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Surprisingly there is only one Maruti Suzuki in the list of the most efficient petrol sedans in the country. Following up to our list on efficient petrol hatch backs, the sedans are represented by Maruti Suzuki,Toyota, Hyundai, Honda and Ford. We would be coming up with similar list for the diesel hatchbacks and sedans too in the next week.
Maruti Suzuki Dzire
The Dzire is the highest selling sedan in India and it sells on an average 15000 units a month. The Dzire is also the only sedan to feature in the 10 highest selling cars in the country per month. The second generation Dzire is also the most fuel efficient petrol car in India and it’s the value and practicality that it provides which has made it the success that it is. Prices for the Dzire start from Rs 5.41 to Rs 7.13lakhs ex-showroom New Delhi.
The Dzire is basically the Swift but to differentiate the two cars Maruti has used a slatted grille and the air dam on the front bumper is wider while the casings for the fog lights are larger. The rear door is a bit bigger and this time around the boot is better merged with the rest of the body. From the rear theDzire looks like a notchback. The cabin is the same as the Swift with use of beige plastics and compared to the first gen Dzire the sedan now has better space. The dashboard has wood-grain inserts but the boot space is limited.
The 1.2-litre, 16 valve, K-Series petrol engine with twin overhead cam produces 85PS and 113Nm of torque@4600rpm. The all aluminium engine is free revving and has an ARAI claimed 19.1kmpl fuel efficiency which is the highest for a petrol sedan in our country. Acceleration to 100kmph takes under 15seconds and matched to the engine is a 5 speed manual gearbox. The Dzire rides on MacPherson struts at the front and a torsion beam at the rear. Ride and handling are above average.
The Etios may not be of any particular interest to those with a passion for driving but for someone looking for a reliable, spacious reasonably well built and frugal petrol sedan, the Etios would definitely be featured. The Etios is made specifically for markets like ours and with a claimed fuel efficiency of 17.6kmpl it is the 2nd most fuel efficient petrol sedan in the country. The Etios is the cheapest Toyota sedan not only in India but internationally and prices start from Rs 6.09 to Rs8.23 lakhs ex-showroom New Delhi.
TheEtios is a boring car to look at but is well proportioned nevertheless with some creases and curves. The grille is typical of Toyota, front headlamps are small and the tail lamps are boring. The boot is flat and on it is a chrome strip. The build qualities of the interiors disappoint especially with the plastic used and the instrument panel has a semi-circular speedo with a tachometer placed at the centre of the dashboard. The central console has two vertically mounted air con vents, there is a flat bottomed steering and we aren’t particularly fond of the seat fabric used. Ergonomics however are spot on and storage spaces and interior room is excellent. The fully loaded variant comes with power steering, central locking, power windows, alloy wheels, front fog lamps, dual front airbags, ABS with EBD, a 2DIN CD, steering mounted controls, leather wrapped steering and side skirts.
The Etios uses a 1.5-litre, twin cam, 4-valve petrol engine producing 90PS and 132Nm. The Etios weighs only 930kgs and has an ARAI certified 17.6kmpl fuel efficiency. Power delivery is linear, torque spread is broad and the sedan reaches 100kmph in under 12seconds. The engine is matched to a 5 speed manual gearbox and the sedan rides on MacPherson struts on the front and a torsion beam axle at the rear. The ride quality is excellent and the handling isn’t bad either.
Hyundai Verna Fluid 1.4
ThisHyundai bestseller offers more than just it obvious good looks. The Verna like the Eon represents a new Hyundai which is ready to take on the Japanese and the Europeans by matching them in terms of engineering and design and build quality is steadily improving as well. With a claimed 17.5kmpl the Verna 1.4 is also the third most fuel efficient petrol sedan in the market and is priced at Rs 8lakhs ex-showroom New Delhi.
