After the rise in petrol prices, the automobile sector is facing hard time in making up to the previous sales figures. Many people are considering buying diesel cars than petrol cars due to high prices of the fuel. This has resulted in a sudden rise in the demand of diesel cars. Here is a list of top 5 cheapest diesel cars available in India for those who wish to change their car preferences from petrol to diesel.
Price: Rs. 570,000(eV2 LS) to Rs. 612,000 (eV2 LX) (On-Road Mumbai)
Mileage: 15.3, 19.3, 25(city, highway, Arai)
The cheapest diesel car today in India, the Tata Indica eV2 is designed for those who are on an extremely tight budget. Its different variants are priced between INR 570,000 and INR 612,000 on road price for Mumbai. Tata Indica eV2 is powered by a refined 1,396 cc, CR4 engine which is capable of generating 70 PS of power at 4000 rpm and maximum torque of 140 nm at 1800-3000 rpm. It is surely a fuel-efficient car as it returns a mileage of 20 kmpl in the city conditions and 25 kmpl on highway. The cheapest variant of Tata Indica eV2 is the L variant which has no power steering and no air-conditioning. Nevertheless, it comes with some safety features like fog lamps, central locking with remote, collapsible steering column, etc.
Maruti Suzuki Celerio
Price: Rs. 570,000 (LDi M/T) to Rs. 697,000 (ZDi (O) MT) (On-Road Mumbai)
Mileage: 16.7, 20.9, 27.6(city, highway, Arai)
Equipped with some amazing features and the best of technology, the Celerio VDi is a new hatchback diesel car launched by Maruti Suzuki. It is one of the the most fuel-efficient car in the country, followed by Swift Dzire and Ciaz that claims to return mileage of 27.62kmpl. The car is powered by 793cc, 2-cylinder, DDiS12, Turbocharged diesel engine which produces maximum power of 47 bhp @ 3500 rpm and peak torque of 125 nm @ 2000 rpm. Priced at INR 5.7 lakh, some of the key features of Maruti Suzuki Celerio VDi include central locking, adjustable driver seat, steering adjustment, steering mounted control and rear wiper.
Chevrolet Beat PS Diesel
Price: Rs. 624,000(1.0 PS) to Rs. 771,000(1.0 LT) (On-Road Mumbai)
Mileage: 16, 19.1, 25.44(city, highway, Arai)
Known as the ‘most fuel efficient’ hatchback, Chevrolet Beat PS Diesel is yet another budget-friendly diesel car in the country. Available in four different variants, Chevrolet Beat is priced between INR 6.24 lakh and INR 7.71 lakh. This small diesel car is powered by a 1.0 litre, 3-cylinder, XSDE Smartech engine which can churn out 57.4 bhp of power and 150 nm of highest torque. Being a fuel-efficient car, Chevrolet Beat PS Diesel returns a mileage of 25.4 kmpl which is very competitive. Beside the pricing and high fuel economy, one of the major selling aspects of the car is its elegant design. Also, the car comes with AC and electronic power steering, making it a ‘value for money’ diesel car.
Ford Figo 1.4 Duratorq LXI
Price: Rs. 642,000(1.4 LXI Duratec) to Rs. 799,000(1.4 Titanium Duratec) (On-Road Mumbai)
Mileage: 14.1, 18.5, 19.5(city, highway, Arai)
Ford automaker created a stir in auto industry with the launch of its only offering in the hatchback segment, the Ford Figo. Ford Figo’s popular variant, Ford Figo 1.4 Duratorq LXI is one of the most desirable hatchbacks today. Relatively more spacious than the Beat, the Figo LXI is powered by a refined 1.4 litre, diesel engine which is capable of generating 68 bhp of power and 160 nm of maximum torque. In terms of fuel economy, this diesel car is nowhere less than other hatchbacks and delivers a mileage of 20 kmpl. With some fundamental features like pre installed stereo wiring, AC and power steering, Ford Figo 1.4 Duratorq LXI is one of the best value of money cars in the market.
Maruti Suzuki Ritz LDi
Price: Rs. 655,000(JDi) to Rs. 766,000(ZDi) (On-Road Mumbai)
Mileage: 14.6, 19.3, 23.20(city, highway, Arai)
Maruti Suzuki Ritz is the only offering by automaker under the range of INR 5.5 lakh, that too in diesel segment. The Ritz LDI sports a 1,248 cc, 4-cylinder, DDiS diesel engine that churns out 74 bhp of power and 190 nm of torque and returns a mileage of 21.1 kmpl. Given the exterior, this fuel-efficient car gets adjustable outside rear view mirrors, body colored bumpers and wheel hub caps. It has a tall boy design which gives a feeling of space. The Ritz LDI is a strong contender because of cheap maintenance and high performance which makes it a ‘safe buy’ among small diesel cars.