Best CNG sedans, hatchback and MPVs in India: top models

A detailed list of all CNG powered cars in India based on segments, price and claimed fuel efficiency.

Rising fuel prices coupled with small-capacity diesel options that are being phased out across multiple budget segments are contributing to the popularity of CNG in the country. CNG models are more expensive than their petrol counterparts, but as a fuel it is a cleaner and cheaper alternative to both petrol and diesel.

Marutic currently has six CNG-powered models in its portfolio, while its rivals Hyundai and Tata offer only two models each. As of June 2022, CNG prices will be Rs 75.6 per kg in Delhi and Rs 76 per kg in Mumbai. Therefore, here is a list of 11 CNG vehicles for sale today with their respective tank sizes, claimed range and good/bad aspects.

hatchbacks

Maruti Suzuki Alto CNG – Rs 5.03 lakh (ex showroom, Delhi)

Fuel consumption – 31.59 km/kg

The Maruti Suzuki Alto CNG is offered in a single LXi(O) variant with safety features such as dual airbags, reverse parking sensors and ABS with EBD. In terms of features, it gets a dual-tone interior and a 7-inch touchscreen display with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay functionality.

Priced at Rs 5.03 lakh, the alt is the most affordable CNG hatchback on our roads today. With a 60 liter tank on board, the claimed fuel consumption of the Alto CNG is 31.59 km/kg. The 796cc three-cylinder engine produces 50 hp and 60 Nm, the latter of which is 9 Nm lower than its petrol counterpart. That is why it is also the least powerful car among its rivals.

In our review of the Alto in 2019, we praised the hatchback’s updated safety technology that meets crash safety standards, as well as the refinement of the engine. However, we also mentioned that it doesn’t have the most spacious cabin and lacks some comfort features.

Maruti Suzuki S-Presso – Rs 5.38 lakh-5.64 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi)

Fuel consumption – 31.2 km/kg

The S-Presso CNG comes with a 1.0-litre K10B engine that produces 58 hp and 78 Nm through a five-speed manual transmission. The WagonR CNG is also powered by the same powertrain, but offers slightly better claimed efficiency.

Maruti Suzuki offers the CNG kit on the S-Presso in four variants – VXi(O), VXi, LXi(O) and LXi, with prices ranging from Rs 5.38 lakh-5.64 lakh. The S-Presso offers a claimed fuel economy of 31.2 km/kg, with a 55-litre CNG tank on board. In our reviewwe praised the S-Presso’s refined engine and spacious interior, and we also noted its polarizing eccentric looks.

Tata Tiago iCNG – Rs 6.27 lakh-7.79 lakh (ex-showroom, India)

Fuel consumption – 26.49 km/kg

launched At the beginning of 2022, the Tiago iCNG will be the most powerful CNG hatchback in its class. The hatchback continues with the same 1.2-litre three-cylinder Revotron engine producing 70 hp and 95 Nm in CNG mode, which is 13 hp and 18 Nm less than in petrol-only mode.

The CNG kit on the Tiago is offered in four variants: XE, XM, XT and XZ+, with the top-end version costing Rs 7.79 lakh. We rated the Tiago iCNG in January 2022, where we praised its Harman audio system, comfortable seats, feature-packed and overall driving dynamics. But even with a 60-litre CNG tank on board, the hatchback offers a claimed fuel consumption of just 26.49 kg/km, the lowest among its competitors.

Maruti Suzuki Wagon R – Rs 6.42 lakh-6.86 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi)

Fuel consumption – 34.05 km/kg

The car Rthat one update in February 2022, powered by the 1.0-litre DualJet engine in CNG format. Offered in two variants – VXi and LXi – the Wagon R produces 56 hp and 82 Nm in CNG mode and 64 hp and 89 Nm in petrol-only mode. As part of the update, the Wagon R also got idle start-stop technology for better fuel economy and lower exhaust emissions.

With a 60 liter CNG tank on board, the hatchback offers a claimed mileage of 34.05 km/kg. The Wagon R’s cabin and storage areas are impressive, but we didn’t like the hatchback’s dash design and elevator-type door handles.

Maruti Suzuki Celerio – Rs 6.69 lakh (ex showroom, Delhi)

Fuel consumption – 35.6 km/kg

Maruti launched the CNG version of the celerio early this year. It is currently the most economical hatchback on the market. Offered in a single VXi variant, the Celerio CNG is powered by a 1.0-litre DualJet engine mated to a single 5-speed manual transmission. In general, the engine develops the same power and torque as the Wagon R in CNG and petrol mode.

With a 60 liter CNG tank on board, the hatchback has a claimed fuel consumption of 35.6 km/kg, the highest among its rivals. In our review in 2021, when the second-generation Celerio was launched, we liked the redesigned cabin and storage areas quite well. We didn’t like the hatchback’s lifeless steering and fixed rear headrests, though, which can cause whiplash for taller passengers.

