Best Petrol Cars in India 2023 – Price, Features, Mileage

Best Petrol Cars
By - Sukanya Bose
September 2, 2022

Did you know more than 7 out of every 10 cars sold in India are petrol-powered? That’s right. Petrol cars dominate Indian roads for many reasons, including the thinning gap between diesel and petrol prices, wide range of options, relatively lower maintenance costs, the smooth rides they offer, and their overall reliability.

Now if your heart’s set on a petrol car, your final decision may come down to how efficiently it burns fuel versus the rest. If you’re looking at the best petrol cars in India from a mileage perspective, then this is the list for you. Remember, the mileage figures given here are the manufacturers’ claimed ARAI fuel efficiency numbers. Obviously, real world mileage depends on your style of driving, but we doubt there’s anyone who wouldn’t like a car that promises fewer trips to the petrol pump.

Best Petrol Cars in India

Model Ex-Showroom Price Mileage  Body Type
Maruti Suzuki Celerio Rs. 5.25 – 7.00 Lakhs 24.97 km/l – 26.68 km/l Hatchback
Maruti Suzuki S-Presso Rs. 4.25 – 5.99 Lakhs 24.12 km/l – 25.30 km/l Hatchback
Maruti Suzuki Wagon R Rs 5.44 – 7.08 Lakhs 23.56 km/l –  25.19 km/l Hatchback
Maruti Suzuki Dzire Rs. 6.24 – 9.17 Lakhs 22.41 km/l – 22.61 km/l Sedan
Hyundai Aura Rs. 6.09 – 8.87 lakh 20.1 km/l – 20.5 km/l Sedan
Maruti Suzuki Ciaz Rs. 8.99 – 11.98 Lakhs 20.04 km/l – 20.65 km/l Sedan
Maruti Suzuki Grand Vitara 19.38 km/l –  21.11 km/l Mid-size SUV
Renault Kiger Rs. 5.99 – 10.39 Lakhs 18.24 km/l – 20.53 km/l Compact SUV
Maruti Suzuki Brezza Rs. 7.99 – 13.80 Lakhs 19.80 km/l – 20.15 km/l Compact SUV
Maruti Suzuki XL6 Rs. 11.29 – 14.39 Lakhs 20.27 km/l – 20.97 km/l MUV
Maruti Suzuki Ertiga Rs. 8.35  – 12.79 Lakhs 20.30 km/l – 20.51 km/l MUV
Renault Triber Rs. 5.91 – 8.50 Lakhs 18.29 km/l – 19 km/l MUV

List of Top Petrol Cars in India

Maruti Suzuki Celerio Petrol

Spinny Assured Maruti Suzuki Celerio

When it comes to mileage you expect Maruti Suzuki to dominate. And it does, starting with the Maruti Suzuki Celerio. The Celerio’s latest generation can achieve 26.68 kmpl on the VXi AMT variant, while the manual variants can do up to 25.24 kmpl.

The Celerio’s impressive figures are all thanks to the car’s lightweight body, efficiency-tuned AMT gearbox, and a new dualjet 1.0-litre petrol engine. These three work together to deliver diesel-like mileage figures without the diesel attributes you could do without.

What else works for this car? Well, Maruti has refreshed the Celerio’s exterior and interior design, which is a definite improvement over the previous generation. That said, some features such as the flap-style door handles and window button placement in the centre do feel like downgrades from the previous-gen Celerio.

Maruti Suzuki Celerio Petrol Engine Mileage

Engine  Performance Mileage
1.0-L K10 C Petrol Engine 67 Max. Power (PS)   
89 Max. Torque (Nm)
24.97 km/l & 25.24 km/l (MT)
26.00 km/l & 26.68 km/l  (AMT)

Maruti Suzuki Celerio Petrol Features 

  • 7-inch Smartplay Studio with Smartphone navigation
  • Android Auto And Apple CarPlay
  • Vehicle Tracking
  • Heartect Platform
  • ABS With EBD
  • Seatbelt Reminder on the touchscreen
  • Dual Airbags
  • Reverse Parking Sensor

Maruti Suzuki S-Presso

best petrol cars Maruti Suzuki S-Presso

The Maruti S-Presso is not far behind the Celerio when it comes to mileage. The S-Presso can achieve an ARAI-tested mileage of 25.30 km/l on the AMT variants while also being capable of 24.12 km/l on the entry-level manual variants & 24.76 km/l for the higher end manual variants.

