When people in India go car shopping, the number one factor they look for is fuel efficiency. Since driving in India is usually a strenuous exercise, we look for cars that offer us better mileage over anything else. And now with the pre-owned market growing so rapidly, there is no shortage of fuel-efficient cars in India - picking out the best from the rest is what you need to do. Here are 5 of the best fuel-efficient used cars under Rs 10 lakh.
Maruti Suzuki Swift and Maruti Suzuki Dzire
Undoubtedly the biggest-selling cars in India, Maruti Suzuki Swift and Dzire are also the most fuel-efficient cars on the market. Ever since the brand was created, they have been producing some of the best cars and while they are often considered as "unsafe", they focus mainly on mileage and power. Both models feature either a 1.2L petrol engine or a 1.3L diesel engine that can be had with a 5-speed manual or a 5-speed automatic transmission. When it comes to fuel-efficiency, both the Swift and Dzire claim to offer 28.4 kmpl which is, by far, better than any other car available out there. While a new Swift or Dzire can be purchased for about 6-9 lakh, a pre owned car can be had for anything between 4-6 lakh.
Maruti Suzuki Ciaz
Another powerful performer from Maruti is the Ciaz which offers a mileage of 28.09 kmpl for the top-tier model. Powering the Ciaz is the standard 1.3L diesel motor that offers 90Ps and 200Nm as well as brand new 1.5L petrol and diesel options. The petrol engine generates 105Ps and 138Nm while the new diesel engine produces 95Ps and 225Nm of torque. In the transmission department, the Ciaz can be had with a 5-speed manual, 6-speed manual, or a 4-speed automatic gearbox. One of the biggest attractions of the Ciaz is its fuel-efficiency which is recognised as a vital part of the vehicle's popularity. A brand new Ciaz comes in with a price tag of about 10 lakh but you can get your hands on a used one for about 5 lakh only which makes it a valuable option.
Maruti Suzuki Baleno
Apart from being one of the best-selling cars of the year, the Maruti Suzuki Baleno is on this list for a reason and that is its fuel-efficiency. The car itself is designed for quick and effortless driving experiences thanks to its lightweight body. With a total of 4 variants, including the Sigma, Delta, Alpha, and Zeta, the Baleno has made a name for itself in the Indian market. There are a few options in terms of power on the car - a 1.2L Naturally-Aspirated petrol engine capable of producing 84Ps of power and 115Nm of torque, a 1.2L Dualjet petrol engine, and a 1.3L Turbocharged diesel motor which produces 75Ps and 190Nm. While the petrol engine has a mileage of about 23.8 kmpl, the diesel variants offer 27.3 kmpl. The Baleno is one of the most popular second hand cars in Bangalore and has a pre-owned value of about 6 lakh for the top-tier model.
Moving away from the Maruti brand, the Honda Jazz stands out as a worthy contender in the fuel-efficiency title. Honda has always been one of the biggest brands in the automobile industry and continues to push out powerful vehicles regularly. That is why the Jazz comes in as the most fuel-efficient model in its lineup for this segment. Under the hood, the Jazz houses a 1.2L petrol or a 1.5L diesel engine that generates 90Ps with 110Nm and 100Ps with 200Nm respectively. The petrol model is mated to either a 5-speed manual transmission or a 7-step CVT automatic gearbox. The diesel variant, however, comes fitted with a 6-speed manual transmission system only. Fuel efficiency is the Jazz's biggest advantage as it offers a maximum of 19kmpl on petrol models and 27.3kmpl on the diesel variant. While the highest model of the Honda Jazz can be purchased for about 9.50 lakh, a second-hand model can be found for anywhere between 4-6 lakh.
The Tata Tiago has quickly become one of the most popular cars in India in terms of performance, fuel-efficiency, and durability. Although the model is relatively affordable, it offers immense value and can be regarded as the best budget car under Rs 10 lakh. The car is powered by either a 1.2L petrol engine or a 1.05L diesel engine which produces 85Ps/114Nm and 70Ps/140Nm respectively. Mated to either a 5-speed manual or a 5-speed automatic transmission, the Tata Tiago offers good speed and even better control. In terms of mileage, the Tiago offers 23.84 kmpl on petrol variant while the diesel motor offers 27.28 kmpl.
For anyone looking to invest in a used car and consider mileage as an important feature, any of these above-mentioned cars will meet your requirements. Designed for Indian roads, these cars not only provide a superior driving experience but combine affordability and fuel-efficiency perfectly.