Gasoline and diesel prices are rocketing to Mars, and there’s no sign of them falling any time soon. The rise in fuel costs is forcing masses to switch to other fuel sources, which are cheaper and offer more mileage in a unit quantity. Well, it doesn’t take rocket science to guess that it’s the CNG that is drawing crowds and OEMs. Since not every CNG car has a lot of mileage, we have compiled a list of the top 5 most fuel efficient CNG cars for sale in India. Interestingly, they all come from the stable of the largest automaker in the country – Maruti Suzuki.
Maruti Suzuki Celerio
In the avatar of the second generation, the Maruti Suzuki Celerio returns a claimed mileage of 35.60 km to a kg of CNG. The Celerio has recently entered our market in the new generation avatar. It is now a better overall package with redesigned exterior and interior. The Celerio CNG will be powered by a 1.0L NA petrol engine with a rated output of 58 hp and a maximum torque of 82.1 Nm. Speaking of prices, the Celerio CNG will be sold at a starting price of Rs 5.72 lakh, ex-showroom, Delhi.
Maruti Suzuki WagonR
With a starting price of Rs 6.13 lakh (ex-showroom), the WagonR is the best-selling CNG vehicle in the Indian market. It has a claimed mileage of 32.52 k/kg. It is for sale with two engine choices – 1.0L petrol and 1.2L petrol. However, only the former can be obtained with the option of a factory fitted CNG kit. The Maruti Suzuki WagonR is one of the most practical offerings in its segment, considering all the space it has to offer.
Maruti Suzuki Alto 800
The country’s cheapest CNG car is the Maruti Suzuki Alto 800 CNG. Although it is now due for a generational change, the Alto 800 CNG costs from Rs 4.89 lakh, ex-showroom. With a 0.8 liter NA petrol engine, it delivers a claimed figure of 31.59 km/kg. Also, the puny engine delivers 41 PS against 60 Nm, and it is mated to a 5-speed stick shift unit.
Maruti Suzuki S-Presso
Before we get into the S-Presso’s mileage claims, it should be revealed that it’s a fun little hatchback in terms of driving pleasure. The S-Presso is available with a 1.0L NA petrol engine which is also available with the option of a CNG kit, which delivers a claimed mileage of 31.2 km/kg. Power and torque are 59 hp and 78 Nm respectively. Speaking of price, the S-Presso CNG range starts from Rs 5.24 lakh, ex-showroom.
Maruti Suzuki Dzire
The Maruti Suzuki Dzire with the option of a factory-fitted CNG kit puts an end to the hunt for an economical and practical compact sedan. After all, he claims a mileage of 31.12 km/kg in the CNG-fied avatar. It gets a 1.2L engine under the hood that pushes out 78 PS and 98.5 Nm as its peak power. In addition, it comes exclusively with a five-speed manual transmission. In the Indian market, the Dzire CNG competes against Aura CNG and Tigor CNG.