The S-Presso’s fuel efficiency is thanks to following the same philosophy as the Celerio: Lightweight body, anew dualjet petrol engine, and the efficiency-focused AMT gearbox. Where the S-Presso outshines its sibling is with the inclusion of Electronic Stability Programme and hill-hold assist, which is equipped on the AMT variants. This makes it one of the most affordable cars with ESP and hill-hold assist in India, and the ideal choice if you want a compact car to drive in hilly areas.

Maruti Suzuki S-Presso Petrol Mileage

Engine  Performance Mileage
1.0-L Petrol Engine 68 Max. Power (PS)
90 Max. Torque (Nm)
24.12 km/l & 24.76 km/l (MT)
25.30 km/l (AMT)

Maruti Suzuki S-Presso Features

  • 7-inch Touchscreen Infotainment System
  • Apple CarPlay And Android Auto
  • Dynamic Centre Console With Smartplay Infotainment System
  • Dual Airbags
  • ABS With EBD
  • Reverse Parking Sensors 
  • Seat Belt Reminder With Buzzer (Driver + Co. Passenger)
  • Parking Brake Warning

Maruti Suzuki Wagon R

Best petrol Cars Maruti Wagon R 1.0

As a practical compact car, the Maruti Wagon R needs to be fuel efficient. With a mileage of 25.19 km/l on the 1.0L petrol engine, the tall boy hatchback achieves this with ease. The Wagon R is also capable of delivering 24.35 km/l on its 1.0-litre manual variant, while the the 1.2-L petrol engine gives a mileage of 23.56 km/l and 24.43 km/l for the manual and automatic variants respectively.

With the most recent facelift in 2022, Maruti Suzuki has baked in idle start-stop and hill-hold into their best-selling car, adding more to its practicality as a city car for the family. Lots of space in the inside, two fuel efficient engines to choose from and the option of an AMT automatic is a package that is hard to ignore for many and a major reason behind the WagonR dominating sales charts every month.

Maruti Suzuki Wagon R Petrol Engine Mileage

Engine Performance Mileage
1.0-L Petrol Engine 67.9 Max. Power (PS)
89 Max. Torque (Nm)
24.35 km/l (MT)        
25.19 km/l (AT)
1.2- L Petrol Engine 91 Max. Power (PS)
113 Max. Torque (Nm)
23.56 km/l (MT)        
24.43 km/l (AT)

Maruti Suzuki Wagon R Features

  • 7-inch Infotainment System with Smartplay Studio with Smartplay Navigation
  • Apple CarPlay And Android Auto
  • 4 Speakers
  • USB Connectivity
  • Driver and Passenger Airbag
  • ABS With EBD
  • Hill Hold Assist
  • Rear Parking Sensors
  • AC And Heater

Maruti Suzuki Dzire

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Moving to fuel efficient sedans, we start off again with a Maruti. This time it is the Maruti Suzuki Dzire with an ARAI mileage of 22.61 km/l on the AMT automatic variants and 22.41 km/l on the manual variants.

Weight reduction was a major focus on the new generation of the Dzire. This combined with the dualjet petrol engine has helped improve the fuel efficiency figures on the compact sedan. The presence of cruise control on the highest variant and the fuel efficient engine work well together to make the Dzire a great sedan for highway cruising.

Maruti Suzuki Dzire Petrol Engine Mileage

Engine Performance Mileage
1.2-L Dualjet Dual VVT Petrol Engine 89.7 Max. Power (PS)
113  Max. Power (Nm)
22.41 km/l (MT)          
22.61 km/l (AMT)

Maruti Suzuki Dzire Features

  • SmartPlay Studio System With navigation And Voice Command
  • Android Auto And Apple CarPlay
  • Vehicle Tracking With Safety Alerts
  • ESP With Hill Hold
  • ABS With EBD And Brake Assist
  • Reverse Parking Sensors
  • Automatic Climate Control
  • Cruise Control
  • Reverse Parking Camera
  • Dual Airbags
  • Anti-Locking Braking System

Hyundai Aura

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Where there’s a Maruti, a Hyundai is not far behind. With an ARAI mileage of 20.5 km/l on the manual variants and 20.1 km/l on the AMT automatic variants, the Hyundai Aura is the second most fuel efficient petrol sedan in India.

While the Aura does fall behind the Dzire in terms of mileage, it does offer more engine options compared to its competition. You can choose between the 1.0L turbo petrol or a 1.2L naturally aspirated petrol engine, both delivering the same mileage figures. In terms of driving experience, the option of a turbo petrol might make the Aura a more compelling car to consider for some.

