When it comes to fuel efficiency, ‘Kitna deti hai?, is one question that is on the lips of almost every car buyer in India. No wonder then, that, fuel mileage of a car goes on to play a very important role in a car’s success. Here, in this post, we take a look at the mileage kings of India. Basically, we have picked the top two most fuel-efficient cars from every segment.
The Tata Nano made a lot of news for being the cheapest car in the world. In India, the Nano is positioned slightly below the likes of Alto 800. Its small size, attractive price points, and a small twin-cylinder engine are among the highlights of this car. Powered by a twin-cylinder 624-cc engine that outputs 37.5 bhp, the Tata Nano GenX manages to output a max. fuel mileage of 25.4 kmpl. On the other hand, the Maruti Alto 800, which has been the segment-leader since time immemorial, isn’t far behind and offers 25.2 kmpl.
Tata Tiago Diesel
Here’s another Tata car that dominates the segment in terms of fuel efficiency. The Tiago’s biggest advantage is that it offers both petrol and diesel engine options. Moreover, the base petrol model is only slightly costlier than the base WagonR. This makes the Tiago a great value-for-money proposition. Its diesel engine offers an ARAI mileage of 27.3 kmpl, which makes it the most fuel-efficient car in the segment. The Tiago D is powered by a 1.05-litre turbo-diesel engine that offers 69 bhp. The Alto K10, with 24.1 kmpl from its petrol engine, is a distant second.
Maruti Swift Diesel
Maruti has always been the real mileage king of India. Its cars are known to offer a stellar mileage. The most fuel-efficient car in the company’s stable is the new Maruti Swift diesel. With a mileage of 28.4 kmpl, it’s clearly in a class of its own. Powering the Swift D is a Fiat-sourced 1.3-litre Multijet diesel engine that outputs 75 PS of max power. The second most fuel-efficient car in this price segment is the Ignis diesel. The Ignis shares its platform and the engine with the Swift and hence, manages to offer a pretty high mileage, too. The Ignis D offers an impressive 26.8 kmpl.
Maruti Baleno Diesel
The Maruti Baleno hatchback is easily the most successful premium hatchback ever. There’s really a lot going for this car. It offers a good ride, a comfortable cabin, many features, and comes at an attractive price point. However, a big role in its success is played by the high fuel mileage it offers. With a fuel efficiency of 27.4 kmpl, the Baleno is only a little less fuel efficient than the Swift. By the way, the Baleno and the Swift share the same engine and platform. They even have the same kerb weight of 985 KGs. However, the Baleno is a slightly stronger performer and hence, offers marginally lesser FE. The second-most fuel-efficient car in this segment is the Honda Jazz, which offers 27.3 kmpl.
Maruti Dzire Diesel
With an ARAI-tested mileage of 28.4 kmpl, the Dzire is the most fuel-efficient entry-level sedan in the country. It is powered by the same engine as the new Swift. Both the cars are based on the new HEARTECT platform and even weigh the same! Hence, it doesn’t come as a surprise that the latest Dzire is as fuel-efficient as its hatchback sibling. Like we said, powering the Dzire Diesel is the same 1.3-litre 75 PS motor that powers the Swift. The second most fuel-efficient car in this segment is the Honda Amaze diesel, which offers a peak mileage of 25.8 kmpl.
Maruti Ciaz Diesel
The Ciaz is powered by a slightly more powerful version of the 1.3-litre turbo-diesel engine that powers the Dzire. For the Ciaz, the VGT-equipped Fiat-sourced Multijet engine offers a maximum power of 90 PS. In spite of being more powerful, the Ciaz manages to offer a peak mileage of 28.1 kmpl, which is only marginally lower than what the Dzire and the Swift offer. This is mostly because of the fuel-saving SHVS tech that comes as standard across all the trims of the Ciaz diesel. The second most fuel-efficient car in this segment is the City Diesel with a mileage of 25.6 kmpl.
