With fuel prices on the rise, buyers are shifting their preferences to benefit from the CNG car’s mileage. Compressed natural gas (CNG) vehicles return higher fuel economy, providing an energy-saving alternative to the top-ranking cars, and bringing down the overall operational costs. Not only this. They’re also gentler on the environment and have low running and maintenance costs.
But what about an important aspect that you must consider before investing in CNG cars – mileage?
The average petrol or diesel car ranges from 15 to 17 km/liter. Whereas the average mileage CNG cars provide is around 25 km/kg to 30 km/kg.
If you’re looking to buy a CNG car, here is a list of the best CNG mileage cars in India that will help you make an informed decision –
1. Maruti Suzuki Wagon R CNG
Wagon R CNG mileage – 32.52 km/kg
The Maruti Suzuki Wagon R CNG has a 1.0 and 2.0 liter naturally aspirated and fuel-efficient engine with 56.2 bhp of power and 78 Nm of peak torque. CNG buyers get a factory-fitted kit engine with 1.0L mileage.
Maruti has upgraded the car and claims that the Wagon R CNG mileage is 34.05km/kg – up from 32.52km/kg. The previous vehicle was limited to the base LXi and LXi(0) trims. However, with the upgraded Wagon R CNG mileage, it is also available in a mid-spec VXi variant, adding a better kit for its premium pricing.
The price for the Wagon R CNG ranges from Rs. 6.35 lakh to Rs. 6.81 lakh.
Rivals- Maruti Suzuki Celerio CNG, Tata Tiago CNG, Hyundai Santro CNG
2. Maruti Suzuki Alto 800 CNG
Alto mileage – 31.59 km/kg
Maruti Suzuki Alto 800 CNG has 39.4 bhp of power and 60 Nm of peak torque. It provides a sole 796 cc, three-cylinder engine with average price of the car ranging between Rs 4.89 lakh – Rs 4.95 lakh.
The Alto CNG mileage is claimed to be 31.59 km/kg, which is good comparing most of the CNG cars’ mileage in the market. However, it is down by 7 bhp and 9 Nm from the petrol-powered Alto.
Although Alto 800 is the least CNG-powered car, it is the most affordable car providing a competitive price range.
3. Tata Tiago CNG
Tata Tiago CNG mileage – 26.49 km/kg
Tata Tiago CNG is a recent addition to the CNG car segment. The average Tata Tiago CNG mileage is 26.49 km/kg, powered by a 1.2L engine with a power of 72 bhp and 95 Nm of peak torque. The bi-fuel petrol engine is naturally aspirated and has three cylinders with a 5-speed manual gearbox.
The price range of Tata Tiago CNG is between Rs 6.10 lakh – Rs 7.53 lakh, costing an additional Rs 90,000 more than equivalent petrol trims. Besides the impressive Tata Tiago CNG mileage, you also get projector headlamps, automatic climate control, and a 7.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system.
Rivals- Hyundai Santro CNG, WagonR CNG, Grand i10 Nios CNG, Maruti Suzuki Celerio CNG
4. Maruti Suzuki Ertiga CNG
Maruti Suzuki Ertiga CNG mileage – 26.08 km/kg
The Maruti Suzuki Ertiga is a multi-purpose, seven-seater (MVP) car with a factory-fitted CNG kit. The engine is powered by a 1.5-litre engine generating 90 bhp of power and 122 Nm of peak torque.
At the price of Rs.10.44 lakh, the Ertiga CNG mileage per kg is 26.08 km/kg. It is the only MVP with an S-CNG technology. Maruti also provides a four-cylinder naturally aspirated petrol engine with a 5-speed manual gearbox.
Apart from the excellent Ertiga CNG mileage, to make the driving experience more fun, Maruti offers a 17.78cm Smartplay Pro, 6-speed AT with paddles shifters, colored display, and cruise control.
5. Maruti Suzuki Eeco
Eeco CNG mileage – 20.88km/kg
Maruti Suzuki Eeco is another Maruti seven-seater that makes it to the list of India’s best mileage CNG cars. There are two variants of Eeco CNG based on the seating capacity- seven-seater and five-seater. The five-seater version comes with S-CNG technology and a 65 L tank.
The mileage Eeco provides is 20.88 km/kg, which is excellent when you compare it to the 26.08 km/kg of Ertiga’s mileage.
