Dynamic pricing or daily fuel revision, which kicked in on June 16, 2017, continues to give considerable heartburn to scores of motorists in India, on two-, three-, four and more set of wheels. As of April 3, 2018, in Mumbai, the petrol price was Rs 81.69 a litre and diesel Rs 68.89 a litre.
Buying a petrol car over a diesel one in India has its advantages – mainly the lower initial cost and comparatively better levels of refinement and NVH. With prices of diesel slowly achieving parity with petrol and the various recent international diesel emission scandals, the Indian industry is seeing a gradual shift towards petrol-engined cars.
Still, fuel efficiency is one of the most important factors an Indian consumer takes into account when buying a car. Here’s our list of the 10 most fuel-efficient petrol cars on sale in India today.
Though the figures quoted ahead are ARAI certified, they do not reflect real-world efficiency figures as those tests are conducted in the lab under ideal conditions.
1. Datsun Redigo - 25.17kpl
Datsun’s Redigo, when powered by the 54hp, 0.8-litre engine, shares the top spot with the identically equipped Renault Kwid. The brand has also introduced a 68hp, 1.0-litre model (ARAI fuel efficiency of 22.5kpl). The Redigo is priced at Rs 281,000 (on-road, Delhi). The automated version of the Redigo 1.0 has recently been introduced at Rs 381,000 (ex-showroom, Delhi) and it has the same fuel efficiency as its manual counterpart.
2. Renault Kwid - 25.17kpl
The rugged-looking Renault hatchback shares the 0.8-litre engine with the Redigo, and the same ARAI-rated fuel-efficiency figure. With a slightly more premium and spacious interiors, along with a touchscreen infotainment system on the top-spec trim, the Kwid's prices start at Rs 267,000 (ex-showroom, Delhi).
3. Maruti Alto 800 - 24.7kpl
There’s a good reason why the Alto 800 is one of India’s most popular small cars – its starting price of Rs 251,000 (ex-showroom, Delhi), its fuel efficiency and Maruti’s extensive service network. The 48hp, 796cc motor helps the lightweight car post the third-best fuel efficiency figure on this list.
4. Maruti Alto K10 - 24.07kpl
It is a better-looking and more upmarket version of the Alto 800 and comes with a 68hp, 1.0-litre engine. It has a price tag starting at Rs 330,000 (ex-showroom, Delhi). It also comes with an automatic variant that is claimed to be just as fuel efficient as the manual.
5. Tata Tiago - 23.84kpl
Priced from Rs 326,000 (ex-showroom, Delhi), the Tiago comes with an 85hp, 1.2-litre engine. An AMT version is also on offer. A performance version and an all-electric version of the hatchback were showcased recently at Auto Expo 2018.
6. Tata Nano GenX - 23.6kpl
It is the most affordable car in India with prices starting at Rs 228,000 (ex-showroom, Delhi). It is powered by a 38hp, 624cc engine.
7. Maruti Celerio - 23.1kpl
Priced from Rs 420,000 (ex-showroom, Delhi), the 68hp, 1.0-litre three-cylinder motor is shared with the Alto K10 and an AMT transmission is also an option.
8. Maruti Dzire - 22kpl
Powered by an 83hp, 1.2-litre petrol engine the Dzire is the largest-selling compact sedan for many reasons. It retails at a starting price of Rs 556,000 (ex-showroom, Delhi).
9. Maruti Baleno - 21.4kpl
Baleno prices start at Rs 536,000 (ex-showroom, Delhi). It runs on an 84hp, 1.2-litre engine and the Baleno RS with the 102hp, 1.0-litre engine has an ARAI-certified fuel efficiency figure of 21.1kpl.
10. Hyundai Eon (0.8-litre) - 21.1kpl
Hyundai’s Eon is powered by a 56hp, 814cc motor. Prices start at Rs 330,000 (ex-showroom, Delhi). For reference, the 69hp, 1.0-litre engine gets a rating of 20.3kpl.
Also read: India's Top 10 fuel efficient diesel cars