Planning to buy a car sometime soon? Do you have a checklist of features that you would like to see in your dream car? And lastly, does ‘Mileage’ top the list? If yes, you have come to the right place. Today, car buyers are primarily concerned with the stylish looks and lucrative technical features that ensure convenience. Still, there is a group of buyers who are more interested in finding a car that promises good mileage. With the fuel prices hitting the roof, we cannot deny that mileage is one of the decisive factors in buying a car.
• Maruti Celerio: Introduced in 2014, the Maruti Celerio has been the flagship model for fuel efficiency and a favorite among first-time buyers. Celerio's VXi AMT had the highest fuel consumption at 26.68 Kpl, followed by AMT models ZXi and ZXi+ at 26 Kpl. The 1.0 L petrol engine produces 67 hp and 89 Nm of torque. It is paired with a 5-speed manual or AMT gearbox for smooth transmission. The cheapest Maruti Celerio variant is the LXI model. It is priced at INR 525,000 while the most expensive model is the Maruti Celerio ZXI Plus AMT which is priced at INR 700,000.
• ALTO 800: Conceptualized and designed for small families, Maruti’s Alto 800 was a dream come true for middle-class consumers. Boasting a mileage of 24 Kpl, Alto is one of the best petrol cars in India. Priced at Rs 3 lakh, the ALTO 800 successfully descends the qualities of reliability and good mileage from its predecessor the Maruti 800. It features a 0.8 L petrol engine with 48 hp and 69 Nm of torque, making it a viable option for many. Not to forget, it is also more economical and has a more compact form than the Maruti Celerio.
• Maruti Suzuki Ignis: The Maruti Suzuki Ignis impresses here with its distinctive front and wide rear. For six years, Ignis has received steady attention. It's a 5-seater hatchback with prices ranging from INR 535,000 to INR 772,000. You can count on a mileage of 20-21 Kpl while driving on the highway. The 1.2L K-series engine makes it a fairly affordable petrol car in India.
• Datsun Redi-Go: The competition between Datsun Redi-Go and Alto has been a close match since it came to India when Alto was the highest selling car in the market. Even though the Datsun Redi-Go did not perform very well in terms of sales, it did perform well in the mileage department. It can be considered to be one of the best petrol cars to buy in 2022. It has a fuel consumption of 22 Kpl and a price range of Rs. 3.83 lakhs to Rs. 4.95 lakhs. It's sleek on the outside and roomier on the inside than the Alto. Redi-Go is an underrated option that beginners can certainly explore.
• Tata Tiago: Perfect for a family of 4-5, the Tata Tiago is one of the best hatchback cars in the mid-range value. The car is complete with various safety features and is equipped with a 1.2 L petrol engine and an AMT gearbox. Tiago has a mileage of 23.84 Kpl. The least expensive model will cost you around 5.39 lakhs INR while the most expensive variant stands at 6.91 lakhs.
• Renault Kwid: Kwid was Renault's answer to Maruti's Celerio and Wagon R. It has two motors and a 1.0L petrol engine and provides a mileage of 22.4 Kpl. The Renault Kwid is moderately popular among the masses, and is estimated to be around 6 lakhs INR.
For starters, they are cheaper than their diesel counterparts and are low-maintenance. They also have a good depreciation rate compared to diesel cars. Increased taxes on diesel cars make them costly compared to petrol cars. This year diesel had a higher rate than petrol in Delhi. This might not be the case for all cities. Smart apps like Park+ FASTag can keep you updated with real-time fuel rates in different cities. The app is present in Playstore. You can also use it to pay FASTag payments and upload receipts.