With diesel vehicles being spared the additional excise duty hike proposed during the recent Budget, buying a small diesel sedan now makes more sense than a petrol model. Here are 5 diesel sedans in the Rs 5 lakh – Rs 8 lakh range that are worth considering:
No. 1) Ford Fiesta Classic – Rs 7.91 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi)
The Ford Fiesta has been around for a while now but its bold yet simple styling has still not begun to age. Known for its fabulous drive dynamics, the Fiesta Classic is powered by a 1,399cc 4-cylinder diesel unit, producing 67PS of power. The Classic dishes out a decent 13.9kmpl mileage in city and 18.3kmpl on the highway, and will do the 0-60km/h sprint in 6.46sec with a top speed of 160km/h.
No. 2) Toyota Etios Diesel – Rs 7.80 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi)
The Etios is the newest and one of the best vehicles in this segment and rest assured Toyota has certainly put in a lot of effort to endow this car with a large cabin and massive boot space, which is a big plus point in its segment. The Etios is powered by a 1,364cc, 4-cylinder engine that puts out 68PS of power and dishes out a fuel efficiency of 14.2kmpl in the city and 19kmpl on the highway. The Etios will sprint to 60km/h in 5.92sec and can touch a top speed of 163km/h.
No. 3) Tata Indigo Manza – Rs 7.57 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi)
The Indigo Manza gives the best performance in this segment and also boasts a large boot space and oodles of cabin room. The Manza, priced at Rs 7.57 lakh ex-showroom Delhi, juices out a healthy 89PS of power from its 4-cylinder 1,248cc diesel mill, while returning a noteworthy 11.6kmpl in the city and 17.1kmpl on the highway. The Manza can touch a top speed of 168km/h and do a 0-60km/h sprint in 5.83sec.
No. 4) Mahindra Verito – Rs 7.48 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi)
The Mahindra Verito uses the same diesel engine that was there on the Renault Logan. The Verito is priced at Rs 7.48 lakh ex-showroom, Delhi, and is powered by a 1,461cc 4-cylinder diesel mill producing 65PS of power. The Verito will clock a top speed of 144km/h and sprint to 60km/h in 6.07sec. On the fuel efficiency front, the Verito juices out 13.6kmpl in the city and 19.3kmpl on the highway.
No. 5) Swift Dzire – Rs 7.09 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi)
Priced at Rs 7.09 lakh, the Maruti Suzuki Swift Dzire is the cheapest car in this price bracket and therefore offers tremendous value for money. It's brilliant after sales service also gives car buyers complete peace of mind. The Dzire is powered by a 1,248cc 4-cylinder diesel engine which produces 75PS of power that lets achieve a top speed of 156km/h and a 0-60km/h sprint time of 5.6sec. Fuel efficiency figures are 13.5kmpl in the city and 18.9kmpl on the highway.