If you are in the market scouting for a new car, chances are you will not buy a diesel car given the high premium they attract over their petrol counterpart. A diesel car will most certainly cost at least a lakh rupees more than its petrol sibling, making it a not so viable option for first time buyers, or anyone who is on a budget. But that's not the case anymore, as there are plenty of budget diesel cars in the market on offer today.
While they are still more expensive than the petrol counterpart, they are priced strategically to match customer's expectation.
Here's a list of the top 5 affordable diesel hatchbacks in India today!
Vehicle - Tata Tiago
Variant - Revotorq XB
Price - Rs 4.22 L
Tata Tiago is one of the most talked about hatchback in the country today and won the Autoportal's best hatchback 2017 award. Among the many reasons is the fact that it is the most affordable yet most feature loaded car in the market. In fact, its diesel variant Revotorq XB is the cheapest diesel car in India available today. At Rs 4.22 L, you can buy a car that offers you a brilliant 25+ kmpl mileage figure.
Vehicle - Tata Indica
Variant - LS
Price - Rs 4.89 L
This one is a bit of old horse and a favourite among the taxi drivers. The Tata Indica was the first Tata vehicle to be ever launched way back in 1998 and even after almost 20 years of sales, Tata continues to sell the first indigenous product in the market. And the reason is the same - it's still the most spacious, budget friendly and trouble free hatchback in the market, a darling of fleet owners.
Vehicle - Maruti Suzuki Celerio
Variant - LDI
Price - Rs 5.07L
The cheapest Maruti product with a diesel engine is the Celerio LDI model. In fact, when it was launched, it was the cheapest diesel product in the market. For a price a bit upwards of Rs 5 lakhs, you get a reliable hatchback with some new age features, staggering mileage and a brand name like Maruti Suzuki.
Vehicle - Chevrolet Beat
Variant - PS Diesel
Price - Rs 5.53L
Next in the line is the Chevrolet Beat hatchback. Chevrolet introduced the Diesel engine to the funky Beat hatchback only a couple of years ago and was the only credible option if one wanted a budget diesel car but not a Maruti product. The Chevrolet Beat PS Diesel variant is priced at Rs 5.53 L and gets you a small, lovable hatchback with youthful interiors.
Vehicle - Mahindra KUV100
Variant - K2 D 6STR
Price - Rs 5.75L
The newest hatchback to enter the list is the Mahindra KUV100 hatchback. The rather strange product from the India's largest Utility Vehicle manufacturer emulates the stance of a UV in a hatchback body. The KUV100 is available at a price of Rs 5.75 Lakhs for the K2 D 6STR variant. For this price, you get India's first SUV looking hatchback with an interesting 5- and 6-seater options and some good features.
Vehicle - Ford Figo
Variant - 1.5 TDCi
Price - Rs 5.97L
This list couldn't possibly be complete without mentioning the all-new Ford Figo hatchback. The new Ford Figo 1.5 TDCi is can be bought for a little less than Rs 6 lakhs and for that money, you will be buying the most powerful option in the list. The hatchback delivers 100 PS with a mileage no less than 25 kmpl and top spec features list. A sure shot buy if you are looking for an affordable diesel hatchback.