The petrol and diesel prices are rising day by day. Recently, petrol touched a record high of Rs 80.59 per litre and diesel went up to Rs 72.83 per litre in Delhi NCR. With these skyrocketing prices, it is getting difficult for a middle-class man to afford taking out his car everyday to office. While the blame game is happening between Modi Government and the Opposition, we are just mere spectators. Over the past 7-8 years, the use of CNG has increased tremendously. Many private owners and a huge number of taxis have adapted to the cheaper alternative. Today, the CNG rate in Delhi is Rs 40.51 per kg. It is nearly half the price of petrol.
First, let me explain the working of CNG. CNG cars also require petrol. Basically, Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) does not have that much power for the initial torque and ignition. For that, it relies on petrol. Petrol does the ignition work and initial torque support. Once it reaches the perfect stage, CNG takes over. However, the use of petrol in CNG cars is minimal and a full tank of petrol with CNG would last for 2 months easily.
1. Maruti Suzuki Alto 800
The first car on the CNG cars list is the entry level Maruti hatchback. The estimated mileage of Alto 800 CNG is around 35 km/kg. The power figures decrease gradually, but it is easy on the pocket. The Alto 800 delivers around 45 BHP of power and 60 Nm of torque. It comes in two variants – Alto 800 LXI CNG and LXI (O) CNG. The LXI is priced at Rs 3.77 Lakhs and the LXI (O) retails at Rs 3.83 Lakhs (ex-showroom Delhi).
2. Maruti Suzuki Alto K10
Now, this is a more powerful version of the Alto. It gets a 1.0 Litre K10 engine. This Alto gives an estimated mileage of around Rs 33 kg/km. The K10 engine paired to CNG produces 59 BHP of power and 78 Nm of torque. The Alto K10 comes in LXI (O) CNG variant only. It is priced at Rs 4.20 Lakhs (ex-showroom Delhi).
3. Maruti Suzuki WagonR
Maruti Suzuki WagonR is amongst the top 5 selling cars in India till now. The tall hatchback does not appeal to many but is high on practicality. The WagonR comes with a 1.0 Litre K10 engine. The CNG propelled engine produces around 59 BHP of power and 78 Nm of torque. The estimated mileage is around 30 kg/km. The WagonR with CNG comes in the LXI variant. The CNG variant is priced at Rs 4.72 Lakhs (ex-showroom Delhi).
4. Maruti Suzuki Celerio
Barring the Baleno and Swift, rest of the Maruti hatchbacks come with factory-fitted CNG. The Celerio gets the same 1.0 Litre K10 engine, paired to an optional CNG. The engine produces around 59 BHP of power and 78 Nm of torque. The Celerio gives a mileage of 31.76 kg/km. This model comes with CNG in the mid-spec VXI and VXI (O) variants. The VXI CNG is priced at Rs 5.16 Lakhs and the VXI (O) goes for Rs 5.31 Lakhs (ex-showroom New Delhi).
5. Maruti Suzuki Ertiga
This is the only big size car that comes with a factory-fitted CNG. Now a 7-seater MPV with CNG under Rs 10 Lakhs is a perfect family package. The Ertiga CNG comes with a 1.4 Litre K14B petrol engine. This engine produces around 91 BHP of power and 112 Nm of torque. The power figures may seem a bit low. Like the Celerio, this model also comes with CNG in the VXI variant. The estimated mileage of Ertiga CNG is around 25 kg/km. The CNG variant is priced at Rs 8.72 Lakhs (ex-showroom Delhi).
6. Hyundai Eon
Now, let’s switch over to the other brand. Along with Maruti Suzuki, Hyundai also offers CNG on its three models. The first one in the lineup is the Hyundai Eon. Now, Hyundai offers manufacturer certified CNG kits, but they are fitted by dealers. The good thing about Hyundai CNG kits is that they can be equipped with any high or low variant. The Eon gets a 0.8 L MPi and 1.0 Litre Kappa petrol engines. The engine is re-tuned for the purpose of CNG. The MPi engine gives out a mileage of around 32 kg/km. The Eon starts from Rs 3.37 Lakhs and goes up to Rs 4.70 Lakhs (ex-showroom Delhi). So, the CNG kit for Eon costs Rs 61,700 over its normal price.
7. Hyundai Grand i10
The Hyundai Grand i10 follows the same route as the Eon. The Grand i10 comes with a 1.2 Litre Kappa VTVT petrol engine, with an optional CNG. This engine produces around 70 BHP of power and 100 Nm of torque with CNG engines. The estimated mileage of the same is around 25 kg/km. The prices of the Grand i10 start from Rs 4.73 Lakhs and goes up to Rs 6.97 Lakhs. The CNG kit for i10 costs Rs 68,000 more than its normal price.
8. Hyundai Xcent
A good thing about the Xcent offering CNG option is that its rival, Dzire does not offer one. CNG Xcents are not seen often on the road, as most of them are taken for commercial purposes. It comes with the same engine specs as the Grand i10. The 1.2 Litre Kappa petrol engine produces 70 BHP of power and 100 Nm of torque. Like the i10, this also gives an estimated mileage of 25 kg/km. The prices of Hyundai Xcent start from Rs 5.61 Lakhs and go up to Rs 7.68 Lakhs. The CNG kit costs Rs 68,000 more than the normal variant.
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