This fuel-efficient car provides additional features like – a lockable fuel cap (petrol), reclining front seats, co-driver assist grip and more.
6. Maruti Suzuki Swift Dzire
Swift Dzire CNG mileage – 31.12km/kg
Maruti Suzuki Swift Dzire is the recent addition to the CNG car segment and is open to all private buyers. Earlier, this model was only available in the previous gen Tour S guise. The CNG mileage for this VXi variant is 31.12 km/kg at a competitive price of Rs 8.82 lakh. When you compare it against the Wagon R CNG average of 32.52 km/kg, Dzire provides a sleek look and great mileage.
The engine is powered by a 1.2-litre K12M DualJet engine that produces 77 bhp of power and 98.5 Nm of peak torque, which is 13 bhp and 14.5 Nm down on the petrol model. Apart from the Swift CNG mileage, you also get a manual air conditioner with a heater, push start engine with a smart key, and automatic climate control.
Rivals- Hyundai Aura CNG, Tata Tigor CN
7. Maruti Suzuki Celerio
Celerio CNG mileage – 35.60km/kg
The Maruti Suzuki Celerio CNG is next in our list of the most fuel-efficient CNG vehicles. This newly launched CNG car’s mileage per kg is 35.60 kilometers, powered by Maruti’s new 1.0-litre K10C DualJet engine that produces 57 bhp of power and 82.1 Nm of peak torque. Maruti is currently offering this car only on the mid-spec VXi trim, which costs an additional Rs. 95,000 over the petrol car.
The Celerio CNG mileage saves a lot of energy compared to other CNG cars average mileage. All the credit goes to the two fuel injectors per cylinder, a higher compression ratio and a higher thermal efficiency. The current price of Celerio CNG is Rs 6.58 lakh.
Rivals- Hyundai Santro CNG, Tata Tiago CNG, Maruti Suzuki WagonR CNG
8. Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza CNG
Brezza CNG mileage – 26.2km/kg
The Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza is one of the best-selling cars in India. With this car, you get a 1.5-litre K15B petrol engine with a factory-fitted CNG kit that will produce 91 bhp of power & 122 Nm of torque.
When you compare it with the budget-friendly Wagon R CNG mileage of 32.52 km/kg, the stylish Brezza claims to deliver an ARAI-certified mileage of 26.2km/kg, which is also decent.
Rivals- Tata Tiago CNG, Hyundai Santro, Hyundai Grand, Hyundai Grand i10 Nios
9. Maruti Baleno CNG
Baleno CNG mileage – 31.12km/kg
Maruti Baleno CNG is an upcoming five-seater B2 segment hatchback that is expected to launch in July 2022. The cost of the car is expected to range between Rs. 7.50 lakh and 8.50 lakh. The CNG engine will be available with the same 1.2-litre engine that produces 88 bhp & 113 Nm of torque.
This budget-friendly and fuel-efficient car provides an impressive 31.12 km/kg, which is even better than Maruti’s Ertiga CNG mileage per kg of 26.08 km/kg. Hence, there is an expected price hike of Rs. 50,000 to Rs. 70,000, depending on the variant.
10. Hyundai Grand i10 Nios CNG
Hyundai Grand i10 CNG mileage – 28.5km/kg
Hyundai Grand i10 Nios is a premium and high-spec CNG car in the market. This hatchback model offers the CNG kit on the Nios in the mid-spec Magna and Sportz trims. Comparing the mileage with other top-performing cars like Wagon R CNG mileage of 32.52 km/kg or the Ertiga mileage of 26km/kg, Grand i10 Nios stands apart with the additional features it offers.
Some of these specifications include – an automatic air conditioner, 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, projector fog lamps, and a reverse parking camera.
The four-cylinder engine has a capacity of 1.2L that produces 69 bhp of power and 95.2 Nm of torque. The price of Grand i10 CNG ranges between Rs 7.07 lakh-7.60 lakh, claiming a fuel economy of 28.5km/kg.
Rivals- Tata Tiago CNG
If you’re looking to buy a fuel-efficient car, then a CNG car is ideal for you. But if your dream car doesn’t fit your budget, don’t be disheartened. With Tata Capital, you can apply for a car loan, even for CNG cars, at competitive interest rates.
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