Hyundai Grand i10 Nios CNG – Rs 7.16 lakh-7.69 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi)

Fuel consumption – 28.5 km/kg

With Hyundai official to pull the plug on the santro hatchback, the Grand i10 Nios is the brand’s only budget hatchback on sale today. With a CNG kit offered on Magna and Sportz variants, the Grand i10 Nios starts from Rs 7.16 lakh and goes up to Rs 7.69 lakh, making it the most expensive hatchback among rivals. The hatchback is powered by a 1.2-litre four-cylinder engine that produces 69 hp and 95.2 Nm in CNG mode and 83 hp with 113 Nm in petrol-only mode.

But even with a 60-litre CNG tank on board, the Grand i10 Nios offers a claimed mileage of 28.5 km/kg, which is marginally better than the Tiago iCNG. In our reviewwe complimented the hatchback’s refined engine, interior quality and feature list, but found the hatchback’s laziness, driving dynamics and performance to be average.

Compact sedans

Tata Tigor iCNG – Rs 7.84 lakh-8.44 lakh (ex-showroom, India)

Fuel consumption – 26.49 km/kg

Launched together with the Tiago iCNG, the Tigor iCNG is the most affordable compact sedan on the market. It shares the same powertrain as its Tiago brother and produces 70 hp and 95 Nm in CNG mode and 86 hp with 113 Nm in petrol-only mode. Tata is offering the CNG kit on two top-of-the-line versions – XZ and XZ+, which cost Rs 7.84 lakh and Rs 8.44 lakh respectively.

And just like the Tiago iCNG, the Tigor iCNG also offers the least claimed fuel consumption: 26.49 km/kg. In our in-depth review, we appreciated the Tigor iCNG’s easy driving dynamics and Harman audio system. We didn’t like the petrol’s fuel economy, limited boot space, and claimed range, though. You can also view our real-world fuel economy test of the Tigor iCNG by clicking here

Hyundai Aura – Rs 7.87 lakh-8.56 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi)

Fuel consumption – 28.5 km/kg

As with the Grand i10 Nios, the Aura has been on sale in India for over two years now. During this period, Hyundai introduced the CNG version of the Aura which is offered in S and SX trims costing Rs 7.87 lakh and Rs 8.56 lakh respectively. It is powered by the same 1.2-litre four-cylinder engine as its hatchback counterpart, producing 69 hp and 95.2 Nm in CNG mode and 83 hp with 113 Nm in petrol-only mode.

Compared to the Tigor iCNG, the Aura CNG offers a higher claimed mileage of 28.5 km/kg from its 65 liter tank. During our test drive from the compact sedan, we loved the premium cabin layout with multiple convenience features. However, we found the styling of the Aura polarizing. In addition, the lack of adjustable headrests with excessive lumbar support on the seats can cause discomfort during long hours of driving.

Maruti Suzuki Dzire – Rs 8.23 ​​lakh-8.91 lakh (ex showroom, Delhi)

Fuel consumption – 31.12 km/kg

Maruti Suzuki recently launched the Dzire CNG, bringing the total range to six CNG cars in different segments. Priced at Rs 8.23 ​​lakh for the VXi variant, rising to Rs 8.91 lakh for the ZXi variant, the Dzire CNG is the most expensive among its rivals. It is powered by a 1.2-litre four-cylinder engine that produces 76 hp and 98.5 Nm, making it more powerful than the Aura CNG and Tigor iCNG.

The Dzire CNG also offers the best mileage of a claimed 31.12 km/kg despite a smaller 55 liter tank. Although it is the most expensive, the Dzire CNG offers the best space, comfort, performance and efficiency compared to its main rivals.

MPVs

Maruti Suzuki Eeco – Rs 5.94 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi)

Fuel consumption – 20.88 km/kg

As the most affordable MPV on the market, the Eeco CNG is offered in a 5-seater only format at a price tag of Rs 5.94 lakh. It is powered by a 1.2-litre engine producing 61 hp and 85 Nm in CNG mode and 72 hp with 98 Nm of torque in petrol mode. The Eeco offers a claimed fuel consumption of 20.88 km/kg from its 60 liter tank, which is significantly less than the much more expensive Ertiga CNG.

Despite its affordability, eco lacks premium features like a touchscreen display and sports barebone interiors. However, the MPV is now offered with updated safety technology such as dual airbags, reverse parking sensors and ABS with EBD.

Maruti Suzuki Ertiga – Rs 10.44 lakh-11.54 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi)

Fuel consumption – 26.11 km/kg

The most expensive CNG car on sale today, the Ertiga will be offered in VXi and ZXi trims starting at Rs 10.44 lakh, rising to Rs 11.54 lakh. The recently updated Ertiga 2022 is powered by a 1.5-litre K15C engine mated to a five-speed manual transmission. The MPV delivers 86 hp and 121 Nm in CNG mode and 99 hp with 136 Nm in petrol-only mode.

The Ertiga CNG has no direct rivals in the segment, making it the only 7-seat MPV with feel-good features as seen on other Maruti vehicles. With a 60 liter tank on board, the Ertiga CNG offers a claimed mileage of 26.11 km/kg. Despite its expensive price tag, the Ertiga offers a plush ride with seating comfort and space. Click here to read our 2019 review of the pre-facelift version.

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