The continuous increase in petrol prices have led to a rise in the demand of diesel run cars. Although diesel cars are more expensive in the market, they are cheaper in the long run. Moreover, diesel cars offer both impressive fuel economy and plenty of power. Some good diesel cars in the price range of Rs 3-5 lakhs are discussed in this feature. Ford Figo, Chevrolet Beat, Tata Indica eV2 and Tata Vista are a few diesel cars that are available within this budget. Mahindra Thar and Tata Venture are the diesel cars available in the big car segment.

Ford Figo is a features-laden diesel car in the popular hatchback segment. The Figo derives its power from a 1.4-litre diesel unit that is capable of churning out 68 bhp of power and 160 Nm of maximum torque. It gives a mileage of 20 kmpl. Figo’s best part lies in its handling and drivability.

Beat, from the house of Chevrolet, had a facelift launched at the 2014 Auto Expo. The Beat is a sporty, good looking hatch with enough room to accommodate 5 adults. Beat diesel is one of the most fuel efficient cars seen in India yielding a mileage of 25.44 kmpl. It is powered by a dynamic 1.0 XSDE SMARTECH Engine that generates 58.5 PS of power and 150 Nm of torque.

Beat diesel

The good old Indica from Tata Motors has been a top seller for many years. The company gave it a face-lift and the new model is the Indica eV2. Tata Indica eV2 is powered by a 1.4-litre, CRDi 1396 cc diesel engine which generates a maximum power output of 69 bhp and gives a maximum torque yield of 140 Nm. It is exceptionally fuel efficient and yields an impressive mileage of 23-27 kmpl.

The Indica Vista has been a decent seller since the year 2007. Indica Vista has always been credited for its enormous cabin space. The Vista comes in two diesel engines – a 1.4-litre BS3 compliant that produces 70 bhp of power and 135 Nm of torque as well as a 1.3-litre BS4 compliant unit that produces 74 bhp of power and 190 Nm of torque.

Mahindra and Mahindra brought out a compact and mid-size off road SUV in the year 2010 – the Mahindra Thar. This versatile vehicle is mainly targeted towards the off-roaders and adventure enthusiasts and for those who need to work in farms or jungle areas. Tata Venture is a minivan which is powered by a 1.4-litre diesel engine producing 90 bhp of power. It is powerful and fuel efficient at the same time. Tata Venture is available in 5, 7 and 8 seating capacities.