The automobile industry has come a long way when it comes to what kind of fuel it uses. At first, just coal was used, and the engines were not stationary. The first car with a stationary engine that used gasoline for the first time was developed by Carl Benz. The first car which affordable and produce for mass was the Ford Model T. Its arrival helped in reframing the scenario of automobiles and it placed the gasoline-powered vehicles in the central position for everyday aspects and economy. However, back then the cars were not fuel efficient but they were the best at that time.
The negative impact of petrol and diesel is not unknown to us.
In over the last 100 years, the automobile industry and its usage of petrol and diesel are one of the major factors that are fanning the rise of global warming. One of the recent discoveries is electric vehicles, which are usually charged at various charging points. But these cars are not pocket-friendly and public charging points have not been set up, yet, at various places in the country. These are the reasons why the sales of cars which run on petrol and diesel are still at a higher par than EVs. The companies though have paved one way to curb these problems. They have made certain modifications while manufacturing the cars and have made them fuel-efficient.
The fuel efficiency of a vehicle is the capability of the same to extract energy from the fuel it is using. The more amount of energy it is being able to extract implies the fact that it is has more fuel efficiency. And if it is not being able to extract the desired amount of energy, then it has less fuel efficiency. Fuel-efficient vehicles require much less fuel to cover a certain distance. This helps in keeping global warming, pollution in check. To add to it, the following feature also helps in saving much money for the owner.
Below, here is a list of the 10 most fuel-efficient cars in India.
The list is dominated by Maruti, and Renault, Datsun, Toyota making special appearances.
1. Maruti Suzuki Dzire AMT:
Along with the change in design and other features, one of the most important changes that have taken place is the replacement of the 1.2-litre K12M petrol engine with a 1.2-litre K12N unit that comes with a start-stop function. It sports an engine which is 7hp more powerful than before and more efficient, a 5-speed AMT (24.12kpl) form, which has made it one of the most desirable cars of India.
2.Maruti Suzuki Baleno and Toyota’s Glanza:
Both of these cars comprise a mild-hybrid avatar having an ARAI rating of 23.87kpl. They comprise 90hp, 1.2-litre engines which includes an integrated starter generator and a 12V lithium-ion battery that adds in start/stop and energy recuperation functionalities, along with a (very) mild power assist.
3. Maruti Swift AMT:
With the help of the recent facelift, the Maruti Suzuki Swift now consists of 90hp K12N petrol engine with idle-start stop tech and 5-speed manual and AMT gearbox. Though the mileage figures are slightly lower – 23.2kpl AMT.
4. Maruti Suzuki Alto:
The following Maruti Suzuki’s smallest model comes in with a frugal 48hp 0.8-litre engine that has been certified by the ARAI to deliver 22.05kpl. Its low price, high efficiency, and minimal maintenance costs make it a popular buy.
5. Renault Kwid 1.0 AMT:
The Renault Kwid has arrived with a 54hp 0.8-litre and 68hp 1.0-litre engine. The second feature is the one that helps in running an impressive 22km on a single litre of petrol when combined with the AMT gearbox.
6. Datsun Redigo AMT:
It has upgraded its former model to BS6 norms, which at 22kpl for the 1.0-litre engine with the AMT gearbox, the Redigo still ranks among the most frugal petrol cars in the country. The 0.8-litre and 1.0-litre engines are at 20.71kpl and 21.7kpl, respectively, with the manual gearbox.
7. Maruti Suzuki Wagon R 1.0:
The following car has two units – a 68hp 1.0-litre and an 83hp 1.2-litre. Both the units have a 5-speed AMT, which is basically the same ARAI mileage as the manuals. Another reason for the Maruti Wagon R’s relatively higher sales numbers is its price and value for money quotient.
8. Maruti Suzuki S-Presso:
The S-Presso. Powertrains a 68hp, 1.0-litre petrol engine. The higher-spec VXI and VXI+ variants sport a marginally higher 21.7kpl rating – the lower variants given a rating of 21.4kpl.
9. Maruti Suzuki Celerio and Celerio X:
The Maruti Suzuki Celerio and its counterpart are absolutely identical except for a few cosmetic changes in and out. This fact explains why they have the same 21.63kpl ARAI mileage for the 1.0-litre K10B engine.
10. Maruti Suzuki Ignis:
It is an underrated model, it has a peppy 83hp, 1.2-litre K12M petrol engine, which delivers an ARAI mileage of 20.89kpl in manual and AMT automatic form. It is one of the top fuel efficient cars in India.