Hyundai Aura Petrol Engine Mileage

Engine Performance Mileage
1.2-L Petrol Engine 83 Max. Power (PS)
113  Max. Power (Nm)
20.5 km/l (MT)
20.1 km/l (AMT)
1.0-L Turbo Petrol Engine 100 Max. Power (PS)
172  Max. Power (Nm)
20.5 km/l (MT)

Hyundai Aura Features

  • 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system
  • ABS With EBD
  • Reverse Parking Sensors
  • Automatic Climate Control
  • Cruise Control
  • Reverse Parking Camera
  • Dual Airbags
  • Anti-Locking Braking System

Maruti Suzuki Ciaz

Best petrol cars Maruti Suzuki Ciaz

Mileage is integral to any Maruti car and the Ciaz is no exception. Only available with a petrol engine after the discontinuation of its diesel variant, the Ciaz delivers an impressive mileage of 20.65 km/l from the manual variant and 20.04 km/l from the automatic variant. 

The fuel efficient Ciaz makes it the midsize sedan to consider if mileage is your priority. The SHVS mild hybrid system on the Ciaz features an Integrated Started Generator (ISG) paired with a high capacity battery to assist the idle start-stop function as well as mild torque assistance for the engine. This assistance of the SHVS system reduces the load on the engine, thus reducing fuel consumption.

Maruti Suzuki Ciaz Petrol Engine Mileage

Engine Performance Mileage
K15 1.5-L Petrol Engine 104.6 Max. Power (PS)        
138 Max. Torque (Nm)
20.65 km/l (MT)       
20.04 km/l (AMT)

Maruti Suzuki Ciaz Features

  • Dual Front Airbags
  • ABS With EBD
  • 7-inch TFT 
  • Apple CarPlay With Android Auto
  • SmartPlay Studio 
  • Cruise Control
  • Rear Sunshade
  • Auto Climate Control
  • Child Seat Anchors

Maruti Suzuki Grand Vitara

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Maruti Suzuki’s first real challenger in the midsize SUV segment comes in the form of the Maruti Suzuki Grand Vitara. True to tradition, the Grand Vitara is built with a focus on fuel efficiency, delivering an ARAI mileage of up to 21.11 km/l on the mild hybrid version. the Grand Vitara also comes in a strong hybrid variant with even higher fuel efficiency, but we are currently focused on cars predominantly powered by petrol.

The Grand Vitara features the same SHVS system as the Ciaz, along with the system’s mild power assistance and idle start-stop functions. What sets this midsize SUV apart from its competition is the option of an AWD system on the higher variants. The claimed 19.38 km/l mileage of the AWD variant makes the Grand Vitara the most fuel efficient AWD car in India.

Maruti Suzuki Grand Vitara Petrol Engine Mileage

Engine  Performance Mileage
1.5-L Petrol Engine 103.6 Max. Power (PS)
136.8 Max. Torque (Nm)
19.38 km/l (AWD MT)    
20.58 km/l (AMT) 
21.11 km/l  (MT)

Maruti Suzuki Grand Vitara Features

  • 9-inch touchscreen infotainment system
  • Panoramic Sunroof
  • 360-Degree Camera
  • Head-Up Display
  • 6 Airbags
  • ESP With Hill-Descent Control
  • ABS
  • Reverse Parking Camera 
  • Rear Parking Sensors
  • Cruise Control

Renault Kiger

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If you were wondering whether a car that is not a Maruti or a Hyundai would make it to the list, then the Renault Kiger is the breath of fresh air you’re waiting for. The Kiger delivers an ARAI mileage of 20.53 km/l on the turbo petrol manual variants. Fuel efficiency of up to 19.17 km/l on the naturally aspirated petrol variants and 18.24 km/l on the turbo petrol CVT variants makes the Kiger one of the most fuel efficient compact SUVs in India.

The fuel efficient turbo petrol engine will be a welcome addition for those looking for an engaging driving experience. The engine matches the sporty styling of the Kiger’s exterior while the price makes it a very attractive competitor in the sea of compact SUVs on the market.

The new 1.0-L Turbo petrol engine with multi-sense drives provides the best in performance and fuel efficiency. Apart from the mileage, the Kiger is a sure winner overall with its stunning dual-tone exterior, smart interiors, and reasonable price for an SUV.  