The styling showcases a confident Hyundai and it seems with the Fluidic Design Language Hyundai has found its mojo. Built on an all-new platform at the front are the large and angular headlights that cut deep into the fenders and bonnet. There are lots of creases and curves and one of the best design elements on the Verna Fluid are the ‘L’-shaped fog lights on the front bumper. From the side you see the rising shoulder line and the sloping roof gives it a coupe like look. The rear has chrome-tipped twin tailpipes and the tail lamps are nicely put together as well. The stylish cabin has a stylish dash and the centre console is well designed. Another good addition is the white backlighting for the dials. The build quality and the material used has improved from before and the steering wheel is borrowed from the i20. The cabin is airy and both front and rear passengers get good leg and head room. The 1.4 variant however doesn’t get ABS, airbags and rear discs.
The 1.4 -litre, 4 cylinder petrol motor develops 108PS and 135Nm and while the performance isn’t anything exceptional, the Verna’s engine is frugal with a claimed ARAI fuel efficiency of 17.5kmpl. Matched to the engine is a 5 speed manual gearbox and the sedan rides on MacPherson struts at the front with a torsion bar at the rear. The ride is one of the strengths of the Verna but the handling isn’t as good as on some of its competitors.
Ford had really hoped that the Fiesta would be able to build on the success of the Figo. That wasn’t to be the case and theFiesta failed to live up to the expectations. The Fiesta is a global car and is well put together and now in its 6th generation, the Fiesta has been a success internationally. With an ARAI claimed 17kmpl the Fiesta is also the 4th entry in our list of the most fuel efficient petrol sedans in India. Prices for the Fiesta are between 8.27 to Rs 11.25 lakhs ex-showroom New Delhi.
The Fiesta uses Ford’s ‘Kinetic Design’ philosophy and the slim headlamps look attractive and so does the signature trapezoidal grille. The wheel arches are prominent with an upwardly sweeping shoulder line and rising waistline. The sedan has sharp cuts but at the rear it looks a bit awkward. The cabin has a ‘wing-like’ dashboard with a large screen and the dash has soft-touch material. The centre console too is interestingly designed with black and silver trim. The cabin however feels cramped and the space at the rear is less. In terms of features though the Fiesta sets a benchmark and the fully loaded variant gets electronic climate control, steering-mounted audio controls, ABS with EBD, dual front airbags, power windows all around, voice control system which allows you to control climate, audio and even make phone calls, cruise control, reverse parking sensors, alloy wheels, fog lamps and steering mounted controls.
The 1.6-litre Duratec engine produces 109PS and 140Nm and revs enthusiastically to 6500rpm. With a fuel efficiency of 17kmpl it accelerates to 100kmph in around 13seconds. The top speed is nearly 200kmph and torque is available across the rev range. Built on the B2E platform the sedan uses independent MacPherson struts at the front along with semi independent twist beam at the rear. The ride and handling is class leading and the Fiesta impresses us with its dynamic ability.
The weight for Honda’s diesel engine has started in India. There would be a few Honda cars which would make use of the diesel engine but Honda’s real expertise lie in their petrol motors. The 1.2-litre engine on the Jazz and the Brio and the 1.5-litre i-VTEC engine on the City are regarded as some of the finest and the City with a fuel efficiency of 16.7kmpl is the 5th most fuel efficient petrol sedan in India. The Honda City is priced at Rs 8.26 to Rs11.01 lakhs ex-showroom New Delhi.
Despite being in the market for a while the Honda City remains one of the best designed sedans. The City has a big chrome front grille with ‘parallelogram headlamps’ and with the facelift given to it earlier this year the sedan gets restyled front and rear bumpers. The 10 spoke alloy wheels were added in 2012 and the sedan has an attractive and athletic stance. The wheel arches are muscular and the build quality is good too. The cabin is in beige, the centre console panel uses chrome fittings and feature list is strong as well. Front and rear passengers have enough space at their disposal and the ergonomics are excellent.
The 1.5-litre i-VTEC engine produces 118PS and 146 Nm. This is the most refined petrol motor in its class and uses a low and high switchover valve for better power delivery across the rev range. Delivering 16.7kmpl this 16-valve engine accelerates to 100kmph in under 11seconds and matched to the engine is a 5 speed manual gearbox. The City uses McPherson Struts with Stabilizer and Coil.