Get ready to rev up your engines in 2023 and explore the best diesel cars in India! Even with global pollution concerns, these torque monsters on a budget offer an unbeatable experience. Our curated list showcases economic wonders and high-mileage champs, ideal for budget-conscious drivers with soaring fuel prices.
From city roads to highways, these cutting-edge diesel engines shine bright. Say hello to the top contenders in the Indian auto market as we bring you the cream of the crop for an exhilarating driving experience. Let’s hit the road with these efficient and powerful diesel vehicles without further ado!
|Model||Body Type||Fuel Type||Mileage||Ex-showroom Price||Used Car Price|
|Tata Altroz||Petrol & Diesel||Hatchback||18.05 km/l for petrol and 23.64 km/l for diesel||₹6.60 lakh onwards||₹5.14 lakh onwards|
|Kia Sonet||Diesel, Petrol, CNG||SUV||18.4 km/l (Petrol), 23.9 km/l (Diesel), 26.5 km/l (CNG)||₹11.30 lakh onwards||₹9.87 lakh onwards|
|Tata Nexon||Diesel, Petrol||SUV||24.07 km/l (Petrol), 27.5 km/l (Diesel)||₹7.60 lakh onwards||₹6.54 lakh onwards|
|Mahindra Thar||Petrol, Diesel||SUV||15.2 km/l (Diesel)/ 12 km/l (Petrol)||₹13.59 lakh onwards||₹7.83 lakh onwards|
|Hyundai Creta||Petrol, Diesel||SUV||17 km/l (Petrol), 21 km/l (Diesel)||₹10.87 lakh onwards||₹7.6 lakh onwards|
|Mahindra Scorpio N||Petrol/Diesel||SUV||14 km/l (Petrol)/18 km/l (Diesel)||₹11.99 lakh onwards||₹8 lakh onwards|
|Mahindra XUV700||Petrol/Diesel||SUV||15 km/l (Petrol)/17 km/l (Diesel)||₹14.50 lakh onwards||₹13.10 lakh onwards|
|Hyundai Venue||Diesel, Petrol||SUV||20.1 km/l (Petrol), 23.4 km/l (Diesel)||₹7.68 lakh onwards||₹6.95 lakh onwards|
|Maruti Grand Vitara||SUV||Petrol, CNG||27 km/l (Petrol), 26 km/kg (CNG)||₹10.45 lakh onwards||₹7.40 lakh onwards|
|Hyundai Alcazar||Diesel||SUV||14.5 – 20.4 km/l||₹20.09 lakh onwards||₹18.38 lakh onwards|
Discover the ultimate blend of power and efficiency with the Tata Altroz, earning its title as one of the finest diesel cars in India. Embrace the thrill of driving with its remarkable 1.5L diesel engine, boasting an impressive 24 km/l mileage, commanding 108 bhp power output, and a robust 200 Nm of torque. The 6-speed manual or automatic transmission ensures seamless gear shifts, elevating your driving pleasure to new heights.
Not only does the Altroz excel in performance, but it also accommodates five passengers comfortably with its spacious seating capacity. Choose the perfect harmony of affordability and high performance with the Tata Altroz, and embark on an unparalleled driving experience that leaves a lasting impression.
Ex-showroom Price (Delhi): ₹6.60 lakh onwards
Used Car Price: ₹5.14 lakh onwards
|Engine||1.2L petrol, 1.5L diesel|
|Mileage||19 km/l (petrol), 24 km/l (diesel)|
|Fuel type||Petrol, Diesel|
|Max power||86 bhp, 108 bhp (turbo petrol), 88 bhp (diesel)|
|Max torque||113 Nm, 140 Nm (turbo petrol), 200 Nm (diesel)|
|Android Auto and Apple CarPlay|
|The 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system|
Check out our collection of used Tata Altroz cars in India.
The Kia Sonet, launched in India in 2020, boasts a powerful 1,500 cc diesel engine, churning out an impressive 115 bhp and 250 Nm of torque. With both manual and automatic transmission options, this subcompact SUV offers versatility and performance on the road. Its key specifications showcase a balanced mix of fuel efficiency and power, with a commendable 23.9 km/l mileage.
The Sonet’s stylish design and feature-packed interior make it an excellent choice for those seeking a comfortable and performance-driven ride. As one of the best diesel cars in India, the Kia Sonet stands tall, promising an exhilarating driving experience with its powerful diesel engine and ample torque delivery.
