Best Mileage SUV in India: Top 6 Most Fuel Efficient Cars in India

by Harish Kumar | 15/03/2020
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If you are searching elsewhere for a good SUV that scores high in the fuel efficiency level, these are the best mileage SUVs in India for you to choose from.

There is no denying that fuel efficiency is something that SUVs shouldn’t be associated with. However, in the present days when car buyers are having a great obsession with sports utility vehicles, carmakers are making great efforts to build their new SUVs with high levels of fuel mileage. From the most successful models like Hyundai Venue and Maruti Vitara Brezza to some ‘underrated’ vehicles, here are the 6 best mileage SUVs in India.

1. Hyundai Venue

  • Price: Rs 6.7 - 11.5 Lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi)

  • Mileage: 18.15 kmpl – 23.7 kmpl

As a matter of fact, SUVs are not so popular for offering impressive fuel efficiency but that’s not the case for the Hyundai Venue. Being a runaway success of its brand in the lucrative sub-four-metre SUV segment, the Hyundai Venue offers a staggering high fuel mileage figures of 18.15 - 23.7 km per litre.

best mileage SUV cars in India - hyundai venue white front angle

Albeit being a bit late to the game, the Venue is packed with a range of contemporary engine options. It is the first vehicle off the lot to get a direct-injection 1.0-litre GDI engine that comes mated to a 6-speed manual gearbox. This engine-transmission duo returns a fuel efficiency rated at 18.27 kmpl, making the Venue the most fuel-efficient petrol-SUV in India.

When combined with a 7-speed automatic dual-clutch transmission, the powertrain system gets an ARAI-rated fuel mileage of 18.15 kmpl, quite a decent number for an automatic petrol-powered SUV.

As for the Venue’s 1.2-litre petrol, interestingly, Hyundai gives no choice of automatic variant for this motor option. The claimed fuel efficiency of the Venue 1.2 petrol is relatively high at 17.52 kmpl. What drives the Venue’s fuel economy to an excessive level is the 1.4-litre CRDi which does the duty to churn out a healthy fuel mileage of up to 23.7 kmpl. Easily, Hyundai Venue deserves to be the first-to-be-mentioned best mileage SUV in India under 10 lakhs.


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2. Maruti Vitara Brezza

  • Price: Rs 7.34 - 11.4 Lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi)

  • Mileage: 18.76 kmpl (petrol AT), 17.03 kmpl (petrol-MT)

Maruti Vitara Brezza is a popular name in the subcompact SUV bags. Of all the reasons attributing to the popularity of Vitara Brezza, the fuel efficiency of the car leaves us a strong impression.

best mileage SUV cars in India - 2020 maruti vitara brezza petrol blue front angle

In its updated avatar, the 2020 Maruti Vitara Brezza still stick toward the astonishingly high level of fuel efficiency. For the uninitiated, the new Vitara Brezza petrol-MT delivers a fuel mileage of 17.03 kmpl while the petrol-automatic counterpart is good for mileage of 18.76 kmpl, thereby putting the Vitara Brezza name into the list of best mileage SUVs in India.

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The 2020 Maruti Vitara Brezza facelift comes in a choice of BSVI-compliant 1.5-litre K-series gasoline engine with mild-hybrid tech, making 105 HP of max power and 138 Nm of torque. A 5-speed manual transmission becomes standard across the variants while a 4-speed torque converter comes as an option.


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3. Mahindra XUV300

  • Price: Rs 8.3 - 12.68 Lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi)

  • Mileage: 17.0 kmpl (petrol), 20 kmpl (diesel)

Mahindra XUV300 comes armed with an attractive look, feature-laden cabin as well as frugal engine options. After the ARAI test cycle, the Mahindra XUV300 is claimed to do 17.0 kmpl of fuel economy for the petrol variant while the diesel model has a fuel mileage figure of 20 kmpl.

best mileage SUV cars in India - mahindra xuv300 front three quarters

Designed for the modern Indian buyers, the Mahindra XUV300’s engine has been tuned appropriately to roll out the best performance and fuel efficiency figures. The start-stop system works to automatically turn off the engine to avoid wasting fuel when not using. The sixth gear of the car has been specially designed for the fuel-saving purpose as well. It might ensure the engine to spin slowly during your cruise on highways at high speeds that also help you save a big amount on fuel consumption.

