Diesel cars are popular due to the low running costs they offer. It’s actually a good idea to buy a diesel car if your monthly usage is anywhere more than 2,000 kms. There are many well-priced diesel cars that promise to offer a really high mileage. In this post, however, we take a look at the 5 of the best mileage diesel cars in India –
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The diesel variant of the new Maruti Swift is at the top of our list of best mileage diesel cars in India. With an ARAI-tested mileage of 28.4 kmpl, the Swift diesel turns out to be really very affordable to run. While the 1.3-litre turbo diesel engine that powers the new Swift has been carried over from the earlier generation, the higher mileage is due to the lightweight HEARTECT platform and the fine-tuning of the engine and the gear ratios. The 1.3-liter engine of the new-gen Swift outputs a maximum power of 75 PS and a peak torque of 190 Nm. It comes mated to a 5-speed manual transmission. You can also opt for the excellent 5-speed AMT. Even the AMT variant offers a similar fuel efficiency.
The latest-gen Dzire’s diesel variant offers a mileage that’s exactly the same as that of the Swift diesel. This is because both the cars get the same Fiat-sourced 1.3-litre turbocharged engine with a maximum power of 75 PS along with a peak torque of 190 Nm. Also, both the Dzire and the Swift weigh exactly 985 KGs. Yes, Maruti has managed to keep the Dzire as light as the Swift. This has been done thru several clever ideas such as the provision of a tough plastic fuel tank instead of a metal one on the Dzire. Also, the Dzire too is underpinned by the lightweight HEARTECT platform. Even it offers two transmission choices – 5-speed manual and a 5-speed AMT.
Even the next car on our list of best mileage diesel cars in India is a Maruti Suzuki. The Ciaz is a bigger sedan than the Dzire. It also gets a more powerful version of the Fiat-sourced turbocharged diesel engine. Yet, at 28.09 kmpl, as per ARAI, it’s only slightly less fuel efficient. Much of this has to do with the fact that the Ciaz comes with the SHVS micro-hybrid system. This helps in boosting the fuel efficiency. Also, the Variable Geometry Turbo, instead of the Fixed Geometry Turbo on the engine for the Dzire and the Swift, helps the Ciaz deliver a higher performance without compromising on the fuel efficiency. For the Ciaz, this engine outputs a maximum power of 90 PS along with a peak torque of 200 Nm. The engine comes mated to a 5-speed manual transmission.
Even the next car on our list of most fuel efficient diesel cars in India is a Maruti Suzuki. The Baleno hatchback shares the motor with the Swift and the Dzire. Furthermore, it’s based on the same lightweight HEARTECT platform. Hence, it even weighs the same 985 KGs. However, the engine has been tuned slightly differently. Hence, the overall mileage is a bit lower at 27.39 kmpl. Still, with such a high fuel efficiency, the Baleno diesel is the most affordable premium hatchback to run.
Finally, there’s one car on our list of 5 best mileage diesel cars in India that’s not a Maruti. Instead, it’s a Honda. The Jazz diesel offers really low running costs with an ARAI-claimed mileage of 27.3 kmpl Powering the Jazz is a 1.5-litre iDTEC engine that outputs a maximum power of 100 PS along with a peak torque of 200 Nm. This also makes the azz one of the most powerful diesel cars in its segment.
So, this was our list of best mileage diesel cars in India. Which one of these fuel-efficient cars do you like the most?