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Top TEN-10 Diesel Cars in India 2009-2010

Top TEN-10 Diesel Cars in India 2009-2010

1) Tata Indica V2

The Indica V2 is one of the best selling models from the small car segment. There are other virtues like a comfortable backseat and a decent ride. It does not compromise on power, safety, and convenience. The car is available in two base variants (DLE, DLS), 3 turbo variants (DLG, DLX, and DLS) and 2 Dicor variants (DLG, DLS). All the variants are powered by 1.4-litre Inline-4 engine that delivers 53bhp for the base model, 61-67bhp for turbo charged and 69bhp for the Dicor. Transmission is available in 5-speed manual. Rack and pinion steering is responsive, which helps rip in narrow city lanes. The fuel economy is 12 km/L in the city and 16 km/L on the highway for the Turbo and 13 km/L in the city and 17 km/L on the highway for Dicor. The diesel version price starts at Rs 2.6 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi).

2) Fiat 500

The Italian icon, Fiat 500, which has made a huge success in Europe is now flaunting in the Indian car market. Available in two variants - Sports and Lounge, the car is propelled by 1.3 multijet engines which is capable of generation 75hp. Priced at Rs 14 Lakh (ex-showroom, New Delhi), it's the most expensive car in the small car segment imported to India as a completely built unit.

Fiat creates a wave of enthusiasm among the Indian populace with its stylish, marvelous, and sharp features. It boasts itself with a traditional compact design, luxurious interiors, and faultless performance. The car is equipped with exceptional modern features like ABS anti-lock braking with EBD, remote central locking, 'Follow Me Home' headlights, Trip computer, seven airbags, body coloured electric drive mirrors with defrost and voice activated in-car communication called "Blue & Me".

3) Maruti Swift

The Swift diesel is Maruti's first serious attempt at making a diesel car. The 1.3 litre multijet turbocharged engine, made under a license from Fiat, generates a healthy 75 bhp. This engine is extremely fuel efficient and boasts of fine refinement and performance. The estimated fuel-efficiency is 15.9 km/l for petrol variant and 21.0 km/l for diesel variant. A 5-speed manual transmission is standard. It retains its sharp steering from its petrol siblings despite the extra weight. However, the variant misses out on airbags or climate control, among other features; ABS is optional. The Swift diesel is the most economical buy in the market. The diesel version price starts at Rs 4.73 Lakh (ex-showroom Delhi).

4) Mahindra-Renault Logan

Mahindra-Renault Logan is a midsize sedan that was the outcome of the joint venture by Renault and Mahindra & Mahindra (M&M). This no-nonsense, well engineered car has ample space, comfortable seating, and a large luggage boot. Logan offers an excellent ride quality and its handling is decent. The Logan's trump card is its fuel-efficiency that stands at an estimated 12/17 km/l (city/highway), which is as good as that of an economical small car. On the ergonomics part it little disappointing; the power window switches are placed in new slots other than the regular driver's door pad. The top-end model comes with driver's airbag, but no ABS. The Logan Diesel is available in three variants. A 5-speed manual transmission is standard. A 1.5L Inline-4 diesel engine churns out 65 bhp. The diesel version price starts at Rs 5.73 Lakh (ex-showroom Delhi).
5) Ford Fiesta

The Ford Fiesta is a compact luxury sedan manufactured indigenously in India. Designed by the Ford Motor Company in Europe it is more spacious than others in its segment; providing ample seating space for five adults. Fiesta's styling might not be as sporty or racy as the Ikon in the looks department, but it has its own intrinsic appeal and would probably find its niche among a more mature segment of car buyers. A car that sensitively and intuitively gets your measure, it handles like dynamite on the road. Reassuring and comfortable, the Fiesta exudes class and style. Fiesta comes with a 1.4-litre Duratorq TDCi engine which is a revolution in diesel power. With its cutting-edge common-rail technology, this latest generation engine takes diesel refinement to a new level. This 1.4-litre diesel delivers 67 bhp. The 5-speed manual gearbox is slick and a joy to use. The estimated fuel-efficiency is 14/19 km/l (city/highway). The diesel version price starts at Rs 6.97 Lakh (ex-showroom Delhi).