Mahindra XUV300 employs two engines under the bonnet, namely a 1.2-litre turbocharged petrol motor producing 110 BHP per 200 Nm of torque as well as a 1.5-litre turbo-diesel mill delivering 115 BHP and 300 Nm of peak torque. The standard gearbox for the XUV300 is a 6-speed manual option while the diesel powertrain gets a 6-speed auto-shift transmission as an option.


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4. Ford Ecosport

  • Price: Rs 8.04 - 11.66 Lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi)

  • Mileage: 14.8 kmpl (petrol AT), 15.9 kmpl (petrol MT), 21.7 kmpl (diesel)

Next up in our compilation of best mileage SUVs in India is the long-serving yet iconic Ford Ecosport. The Ecosport gets almost everything on point from day one such as a good look, nice features, brilliant engines, and driving dynamics.

best mileage SUV cars in India - ford ecosport orange front view

Buyers can opt for one of two engine options for the Ecosport, including a 1.5-litre 3-cylinder petrol motor good for 118 BHP/ 149 Nm and a 1.5-litre 4-cylinder diesel mill pumping out 99 BHP and 215 Nm of torque. In its BSVI avatar, the Ecosport still shines for its worth when it comes to fuel efficiency. The Ecosport petrol delivers 14.8 kmpl for the automatic variants and 15.9 kmpl for the manual versions. Whereas, the Ecosport diesel gets a higher fuel mileage number of 21.7 kmpl as rated by ARAI.


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5. Honda WRV

  • Price: Rs 8.04 - 11.66 Lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi)

  • Mileage: 14.8 kmpl (petrol-AT), 15.9 kmpl (petrol-MT), 21.7 kmpl (diesel-MT)

Honda WR-V might be an underrated SUV when compared to the younger competitors in the SUV segment. However, the WR-V seems to never play the second fiddle to its rivals when talking about its fuel mileage. Honda WR-V is totally fuel efficient which can be seen through the ARAI-certified 17.5 kmpl (for the petrol models) and even 25.5 kmpl (for the diesel options).

best mileage SUV cars in India - honda wr-v red colour rear side angle

For the city mileage, the WR-V petrol can do 15.35 kmpl and the diesel can do 13.29 kmpl. The highway mileage of the WR-V petrol is surprisingly rated at 25.88 kmpl.

The 2020 Honda WR-V is set to come to us this year. It will carry forward the current 1.2-litre i-VTEC petrol and 1.5-litre i-DTEC diesel engine but in BSVI-compliant guise. So far as the transmission is concerned, the petrol-powered Honda WR-V comes coupled with a 5-speed MT while the diesel car is paired with a 6-speed MT unit.


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6. Tata Nexon

  • Price: Rs 6.94 - 12.7 Lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi)

  • Mileage: 17.4 kmpl (petrol), 22.4 kmpl (diesel)

Certainly, the Tata Nexon is one of the best-looking cars of its segment. Yet you may not know that the Tata Nexon is among the top fuel-efficient cars in India as well. Tata Nexon is surely a good buy in India when it comes to the expenditure on fuel consumption. The ARAI-rated fuel efficiency level of the Nexon makes it the most fuel-economical SUV among the BS6-compliant compact SUV department.

best mileage SUV cars in India - new tata nexon front angle

Tata Nexon can deliver 17.4 kmpl for the petrol engine while the diesel configurations sit higher at 22.4 kmpl for both manual and automatic versions.

In 2020, Tata Nexon comes back with a BS6-ready 1.2-litre 3-cylinder turbo-petrol mill making 120 HP of power and 170 Nm of torque. The 1.5-litre diesel motor also complies with the new norms, churning out maximum power and torque figures of 110 PS/ 260 Nm, respectively.

Above is the list of the 6 best mileage SUVs in India. Which model impresses you most? Let us know below!

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