Maruti Suzuki Swift
What is it?
India's best selling hatchback, that's what. It's no secret that the Swift is one of our favourite cars in this segment and well, it looks like the rest of the country thinks so as well, because it has just surpassed its younger sibling, the Alto, to become the company's best selling car in India. The 1.3-litre diesel mill in the swift is quite a bomb to drive, especially when the turbo comes on, but drive it sensibly and it has the potential of giving you upwards of 20 kmpl.
How much? 5.75 - 7.03 Lakh, ex-showroom, Mumbai
How efficient? 22.9 kmpl as per ARAI
Maruti Suzuki Swift Dzire
What is it?
The compact sedan version of the Swift. Surprising, isn't it, that the sedan is more efficient than the hatchback? Well, that's just how it is this time 'round. They've managed to achieve this by keeping the weight of the car as low as possible and playing with the final drive ratio of the car. The same basic powertrain from the Swift finds its way here, with the 1.3-litre diesel doing fine duty. It may not be much of a sedan, but it sure is very fuel efficient.
How much? 6.16 - 7.77 Lakh, ex-showroom, Mumbai
How efficient? 23.4 kmpl as per ARAI
Toyota Etios Liva
What is it?
Toyota's smallest offering here. The Etios Liva diesel comes with one of the most frugal engines in its segment. It doesn't compromise on space or driveability, but still manages to eek out an impressive 23.59 kmpl out of the 1.4-litre diesel engine. This is the same unit found in the corolla, but with a fixed geometry turbo instead of the variable on in the Corolla. The interiors may be a bit barebones, but the value it offers can't be denied.
How much? 5.83 - 6.15 Lakh, ex-showroom, Mumbai
How efficient? 23.59 kmpl as per ARAI
Drumroll, please. This, ladies and gentlemen, is the most fuel efficient diesel car in the country, and by extension, one of the most fuel efficient cars regardless of fuel. The 1.0-litre engine that does duty in this does feel a little wheezy on the highway, but for primarily city use and the occasional highway jaunt, the car will do the job just fine. What's more, the funky design and modern interior will not leave you wanting. So stop by your nearest Chevy dealer and find out if you can match these numbers.
How much? 4.78 - 5-98 Lakh, ex-showroom, Mumbai
How efficient? 25.44 kmpl as per ARAI