Renault Kiger Petrol Engine Mileage

Engine  Performance  Mileage
1-L Petrol Engine 72 Max. Power (PS)    
96 Max. Torque (Nm)
19.17 km/l (MT)   
19.03 km/l (Easy-R AMT)
1-L Turbo Petrol Engine 100 Max. Power (PS)     
160 Max. Torque (Nm)
20.53 km/l 
1-L Turbo CVT 100 Max. Power (PS)
152 Max. Torque (Nm)
18.24 km/l (X-Tronic CVT)

Renault Kiger Features

  • 8-inch Floating Touchscreen 
  • 3D Sound by ARKAMYS (4 Speakers + 4 Tweeters)
  • Cruise Control
  • Wireless Smartphone Replication
  • Front Parking Sensors
  • 4 Airbags
  • ABS with EBD
  • Rear View Camera

Renault Kiger City Wise Price

Maruti Suzuki Brezza

Maruti Suzuki Brezza
Image courtesy: AutoX

Coming back to the Maruti cars, the Maruti Suzuki Brezza is the next addition in the list of fuel efficient petrol compact SUVs. The city-bred SUV provides an ARAI mileage of 19.89 km/l and 20.15 km/l for the manual variants, while the automatic variant delivers 19.80 km/l. 

The secret to the Brezza’s efficiency is the SHVS system that is in the Ciaz and the Grand Vitara. The compact SUV is more than its fuel efficiency, offering a more mature exterior design and incorporating up to 6 airbags, ESP in all variants, and more premium interiors.

Maruti Suzuki Brezza Petrol Engine Mileage

Engine  Performance  Mileage
1.5-L Petrol Engine 103 Max. Power (PS)
136.8 Max. Torque (Nm)
19.89 & 20.15 km/l (MT)
19.80 km/l (AMT)

Maruti Suzuki Brezza Petrol Features

  • 6 Airbags 
  • 360 Degree Camera
  • Heads-Up Display
  • 9-inch Touchscreen infotainment system
  • Automatic Climate Control
  • ABS With EBD
  • ESP With Hill Hold Assist
  • Rear View Camera
  • ESC
  • Electric Sunroof
  • Cruise Control

Maruti Suzuki Brezza Petrol City Wise Price

City On-Road Price Used Car Price(Starting From)
Delhi NCR Rs. 8.97 – Rs. 16.14 Lakhs
Bangalore Rs. 9.58 – Rs. 17.26 Lakhs
Hyderabad Rs. 9.53 – Rs. 17.11 Lakhs
Mumbai Rs. 9.28 – Rs. 16.36 Lakhs
Pune Rs. 9.24 – Rs. 16.32 Lakhs
Ahmedabad Rs. 8.90 – Rs. 15.61 Lakhs
Chennai Rs. 9.22 – Rs. 16.85 Lakhs
Kolkata Rs. 8.78 – Rs. 15.36 Lakhs

Maruti Suzuki XL6

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Looking at the MUV segment, the Maruti Suzuki XL6 comes in as the most fuel efficient 6-seater MUV in India. The XL6 delivers a high mileage of 20.97 km/l for the manual transmission and 20.27 km/l for the automatic variant. 

The updated XL6 comes with an improved 1.5-litre petrol engine that has seen a small reduction in power in an effort to increase fuel efficiency. The SHVS system helps maintain the fuel efficiency of the engine with the ISG providing power assistance and idle start-stop.

The Maruti Suzuki XL6 is not only powerful in terms of producing higher mileage but exudes superiority in terms of exterior and interior features. Apart from its premium MUV exterior and impressive interiors, it also comes with new safety features standard for all the variants like 4 airbags, ABS with EBD, and ESP with Hill-hold assist. 

Maruti Suzuki XL6 Petrol Engine Mileage

Engine Performance Mileage
1.5-L K15C Petrol Engine 103.05 Max. Power (PS)     
136.8 Max. Torque (Nm)
20.97 km/l (MT)
20.27 km/l (AMT)

Maruti Suzuki XL6 Features

  • 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system
  • 4 Speakers And 2 Tweeters
  • 4 Airbags
  • ESP with Hill Hold Assist
  • Reverse Parking Sensors
  • ABS with EBD and Brake Assist
  • 360-Degree View Camera
  • Cruise Control
  • Tyre Pressure Monitoring System

Maruti Suzuki Ertiga 

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The 7-seater sibling to the 6-seater XL6, the updated Maruti Ertiga delivers a mileage of 20.51 km/l on the manual variant while the automatic variant provides up to 20.30 km/l.

