Hyundai just launched the Alcazar 7-seater SUV. It competes against the Tata Safari and MG Hector Plus. Hyundai claims that the Alcazar returns the best fuel efficiency in the segment. Hyundai claims that the 1.5-litre of Alcazar when mated to a manual gearbox should return the best fuel efficiency of 20.4 kmpl as per ARAI. Well, here is a video that shows whether the Alcazar is able to return the claimed fuel efficiency.
The video is uploaded on YouTube by Bunny Punia. First, the SUV’s fuel tank was filled till the auto cut. Then all the multi-information display regarding the fuel economy was reset. The fuel economy run was done with air conditioning set at 22 degrees.
The fuel efficiency run was done at a highway. The Alcazar was set to a speed of 85 kmph using cruise control. Another benefit of driving at 85 kmph is that the SUV in sixth gear, the engine’s rpm are at 1,750 which is relatively low. This helps in boosting fuel efficiency.
After covering 42.4 km, the multi-information display showed that the Alcazar’s diesel engine is using 4.7 litres of fuel for every 100 km. This translates to a fuel efficiency of 21 kmpl. This figure is already better than what Hyundai claims with ARAI fuel efficiency. The host also faced some traffic, tolls and they had to take a U-turn also. So, the fuel efficiency can still be improved.
After covering 100 km, the MID shows a fuel efficiency figure dropped to 4.4 litres of fuel for every 100 km. So, the fuel efficiency increased to 22.7 kmpl. The fuel efficiency improved when they had covered 125 km. The engine was now returning 23.2 kmpl. Then the speed was increased and after 150 km the Alcazar was still returning 23.2 kmpl.
The SUV was taken to the same fuel pump and the same dispenser. The multi-information display showed a fuel efficiency of 4.3 litres per 100 km which translates to 23.2 kmpl. The SUV had covered a total distance of 256 km. Then the fuel was filled again till auto cut.
The fuel tank took 11.15 litres of diesel. So, when you divide 256.9 kilometres with 11.15 litres, the fuel efficiency comes to 23.04 kmpl. The fuel efficiency figure is better than what Hyundai claims. Also, the fuel efficiency is quite good considering that Alcazar is a 7-seater SUV.
The diesel engine on the Alcazar is the same one that is found in the Hyundai Creta and other Kia and Hyundai models. Hyundai says that they have retuned the engine to handle the added weight. However, the engine outputs remain unchanged.
So, the 1.5-litre diesel engine produces 115 Ps of max power and 250 Nm of peak torque. The engine is offered with a 6-speed manual gearbox and a 6-speed torque converter automatic gearbox.
You can also opt for a 2.0-litre naturally aspirated petrol engine that produces a class-leading power output of 159 PS and a peak torque output of 192 Nm. This engine is also offered with a 6-speed manual gearbox and a 6-speed torque converter automatic gearbox. Hyundai claims a fuel efficiency figure of 14.5 kmpl when mated to a manual gearbox.