Best Mileage Cars for Long Distance Driving in India

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With the coronavirus lockdown recently lifted, a lot of us can’t wait to go out on a long getaway trip. While the idea of going on a long getaway might sound fun, it can really take a toll on your pocket and driving experience if you don’t choose the correct vehicle to do so.

Therefore if you are a long distance cruiser, then it is important to consider factors like mileage, comfort, and features before picking the correct vehicle for yourself. And to help in the search we have specially curated a list for the long distance traveller in you. So here is a list of the top 5 cars for long distance travelling. So what are you waiting for, pack your bags and read on!

Hyundai Grand i10 Nios

The Hyundai Grand i10 Nios takes over from the massively popular Hyundai Grand i10, providing premium looks, peppy performance, and value for money package.

Hyundai Grand i10 Nios Exterior

Talking about the transmission, the Grand i10 Nios is offered with both petrol and diesel engines options. While the 1.2-litre petrol unit makes 83PS of max power and 114Nm of peak torque, the diesel motor develops 75PS of power and 190Nm of torque. As an exciting element, both engines come coupled with either a 5-speed MT or a 5-speed AMT. What’s more is a 1.0-litre turbo-petrol option that can make 100PS of max power with 172Nm of peak torque. 

Tackling your distance woes, the Grand i10 Nios comes with impressive mileage figures with the diesel manual and the AMT returning 26.2 kmpl and 25.3 kmpl respectively while the petrol variant returns 21 kmpl and 20 kmpl for both manual and AMT respectively, making the Grand i10 Nios one of the best hatches for long distance cruising.

Hyundai Grand i10 Nios Exterior

In terms of features, the vehicle comes with an 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple Car Play, auto AC with rear AC vent, wireless charger, amongst a host of other features to give you a comfort long ride. The head and legroom is decent even for passengers that are tall and healthy. Capable of seating 4-5 with utmost comfort, the Grand i10 Nios can truly go the distance with its 260 litre boot and a comfortable drive.

So if you think the Grand i10 Nios could be your perfect distance cruising companion, with prices of ₹5.12 lakhs – ₹8.35 lakhs (ex-showroom Delhi).

Hyundai Aura

Sharing a lot with the Hyundai Grand i10 Nios, the all-new Hyundai Aura is pretty much the sedan variant of it. In terms of overall package, the Hyundai Aura is futuristic, modern, and capable of delivering a strong ride quality, BS6 compliant fuel choices and an efficient performance making it a truly capable sedan. 

Hyundai Aura exterior

Coming to the meat of the matter the Hyundai Aura comes with 1.2-litre petrol and diesel engines that are now offered with 5 speed Manual and AMT gearboxes and delivers 83PS of maximum power and 116Nm of maximum torque for petrol and 75 Ps of max power and 190 Nm of peak torque for diesel variants. Both engines are supremely well refined and offer a comfortable driving experience no matter how long the distance is. Additionally, Hyundai has also equipped the all-new Aura with a segment leading 1.0 litre turbocharged petrol engine that is capable of delivering a 100 Ps of maximum power and 175 Nm of maximum torque.

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Talking about the practicality and cost effectiveness, the Aura truly goes the distance with mileage figures of 25.4 and 25.3 kmpl for AMT and Manual Diesel variants respectively and 20.53 and 20 kmpl for AMT and Manual Petrol variants respectively.

In terms of comfort and features, your long distance drive is sure to get more exciting with an 8″ touch screen, rear power sockets, wireless charging and a rear-view camera. What’s more is Aura’s capable cruise control that lets you relax while the vehicle cruises. Additional features like rear AC vents and automatic climate control also set the mood right for a comfortable ride. As a true compact sedan, the Aura offers plenty of storage spaces and an impressive head and leg room that lets you sit back and enjoy the journey. The boot on offer is an impressive 402 litres, enough to take care of your luggage.

interior of Hyundai Aura

As a sedan that offers 3 BS6 compliant engine and 2 transmission choices, the Hyundai Aura is  a versatile and truly cost efficient vehicle that can be the perfect companion for your long distance drives and cruises. The Hyundai Aura can be brought home at a price range ₹5.79 lakhs – ₹9.22 lakhs (ex-showroom Delhi). 

Tata Nexon 

Launched in 2017, the Nexon was part of the Tata revolution that took the automobile industry by storm. With Impact Design’s impeccable looks and Tata’s futuristic line of diesel units, the Tata Nexon is a worthy choice to make if you enjoy cruising on the highway.

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Talking about performance, the Tata Nexon is a capable compact SUV that comes with a 1.2-litre turbocharged petrol engine and a 1.5-litre turbocharged diesel engine. Both the engines are BS6 compliant and are available with two transmission choices – a 6-speed manual and a 6-speed AMT. The petrol engine is capable of delivering a maximum power of 110 PS and a peak torque of 170 Nm, while the diesel motor can give you a maximum power of 110 PS and a peak torque of 260 Nm. The mileage up on offer is up to 23.97 kmpl for the diesel manual while the 6 Speed AMTs can also deliver up-to 21.5 and 17 kmpl for both diesel and petrol respectively.

Coming to the features, the Tata Nexon is superbly equipped with many segment firsts such as iRA technology that brings in Hindi Voice Command Navigation, Geo Fencing and much more. There’s also an inclusion of automatic climate control, rear ac vents, rear armrests, connected car safety and a lot more to make your drive truly comfortable. The space onboard the Nexon is also a USP that’s worth mentioning. Being a compact SUV the Tata Nexon offers 350 litres of boot that is good enough for all that you carry.

