Last updated on – March 3, 2017


If you are looking for an affordable diesel car that promises low running costs, generous cabin space and amazing features then you have just landed to the right place. There is a lot to explore in the diesel cars in India under INR 7 Lacs. We’ve selected some top diesel cars that lie in this category.

It has been seen that hatchback diesel cars are ideal for Indian consumers looking for best-in-0class mileage and interior features in the car.

We have listed some best value for money cars that are top-selling diesel cars in the Indian car market.

Maruti Suzuki Ignis

Rs. 4.66 – 7.94 lakhs Ex-Showroom.

The Premium Urban Compact, that’s what the carmaker calls it, the Maruti Suzuki Ignis perfectly sits between hot-hatch Baleno and compact SUV Vitara Brezza.
Maruti Suzuki Ignis is based on the car manufacturer’s new generation platform that’s why the design of the car is new and appealing. The Ignis also offers improved safety equipment and higher torsional rigidity with good stability. It is also seen with significant characteristics of an SUV such as bolder design, high ground clearance and solid character lines.

Available in both petrol and diesel powertrains, the Ignis is being offered in 6 different trims, though the entry-level Sigma version is not available in diesel line-up.
While the petrol trim is powered by a 1.2-litre K-Series petrol motor and the diesel version gets 1.3-litre MultiJet engine. Interestingly, both the engines will come with the optional Automatic Gear Shift.

Tata Bolt

Rs. 4.81 – 7.52 lakhs Ex-Showroom.

The leading homegrown carmaker of the country, Tata Motors launched the Bolt hatchback in the country in January 2015. The car is affordable at the cost though rich in features and equipment. It is based on carmaker’s same X1 platform which also underpins the Indica Vista hatch.
According to the manufacturer of the Bolt, its design was developed with the combined idea from three different studios – Pune (India), Coventry (UK) and Turin (Italy).

The Bolt comes fitted with Revotron motor for petrol-powered version, while the diesel variants consist of 1.3-litre Quadrajet turbo engine that generates an impressive power of 74 bhp and 190 Nm of torque.
The entire power is sent to the rear wheels via 5-speed manual transmission.
Bolt is the smart car from Tata Motors and part of HorizonNext Strategy. DriveNext, DesignNext and ConnectNext, these three terms perfectly define the purpose of Bolt hatchback.

Nissan Micra

Rs. 6.12 – 7.24 lakhs Ex-Showroom.

The entry level small hatch from the leading Japanese Carmaker, Nissan Micra could be a good choice to buy a car with the respective criteria. People who are looking for the car that does the job perfectly in city rush and short turns.
Offered with both petrol and diesel powerhouses, this hot-hatch has received many updates over the over. Currently running in its fourth-generation, the Micra is all set to receive its fifth generation upgrade.

Revealed in 2016 Paris Motor Show in September last year, the production of the new-generation model has been kicked-off. The 2017 Nissan Micra is based on the Renault-Nissan alliance’s CMF-B platform and boasts of sharper and styling design cues.
Despite being a less popular car in India, Nissan Micra is quite a hit in the international markets.

Maruti Suzuki Swift

Rs. 6.17 – 7.6 lakhs Ex-Showroom.

Maruti Suzuki SwiftThe Swift has been a successful hatch in the segment since its launch in the country in the year 2005. The new-generation Swift was launched back in 2011. The company has been positive about the performance of the Swift and gave the premium hatchback a facelift. The Swift has been the best-seller in its segment and contributed in the growth of the company.

The diesel power mill is the 1.3-litre DDiS that produces 75bhp of power and 190Nm of peak torque. The engine comes with a five-speed manual transmission. The 1248 cc Diesel – powered variant delivers a fuel economy of 23 kmpl in city and 25 kmpl on highways.

Maruti Suzuki Baleno

Rs. 6.56 – 8.6 lakhs Ex-Showroom.

maruti-suzuki-balenoMaruti Suzuki Baleno is a premium hatchback that is based on Maruti Suzuki’s new fifth-generation platform. This platform keeps it lighter and tougher than the ongoing other Maruti Suzuki platforms. The Baleno is available in two engine variants. It is placed as Maruti’s expensive hatchback in the premium hatchback segment.