Ex-showroom Price (Delhi): ₹11.30 lakh onwards
Used Car Price: ₹9.87 lakh onwards
|Maximum Power||118 bhp (Petrol), 115 bhp (Diesel), 82 bhp (CNG)|
|Maximum Torque||172 Nm (Petrol), 250 Nm (Diesel), 122 Nm (CNG)|
|Engine/Battery Pack||1.2L turbo-charged Petrol, 1.5L Diesel, 1.2L CNG|
|Fuel Type||Diesel, Petrol, CNG|
|Transmission||6 & 7-speed Automatic, 5 & 6-speed Manual|
|Mileage/ Driving Range||18.4 km/l (Petrol), 23.9 km/l (Diesel), 26.5 km/l (CNG)|
|Bose sound system|
|Anti-lock Braking System|
|Automatic Climate Control|
|The 10.25-inch touchscreen infotainment system|
Check out our collection of used Kia Sonet cars in India.
The Tata Nexon, a formidable 1,200 cc SUV, stands out with its muscular exterior and impressive diesel specs. The Diesel variant packs a punch with an 85 bhp power output and a torque of 190 Nm, making it one of the best diesel cars in India. Paired with a 6-speed manual transmission, it offers a thrilling driving experience.
This SUV doesn’t compromise on comfort either. With seating for five passengers and premium features, the Nexon ensures a delightful journey for all. Safety is a top priority, as evidenced by its 5-star rating from G-NCAP, providing peace of mind. What’s more, the Nexon proves its efficiency on the road. The Diesel variant boasts an impressive mileage of 27.5 km/l, making it an ideal choice for those seeking both power and fuel economy.
Ex-showroom Price (Delhi): ₹7.60 lakh onwards
Used Car Price: ₹6.54 lakh onwards
|Maximum Power||118.35 bhp (Petrol), 85 bhp (Diesel)|
|Maximum Torque||170 Nm (Petrol), 190 Nm (Diesel)|
|Engine/Battery Pack||1.2L Revotron Turbocharged (Petrol), 1.5L Revotorq Turbocharged (Diesel)|
|Fuel Type||Diesel, Petrol|
|Transmission||6-speed manual, 6-speed AMT|
|Mileage/ Driving Range||24.07 km/l (Petrol), 27.5 km/l (Diesel)|
|ABS and EBD|
|Dual front airbags|
|Rear parking sensors|
|7-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay|
Check out our collection of used Tata Nexon cars in India.
The second-generation Mahindra Thar shines as a highly sought-after off-road marvel in India, delivering an exceptional driving experience. Among its exceptional features, the diesel variant stands tall, boasting a powerful 2.2L turbocharged engine that roars with 130 bhp of power and an impressive 300 Nm of torque. This beastly diesel engine ensures remarkable performance on any terrain.
The Thar comes standard with a 6-speed manual gearbox, and for those seeking more ease, a 6-speed automatic transmission is also available. With a seating capacity of 5 and a spacious boot space of 433L, the Mahindra Thar Diesel proves to be the ultimate choice for adventurers, blending power, performance, and versatility effortlessly.
Ex-showroom Price (Delhi): ₹13.59 lakh onwards
Used Car Price: ₹7.83 lakh onwards
|Engine||2.2L Turbocharged (Diesel)/2.0L Turbocharged (Petrol)|
|Maximum Power||150 bhp (Petrol)/ 118 bhp (Diesel)|
|Maximum Torque||300 Nm/320 Nm|
|Transmission||6-speed Manual, 6-speed Automatic|
|Mileage||15.2 km/l (Diesel) / 12 km/l (Petrol)|
|4 Wheel Drive System|
|Multi-function steering wheel|
|Waterproof Touchscreen Infotainment|
|Apple CarPlay & Android Auto|
|Dual Front Airbags|
|ABS with EBD|
Check out our collection of used Mahindra Thar cars in India.
The Hyundai Creta stands tall as one of India’s finest SUVs, and its Diesel variant truly shines. With a powerful 1.5L U2 CRDi engine, this SUV delivers 113 bhp and an impressive 250 Nm of torque, ensuring a thrilling drive. Safety is paramount, with ABS, six airbags, and all-wheel disk brakes to keep you secure on the road.