6) Toyota Innova

Toyota's people mover looks every inch a winner: It has terrific interior space and comfort, great refinement, a smooth and punch pair of engines and impressive flexibility. Moving away from the crude UV tradition, the Innova has a car-like look and drive. Large multi-reflector headlamps ensure good night-time visibility and plush seats offer utmost comfort on long drives. An Inline-4, 2.4-litre, diesel engine delivers an output of 100.5 bhp and is coupled to a 5-speed manual transmission. It provides 11 km/l in the city and 14 km/l on the highway. The diesel version price starts at Rs 7.27 Lakh (ex-showroom Delhi).

7) Mitsubishi Lancer

This luxury sedan is marvelously refined, handsome, and comfortable. It is a good all-rounder in its segment. It comes with a 2.0L I-4 engine that delivers 67 bhp. A 5-manual transmission is standard. The steering turns in with confidence, body movement is well controlled during hard turns. The exterior is elegantly designed with fish-eye halogen headlamps that ensure optimal visibility. 15" alloy wheels present a classy look. The interior is enhanced with a well-designed instrument cluster that provides precise information to the driver. The Lancer provides an impressive fuel economy of 12 km/l within city limits and 16 km/l on highways. Dual airbags and ABS with electronic brake force distribution ensure safety. The diesel version price starts at Rs 7.59 Lakh (ex-showroom Delhi).

8) Maruti Suzuki Swift Dzire

The stretched version of Swift hatchback is one of the good options in the sedan segment. The Swift Dzire holds on the cheeky appeal of its hatchback sibling but with a more premium look. The diesel engine is propelled by 1248cc turbocharged DDiS engine that churns out 75bhp and is coupled with 5 speed manual transmission. The Swift Dzire offers 3 diesel variants - LDi, VDi, and ZDi. The variants are loaded with high-end accessories, quality interior materials, and safety features. The Dzire also provide a comfortable seating position where, the rear seat backrests are angled at 27 degrees. The estimated fuel-efficiency is 14/19 km/L (city/highway). The diesel version price starts at Rs 4.7 Lakh (ex-showroom Delhi).

9) Skoda Octavia

The Octavia was the car that first turned the luxury market upside down. Octavia looks and feels expensive. It is built like a vault, delivers great performance (for a diesel), and comes with abundant boot space. The 1.9-liter Inline-4 engine produces a healthy 89 bhp. The diesel engine, though a touch noisy, is incredibly fuel-efficient. The Octavia comes with 5-speed manual and 4-speed automatic transmission options. Fuel economy is 13 km/l in the city and 18 km/l on the highway. Dual airbags, seatbelts with pre-tensioners, and ABS ensure maximum safety. The diesel version price starts with Rs 12.18 Lakh (ex-showroom Delhi).

10) Mahindra Scorpio

Mahindra Scorpio, truly an Indian SUV is an epitome of Indian design caliber. It falls into three different categories - Mahindra Scorpio, Scorpio mHawk and Scorpio Getaway. The sturdy looking Scorpio is available in 3 diesel variants - 2.6 LX , SLE, and M2DI which give a fuel-efficiency of 9/14 km/L (city/highway) and carry a price tag of Rs 6.96 lakh. The mHawk is powered by 2.2L mHawk CRDe 4 cylinder diesel engine that delivers 120bhp and is available in two variants - VLX and VLS. The SUV promises a fuel-efficiency of 10/14 km/L (city/highway) with the price tag of Rs 9.5 lakh. The Getaway is a lifestyle SUV, which is powered by 2.6L, turbocharged CRDe, launched in two versions - Getaway 2-wheel drive and Getaway 4-wheel drive. The car provides a fuel-efficiency of 10/14 km/L (city/highway) and carries the price tag of Rs 6.9 lakh.

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