Best Diesel Cars Under 10 Lakhs!

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Diesel cars are not as popular today as they used to be some time ago. You can place the blame on Delhi government’s odd-even rule or NGT’s ruling to ban diesel engines for this. Also, petrol cars have only been becoming more and more fuel efficient, in the meanwhile. However, diesel cars are not out of fashion altogether. Due to this reason, today we have brought you a list of best diesel cars under 10 lakhs.

Best Diesel Cars Under 10 Lakhs

The cars on this list today are the ones that not only offer a diesel engine but look good and have a decent set of features too. This ensures they will remain relevant for some time to come and hence, have made it to this list. Since they do not all belong to the same price bracket, we have not ranked them here. However, do note that each car on this list is worth every penny you spend on it. In this piece on best diesel cars under 10 lakhs, we will be telling you exactly why are they such great investments. So, keep reading.

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Best Diesel Cars Under 10 Lakhs – Hatchbacks

Tata Tiago

Price ₹ 3.88 lakh – 5.64 lakh
Engine 1.05-litre three-cylinder RevoTorq turbo diesel
Displacement 1047cc
Power 69BHP
Torque 140Nm
Transmission 5-speed manual

Best Diesel Cars Under 10 Lakhs

The Tiago makes it to this list as it is the least costly car on this list of best diesel cars under 10 lakhs. However, not only is its price low but it looks quite good too. Its design is ageing quite well.  As far as its features are concerned, it has an 8-speaker audio system onboard along with an infotainment system from Harman Kardon. Using the Juke app, all occupants in the car can play their own music without having to pair their phones with the system individually. However, it is not the only car on this list to sport Tata‘s new Impact design language. Still, its nice mix of price, features and specifications help it find its way to this list.

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Maruti Baleno

Price ₹ 6.43 lakh – 8.42 lakh
Engine 1.3-litre four-cylinder DDiS 200 turbo diesel
Displacement 1248cc
Power 74BHP
Torque 190Nm
Transmission 5-speed manual

Best Diesel Cars Under 10 Lakhs

A premium hatchback from Maruti Suzuki, the Baleno retails from the company’s premium Nexa dealership network. This car offers some great features such as a touchscreen infotainment unit which has Apple CarPlay support (Android Auto can be had too, via an update from a service centre). This car weighs less than a tonne, enabling it to deliver great mileage. Plus, it is the first premium hatchback to sport projector headlamps with LED DRLs. With dual airbags  and ABS + EBD as standard safety features, this car is quite safe too.

Ford Figo

Price ₹ 5.76 lakh – 7.29 lakh
Engine 1.5-litre four-cylinder TDCi turbo diesel
Displacement 1498cc
Power 99BHP
Torque 215Nm
Transmission 5-speed manual

Best Diesel Cars Under 10 Lakhs

The Figo is to Ford what the Swift is to Maruti Suzuki. This car packs features such as auto door lock, boot lamp, auto A/c, electric boot release, power windows all around, power folding/adjustable ORVMs, rear wiper/washer, 6 airbags, perimeter alarm, Ford MyKey and SYNC Applink infotainment system with emergency assistance. While it is no hot hatch, that 1.5-litre diesel engine gives it enough power and grunt to transform it into a sleeper. Coupled with low weight, this car’s mileage is quite good too.

Hyundai Elite i20

Price ₹ 6.60 lakh – 8.97 lakh
Engine 1.4-litre four-cylinder U2 CRDi turbo diesel
Displacement 1396cc
Power 89BHP
Torque 220Nm
Transmission 6-speed manual

Best Diesel Cars Under 10 Lakhs

The Elite i20 was refreshed some time ago to offer more features. As a result, it now offers projector headlamps (with cornering function) with LED DRLs, up to six airbags, a touchscreen infotainment system with Android Auto/Apple CarPlay/MirrorLink functionalities with inbuilt navigation and a fully automatic A/c with cluster ionizer and rear A/c vents. However, there is never a doubt about the fact that Hyundai cars are some of the most feature-rich cars in their respective segments. The fact is that this car still looks quite good, has a good diesel engine and is the only car in its segment to offer a 6-speed manual gearbox while the rest stick with a 5-speed unit.

Best Diesel Cars Under 10 Lakhs – Sedans

Maruti DZire

Price ₹ 6.43 lakh – 9.39 lakh
Engine 1.3-litre four-cylinder DDiS 200 turbo diesel
Displacement 1248cc
Power 74BHP
Torque 190Nm
Transmission 5-speed manual/AMT

Best Diesel Cars Under 10 Lakhs

The DZire is based on the third-generation Swift hatchback. However, it has been developed alongside the hatchback, which means both cars are still quite different. Also, it is one of the few cars on this list of best diesel cars under 10 lakhs to come with an automatic gearbox with its diesel engine. Among the standard features of the car are dual-tone interior, dual airbags with ABS and EBD, ISOFIX child seat anchorages, gear shift indicator, tilt-adjustable steering and front accessory socket. FOr a premium, you can have it with projector headlamps with LED DRLs, rear A/c vent and touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Do note that this is one of the most fuel-efficient cars in India.

Tata Tigor

Price ₹ 5.41 lakh – 6.87 lakh
Engine 1.05-litre three-cylinder RevoTorq turbo diesel
Displacement 1047cc
Power 69BHP
Torque 140Nm
Transmission 5-speed manual

Best Diesel Cars Under 10 Lakhs

The Tigor may sport the same Impact design language as the Tiago. However, it is a different beast altogether. Styled like a notchback (Tata calls it a Styleback), this car has an innovative four-bar boot opening mechanism that uses no boot space at all. It has projector headlamps, two drive modes, dual-path suspension at both ends and an 8-speaker audio system. Lastly, certain features of this car like climate control and infotainment unit can be controlled by your voice only.

