10 Top Diesel Cars in India

  • Hyundai Sonata Embera

Sonata Embera is manufactured by Hyundai Motor India Ltd., India’s second largest car manufacturer and largest passenger car exporter. The four-cylinder, 2.0-litre CRDi VGT engine in the Embera delivers an output of 140 bhp. The estimated fuel-efficiency is 10/14 km/l (city/highway). It comes with 6-speed manual and 4-speed H-Matic transmission options. The car has excellent pick-up and performance and a ground clearance of 170 mm makes it perfect for Indian roads. With the launch of its new variant, Sonata Embera will now be available in 4 variants that include both petrol and diesel engine options. The price of the diesel Automatic version is Rs 15.71 Lakh (ex-showroom Delhi) and the Manual is Rs. 15.02 Lakh (ex-showroom Delhi).

  • Skoda Octavia

The Octavia was the car that first turned the luxury market upside down. Octavia looks and feels expensive. It is built like a vault, delivers great performance (for a diesel), and comes with abundant boot space. The 1.9-liter Inline-4 engine produces a healthy 89 bhp. The diesel engine, though a touch noisy, is incredibly fuel-efficient. The Octavia comes with 5-speed manual and 4-speed automatic transmission options. Fuel economy is 13 km/l in the city and 18 km/l on the highway. Dual airbags, seatbelts with pre-tensioners, and ABS ensure maximum safety. The diesel version price starts with Rs. 12.18 Lakh (ex-showroom Delhi).

  • Chevrolet Optra Magnum

Sensing the shift in the Indian market towards diesel vehicles, GM launched the all new Optra Magnum Diesel in India. The new Chevrolet Optra Magnum diesel comes with a 2.0-litre TCDi engine that generates a power of 119 bhp and is coupled to a 5 speed manual transmission. The Magnum offers 3 diesel variants. Front headlamps, front grille, bumpers, fenders, and even the interiors have been restyled. Leather upholstery, leather wrapped steering wheel, a 2 DIN MP3 Cassette player comes as standard with the top-end variant along with safety features like dual airbags, ABS, and remote keyless entry with burglar alarm. The walnut finish interiors with chrome side mouldings and chromed grip type door handle on the outside give the Magnum a touch of class. The estimated fuel-efficiency is 11/16 km/l (city/highway). The diesel version price starts at Rs. 8.74 Lakh (ex-showroom Delhi).

  • Mitsubishi Lancer

This luxury sedan is marvelously refined, handsome, and comfortable. It is a good all-rounder in its segment. It comes with a 2.0L I-4 engine that delivers 67 bhp. A 5-manual transmission is standard. The steering turns in with confidence, body movement is well controlled during hard turns. The exterior is elegantly designed with fish-eye halogen headlamps that ensure optimal visibility. 15″ alloy wheels present a classy look. The interior is enhanced with a well-designed instrument cluster that provides precise information to the driver. The Lancer provides an impressive fuel economy of 12 km/l within city limits and 16 km/l on highways. Dual airbags and ABS with electronic brake force distribution ensure safety. The diesel version price starts at Rs. 7.59 Lakh (ex-showroom Delhi).

  • Toyota Innova

Toyota’s people mover looks every inch a winner: It has terrific interior space and comfort, great refinement, a smooth and punch pair of engines and impressive flexibility. Moving away from the crude UV tradition, the Innova has a car-like look and drive. Large multi-reflector headlamps ensure good night-time visibility and plush seats offer utmost comfort on long drives. An Inline-4, 2.4-litre, diesel engine delivers an output of 100.5 bhp and is coupled to a 5-speed manual transmission. It provides 11 km/l in the city and 14 km/l on the highway. The diesel version price starts at Rs. 7.27 Lakh (ex-showroom Delhi).

  • Ford Fiesta

The Ford Fiesta is a compact luxury sedan manufactured indigenously in India. Designed by the Ford Motor Company in Europe it is more spacious than others in its segment; providing ample seating space for five adults. Fiesta’s styling might not be as sporty or racy as the Ikon in the looks department, but it has its own intrinsic appeal and would probably find its niche among a more mature segment of car buyers. A car that sensitively and intuitively gets your measure, it handles like dynamite on the road. Reassuring and comfortable, the Fiesta exudes class and style. Fiesta comes with a 1.4-litre Duratorq TDCi engine which is a revolution in diesel power. With its cutting-edge common-rail technology, this latest generation engine takes diesel refinement to a new level. This 1.4-litre diesel delivers 67 bhp. The 5-speed manual gearbox is slick and a joy to use. The estimated fuel-efficiency is 14/19 km/l (city/highway). The diesel version price starts at Rs. 6.97 Lakh (ex-showroom Delhi).

  • Mahindra-Renault Logan

Mahindra-Renault Logan is a midsize sedan that was the outcome of the joint venture by Renault and Mahindra & Mahindra (M&M). This no-nonsense, well engineered car has ample space, comfortable seating, and a large luggage boot. Logan offers an excellent ride quality and its handling is decent. The Logan’s trump card is its fuel-efficiency that stands at an estimated 12/17 km/l (city/highway), which is as good as that of an economical small car. On the ergonomics part it little disappointing; the power window switches are placed in new slots other than the regular driver’s door pad. The top-end model comes with driver’s airbag, but no ABS. The Logan Diesel is available in three variants. A 5-speed manual transmission is standard. A 1.5L Inline-4 diesel engine churns out 65 bhp. The diesel version price starts at Rs. 5.73 Lakh (ex-showroom Delhi).

  • Hyundai Getz Prime

The Hyundai Getz Prime is being touted as the country’s first car that can be called ‘truly global,‘ in terms of features that conform to the global standards of performance as well as aesthetics. The Getz, which has sold the most in Europe, has won many accolades in various countries, including the ‘Best Small Car’ in Australia in 2005 and the ‘Transport for London GreenFleet Award’ for the best economy car in 2006. The Getz Prime CRDi comes with a new 1.5-liter diesel engine that generates 108 bhp. A 5-speed manual transmission is standard. The estimated fuel-efficiency is 13/20 km/l (city/highway). The diesel version price starts at Rs. 5.70 Lakh (ex-showroom Delhi).

  • Tata Indigo Marina

The Indigo Marina is easily the best value-for-money mid-sizer. There are other virtues like a comfortable backseat and a decent ride. It is a car that has the luxury of a sedan and the utility and convenience of a multi-utility vehicle. It does not compromise on power, safety, and luxury and has enough space to carry everyone and everything. It is available in 3 variants. It is empowered with a 1.4-litre Inline-4 turbocharged diesel engine that delivers 69 bhp. Transmission is available in 5-speed manual. A 4-spoke power steering wheel with tilt feature ensures easy maneuvering. The fuel economy is 12 km/l in the city and 16.5 km/l on the highway. The diesel version price starts at Rs.5.09 Lakh (ex-showroom Delhi).

  • Maruti Swift

The Swift diesel is Maruti’s first serious attempt at making a diesel car. The 1.3 litre multijet turbocharged engine, made under a license from Fiat, generates a healthy 75 bhp. This engine is extremely fuel efficient and boasts of fine refinement and performance. The estimated fuel-efficiency is 14/18 km/l (city/highway). A 5-speed manual transmission is standard. It retains its sharp steering from its petrol siblings despite the extra weight. However, the variant misses out on airbags or climate control, among other features; ABS is optional. The Swift diesel is the most economical buy in the market. The diesel version price starts at Rs. 4.73 Lakh (ex-showroom Delhi).


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