With an ARAI-tested mileage of 22.5 kmpl, the latest Hyundai Elantra is the most frugal car in its segment. It’s powered by a 1.6-litre turbo diesel engine that outputs 128 PS. The latest-gen Elantra looks really handsome, offers a comfortable cabin, has a long list of features, and has been priced attractively. The high fuel mileage also helps in making this D-segmenter sufficiently popular. The second most fuel-efficient car in this segment is the Corolla Altis, which comes with a much less powerful engine that offers a slightly lower mileage of 21.3 kmpl.
Honda W-RV Diesel
With an ARAI-tested mileage of 25.5 kmpl, the W-RV is the most frugal sub-4m crossover you can buy in the country. Based on the Jazz, the W-RV is essentially a more rugged version of the internationally well-received hatchback. However, Honda has suitably modified the exterior to give it a bold, SUV-ish look. It’s powered by a 1.5-litre turbo-diesel engine that outputs 100 PS. The second-most frugal car in this segment is the recently unveiled Ford Freestyle, which offers 24.4 kmpl.
Maruti Vitara Brezza Diesel
The Vitara Brezza gets the same 1.3-litre turbo diesel engine that powers the Ciaz. However, it misses out on the SHVS tech. That said, an ARAI-certified mileage of 24.3 kmpl makes it the most frugal sub-4m SUV in the country. Like we said, powering the Brezza is a VGT-equipped Fiat-sourced Multijet engine that offers a maximum power of 90 PS. At 24 kmpl, the Nexon diesel is the second-most sub-4m SUV you can buy.
The S-Cross offers an ARAI-test mileage of 24 kmpl, which makes it the most frugal SUV in its segment. Powering the S-Cross is the same 90 PS 1.3-litre Fiat-sourced engine that powers the Ciaz and the Brezza. It even comes with the SHVS fuel-saving start-stop tech. The next most fuel-efficient SUV in this segment is the Honda B-RV, which offers a peak mileage of 21.9 kmpl.
Powered by a 2.2-litre turbo-diesel engine that outputs a maximum power of 120 PS, the Scorpio is the most fuel-efficient SUV in its segment. Helping the Scorpio offer a respectable mileage is the Smart Hybrid idle start-stop technology. The next most fuel-efficient SUV in this segment is the Tata Safari, which offers 14 kmpl. The Safari also offers a 2.2-litre turbo-diesel engine. However, it offers a higher power of 142 PS and hence, ends up being slightly less frugal.
Powered by a 142 PS version of the 2.2-litre turbo diesel engine, the XUV500 offers an ARAI-rated fuel efficiency of 14.4 kmpl. The XUV500 has been the best-selling SUV in its price segment for a long time now and the decent fuel economy it offers goes on to play a major role in its success. Even the Tata Hexa, which is a direct rival to the XUV500, offers an ARAI-tested fuel mileage of 14.4 kmpl.
Toyota Fortuner Diesel
The Toyota Fortuner has been the most successful large SUV in India for many years now. The latest-generation Fortuner comes with a 2.8-litre turbo diesel engine that outputs 176 PS of maximum power. It offers an ARAI-tested 14.2 kmpl, which is only marginally lower than what the much cheaper and less powerful XUV500 offers. The next most fuel-efficient SUV in this segment is the Isuzu M-UX, which offers an ARAI-tested mileage of 13.8 kmpl.
Mahindra Thar DI 4×2
We have some excellent models like the Isuzu V-Cross and Mahindra Thar in the lifestyle segment of our car market. However, the V-Cross offers only 12.4 kmpl. Even the Mahindra Scorpio Getaway and the Tata Nexon offer only 15.4 kmpl and 16 kmpl, respectively. Hence, the most fuel-efficient offering in this segment is the Mahindra Thar DI 4×2, with an ARAI-certified mileage of 18.06 kmpl. Powering this variant of the Thar is a 2.5-litre turbo diesel engine that outputs 64 PS. Next in line is the Force Gurkha with 17 kmpl.