Fuel economy is the most paramount discussion when purchasing a car, especially for Indians. With petrol prices crossing the century mark, fuel economy remains the primary concern of the buyers. We have cumulated the top 5 cars to buy in India that are affordable and fuel-efficient. Surprisingly, all the cars belong to only one brand, the Maruti Suzuki. Please note that the fuel economy figures mentioned in this list are based on the official numbers claimed by the manufacturers. At the same time, the actual mileage may vary according to driving style and conditions.
1) Maruti Suzuki Celerio AMT- 26.68 km/l
The Maruti Suzuki is one such auto manufacturer in India whose brand name is synonymous with fuel efficiency. Recently, the brand has launched one of the most fuel-efficient petrol car in India, the Celerio. The second-gen Celerio now gets a new 1-litre, K10C Dualjet petrol engine, which churns out around 66bhp of power and 89Nm of torque, mated to a 5-speed manual or a 5-speed automatic gearbox. Celerio’s VXI variant with AMT claims the highest mileage of 26.88 km/l, followed by ZXI and ZXI+ variant with 26.0 km/l of mileage. Whereas the ZXI+ variant with Manual transmission gets a 24.97km/l of mileage,which is respectable considering the fuel-economy figures of its rivals with manual transmission. The price of the car starts at Rs.5.15 lakhs and goes up to Rs.6.94 lakhs.
2) Maruti Suzuki Dzire AMT-24.12km/l
The Dzire is built on the Suzuki HEARTECT platform and gets a 1.2-litre, 4-cylinder, K series Dualjet engine producing around 86bhp of power and 113 Nm of torque. The engine is mated to a 5-speed manual or a 5-speed AMT gearbox. The petrol AMT option delivers 24.12km/l of mileage, whereas its manual transmission receives 23.26 km/l of fuel efficiency. The price for the car starts with Rs.6.03 lakhs for the base variant and goes up to Rs.9.13 lakhs for the top variant.
3) Maruti Suzuki Baleno – 23.87 km/l
The Maruti Suzuki Baleno in smart hybrid option enhances the car’s fuel efficiency up to 23.87 km/l. It has an advanced lead and Li-ion dual battery setup and an integrated starter generator, which offer functions like an Idle start-stop, brake energy regeneration, and torque assist. The Baleno gets a 1.2-litre Dualjet, Dual VVT engine delivering around 88bhp of power and 113Nm of torque. The price for the smart-hybrid engine option starts with Rs.7.75 lakhs and goes up to Rs.8.96 lakhs approximately.
4) Maruti Suzuki Swift AMT-23.76km/l
The Swift is one of the most popular models from the Maruti Suzuki brand. It gets the same engine option as in the Dzire, but Swift’s AMT option delivers 23.76 km/l of mileage, whereas its Manual transmission gets 23.2 km/l of fuel efficiency. The hatchback starts with a price tag of Rs.5.88 lakhs and goes up to Rs.8.77 lakhs.
5) Maruti Suzuki Alto – 22.05 km/l
The Maruti Suzuki Alto needs no introduction, as it’s one of the most sold four-wheeler in the Indian market. The Alto is one of the most affordable yet fuel fuel-efficient cars on the list. It gets an 800cc, 3-cylinder petrol engine option delivering around 46bhp of power and 69Nm of torque. According to ARAI claimed figures, Alto offers 22.05 km/l of mileage. The price of the car starts with just Rs.3.25 lakhs and goes up to Rs.4.95 lakhs.