average waiting period of three weeks and may vary slightly depending on the variant and color you choose. The Ritz is priced in the range of Rs. 4.84 lakh – Rs. 5.39 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). For those of you, who trust the Maruti brand and want a car that has the same engine as the Swift, the Ritz is a good choice.
The Maruti Ritz is a tall-boy design with good interior space for tall occupants. The Ritz has features including central locking, front and rear fog lamps, child lock for rear doors, front seat pre-tensioner, ABS, EBD, tilt steering, steering mounted audio controls and keyless entry.
The Maruti Ritz uses the tried-and-tested, 1.3 litre, 4-cylinder, Fiat-derived multi-jet diesel engine. The Beat’s diesel engine is a derivative of this engine. The Ritz’s engine puts out 75 bhp of power and 190 Nm of torque, and has an ARAI-certified mileage of 21 kmpl.
Ford Figo diesel – (3 to 5 weeks)
Figo diesel has an average waiting period of three weeks, which could go up to five weeks depending on the variant and color you choose. The Figo diesel is priced in the Rs. 4.56 lakh – Rs. 5.19 lakh range (ex-showroom, Delhi).
The Figo diesel has a great value for money proposition. The Figo has features such as driver seat height adjustment, Bluetooth for mobile phone connectivity and music streaming, lane changing indicators, speed sensing volume controls, drive away locks, distance-to-empty meter and programmable keyless entry.
The Ford Figo is powered by a 1.4-litre diesel engine that puts out 68 bhp of power and 160 Nm of torque. This engine is well-suited to city driving conditions. The Figo has lots of space, especially for the rear passengers; the boot space is 284 litres and the relatively high mileage of 20 kmpl makes Figo an ‘all rounder’.
Tata Vista diesel – (3 weeks)
The average waiting period of the Vista diesel is 3 – 4 weeks depending on the variant and color you choose. The Vista diesel is priced ranging from Rs. 4.29 lakh to Rs. 6.06 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi).
The new Vista has been improved in terms of interiors, fit and finish, better steering feedback, easier clutch action and gear shifts. The new Vista is easy to drive in city and has superb ride quality for better comfort during long drives.
The Vista diesel has two engine variants – the 1.4-litre TDI, and the 1.3-litre Quadrajet. The 1.4 litre TDI turbo-diesel engine puts out 70 bhp of power and 135 Nm of torque. It’s offered on the LS and LX variants only, as this is not a Bharat Stage 4 (BS 4) compliant engine.
The 1.3-litre, Quadrajet, BS-IV compliant motor, sourced from Fiat makes 75 bhp of power and 190 Nm of torque. The Quadrajet engine version returns an ARAI-certified mileage of 22.3 kmpl. This is again a car that’s almost like the Maruti Swift in all aspects.
Fiat Grande Punto – (2 weeks)
The car that originally brought the 1.3-litre multijet engine to India, the Fiat Grande Punto, is available almost off-the-shelf at dealerships where stock is available. In cases where there is no stock, it can be made available in two-week’s time. The Punto diesel is priced between Rs. 5.17 lakh and Rs. 6.84 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi).
The Punto diesel suffers from poor after-sales service, as the relationship between Fiat and Tata (who services Fiat cars) is not really good. The car, though, is robust and is one of the best-looking in the segment.
Skoda Fabia diesel (2–3 weeks)
The Skoda Fabia has a waiting period of about two weeks and may vary slightly depending on the variant and color you choose. The Skoda Fabia diesel is priced in the range of Rs. 5.51 – Rs. 6.83 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi).
The Fabia is quite loaded with features such as ABS, dual airbags, keyless entry, alloy wheels, MP3 player and front fog lamps. It also features rear AC vents and a spacious rear seat.
The Fabia diesel is powered by the same 1.2-litre, three-cylinder diesel engine that powers the Polo, and delivers 75 bhp of power and 180Nm of torque. The ARAI-certified mileage of the Fabia diesel is 21 kmpl.
All other premium diesel hatchbacks have rather long waiting periods. The waiting period on the Volkswagen Polo diesel can go up to two months at some dealers. For the Hyundai i20, the waiting period is again about two months. If you are in a hurry for a compact diesel car, then these are the ones to pick from.