India is a diesel centric car market. Though the difference between the diesel and petrol fuel prices is dwindling over time, people who travel quite a lot everyday by their cars usually prefer diesel cars owing to the high mileage quotient. Moreover, gone are those days when diesel cars were considered to be crude vehicles, as diesel engines are getting highly refined nowadays as the manufacturers wish to please the diesel car buyers. Now, India’s top car maker Maruti Suzuki has also introduced its smart micro-hybrid technology – SHVS to further offer greater fuel efficiency with lower emissions. So, with great new diesel cars around, there’s no reason why India should not preserve its love for the diesel cars.
Here’s the list of the best 5 diesel cars in India:
1. Maruti Suzuki Ciaz
The topper of our list of the best 5 diesel cars in India has to be the newly launched Maruti Suzuki Ciaz premium sedan, whose diesel avatar blessed with mild hybrid technology is the most fuel efficient car in India with the ARAI certified fuel efficiency of 28.09 km per liter. Though the Ciaz hasn’t been able to beat the C-segment leader Honda City in terms of sales, it is a crucial model for Maruti Suzuki, as it is the first premium car from the company that has received amazing success in India. The Ciaz is priced in the range of Rs. 8.25 to 10.32 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi)
2. Maruti Celerio
Maruti quite recently brought in the diesel version of its popular Celerio global hatchback. The Celerio was India’s mileage king prior to the launch of its cousin Ciaz SHVS with a certified mileage of 27.65 kmpl. Maruti Suzuki introduced its first self-made super compact 2 cylinder, 793 cc diesel engine that is the smallest in India. It is still the most fuel efficient regular diesel car in India that doesn’t come with any hybrid technology. The fuel efficiency is certainly an added draw point of this smart and quite premium looking compact hatchback model. The Celerio diesel is priced at Rs. 4.65 – Rs. 5.71 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi)
3. New Honda Jazz
Honda Cars India has re-launched the Jazz premium hatchback with its new generation model. The new Jazz is more affordable, great looking, has more features and comes with a diesel engine option. The diesel motor of the new Jazz is the same that powers the City, Amaze and Mobilio and offers the certified fuel efficiency of 27.3 kmpl which is slightly lower that the Celerio’s and is currently the most fuel efficient car in its own class. The all new Honda Jazz has a price range of Rs. 6.49 – Rs. 8.59 lakhs (ex-showroom, Delhi)
4. Maruti Swift DZire
The new refreshed Maruti Swift DZire compact sedan topped the sales charts in the entire Indian car industry in October 2015 and often beats the sales of Indian all-time bestselling model Maruti Alto. The new DZire offers improved mileage of 26.59 kmpl that is more than its older model’s 23.4 kmpl. Its new improved fuel efficiency makes it all the more easier for the Dzire to reinforce its segment ruling position despite tough competition from many able rival models including Honda Amaze, Tata Zest and Hyundai Xcent. The new Maruti DZire diesel is priced between Rs. 6 and 7.82 lakhs (ex-showroom, Delhi) and undoubtedly it had to be in our list of best 5 diesel cars in India.
5. Honda City
Prior to the ruling mileage kings from the house of Maruti Suzuki, Honda’s bestselling product City premium sedan offered the best mileage returning 26 kmpl. Despite great competition from the Maruti Suzuki Ciaz, the City has remained at the top of its own segment. The Honda City still enjoys the iconic status among the Indian sedan buyers which seems to be indomitable. The sedan is priced at Rs. 8.75 – Rs. 11.84 lakhs (ex-showroom, Delhi)