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With BS6 compliant engine options and an impressive mileage figure, the Tata Nexon is a perfect compact SUV for long distance cruising. With showroom prices ranging from ₹6.99 lakhs to ₹12.7 lakhs (ex-showroom Delhi), the Tata Nexon is also a highly popular vehicle in the pre-owned market where it can be easily grabbed with a budget of ₹6.5 lakhs to ₹8 lakhs.

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Maruti Suzuki Dzire

Considering mileage as an important factor, it is difficult not to feature a Maruti car in the list. If you are looking for a sedan that delivers performance, fuel efficiency and comfort, then the Maruti Suzuki Dzire could be a perfect choice for your long distance drives. 

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Available with Maruti’s 1.3-litre diesel engine and 1.2 -litre petrol engine, both the 2nd and 3rd generation of the Maruti Dzire are capable of churning 75 PS of max power and a peak torque of 190 Nm for the diesel variants and 82 PS of max power and 113 Nm of peak torque for the petrol variants. The engines come mated to either a 5 speed manual or an AMT transmission. Talking about those who worry about long distance travelling, the Maruti Suzuki Dzire offers mileage of up to 26.59 kmpl for the 2nd generation (2012-17) and a smashing 28.4 kmpl for the 3rd generation (2017 Onwards), making the BS4 Maruti Suzuki Dzire one of the most fuel efficient cars in the country.

In terms of spacing the Maruti Suzuki Dzire does well with ample room to seat rear passengers and decent adjustment options for the driver. In terms of features the Maruti Dzire goes the distance with a push-button start, auto climate control, electronic multi-trip meter, rear-seat armrests, electric boot opener and much more. 

In terms of pricing, you can bring home a used Maruti Dzire for an average price of Rs ₹2.5 lakhs to ₹4 lakhs for a 2nd generation variant, while newer 3rd generation variants can be purchased at an average price of ₹5 lakhs to ₹6.5 lakhs. No matter which variant of the Maruti Dzire you pick, Maruti’s fuel efficiency and low maintenance cost will surely make your purchase very cost efficient. And with muscular looks, decent interiors and a well performing engine your pre-owned BS4 Dzire is sure to go the distance!

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Honda Jazz

Thanks to Honda’s world class VTEC and DTEC engines and the Honda Jazz’s muscular and premium looks, the Honda Jazz became a people‘s favourite despite intense competition from key rivals. 

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Coming to the power, the 3rd Generation BS4 variants of Honda’s premium hatchback were powered by Honda’s class leading 1.2-litre i-VTEC petrol, and 1.5-litre i-DTEC diesel engines with the same state of tune. The petrol unit churned out a maximum power of 90PS and a peak torque of 110Nm, while the diesel offering produces 100PS of max power and 200Nm of peak torque. In terms of transmission, the 1.2-litre petrol could be opted with either a 5-speed manual or a CVT whereas the diesel variant was only available with a 6-speed manual transmission. 

Talking about spaces the Honda Jazz is filled with ample storage spaces to accommodate bottles, pouches and a lot of other stuff. The headroom and legroom is also sufficient for a comfortable ride over long distances. In terms of features, the Honda Jazz offers 4-speaker audio set up, steering controls, rear defogger, push button start, automatic climate control, power boot release and much more. Despite being a hatchback, theHonda Jazz offers 354 litres of boot space that is impressive for a vehicle that is built to be compact.

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In terms of mileage, the Honda Jazz can truly make your long distance rides enjoyable with its impressive mileage figures of 27.3 kmpl for the manual diesel variant and 19 kmpl for the petrol variant.

So if you are looking to bring home a pre-owned Honda Jazz, then you can do so by spending somewhere around ₹5.5 lakhs to ₹6.5 Lakhs for the 2015-16 variants, ₹6.5 lakhs to ₹7 lakhs for the 2016-17 variants and ₹7 lakhs to ₹8.5 lakhs for variants 2018 above.

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Best Long Distance Cars in India

Car Name




Hyundai Grand i10 Nios

1.2-litre petrol
1.2-litre diesel 
1.0-litre turbo-petrol 

Up to 26.2 kmpl (D)
Up to 20 kmpl (P)

₹5.12 lakhs - ₹8.35 lakhs

Hyundai Aura

1.2-litre petrol 
1.2-litre diesel 
1.0-litre turbo-petrol 

Up to 25.4 kmpl (D)
Up to 20.53 kmpl (P)

₹5.79 lakhs - ₹9.22 lakhs

Tata Nexon

1.2-litre turbo petrol 
1.5-litre turbo diesel

Up to 23.97 kmpl (D)
Up to 17 kmpl (P)

₹6.99 lakhs - ₹12.7 lakhs

Honda Jazz

1.2L i-VTEC petrol
1.5L i-DTEC diesel

Up to 27.3 Kmpl (P)
Up to 19 Kmpl (D)

₹5.5 lakhs - ₹8.5 lakhs 

(Pre-owned price)

Maruti Suzuki Dzire

1.3-litre diesel
1.2-litre petrol 

Up to 26.59 kmpl (2nd Gen)
Up to 28.4 kmpl (3rd Gen)

₹2.5 lakhs - ₹6.5 lakhs

(Pre-owned price)

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