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India’s most affordable diesel automatic cars on sale

Here are the cheapest 5 cars you can buy with the diesel - automatic combination

Inspite of narrowing gap between petrol and diesel prices, owners still prefer oil burners for monthly driving of over 2500km. Further, a lot of buyers out there want the convenience of an automatic as well - and this is what the article is all about. Here are India’s five diesel automatic cars with a low cost sticker price

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The demand for diesel cars has come down over the years but there is a sizeable chunk of buyers who want to opt for this fuel type due to varying reasons. These include high monthly mileage and/or the need for extra torque due to usage conditions. Likewise, a lot of prospective buyers want to opt for an automatic gearbox due to its sheer advantages and convenience.

But does this combination come at a really high cost? Thankfully no! Infact, here are five diesel automatic cars you can buy in India. The list includes one hatchback and two models each of sedan and SUV body type

Hyundai Grand i10 NIOS

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Price : Rs 8.36 lakh
Engine : 1186cc / 74 bhp
Type : AMT

The most affordable diesel automatic comes from Hyundai in the form of this mid-size hatchback. Only one trim of Sportz is on offer but is sufficiently loaded in terms of features. The 1.2-litre turbo diesel is known for linear torque delivery and extremely good fuel efficiency. Further on, the NIOS offers ample room for a family of five and this is complemented well by sorted dynamics. The NIOS is also a great urban car thanks to good visibility and light controls. Do note, the engine is mated to a 5-speed AMT or an automated manual transmission.

Hyundai Aura

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Price : Rs 8.41 - Rs 9.36 lakh
Engine : 1186cc / 74 bhp
Type : AMT

A few thousand rupees more expensive than the NIOS diesel automatic, the Aura comes across as a very good value deal. Do note, it has a relatively low starting price for the diesel-AT combination because Hyundai offers the Aura in a lower trim of S which has fewer features than the Sportz NIOS. Apart from that, the Aura makes use of the same 1.2-litre turbo diesel engine and gets the same 5-speed AMT (automated manual transmission) as well. Cabin space remains more or less similar but the added boot is an advantage for those who like to travel outstation more frequently. The Aura has a familiar front design apart from few tweaks but the rear is what is unconventional with a love it or hate it design. That said, the sticker price is unbeatable and this is recommended car for family buyers.

Tata Nexon

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Price : Rs 10.13 - 13.23 lakh
Engine : 1497cc / 108 bhp
Type : AMT

Next in line is the compact SUV from Tata Motors. The Nexon has been a success in India and is offered with an optional automatic with both the fuel types. For the diesel engine, AMT range starts at Rs 10.13 lakh, making it an extremely good proposition for buyers. Like most other low cost automatics, this one also makes use an AMT gearbox. The Nexon gets a 1.5-litre turbo diesel unit that generates 108 bhp of power and is good both performance and fuel economy. This is also among the safest cars on sale in India and the diesel AMT is offered across multiple trim levels, thereby making it viable for a variety of new car buyers.

Honda Amaze

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Price : Rs 11.15 lakh
Engine : 1498cc / 80 bhp
Type : CVT

Honda launched the updated 2021 Amaze few days back and it continues to come with an optional diesel automatic. However, this is now reserved for the top spec VX trim and is pricier than both the Aura and the Nexon. Further, Honda hiked prices for its diesel range by over a lakh and this has also contributed to the relatively high sticker price of Rs 11.15 lakh. That said, the Amaze diesel automatic is the only car in the list here to come with a proper automatic. CVT transmissions are known to provide the best in terms of urban runs. Gearshifts are extremely smooth and hence, overall driving pleasure remains high. If you can shell out extra, the Amaze CVT diesel will keep you satisfied in the long run.

Mahindra XUV300

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Price : Rs 11.17 - 13.33 lakh
Engine : 1497cc / 115 Bhp
Type : AMT

The last option in this list is the XUV300. We love the way it looks and drives - the 1.5 diesel produces a very healthy dose of power and torque and in the right hands, the XUV300 can be a hoot to drive. It also gets an AMT gearbox and though prices are higher than the Nexon, the XUV300 delivers with a good mix of style and features. The only limitation here is the smallest boot in the segment but apart from that, if you love driving, pick this one up!

Bunny Punia
Bunny Punia
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