Here is a list of the top 5 most affordable CNG cars currently on sale in India; Low running costs coupled with lower emissions are USPs of using CNG as a fuel; Maruti Suzuki dominates the CNG category.
CNG is undoubtedly a more affordable as well as environment-friendly alternative to conventional petrol and diesel fuels. Although the prices of CNG have been soaring through the roof in recent times, however, it is still marginally cheaper and the CNG-powered vehicles return a better fuel economy. In terms of pricing, CNG vehicles are slightly more expensive than their normal petrol counterparts, all thanks to the added cost of alternations to the engine, fuel lines, CNG tank and more. The most evident advantage of a CNG vehicle is the low overall running cost as compared to regular petrol options. In recent times, car manufacturers have been offering factory-fitted CNG kits in their vehicles. Maruti Suzuki holds the baton in the CNG department, followed by Hyundai and Tata Motors is the latest entrant in the CNG space. Apart from this, there are several after-market options available to get a CNG kit installed in your petrol car, however, the performance and longevity of such kits is still somewhat questionable and a lot depends on the expertise of the mechanic. So today we bring you the top 5 most affordable CNG-powered cars in India.
Maruti Suzuki Alto CNG
At a starting price of Rs. 5.03 lakh (ex-showroom), the Alto is the most affordable CNG vehicle you can buy right now in India. Using the 796cc F8D 3-cylinder petrol engine, its power output is rated at 40 bhp and 60 Nm of peak torque. Apart from being the most affordable option, it is one of the most fuel-efficient in the lot with a claimed mileage of 31.59 kg/km.
Maruti Suzuki S-Presso CNG
The 2nd Maruti Suzuki car on the list is the S-Presso CNG which comes at a starting price of Rs. 5.90 lakh and goes all the way up to Rs. 6.10 lakh (ex-showroom). It uses the 1.0 litre K10C petrol engine, good enough for 56 bhp and 82.1 Nm of peak torque and returns a claimed mileage of 32.73 kg/km.
Tata Tiago CNG
The first non-Maruti car on the list is the Tata Tiago CNG which is priced in the range of Rs. 6.30 lakh to Rs. 7.82 lakh (ex-showroom). Using a 1.2-litre Revotron petrol engine, it puts out 73 bhp and 95 Nm of peak torque while delivering a claimed fuel mileage of 26.49 km/kg.
Maruti Suzuki WagonR CNG
The range of WagonR CNG starts from Rs. 6.42 lakh (ex-showroom) and goes all the way up to Rs. 6.86 lakh (ex-showroom). Using a familiar K10C petrol engine, it churns out 56 bhp and 82.1 Nm of peak torque and returns a claimed mileage of 34.05 kg/km, making it the most fuel-efficient option in this list.
Hyundai Santro CNG
Trailing behind the WagonR is the Hyundai Santro CNG. Available in single Sportz Executive trim priced at Rs. 6.42 lakh (ex-showroom), the Santro is powered by a 1.1-litre Bi-Fuel engine churning out 60 bhp and 85.3 Nm of peak torque with a claimed mileage of 30.48 km/kg.