The Indian market is one of the most crowded auto-market in the world. Hence, different manufacturers try to put up with the high demand. The automakers also introduce fresh vehicles which are more versatile and affordable. Amongst various aspects, efficiency is what a common man searches for. The ancillary factors include comfort, aesthetics, and driving experience. But for now, let’s have a look at the best fuel-efficient cars in the Indian market in 2021. Below is a list including the best petrol or diesel cars in India for 2021.
The segment that leads with the highest number of sales, hatchbacks. Indians love this segment for its affordability, practicality, and leading efficiency. Even though crossover SUVs are taking over the rest of the segments, hatchbacks ain't going anywhere. These make the best of petrol or diesel cars, in the affordable price range
Price - 2.88 - 4.09 Lakhs
Mileage - 24.70 KMPL
The Alto 800 is an economical hatchback, that has been synonymous with ‘mileage’ This compact hatchback is nimble and fits in 5-passengers, though without any luxury of comfort. The entry-level hatchback is loved by the Indians for its affordable price and practicality. It fits a 796cc which has been tuned to be BS6 ready. The engine makes a mere 48-hp enough for the daily urban commute. The small footprint and low running costs attract budget-oriented buyers, and sometimes youth as their first buy.
Price - 2.83 - 4.92 Lakhs
Mileage - 22.5 KMPL
The mini-duster tagged Kwid has been recently refreshed adding a split headlamp setup and new detailed LED taillights. The new Renault Kwid attracts the youth. The Renault Kwid offers three engine options, with a 0.8L petrol unit fitted in the entry-level Kwid. The eager 68-hp 1.0L engine is peppy and punchy to the base-trim dull engine. It offers both manual and automatic transmission options.
Inside, Renault is upmarket to the price tag. Five passengers can feel cramped inside, but four suits best for longer routes. An 8-inch touchscreen comes as standard, and the refresh also adds a new part digital speedometer for a modern look. The cabin is comfortable, but tall passengers might feel stuck, while a 270L boot is also offered behind the rear seats.
Price - 5.73 - 8.41 Lakhs
Mileage - 21 KMPL
The Maruti Suzuki Swift is one popular and best selling hatch in the Indian subcontinent, and the automakers have just announced the facelift model. The Swift 2021 was announced with a revised front fascia and three additional dual-tone options. The Swift facelift also gets cruise control, idle start-stop, twin-pod meter cluster, and a new 10.67cm multi-information colored TFT display. The company claims that will be higher than the current production model. Currently, the Swift fits an 83-hp 1.2L petrol engine, paired with 5-speed manual and automatic transmission.
Price - 5.64 - 8.19 Lakhs
Mileage - 25.5 KMPL
Ford Figo is a competent mid-sized hatchback, that has prevailed on the Indian roads for many years. In 2019, the Figo received a mid-cycle update, which revised the styling, enhanced the cabin, and added some mechanical upgrades. Under a hood, is a 100-hp 1.5L diesel engine mashed to a 5-speed manual gearbox. The diesel block feels potent and has likable linear acceleration, despite the loud rumble that can interrupt the occupant’s peace.
The cabin hosts a redesigned dashboard that complements the new touchscreen placed with pride. The front seats are generously comfortable and spacious, it’s the back seats that can soar the trip of tall passengers.
Baleno - 5.90 - 9.10 Lakhs
Glanza - 7.18 - 9.10 Lakhs
Mileage - 23.87 KMPL
Baleno has been a dominating premium hatchback in the Indian auto market, and one of the sparse hybrid options in India. The Maruti Baleno and its identical twin Toyota Glanza fit a 1.2L Dualjet Smart hybrid engine that churns out a total output of 90-hp and 113 Nm of torque and is paired with a 5-speed manual transmission. The sleek, and sassy styling along with the efficient powertrain is the secret mantra for leading the sales record consistently.
Inside the cabin, the well-supported front seats are broad and pose a great driving position. The rear seat occupants will appreciate sufficient headroom and legroom. Coming onto the price tag, the Glanza hybrid variant carries a Rs 65,000 cheaper price tag than that of the Baleno hybrid. Also, Toyota offers an extensive 3years/1,00,000 km warranty which beats Maruti’s 2years/40,000 km one.
Compact Sedans have a great offering from many automakers in India. If you want fun of hatchback and practicality of sedans, this segment is for you. For past couple of years, compact SUVs have taken the lead but most VFM products belong to this category.
