Best Diesel Hatchback Cars in India – Tata Altroz to Ford Figo

by Harish Kumar | 31/12/2020
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If you are in the market for a new hatchback car with an efficient diesel engine under the bonnet, kindly consider the list of diesel hatchback cars in India below.

The implementation of the BSVI emission standards has led to the discontinuation of many diesel vehicles in India, showing many carmakers exiting the diesel route in the Indian auto space, especially in the small car segment. However, even though the sheen of owning a diesel hatchback car has worn off slightly, its proposition is hard to resist. With that in mind, some manufacturers stay firmly with the diesel-powered hatchback options. If you are in the market for a new hatchback car with an efficient diesel engine under the bonnet, kindly consider the list of diesel hatchback cars in India below.

Best Diesel Hatchback Cars in India – Tata Altroz to Ford Figo

1. Hyundai i20

Price: Rs 6.79 – 11.32 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi)

It isn’t a surprise that the Hyundai i20 is the first model in the list of best diesel hatchback cars in India, considering the bundles of joy the latest-gen i20 has brought to when it’s launched in November this year. The 2020 Hyundai i20 is a premium diesel hatchback car that scores high in term of design, power, features and fuel mileage.


The 2020 Hyundai i20 comes with a 1.5-litre U2 diesel engine borrowed from the Kia Seltos. This engine kicks out 100 PS of max power and 240 Nm of max torque and is linked with a 6-speed manual transmission. This mill gives 2020 i20 a smooth and matured driving manner that further enhances the premium appeal of the vehicle.

Apart from the punchy engine, a spacious cabin and a bucket load of features, the 2020 Hyundai i20 also offers a decent fuel mileage figure, making it the best mileage diesel hatchback car in the Indian market. The ARAI-claimed fuel economy figure of the new i20 is at 25 km per litre.


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2. Tata Altroz

Price: Rs 5.44 – 8.95 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi)

Before the launch of the 2020 Hyundai i20, the Tata Altroz diesel is unique in its category. Being the company’s first attempt into the premium hatch segment, the Tata Altroz is clocking a very good sales figure in India month in month out. From the distinctive visuals to the engines and features package, the Tata team must have burnt their midnight lamps to develop the Altroz to the Indian needs and likeness.


In its diesel avatar, the Altroz makes use of a 1.5-litre turbo-diesel motor that churns out 90 PS of power against 200 Nm of torque. The diesel hatchback by Tata delivers a confident road manner, excellent ride & handling, not to mention a roomy cabin loaded with many practical features to stay on par with the competition.


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3. Hyundai Grand i10 Nios

Price: Rs 5.12 – 8.35 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi)

In late 2013, the Hyundai Grand i10 was a game-changer when it arrived in India, thereby raising the bar that the Indian customers could expect from the compact hatchback. Hyundai launched the third-gen i10 with the Nios suffix indicating that will be a more premium version of the Grand i10 car over its predecessor. The 2020 Hyundai Grand i10 Nios diesel is quite an attention-seeker. In line with the design philosophy of the Hyundai Santro, the Grand i10 Nios actually stands out from the crowd with some unique styling tweaks.


Like other Hyundai cars, the Grand i10 Nios diesel also comes with a plethora of features like climate control with rear AC vents, engine start button, wireless charging, driver’s seat height adjustment, 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, Arkarmys sound system and many others.

In terms of engine specifications, the Hyundai Grand i10 Nios diesel draws the power from a 1.2-litre 4-cylinder oil burner developing 74 BHP/ 190 Nm. This motor can be had with either a 5-speed MT or a 5-smart auto AMT option.


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4. Ford Figo

Price: Rs 5.49 – 8.15 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi)


The last model in the list of best hatchback diesel cars in India 2020 is the Ford Figo. There’s no denying the fact that the Figo is a well-rounded hatchback car that offers both petrol and diesel engine options on board. When it comes to the diesel-powered version, the Ford Figo is an absolute pleasure to drive with a 1.5-litre diesel motor option on boards. This mill can generate 100 BHP of power and 215 Nm of torque and comes mated to a 5-speed manual transmission.

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