The Baleno is offered with two engines, the 1.2-litre petrol churns about 84bhp of power at 6000rpm, while the 1.3-litre DDiS (diesel) delivers a power output of 75bhp and a maximum torque of 190Nm. Both are mated to a five-speed manual transmission. The 1248 cc Diesel – powered variant offers a fuel economy of 25 kmpl in city and 27 kmpl on highways.

Tata Tiago

Rs. 4.12 – 5.94 lakhs Ex-Showroom.

tata-tiagoThe Tiago is Tata’s latest entry level car into the compact car segment. With the launch of Tiago, the company has attempted to revise the Tata image as a more modern and vibrant car maker. The Tata Tiago is available in five trims – the XB, XE, XM, XT and the XZ. While the XE, XM, XT have been in the Zest and the Bolt, the XB (base) and the XZ (top-spec) variants are said to be newer ones.

The 1.05-litre turbocharged diesel mill develops 70bhp of power and 140Nm of torque at1800rpm. The engine power the front wheels through a five-speed manual gearbox. The car comes with driving modes – Eco and City. The 1047 cc Diesel – powered variant offers a fuel economy of 25 kmpl in city and 27 kmpl on highways.

Maruti Suzuki New Swift DZire

Rs. 6.71 – 8.71 lakhs Ex-Showroom, New Delhi.

maruti-suzuki-new-swift-dzireThe new-generation DZire is a compact sedan that received a facelift treatment recently. The new DZire is a Swift with added boot and similar wheelbase. The DZire got a cosmetic update with the titivated version. There are several upgrades like a new front grille, new headlamps, revised front bumper, alloy wheels and tail lamps.

The engines are tweaked for better performance and even better fuel efficiency. The diesel engine produces 74bhp, 190Nm and it now even has an option of an manual transmissions as well. The 1248 cc Diesel – powered variant delivers a fuel economy of 24 kmpl in city and 26 kmpl on highways.

Hyundai Elite i20

Rs. 6.96 – 9.23 lakhs Ex-Showroom.

hyundai-elite-i20The i20 had been dictating the premium hatchback segment since its introduction in the Indian market. The Elite i20 comes with a new fluidic design, larger cabin and long feature list that makes it the highest selling premium hatchback in the country. Being a premium hatchback, it offers the bells and whistles of a sedan while allowing you to enjoy the convenience of a hatchback.

The 1.4-litre turbo-charged four cylinder diesel engine churns out 89bhp of power at 4000rpm, while the torque turns out to be 220Nm at 1500rpm. This engine comes mated to a six-speed manual transmission.The 1396 cc Diesel – powered variant delivers a fuel economy of 20 kmpl in city and 22 kmpl on highways.

Mahindra KUV100

Rs. 5.66 – 7.32 lakhs Ex-Showroom.

mahindra-kuv100KUV means Kool Utility Vehicle. This new vehicle is meant to target young car buyers with the Kool tag. The new KUV100 is powered by an mFalcon D75 1.2-litre diesel engine that churns about 77bhp of power. The engine is mated with a five-speed manual transmission and an AMT version is also on the charts. The KUV100 is Mahindra’s smallest vehicle for the Indian car market that is based on an all-new platform.

The 1198 cc Diesel – powered variant offers a fuel economy of 22 kmpl in city and 25 kmpl on highways.

Maruti Suzuki Celerio

Rs. 4.96 – 7.06 lakhs Ex-Showroom.

maruti-suzuki-celerioThe Maruti Celerio was revealed at the Auto Expo 2014 and was launched eventually in the same year. The diesel version of the Celerio came later on with an auto-manual gearbox too. The Celerio is a perfect replacement for A-Star and gets modern looks and features.

It is powered by a DDiS 125 two-cylinder diesel engine that develops 46bhp of power at 3500rpm and 125Nm of torque from 2000rpm. The engine is mated to a five-speed manual gearbox. The Diesel power mill offers a mileage of 26 kmpl on urban roads and 28 kmpl and highways.

Hyundai Grand i10

Rs. 5.81 – 7.49 lakhs Ex-Showroom.

hyundai-grand-i10The Hyundai Grand i10 is a bit different from the European sibling as it holds a longer wheelbase comparatively. There is generous knee room for rear passengers, rear AC vents and the window area is wide for rear passengers. The Hyundai Grand i10 has grown strong since its launch in 2013. The design philosophy is based on the Fluidic Sculpture.
Powering the Grand i10 is the 1.1-litre diesel engine that produces about 70bhp of power at 4000rpm and a peak torque of 160Nm at 1500-2750rpm. The engine comes mated to a five-speed manual transmission. The 1120 cc Diesel – powered variant delivers a fuel economy of 22 kmpl in city and 24 kmpl on highways.

