Top 5 most fuel efficient petrol automatic sedans in India
Though SUVs are all the rage these days, Indians haven’t set aside their penchant for three-box cars. Speaking of fuel choices, diesel cars had risen as a preferred option in almost every segment during the mid-2000s in the country Let us check out five most fuel-efficient petrol automatic sedans in the country. (Source: CarDekho.com)
Maruti Suzuki Dzire 1.2-litre AGS: The third-generation Dzire (the ‘Swift’ label has been dropped) has upped its game in almost every key area, including its overall fuel efficiency. Though it carries forward the same petrol engine as the previous model, with a new lightweight platform and improved aerodynamics, the efficiency has gone up by 5.5 per cent.
The 2017 Dzire petrol automatic, which gets an automated manual transmission, returns an ARAI-certified fuel efficiency of 22.0kmpl, same as its manual counterpart.
Maruti Suzuki Ciaz 1.4-litre Automatic: Ciaz, takes the second spot on this list with an ARAI-certified fuel efficiency of 19.2kmpl (1.61kmpl lesser than its manual). Though it beats both of its closest rivals – the VW Vento TSI and the Honda City CVT – by a slight margin, the Ciaz petrol automatic loses out on its ancient four-speed torque converter automatic.
Volkswagen Vento 1.2-litre TSI DSG: The VW Vento has the most advanced powertrain option here with a downsized turbocharged petrol engine coupled to a seven-speed automatic transmission. The Vento TSI's 1.2-litre turbo engine is the torquiest of the lot, thanks to its forced induction system, and returns a certified fuel efficiency of 18.19kmpl. The turbo unit is not available with a manual transmission option.
Honda Amaze 1.2-litre i-VTEC CVT: With its mid-cycle update (introduced last year), the 2016 Honda Amaze received a CVT (continuously variable transmission) automatic, replacing the old 5-speed torque converter unit. With the addition of a CVT, the Amaze got a slight bump in power figures (2PS and 1Nm) and the 1.2-litre is now in the same tune as the Jazz. The Amaze CVT returns an ARAI-certified fuel-efficiency of 18.1kmpl.
Honda City 1.5-litre i-VTEC CVT: This engine has always been the backbone of the City in India. Even though it received a diesel engine option with the current fourth-gen model in 2014, the petrol has kept the City afloat in the segment ever since. The City’s 1.5-litre i-VTEC falls short in terms of overall torque output compared to the turbocharged Vento, but it is more powerful of the two. Further, it is the only car here to offer paddle shifters (seven-speed paddle shifters). The Honda City CVT returns an ARAI-certified fuel-efficiency of 18.0kmpl.