If you are looking for a small diesel car that promises low running costs, plenty of equipment and a feature-laden cabin then you've come to the right place. There are plenty of options on offer in the diesel hatchback segment enough to confuse most buyers. From cute and stylish cars to well built one's, there's something for everyone. We've selected the best of the lot that are worth your money and will keep you and your loved one's satisfied in the long run.
- Price Starts @ Rs.4.24 Lac [Get On-Road Price]
- Engine: 1.0-litre Diesel
- Power: 57bhp Torque: 150Nm
- Fuel economy: 25.44kmpl
The Beat proves that budget motoring does not need to be boring looking. This is one of the most charming looking small cars on sale in India with plenty of personality. The Beat’s 1-litre diesel engine tends to get a bit noisy as speeds increase but has plenty of pep on offer. The small engine develops 57bhp of power. Chevy claims 25.44kmpl for the car. The cabin is a funky place to be in, with a digital gauge. On the plus side, the ride is well controlled at any speed, and the car takes most bumps in its stride. It does have a bit of body roll around corners, but the steering is responsive enough to make it a decent handling car. The cabin quality is decent but the boot is a bit small.
- Price Starts @ Rs.4.14 Lac[Get On-Road Price]
- Engine: 1.4-litre Diesel
- Power: 68bhp Torque: 160Nm
- Fuel economy: 20.0kmpl
The Figo is ideal for those who want a value-for-money car. It gets Ford’s 1.4 TDCi diesel engine with 68bhp. The engine scores on refinement as well as driveability. Power is generated from low as 1,200 rpm, which means it’s an easy car to drive around city traffic. You also get a 284-litre boot which adds to the practicality. On the equipment level, the Figo is a mixed bag. You get a Bluetooth stereo, electrically operated side mirrors, twin airbags and ABS but surprisingly only front power windows even on the top-end version, which is a bit irritating. On the plus side though the ride quality is pretty good as is the build quality. The doors shut with a confident ‘thud’ sound. The engaging steering is an advantage as well. All in all, a great buy.
Hyundai Grand i10
- Price Starts @ Rs.4.66 Lac[Get On-Road Price]
- Engine: 1.1-litre Diesel
- Power: 70bhp Torque: 160Nm
- Fuel economy: 24kmpl
The Grand is one of those few cars that actually justifies its name. You get some class leading features like rear AC vents, air-cooled glovebox, keyless entry, self-folding side view mirrors and 1GB internal memory on the stereo system. The 1.1-litre engine develops 70bhp and scores huge marks on refinement. The super light steering, clutch and gearbox means that this is a great car for city traffic. The soft suspension is good at annihilating most road variations in the city. Rear occupants get plenty of space in the back and the well-shaped boot manages to take plenty of luggage as well. The quality of materials used is first rate as well. The beige cabin though has a tendency to get dirty rather easily.
- Price Starts @ Rs. 5.33 Lac[Get On-Road Price]
- Engine: 1.5-litre Diesel
- Power: 65bhp Torque: 160Nm
- Fuel economy: 23.03kmpl
Nissan recently reworked the Micra’s looks to make it look more attractive than before. The car comes with a 1.5-litre diesel engine with 64bhp of power. Power is adequate and refinement is good. In fact the engine’s responsive nature makes it a good bet around stop-go city traffic. The cabin has plenty of room across both rows and the quality is good too. The circular theme looks good and the controls are easy to use. The 265-litre boot is well shaped as well. The suspension is good at taking the sting out of most bad roads and high speed stability is good as well. However, keener drivers will need to look elsewhere since the steering doesn’t offer enough feel and there is plenty of body lean as well around corners.
- Price Starts @ Rs.4.58 Lac[Get On-Road Price]
- Engine: 1.3-litre Diesel
- Power: 74bhp Torque: 190Nm
- Fuel economy: 22.9kmpl
The diesel Swift has been a bumper hit for Maruti ever since its launch and not without reason. The 1.3-litre diesel motor which Maruti has badged DDiS develops 74bhp of power. Its high on refinement and fuel efficiency is good as well. Maruti claims 20.65kmpl. The posh looking dashboard is a huge hit with younger buyers as is its sporty styling. The car is a keen handler as well and there is plenty of fun to be had for thrill seekers. Maruti has given it plenty of features as well. The top-end version gets climate control, dual airbags, alloy wheels and steering mounted controls among other things to make the overall experience enjoyable. Maruti’s trusted and extensive service network adds to the appeal of this car as well.
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