Maruti Suzuki Ertiga

Rs. 7.9 – 9.64 lakhs Ex-Showroom, New Delhi.

maruti-suzuki-ertigaThe Ertiga is said to fulfill all your needs if you are looking for a seven-seater MUV. The Ertiga is build to function as per city roads rather than limited to highways. It also comes with a CNG option. The Ertiga is available with petrol and diesel engine options. The recent facelifted Ertiga gets the SHVS (smart hybrid vehicle by Suzuki) technology.

The Ertiga comes powered with a 1.3-litre diesel engine that produces about 90bhp of power and 210Nm of maximum torque. The Diesel variant offers a mileage of 22 kmpl on urban roads and 24 kmpl and freeways.

Volkswagen Ameo

Rs. 6.64 – 9.76 lakhs Ex-Showroom, New Delhi.

volkswagen-ameoVolkswagen Ameo is based on the Polo platform and the interesting fact is that the new compact sedan is being manufactured at the company’s Chakan plant. The petrol version of the car came first but the company introduced the awaited 1.5-litre diesel mill in October 2016.

The Ameo comes with a 1.5-litre diesel engine that churns out 108bhp of power and 250Nm of torque and gets the DSG automatic option with the standard five-speed manual gearbox. The 1498 cc Diesel – powered variant delivers a fuel economy of 18 kmpl in city and 20 kmpl on highways.

Ford EcoSport

Rs. 7.95 – 10.62 lakhs Ex-Showroom.

ford-ecosportLaunched in 2013, Ford Ecosport received a major update in 2015. The updated Ecosport houses a new LED strip in the headlamps, automatic headlamps, rain sensing wipers. The 1.5-litre DV5 diesel engine now has a power output of 98bhp and a maximum torque of 215Nm. This engine comes mated to a five-speed manual transmission.

The diesel engine has been updated to offer more power as it now has been incresed up by 8bhp. The 1498 cc Diesel – powered variant delivers a fuel economy of 20 kmpl in city and 22 kmpl on highways.

Ford Figo

Rs. 5.84 – 7.42 lakhs Ex-Showroom.

ford-figoThe new-generation Figo takes design hint from the new Figo Aspire. Both the hatchback and compact sedan follow the Kinetic Design 2.0 design language.

The 1.5-litre diesel engine develops about 98bhp of power and 215Nm of peak torque. The 1495 cc Diesel – powered variant delivers a fuel economy of 23 kmpl in city and 25 kmpl on highways.

Volkswagen Polo

Rs. 6.97 – 9.29 lakhs Ex-Showroom.

volkswagen-poloThis hatchback was launched in 2010 and since then the German automaker has ensured that the vehicle is refreshed often to keep it looking young and appealing. The Polo is powered by a range of petrol and diesel powertrains, which gives the buyer a variety of options to pick from. The Volkswagen Polo now comes with an array of features and gets most of them what other premium hatchbacks offer. The Volkswagen Polo now even gets a touchscreen system with maps, reverse parking camera and even electrically folding ORVMs.

The 1.5-litre TDI, which is a 89bhp diesel engine. The diesel also comes with a higher state of tune at 105bhp. The 1598 cc Diesel – powered variant delivers a fuel economy of 18 kmpl in city and 20 kmpl on highways.

Mahindra Bolero

Rs. 6.72 – 8.66 lakhs Ex-Showroom.

mahindra-boleroMahindra & Mahindra, the domestic auto giant, launched the facelifted Bolero in 2012 with inherent exterior and interior updates and slight mechanical modification. The Bolero is one of the top-selling Mahindra cars in India. The updated model appears more rugged and sportier than the outgoing model. The front fascia gets a new honeycomb shaped mesh and grille, re-designed bumper with integrated fog lamps and new headlamps.

Under the hood lies a 2.5-litre turbocharged diesel engine with common rail diesel injection and a 5-speed manual transmission. The Bolero SLX and DI model gets four-wheel drive option. The engine generates 63bhp of power 180Nm of torque. Mahindra has also offered a slightly more powerful and efficient mHawk 1.5-litre three cylinder D70 version of the engine that develops 70bhp of power and 195Nm of torque under the SLE, the SLX and the ZLX trims with the Power+ badge. The 2523 cc Diesel – powered variant delivers a fuel economy of 14 kmpl in city and 16 kmpl on highways.

