From the Celerio to the Kushaq, here are the most frugal cars currently on sale in India
Fuel prices are going sky high and the higher running costs are something, not every middle-class Indian can afford. While lower fuel economy makes petrol cars expensive to run per kilometre, the diesel iterations on the other hand demand a significant premium, hence increasing the initial ownership costs. Under these conditions, CNG is seen as a viable alternative but CNG cars too come with their own set of limitations.
For starters, the strong demand in the market has resulted in long waiting periods for the CNG vehicles in the market. In addition to this, CNG vehicles are not very practical as the cylinder in the boot occupies most of the usable space. Hence, after considering all these factors, buyers in the market are often seen hunting for a car that not only offers low running costs but is also affordable, and practical.
Most Fuel-Efficient Cars In India
Although there are a number of factors that affect the fuel economy figures of a car, here is a list of the top 10 cars currently on sale in the Indian market that boasts the best claimed ARAI mileage figures. In addition to this, do check the real-life fuel economy figures mentioned in the table below:
|Model||Claimed Mileage||Real-Life City mileage||Real Life Highway Mileage|
|Renault Kiger Turbo MT||20.53 kmpl||15.33kmpl||19kmpl|
|Tata Punch AMT||18.82kmpl||14.42kmpl||15.89kmpl|
|Volkswagen T-Roc DSG||NA||14.14kmpl||19.48kmpl|
|Tata Punch MT||18.97kmpl||13.86kmpl||17.08kmpl|
|Nissan Magnite Turbo-petrol CVT||17.7kmpl||13.6kmpl||18.34kmpl|
|Renault Kiger N.A.* AMT||20kmpl||13.54kmpl||19kmpl|
|Volkswagen Taigun 1.5-litre Turbo-petrol MT||18.47kmpl||13.47kmpl||18.48kmpl|
|Skoda Kushaq 1.5-litre Turbo-petrol MT||17.95kmpl||12.99kmpl||17.51kmpl|
|Renault Kiger Turbo-petrol CVT||18.24kmpl||12.88kmpl||17.02kmpl|
|Skoda Kushaq 1.5-litre Turbo-petrol DSG||17.7kmpl||12.72kmpl||16.68kmpl|
Maruti Suzuki India Launches India’s most fuel-efficient car ‘All-New Celerio’
Maruti Suzuki recently launched the next-gen Celerio that hosts a number of changes in the form of an updated platform,
a new engine to and redesigned interiors. In addition to this, the car also offers a fresh design language and a number of additional features that were previously not available on the economy hatchback.
From the front, the all-new Celerio steered away from its predecessor in terms of design and now flaunts a new design with bubble-like headlights that are joined by a chrome line and rounded grille. However, at the rear, the Celerio retains the softness in design but does feature many significant changes such as new taillights and a more rounded bumper.
The new Celerio is now based on the well-known Heartect platform and boasts larger dimensions as compared to the previous generation, thus improving overall space and making way for new interiors.
Step inside, and you will notice that the cabin is now more spacious and the dashboard gets a 7-inch touchscreen SmartPlay infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The seats are stitched in fine material and offer impressive comfort.
Under the hood, the car features a new K10C motor that has now replaced the older K10B motor. This K10C three-cylinder earned itself a special mention as it not only offers a commendable performance but is significantly more fuel-efficient than its predecessor.
In its latest avatar, this engine churns out 66bhp and 89 Nm of peak torque. While the buyers can opt for an optional 5-speed AMT gearbox, a standard 5-speed manual comes mated to this engine.
The new Celerio boasts a long list of other features and at the end of the day, it is offering a much more practical package to the buyers in the market who are looking for an affordable and reliable entry-level hatchback in the country.
How the Celerio became India’s most fuel-efficient petrol car
The Maruti Celerio was already one of the most fuel-efficient small hatchbacks in the country and came with a 1.0-L K10B motor that was renowned for its long-term reliability, performance, and commendable fuel efficiency. With the next-gen model, the brand is offering an upgraded 1.0-L K10C version. This new engine comes with a number of changes.
For starters, it gets dual VVT and dual injectors that help in improved combustion per cylinder stroke. Other prominent changes include integrated exhaust manifold and cooled Exhaust Gas Recirculation (EGR) system. This helps in improving the thermal efficiency of the motor and achieving higher compression ratios.
All these changes helped the brand extract maximum fuel economy from the engine. The petrol-powered Celerio now boasts a maximum ARAI claimed fuel economy of 26.68 kmpl and is currently the most fuel-efficient car in India.