SUVs and fuel efficiency are something that you wouldn’t closely associate with each other. The recent crop of subcompact SUVs in India is a paradigm that is paradoxical to the above said statement. Thanks to their small footprints, crossover like dimensions, and frugal diesel engines; they can be as efficient as their sedan counterparts.
Here are the top 5 most fuel-efficient SUVs in India:
The Honda WR-V tops the list with an astonishing fuel economy of 25.5 kmpl. The WR-V is based on the Honda Jazz with some clever changes to the styling and overall stance making it taller and mature than the Jazz. The interior space on offer will also be humongous as Jazz is one hatchback with oodles of it. The engine is a 1.5-litre i-DTEC diesel engine which is also shared with the Jazz and the City making 99 BHP @ 3,600 rpm and 200 Nm of torque @ 1,750 rpm.
Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza
The Vitara Brezza powered by the popular 1.3-litre MJD diesel comes in second place with a fuel efficiency of 24.3 kmpl. Maruti Suzuki India hasn’t yet bought a petrol engine for the Brezza yet but it’s on the cards for next year as per reports. Vitara Brezza is the bestselling car in the segment with more than 2 lakh units sold since its introduction.
Tata Nexon is in the limelight for all the deserving reasons. The car was awarded 4-star rating recently by the Global NCAP for its safety. It is a well-engineered and sought-after product from Tata with good styling and competent engines. The 1.5-litre Revotorq diesel engine in the Nexon is a frugal engine making 108.5 hp and 260 Nm of torque. The engine, not only produces good figures but also returns a fuel efficiency of 23.97 kmpl.
Maruti Suzuki S-Cross
The S-cross claims a fuel efficiency figure of 23.65 kmpl from the same 1.3-litre DDIS diesel engine which powers the Vitara Brezza. The S-cross features a smart Hybrid tech which maximizes the engine’s efficiency using a start-stop system and brake energy regeneration. The previous generation with the 1.6-litre engine was the powerhouse but the new one is no slouch either with 90PS of power and 200Nm of peak torque. The S-cross, like the WR-V, is more of a crossover than an SUV.
Ford Ecosport was the car that kindled the whole subcompact SUV segment in India back in 2012. The Ecosport belonged to a niche category back then, but despite the fact that now all the manufacturers have caught up with different competitors, the Ecosport still shines for its worth. The extremely tractable 1.5-litre TDCI unit makes 100 Ps and 205 Nm of torque which also happens to deliver a good efficiency figure of 23 kmpl.