Honda Amaze

Rs. 6.93 – 8.66 lakhs Ex-Showroom.

honda-amazeIn order to garner better market space, Honda updated the Amaze in 2016 to complete with its closest rival in the segment. The Amaze gets a new front grille that has a thick chrome slat similar to the new City while the headlamps remain same.

The 1.5-litre four cylinder turbocharged diesel engine develops 98bhp of power and offers best torque output in the segment. The diesel engine comes with a five-speed manual gearbox and drives the front wheels. The 1498 cc Diesel – powered variant delivers a fuel economy of 23 kmpl in city and 25 kmpl on highways.

Hyundai Xcent

Rs. 6.4 – 8.22 lakhs Ex-Showroom.

hyundai-xcentWithin a short period, the Xcent has become one of the best-selling Hyundai cars in the Indian market. Based on the Grand i10, the front fascia of sedan looks exactly similar to that of the Grand. The top-variants stand on 15-inches alloy wheels, while the lower variants come with 14-inches wheels. The interior cabin is spacious and offers an array of entertainment and value added features such as 2-DIN audio system, auto-folding rear view mirrors etc.

Under the hood lies a 1.2-litre Kappa petrol and a 2nd generation 1.1-litre diesel engine that produce a maximum power of 71bhp respectively. The engine is coupled with a 5-speed manual gearbox. The 1120 cc Diesel – powered variant delivers a fuel economy of 22 kmpl in city and 24 kmpl on highways.

Toyota Etios Liva

Rs. 7.14 – 7.64 lakhs Ex-Showroom.

toyota-etios-livaThe Etios sedan has quite become Toyota’s one of the most anticipated models in India. Toyota has introduced the petrol version of the Etios Liva by the 1.2-litre mill that produces 79bhp of power and 104Nm of torque. In addition, there is one more powerful petrol variant that is powered by the 1.5-litre engine from the Etios sedan that outputs 89bhp of power and 132Nm of torque. The  1.4-litre diesel engine  churns out 67bhp of power and 170Nm of torque. In all the models of the hatchback, the engine comes coupled to a five-speed manual transmission. The 1364 cc Diesel – powered variant delivers a fuel economy of 22 kmpl in city and 24 kmpl on highways.

Chevrolet Beat

Rs. 5.12 – 6.55 lakhs Ex-Showroom.

chevrolet-beatThe Beat is said to be the most budget car of the segment. The car brings a charming look with a sporty appeal. The Beat’s 1-litre diesel engine tends to go noisy in case the speed increase. The small engine churns out 57bhp of power. Chevy claims 25.44kmpl for the car.

The cabin is offered with a digital gauge and fancy interior layout. Also, the ride can be easily managed and controlled at any speed, and the car takes most bumps in its stride. The steering is responsive enough to make it a decent handling car. The boot space is limited.

Honda Jazz

Rs. 7.35 – 9.36 lakhs Ex-Showroom.

honda-jazzHonda’s Jazz is said to be one of the most practical hatchbacks ever. The Japanese automaker has re-introduced the new Jazz under a new modern avatar. The hatchback is based on the Honda City platform and shares a bit of configuration with the sedan. The Honda Jazz has successfully carried away its practicality . The new Jazz is powerful, feature loaded and spacious.

The 1.5-litre diesel power mill churns out 98bhp of power and 200Nm of peak torque. This comes with a six-sped manual transmission.

Ford Aspire

Rs. 6.65 – 8.17 lakhs Ex-Showroom.

ford-aspireLaunched in 2015, Ford’s first-ever compact sedan – the Aspire – is one of the decorated practical and efficient cars in its segment. The compact sedan is available in four trim levels – Ambiente, Trend, Titanium and Titanium+ – and offers three engine options – a 1.2-litre Ti-VCT petrol, a 1.5-litre Ti-VCT petrol, and a 1.5-litre TDCi diesel. .

The 1.5-litre TDCi diesel engine delivers a maximum power of 99bhp and 215Nm of torque. Transmissions are taken care with a 5-speed manual gearbox. The 1498 cc Diesel – powered variant delivers a fuel economy of 23 kmpl in city and 25 kmpl on highways.