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Revealed: India's top 3 most fuel efficient premium hatchbacks

Ninad Ambre Ninad Ambre Friday 17 June 2016, 11:34 AM

Fuel efficiency of a car plays a vital role in the buying decision for an Indian consumer. Whether it is a vehicle from an entry-level segment or premium one, most Indian buyers do consider the fuel economy before coming to their buying conclusion. Looking at its importance, we have listed the top 3 most fuel efficient premium hatchbacks sold in India based on their ARAI-rated fuel economy figures.

Rank 1 Maruti Suzuki Baleno:

ARAI fuel efficiency: 27.39kmpl (diesel); 21.4kmpl (petrol manual and AT)

The Baleno has created quite a stir in the automobile industry by setting many new benchmarks. Maruti Suzuki's latest entrant tops this list with both the petrol and diesel trims scoring the highest on the fuel economy charts. These variants come powered by the same engines from the Swift, but the lightweight Baleno achieves a better fuel efficiency as it is 100kg lighter than the Swift. In the practical world, the figures are also impressive as the diesel returned 19.6kmpl on the highway and 14.2kmpl in the city. On the other hand, the petrol automatic achieved 16.8kmpl on the highway and 11.9kmpl in the city. Our long-termer petrol Baleno is also delivering nearly 15.5kmpl on an average.

Rank 2 Honda Jazz:

ARAI fuel efficiency: 27.3kmpl (diesel); 18.7kmpl/19kmpl (petrol/AT)

The diesel Jazz comes powered by the 100bhp 1,498cc four cylinder motor, which is the largest and the most powerful mill amongst the cars in this list. Interestingly, its fuel efficiency almost matches the diesel Baleno's figures. In our road test the diesel achieved 19.8kmpl on the highway and 14.5kmpl in the city. And if you prefer the more refined petrol mill also known for its strong mid-range grunt, both the manual and automatic variants have a decent fuel efficiency putting the Jazz in the second position in this list.

Rank 3 Hyundai Elite i20:

ARAI fuel efficiency: 22.54kmpl (diesel); 18.6kmpl (petrol)

The segment leader in terms of sales might be at the third spot in this list, but still has fuel efficiency to match the other two. And for people looking for a car with a smooth, quiet and tractable diesel engine, the Elite i20's overall package only further helps to seal the deal. Its highway figures on our road test stood at 19.3kmpl, while the city fuel efficiency was 13.8kmpl. The 1.2-litre petrol engine is also extremely refined and delivers enough punch required for daily driving.


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