Beyond performance and safety, the Creta pampers you with cooled seats, a cabin air purifier, and a premium Bose sound system. Its 5-seater capacity and 433L boot space offer ample room for adventures. Affordably priced with premium features, the Hyundai Creta Diesel hits all the right notes for Indian consumers. Whether you’re cruising city streets or venturing off-road, this SUV delivers a reliable and enjoyable experience, making it one of the best diesel cars in India today.
Ex-showroom Price (Delhi): ₹10.87 lakh onwards
Used Car Price: ₹7.6 lakh onwards
|Engine||1.5L MPi/ 1.4L Turbo GDi /1.5L U2 CRDi|
|Maximum Power||113 bhp/158bhp|
|Maximum Torque||250 Nm/253 Nm|
|Transmission||6/7 Speed [Manual, Automatic (DCT), Automatic (CVT), Automatic (TC)]|
|Mileage||17 km/l (Petrol) / 21 km/l (Diesel)|
|Elegant dual-tone interior|
|Stunning panoramic sunroof|
|8-speaker Bose sound system|
Check out our collection of used Hyundai Creta cars in India.
The Mahindra Scorpio-N, the latest generation of the popular SUV, stands out as one of the best diesel cars in India. Powered by a 2.2L 4-cylinder turbocharged diesel engine, it delivers a mighty 172.45 bhp and an impressive 400 Nm of torque. With options for both manual and automatic transmissions, this powerhouse offers a thrilling drive on the road.
For adventure enthusiasts, select variants offer an optional 4-Wheel Drive system with terrain response modes and low ratio, perfect for tackling challenging terrains. But the Scorpio-N isn’t just about power—it comes loaded with luxury features like an electric sunroof, dual-zone climate control, and a JBL audio system with a subwoofer. With a seating capacity of 7 and a mileage of 18 km/l (diesel), the Mahindra Scorpio-N combines performance and comfort, making it a top choice among Mahindra cars in India.
Ex-showroom Price (Delhi): ₹11.99 lakh onwards
Used Car Price: ₹8 lakh onwards
|Engine||2.0L/2.2L 4-cylinder, turbocharged|
|Maximum Power||172.45 bhp|
|Maximum Torque||400 Nm|
|Transmission||6-speed manual, 6-speed automatic|
|Fuel Type||Petrol, Diesel|
|Mileage||14 km/l (Petrol) / 18 km/l (Diesel)|
|4 Wheel Drive System|
Check out our collection of used Mahindra Scorpio-N cars in India.
The Mahindra XUV700 stands as one of India’s most sought-after cars, and the Diesel variant shines with exceptional specs. Powered by a robust 2.2L diesel engine, it delivers an impressive 185Ps of power and a whopping 450 Nm of torque, ensuring a thrilling and reliable driving experience. You have the option to choose between a 6-speed manual or a 6-speed automatic gearbox, and the All-Wheel-Drive system adds to its versatility.
The XUV700 boasts a seating capacity of 7 and comes in the Adrenox and MX trims, each offering a unique driving experience. Alongside the powerful diesel engine, there’s also a 2.0L Turbo-petrol engine with 200 bhp power and 380 Nm of torque. With these top-notch diesel specs and advanced features, the XUV700 stands as one of the best diesel cars in India today.
Ex-showroom Price (Delhi): ₹14.50 lakh onwards
Used Car Price: ₹13.10 lakh onwards
|Engine||2.2-litre Turbo, 2.0-litre Turbo|
|Maximum Power||185 bhp (Petrol)/200 bhp (Diesel)|
|Maximum Torque||450 Nm (Petrol)/380 Nm (Diesel)|
|Transmission||6-speed Manual or 6-speed Automatic|
|Mileage||15 km/l (Petrol)/17 km/l (Diesel)|
|Level 2 ADAS|
|Panoramic sky roof|
|12-Speaker Sony Audio System with subwoofer|
Check out our collection of used Mahindra XUV700 cars in India.
The Hyundai Venue’s diesel variant stands out as one of India’s best diesel cars today. With an attractive price and excellent value for money, it’s a top choice for budget-conscious buyers. Its remarkable mileage of around 23 km/l ensures fewer trips to the fuel station, making it economical for long journeys.