Price - 5.94 - 8.90 Lakhs
Mileage - 23.26 (Manual) / 24.12 (Auto)
The Dzire badge has been around for years now and has been through weathers saving its fellow buyers and leading the segment for its utility, practicality, and feasibility. The Dzire has been recently updated with revised front fascia and many significant changes. Under the hood is a 90-hp 1.2L petrol engine block that comes paired with a 5-speed manual or an AMT. The facelift is a better driving car and has tuned road manners, delivering the sweet spot between power and efficiency.
Price - 5.93 - 8.77 Lakhs
Mileage - 22 KMPL
The Honda Amaze shrinks between sub-4-meter and C-segment sedan categories, and this proved to be a success mantra for the Amaze. The 1.2L petrol engine cranks out 90-hp and is paired with a 5-speed manual or CVT. The Amaze is spacious and the rear-seat seating are best in the segment.
Price - 6.99 - 8.62 Lakhs
Mileage - 26.1 KMPL
The Blue-Oval’s Aspire is a restyled sub-4-meter sedan with redone cabin and a peppy engine. Under the hood is a 100-hp 1.5L diesel block, which makes effortless linear descend even though it isn't the quietest in the rivalry. The Aspire diesel engine is a perfect match for buyers looking to clock tons of kilometers, though the sedan lacks the spacious rear seating as many in the segment.
Price - 9.91 - 14.31 Lakhs
Mileage - 17.4 KMPL
Indians have seen the Honda City evolve, and even in the dominating crossovers reigns, sedans like City also make way to your heart. Fitted with a 1.5L DOHC petrol unit, the 100-hp powertrain is refined and efficient. The road manners are calm, yet the City pulls through when the pedal is thrashed and shows no signs of lag.
Price - 9.31 - 11.09 Lakhs
Mileage - 28.09 KMPL
When it comes to the economy, the Maruti Suzuki Ciaz is hailed in the sedan segment. But there’s a catch. The Ciaz utilizes a smart hybrid powertrain to win the best mileage trophy. It is an efficient compact sedan with impressive cabin space, light control, and pleasant ride quality.
Price - 9.42 - 14.07 Lakhs
Mileage - 24 KMPL
Hyundai has made it to the roots of the Indian auto market, and unmatched performance with loads of amenities is the short summarization of this lead. The Hyundai Verna is a fantastic sedan with a spacious cabin, modern styling, and hi-tech features. The Verna is motivated by a 1.5L 4-cylinder engine that pushes out 113-hp, which makes the Verna a sporty and powerful sedan. The engine can be paired with a 6-speed manual or automatic, while the latter adds more convenience.
Price - 39.49 Lakhs
Mileage - 19.6 KMPL
The Camry hybrid is the most expensive buy in the list of sedans. The Camry Hybrid is the top-spec of the Camry lineup and is sold as a Semi-Knocked down model in India. It is powered by a 2.5L petrol-hybrid powertrain, which makes 218-hp total output in hybrid mode. The engine is mated with a 6-speed CVT, which gimmicks the shifts.
The compact SUV segment poses a bigger, competitive market than the full-size SUVs. Automakers have been keen on launching the best cars in the segment, and thus this segment is the most crowded one. Now let’s jump on to the most efficient competitors in the segment
Price - 7.39 - 11.40 Lakhs
Mileage - 18.76 KMPL
Vitara Brezza is the compact SUV from the Maruti Suzuki. This car has ruled the segment ever since it was launched in India.
Earlier Brezza was only available in diesel engine but in 2020 Maruti discontinued the Diesel engine and launched it with new petrol engine for BS6 norms. 1.5L Petrol putting out 105-hp and 138Nm torque on paper. The engine is mated to an old-school 4-speed automatic gearbox, best for daily commute.
Price - 8.3 - 12.69 Lakhs
Mileage - 17 KMPL
The XUV300 is a powerful compact SUV by the Indian automaker Mahindra with machismo styling and leading safety ratings. Seat comfort and cabin space are impressive, while the 110-hp 1.2L turbocharged engine propels the crossover. The engine is refined but not the smoothest, the SUV comes well-equipped even in the base trim.
Price - 7.0 - 12.79 Lakhs
Mileage - 17 KMPL
The Nexon nameplate is the only car to have three powertrain options: petrol, diesel, and electric. The swanky compact SUV was also the first Indian car to be rated with 5 stars for safety by Global NCAP. When the petrol engine is concerned, the 110-hp 1.2L engine feels refined, but underwhelming to the reputation of the brand. The ride comfort is smooth and the suspension absorbs all the road irregularities with ease. The road manners are great, adn the steering is sharp, while the crossover also changes direction with confidence.
