Top 5 Most Fuel Efficient Petrol Cars In India [2015]

A petrol engine (known as a gasoline engine in North America) is an internal combustion engine with spark-ignition, designed to run on petrol (gasoline) and similar volatile fuels. It was invented in 1876 in Germany by German inventor Nikolaus August Otto. Nowadays every car in the street have petrol engine option available. Fuel efficiency is one of the major effect on the sales of a motor car in the Market. Now, the fuel efficiency tests that the ARAI conducts are carried out in an enclosed room and on a dynamo-meter under ‘test conditions’. These laboratory test conditions do not match the heat, traffic stress and bad roads that our vehicles are subject to on a daily basis. Below are the full details regarding the Top 5 Most Fuel Efficient Petrol Cars In India [2015].

5. Tata Nano – 20.6km/pl

Tata Nano Petrol Motor

Tata Nano Petrol Motor

The Tata Nano comes with 10 colors options, out of which 8 are new- Rogue Red, Pearl White, Serene White, Aqua Blue, Metro Silver, Neon Rush, Mojito Green, Sunshine Yellow, Papaya Orange and Champagne Gold. The exteriors of the car can also be distinguished by the half or the full wheel caps. Other than that, there has not been much modifications applied to the exterior.

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Tata claims that the Nano is adequate of providing an overall fuel efficiency of 25.4kpl (as per ARAI). When we tested the Tata Nano, it delivered a fuel efficiency of 15.1kpl under standard city driving conditions. While on the highway, it delivered 20.6kpl. The Tata Nano attached with a 624cc, two cylinder motor which develops 37.4bhp and 5.2kgm of torque. The Tata Nano range retails from Rs 1.94-2.31 lakh (all prices, ex-showroom Delhi).

4. Maruti Alto 800 – 17.8 km/pl

Maruti Alto 800

Maruti Alto 800

The Maruti Alto very much looks sportier than all its older model. The front has received a big overhaul. It has a newly styled two part radiator front grille. There is an Maruti Suzuki India badge in the middle of the grille as well. One of the biggest aspects of the car is the fact that the interior spaces have been widely increased. The seating has become really comfortable- the car is now big enough to seat around five people. 

Maruti India all make fully fuel efficient car, by watching the customers need and it is the Alto 800 that trumps its bigger siblings to occupy second place. The Alto 800 has a fuel efficiency of 22.74kpl as per ARAI. During our tests, it delivered an efficiency of 13.3kpl in the city and 17.8kpl on the highway. The Alto 800 is attached with a 796cc, three cylinder engine which makes 47bhp and 7.03kgm of torque. The Maruti Alto 800 variants are priced from Rs 2.37-3.26 lakh (all prices, ex-showroom Delhi).

3. Hyundai Eon – 17.2 km/pl

Hyundai Eon petrol model

Hyundai Eon

The Hyundai EON has a amazing dual tone chrome finish radiator grille that helps in enhancement of its look. The headlights have a sweptback design and have a chrome lining. It provides ample light that makes the driver’s visibility of the road better. The seats of this car are bucket type and thus are more comfortable. The instrument panel has a chrome dial and is modern looking. There is pedestal space at the center of the dashboard. This allows accessories, idols or gadgets to be safely placed.

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Hyundai Eon is the smallest car offered by the Hyundai company to India, has an ARAI rated fuel efficiency of 21.1kpl but it delivered a fuel efficiency of 13.7kpl in city driving conditions and 17.2kpl on the highway. The Hyundai Eon is attached with a 814cc, three cylinder, motor good for 55bhp and 7.6kgm of torque. The Eon petrol range starts from INR2.83 lakh and the top trim costs INR3.86 (all prices, ex-showroom Delhi).

2. Datsun Go – 17.90km/pl

DatsunGo Petrol Model

Datsun Go Petrol Model

The Look and design of the Datsun Go hatchback is straightforward and toil-less, and its modernity is immediately recognized through its sharp, bold lines. Datsun Go gives a premium look with its the frontage showcasing large perforated radiator grille. The design of the headlight cluster is aggressive with sharp edges. The car offers impressive safety features. It is expected that features such as central locking, remote key less entry and driver side power window will be incorporated. The company has designed the Datsun Go with a length of 3785 mm and a width of 1635 mm. 

The Datsun Go is the first motor car offered by the Datsun stable in India. The Datsun Go has a claimed fuel efficiency of 20.63kpl as per ARAI. We extracted a fuel efficiency of 12.8km/pl while driving in the city and 17.9km/pl while driving on the highway. The Datsun Go is attached to a 1198cc, three-cylinder engine that makes 67bhp and 10.61kgm of torque. The Datsun Go range is priced from Rs 3.12-3.70 lakh (all prices, ex-showroom Delhi).

1. Wagon R – 17 km/pl

Wagon R Petrol model

Wagon R Petrol model

Wagon R is popular for only on thing which is its exteriors. The car has a really distinct look and design it can be easily spotted from far away. The car has a durable and smooth look and has a lot of eye-catching features. The front grille of the car has chrome plating. The car actually has really impressive looking interior. The car looks incredibly classy from the interior. The interior is very peaceful and provide enough space for five adults to sit comfortably with inclusive of driver.

The Wagon R is the second-most fuel efficient petrol car from Maruti’s stables. The Maruti Wagon R has an ARAI rated fuel efficiency of 20.51kpl. Driving within the city, our testers noted a fuel efficiency of 12.4kpl while on the highway, it returned 17kpl. Under the hood of the Maruti Wagon R rests a 998cc, three-cylinder motor which delivers 67bhp and 9.1kgm of torque. The Maruti Wagon R range retails from Rs 3.48 lakh to Rs 4.59 lakh (all prices, ex-showroom Delhi).

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