Under the hood, the 1.5-litre diesel engine packs a punch with 100 bhp power and a peak torque of 240 Nm, offering impressive acceleration and easy overtaking on both city roads and highways. The Venue boasts desirable features like a multi-function steering wheel, touchscreen infotainment system, automatic climate control, and more, enhancing comfort and safety on the road. Experience its performance and fuel efficiency firsthand for an exhilarating drive!
Ex-showroom price (Delhi): ₹7.68 lakh onwards
Used Car Price: ₹6.95 lakh onwards
|Maximum Power||118.41 bhp @ 6000 rpm (Petrol), 113.98 bhp @ 4000 rpm (Diesel)|
|Maximum Torque||172 Nm @ 1500-4000 rpm (Petrol), 250 Nm @ 1500-2750 rpm (Diesel)|
|Engine/Battery Pack||1.2L Kappa Dual VTVT Petrol, 1.5L U2 CRDi Diesel|
|Fuel Type||Diesel, Petrol|
|Transmission||5-speed Manual, 6-speed Automatic|
|Mileage/ Driving Range||20.1 km/l (Petrol), 23.4 km/l (Diesel)|
|ADAS Level 2|
|Lane Departure Warning|
|Engine Start/Stop Button|
|Automatic Climate Control|
|Anti-Lock Braking System|
|Multi-function Steering Wheel|
Check out our collection of used Hyundai Venue cars in India.
The Hyundai Alcazar stands out as a stylish and feature-rich SUV, offering a reliable and enjoyable driving experience. Its voice-enabled smart panoramic sunroof adds a touch of luxury and convenience. The true highlight lies in its powerful 1.5-litre diesel engine, delivering impressive on-road performance. With three drive and traction control modes, the Alcazar ensures enhanced versatility.
Step inside, and you’ll be captivated by the exciting interior. The SUV boasts an impressive selection of 64 ambient lighting colour options, allowing you to personalise the atmosphere according to your preferences. Moreover, the dual-tone cognac brown seating exudes elegance and ensures premium comfort for all passengers. Embodying sophistication and performance, the Hyundai Alcazar is a top contender among the best diesel cars in India.
Ex-showroom Price (Delhi): ₹20.09 lakh onwards
Used Car Price: ₹18.38 lakh onwards
|Maximum Power||113 bhp|
|Maximum Torque||250 Nm|
|Engine/Battery Pack||1.5-litre diesel engine|
|Transmission||6-speed Manual and Automatic|
|Mileage/ Driving Range||20.4 km/l|
|Voice-enabled smart panoramic sunroof|
|Puddle lamps with Hyundai logo projection|
|Advanced Hyundai Blue Link ‘Connected-Car’ technology|
Check out our collection of used Hyundai Alcazar cars in India.
With an array of remarkable choices, the bottom line reveals some of the best diesel cars in India. The Tata Altroz impresses with its fuel-efficient options and affordable pricing, making it a practical hatchback. Meanwhile, the Kia Sonet takes the spotlight as a versatile SUV, offering various fuel options and exceptional mileage. The Tata Nexon shines with its fuel efficiency and spacious design, providing a reliable and comfortable SUV experience.
For those seeking adventure, the Mahindra Thar stands tall with its diesel engine option and off-road capabilities. The Hyundai Creta and Venue offer reliable performance, with the Creta boasting a larger size for families. Overall, these diesel cars blend economy and power to elevate your driving journey.
Q. What are the lowest-priced Diesel cars in India?
Among the cars listed here, the lowest-priced diesel cars are the Tata Altroz, starting from ₹5.14 lakh, and the Maruti Grand Vitara, starting from ₹7.40 lakh.
Q. What are the advantages of choosing a diesel car over a petrol car in India?
Choosing a diesel car over a petrol car in India offers advantages like better fuel efficiency and lower running costs, making it cost-effective for long-distance travel.
Q. Which car models offer the best fuel efficiency?
The car models with the best fuel efficiency are the Tata Nexon, offering 27.5 km/l for diesel, and the Tata Altroz, offering 23.64 km/l for diesel.
Q. Which car models offer the longest driving range on a single tank of diesel?
The car model with the longest driving range on a single tank of diesel is the Tata Nexon, with a mileage of 27.5 km/l.
Q. How do these cars compare to other cars in their respective classes in terms of performance, comfort, and overall value for money?
These cars compare favourably to other cars in their respective classes, offering good performance, comfort, and overall value for money. The Tata Nexon, Kia Sonet, and Hyundai Venue stand out as strong contenders in their segments.
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