Price - 8.54 - 11.58 Lakhs
Mileage - 23 KMPL
Trend of compact SUV was stared by the Ford Ecosport. The Ford Ecosport is a youthful sub-4-meter compact SUV offered by the Blue Oval. The Ecosport is stylish, modern, and every bit potent owing to the 100-hp 1.5L diesel engine which prowess in power and efficiency. The Ford Ecosport’s distinguishable handling and smooth ride quality are among the best in the segment. There are multiple variants offered which makes it versatile.
Price - 8.70 - 11.15 Lakhs
Mileage - 25.5 KMPL
The Honda WR-V is a potent crossover, representing close to the Jazz, but has raised ground clearance for a sportier stance. The WR-V looks high-class and is practical and roomy, inheriting it from the Jazz. Under the hood is a 100-hp 1.5L diesel that is the real meaning of punchiness, yet it is noisy at its full muscularity.
The full-size or 7-seater SUV has celebrated some recent launches like the 2021 Tata Safari and has still many surprises hidden. Hyundai has also announced the global launch of its 7-seater Alcazar SUV. Even without these nameplates, there are plenty of options to choose from, but let’s focus on those which prioritize efficiency in anything else.
Price - 7.69 - 10.47 Lakhs
Mileage - 19.01 KMPL
Ertiga is a competent seven-seat MUV. The XL6 is premium identical to the Ertiga and offers a 6-passenger seating option, the second-row captain chairs replacing the second-row bench. The sliding middle row seats and foldable third seats make the Ertiga versatile and highly practical at a reasonable price tag. Under a hood, a 105-hp 1.5L petrol engine powers the MPV paired with a 5-speed manual transmission, while the 4-speed torque converter automatic gearbox adds the convenience of smooth shifts.
Price - 5.47 - 7.28 Lakhs
Mileage - 20KMPL
The Renault Triber is one of the peculiar propositions. With a price tag just under Rs 6 lakhs, the Triber categorized as a three-row small car, under 4-meter in length. This makes it the most flexible and insanely value buy in the Indian market. It doesn’t stop right there, as under the hood is a peppy yet efficient 1.0l engine which makes 72-hp, enough to haul 7-passengers and their luggage.
Price - 4.31 - 7.67 Lakhs
Mileage - 18.57 KMPL
The Datson GO+ is the most affordable 7-seaters in India. However, the third-row seats are hardly spacious enough to accommodate an average size adult. The GO-plus is an elongated version of the standard Go-hatchback, which hardly qualifies it as an MPV. Under the hood, a 1.2L 3-cylinder petrol engine cranks out 68-hp when mashed to a 5-speed manual, and 77-hp when paired with a CVT. The Datson Go+ is tuned for city use, or even hauling extra luggage for long tours.
Price - 11.64 - 13.79 Lakhs
Mileage - 17.33 KMPL
Finally, an Indian automaker makes it to the list. The Marazzo is Mahindra’s large MPV, which utilizes a ladder frame chassis, and is capable of seating 7-8 passengers inside. Under the hood is a 123-hp 1.5L diesel engine, laid out transversely powering the front wheels. The engine is mated to a 6-speed manual gearbox. The Marazzo fits fine in the city, but the engine isn’t refined to expectation and feels underwhelming when fully loaded with passengers. The MPV handles the rough patches well, and despite the obvious body-roll, the ride quality is impressive.
Price - 18.04 Lakhs
Mileage - 14.02 KMPL
The MG Hector Plus is a well-rounded package by the Chinese-owned British automaker Morris Garage. Upon the launch, it stole the attention of Indian buyers, with new-age tech and upscale interiors. The Hector Plus sits just above the 5-seater Hector, and carries on the similar bold styling, with a longer overhang and a capacity to fit two more passengers in the cabin. Under the hood is a 143-hp petrol engine paired with a 48V mild hybrid system. The engine can be paired with a 6-speed manual gearbox only if opting for the greener, hybrid powertrain.
The cabin is spacious and features high-tech accessories, like the 10.4-inch touchscreen infotainment system with both Apple Car Play and Android Auto, 8-color ambient lighting, panoramic sunroof, and more.
Thus this ends the list of “ best mileage cars in india” in various segments with the inclusion of hybrid nameplates as well. Moreover, there are various vehicles like Hyundai i20, Tata Altroz, Skoda Rapid, VW Vento, Kia Sonet, Hyundai Venue, Nissan Magnite, Hyundai Creta, Toyota Fortuner, Mahindra Scorpio, and more such popular cars that couldn’t make it to the list. These are often preferred for other aspects like performance and comfort, and we save them for another list, coming out soon.