Before you head to the nearest dealership after reading the top five most fuel efficient diesel car article, remember that there's a lot more to that story than just the fuel efficiency numbers. For example, with the recent rise in petrol prices, the petrol cars are seeing a lot more discounts and for someone that doesn't travel long distances or use the car often, petrol cars still make great sense as the break-even point is still a good three to four years off compared to a diesel car.
So, here is a short list of the most fuel efficient petrol cars on sale today:
5. Maruti Suzuki Swift Dzire
Yes, the Dzire comes very close to being at the top of the diesel car list as well, but with the rev-happy 1.2-litre K12 engine, the Dzire manages to get great mileage with petrol as well. It's also the only sedan on this list, so that's some added brownie points in its favour. We've said before that the diesel version is the more fun to drive car, but the petrol doesn't disappoint either. For those of you not wanting to row your own gears, there's also an automatic variant available, but that loses out on the mileage a little.
How much does it cost: Rs 5.13-6.91 Lakh, ex-showroom, Mumbai
How far would it go on a litre of fuel: 19.1 kmpl according to ARAI
4. Maruti Suzuki Alto K10/F8
The Alto used to be India's best selling car and for good reason too. It is the perfect beginner's car and was seen as a replacement for the popular Maruti 800 model. The 800 continued to be sold alongside but the Alto racked up quite a reputation for itself along the way. There's two engine options on offer here, one is the older F8 engine which used to do duty in the 800 and the new K10 engine. Both are three cylinder engines, but you won't feel the inherent vibrations. The interiors are a great place to be too, if a little dated. This is definitely a great car to have if you want to beat the petrol price crunch.
How much does it cost: Rs 3.32-3.49 Lakh, ex-showroom, Mumbai
How far would it go on a litre of fuel: 20.2/19.7 kmpl according to ARAI
3. Hyundai i10 1.2
See a trend forming here, it seems that the most fuel efficient petrol cars are ones designed with city driving in mind. The i10 is a brilliant hatchback, one that captures the very essence of hatchbacks very well. Sure, it's not an involving drive, nor is it blisteringly fast, but the i10 is great if you just want a car to drive around in the city, the light controls and the efficient engine make for a great car.
How much does it cost: 4.53-6.41
How far would it go on a litre of fuel: 20.26 kmpl according to ARAI
2. Hyundai Eon
Hyundai's competitor for the Alto aimed to best it in fuel efficiency. Well, with an ARAI certified 21.1 kmpl, that's a mission accomplished, we say. Compared to the Alto, the interio arrangements are also ages ahead. The 813cc three-cylinder engine is not as refined as the Alto's mill, but it's not unbearable either. Sure, some vibrations make their way into the cabin, but it's still very comfortable in there. For the Indian summers, Hyundai made sure to plonk a capable AC in there, so you won't be sweating in there anytime soon.
How much does it cost: Rs 2.88-3.95 Lakh, ex-showroom
How far would it go on a litre of fuel: 21.1 kmpl according to ARAI
1. Tata Nano
Okay, this was probably not much of a surprise to anyone, but the cheapest new car you can buy also happens to be the most fuel efficient petrol car you can buy. The only bad thing we can say about the Nano is about its lack of power steering which turns into quite the workout when you're parking. In every other situation though, the Nano does very well for itself. From shooting into gaps in the city to saving you money at the pumps, the Nano manages to do it all. Now we're just waiting for the diesel engined Nano to come along and nuke the market again.
How much does it cost: 1.56-2.15
How far would it go on a litre of fuel: 25.4 kmpl according to ARAI