Maruti Ciaz

Price ₹ 9.42 lakh – 11.44 lakh
Engine 1.3-litre four-cylinder DDiS 200 turbo diesel SHVS
Displacement 1248cc
Power 89BHP
Torque 200Nm
Transmission 5-speed manual

Best Diesel Cars Under 10 Lakhs

The Ciaz is the longest, widest and the roomiest sedan in the mid-size sedan segment. Also, it is one of those cars whose design is ageing nicely with the times. On this list, it is the only hybrid diesel car, which helps it in delivering astounding mileage. In fact, it is the most fuel-efficient car in India. It comes packing a touchscreen infotainment unit with Apple CarPlay support. Among the standard features of this car are dual front airbags with ABS and EBD and projector headlamps, rear A/c vents, electrically adjustable ORVMS, tilt-adjustable steering, keyless entry and pollen filter in A/c.

Ford Aspire

Price ₹ 6.59 lakh – 8.01 lakh
Engine 1.5-litre four-cylinder TDCi turbo diesel
Displacement 1498cc
Power 99BHP
Torque 215Nm
Transmission 5-speed manual

Best Diesel Cars Under 10 Lakhs

The Aspire is to Ford what the DZire is to Maruti Suzuki. It comes with the 1.5-litre diesel engine that also does duties on the EcoSport compact SUV. However, it has 10Nm more torque in this application. This car packs features such as SYNC Applink infotainment system, Ford MyKey, perimeter alarm, 6 airbags, power fold and adjustable ORVMs, a gear shift indicator and a boot lamp. The car has been battling slow sales. However, it is among the few cars on this list of best diesel cars under 10 lakhs that you will enjoy driving everyday.

VW Ameo

Price ₹ 6.51 lakh – 9.89 lakh
Engine 1.5-litre four-cylinder TDI turbo diesel
Displacement 1498cc
Power 108BHP
Torque 250Nm
Transmission 5-speed manual/7-speed DSG dual-clutch automatic

Best Diesel Cars Under 10 Lakhs

The Ameo is VW India‘s first made-in-India car. An entry in the compact sedan space, it has been priced at the premium end of the segment. However, there is a reason for it. This is the only sedan out here that offers a dual-clutch automatic gearbox and among the few diesel cars, not mentioned in this best diesel cars under 10 lakhs list, to do so. You can also have it with a 5-speed manual gearbox. It has a number of segment-first features to boast of such as the folding rear seats, anti-pinch one-touch up/down power windows (front and rear), cruise control, rain-sensing wipers and opening/closing of windows with remote. It is quite fuel-efficient too. Now, if you consider this car’s specs, features and its price alongside that of Maruti DZire, doesn’t it look like great value for money even with a slightly-higher price tag?

Best Diesel Cars Under 10 Lakhs – SUVs

Maruti Ignis

Price ₹ 6.28 lakh – 8.08 lakh
Engine 1.3-litre four-cylinder DDiS 200 turbo diesel
Displacement 1248cc
Power 74BHP
Torque 190Nm
Transmission 5-speed manual/AMT

Best Diesel Cars Under 10 Lakhs

The Ignis is among the few cars on this list to offer an automatic gearbox with its diesel engine. This car is Maruti Suzuki’s entry in the mini-SUV segment where it rivals the Mahindra KUV100. Also, it is one of the only two cars on this to offer Android Auto and Apple CarPlay functionality right from the factory. The Ignis is the third car on this list that retails from Maruti Suzuki’s Nexa outlets. Outside of what this car packs, like projector headlamps and dual front airbags with ABS and EBD, it can be personalised quite extensively to suit its owner’s taste.

Maruti Vitara Brezza

Price ₹ 7.23 lakh – 9.69 lakh
Engine 1.3-litre four-cylinder DDiS 200 turbo diesel
Displacement 1248cc
Power 89BHP
Torque 200Nm
Transmission 5-speed manual

Best Diesel Cars Under 10 Lakhs

The Vitara Brezza is India’s highest-selling compact SUV for a reason. It looks rough and ready to tackle the dirt. The venerable 1.3-litre DDiS 200 turbo diesel engine powers this compact SUV. Unlike many cars on this list, it does not offer dual airbags with ABS and EBD as standard features. However, the driver side airbag is still standard equipment across the model range of this car. The speedometer of the car features 5 preset mood lighting. Then there are projector headlamps and touchscreen infotainment system on offer on Vitara Brezza, for a premium of course. If you wish to personalise this car, you can do so by using the iCreate personalisation program from Maruti Suzuki.

Ford EcoSport

Price ₹ 7.87 lakh – 10.78 lakh
Engine 1.5-litre four-cylinder TDCi turbo diesel
Displacement 1498cc
Power 99BHP
Torque 205Nm
Transmission 5-speed manual

Best Diesel Cars Under 10 Lakhs

The EcoSport was an instant success when Ford launched it in India. Perhaps Ford India’s biggest seller till date, this car debuted with revolutionary-for-its-time Sync infotainment unit. Today, you can have it with features such as touchscreen infotainment unit with inbuilt navigation, rain-sensing wipers, leather seats, under co-driver seat storage, 6 airbags, ISOFIX child seat anchorages, LED DRLs, auto headlamps, cruise control and tilt/telescopic adjustable steering wheel. It may have lost some of its sheen post Vitara Brezza’s arrival. However, you won’t go wrong by opting for this compact SUV.

With this comes the end of our list of best diesel cars under 10 lakhs. We hope you liked our story. Please let us know what you think about our story in the comments below. For more such stories, stay tuned to Car Blog India.

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