In terms of the powertrain, the Ertiga is identical to the XL6 and the focus on fuel efficiency was also the focus for the updated 7-seater Maruti MUV. Apart from the updated powertrain, the Maruti Ertiga has received minor changes to the exterior and interior. It’s evident that Maruti Suzuki does not like to change a winning a formula, and the minor updates on the Ertiga should keep the popular 7-seater MUV competitive against its competition.

Maruti Suzuki Ertiga Petrol Mileage

Engine  Performance  Mileage
1.5-L Petrol Engine 101.65 Max. Power (PS)       
136.8  Max. Torque (Nm)
20.51 km/l (MT)
20.30 km/l (AMT)

Maruti Suzuki Ertiga Features

  • 4 Airbags
  • Cruise Control
  • ABS With EBD And Brake Assist
  • ESP
  • Rear Parking Camera
  • Seat Belt Reminder Lamp With Buzzer
  • Automatic Climate Control
  • Revised interiors
  • 360 degree view camera

Renault Triber

best petrol cars Renault Triber

The 7-seater MPV from Renault, the Triber takes the final spot among the best petrol MUV cars in terms of mileage. Apart from the Kiger, the Triber is the second vehicle from Renault to break the dominance of Maruti in the mileage sector. With only the XL6 and the Ertiga to compete, the Triber delivers a handsome mileage of 18.29 km/l and 19 km/l as per the variant and transmission. 

The sub-4 meter MUV was designed from the ground up to be a practical car that is ideal for taking seven people around the city and on the highway in comfort. The lightweight body of the car pairs well with the efficiency-focused engine from Renault to deliver ARAI mileage figures that rival the Maruti pair. Add to this the additional peace-of-mind provided by the 4-star GNCAP rating, and the Renault Triber becomes a very capable family MUV despite its smaller size.

Renault Triber Petrol Engine Mileage

Engine Performance Mileage
1.0-L Petrol Engine 72 Max. Power (PS)
96 Max. Torque (Nm)
18.29 km/l (AMT)
19 km/l (MT)

Renault Triber Features

  • 8-inch Touchscreen infotainment system
  • Up to 4 Airbags
  • ABS with EBD
  • Seat Belt Reminder (Driver + Co-Passenger)
  • Rear Parking Sensor
  • Rear View Camera

Petrol Cars in India Summary

The above article gives a comprehensive guide on the best petrol cars in India that are fuel-efficient and convenient to drive. Petrol cars are easy to drive within city limits and perform well on the highways too. The urge to buy a petrol car among customers is common due to their affordability compared to the diesel variants. Even petrol cars have lower insurance premiums compared to their diesel counterparts. The best petrol cars with good mileage are from the Maruti family in majority – Maruti Celerio (best petrol hatchback), Maruti Suzuki Dzire (best petrol sedan), Maruti Suzuki Grand Vitara (best petrol SUV)) and Maruti Suzuki Ertiga (best petrol MUV). 

FAQs on Best Petrol Cars in India

Which is the best petrol car?

When it comes to fuel-efficiency, the Maruti Suzuki Celerio is the best petrol car in India that is economical and gives a maximum mileage of 26.68 km/l. 

Which are the latest petrol cars in India? 

Among the latest petrol cars in India, few of them launched so far in 2022 are Maruti Suzuki Alto K10, Volkswagen Vitrus, Maruti Suzuki Ertiga and Skoda Kodiaq. 

Which petrol car is most fuel-efficient?

Maruti Suzuki Celerio continues to be the most fuel-efficient petrol car in India – 24.97 km/l (MT) and 26.68 km/l (AMT).

What are the advantages of petrol cars?

The advantages of a petrol car are as follows:

  • Petrol vehicles are cheaper in price (same model and make) and easier to maintain as far as maintenance cost is concerned.
  • The petrol vehicle/ car parts are easily available and thus repairing a petrol car is convenient. 
  • Petrol engines generate less pollution to the air.
  • One can choose from a wide range of cars under the Petrol from hatchbacks to SUVs. 
  • The Noise, Vibration, and Harshness level in petrol cars are less comparatively. 
  • Petrol engines are considered more responsive and powerful.
  • Petrol cars perform better under severe weather conditions. 

Is a petrol car good for daily use?

Petrol cars are suited for daily use as they are affordable, easier and cheaper to maintain.



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