Top 10 cheapest diesel automatics in India 2014

  • Jul 09, 2014
Diesel Automatic cars in India

The craze and need for automatic cars has caught up in the country in the past few years. Infact, as many as 17 different models are available with an optional automatic transmission under Rs 10 lac in the domestic market. However, most of these come with a petrol engine and this is where customers tend to shy away due to high running costs. While a typical petrol hatch will return 13-14kmpl in manual mode, the same model returns no more than 10-11kmpl in the automatic transmission model. This is also the reason why consumers are on the look out for diesel powered automatic cars.

Sadly, manufacturers are yet to come up with affordable options when it comes to diesel automatics. Nevertheless, here is our list of the top 10 cheapest diesel automatics cars in India.

1. Hyundai Verna Diesel Automatic
Ex-showroom Delhi price : Rs 10.47 lakh
Engine : 1.6-litre, 128PS

Hyundai Verna Diesel automatic

The Verna is India's cheapest diesel automatic and comes with a price tag of Rs 10.47 lakh (ex-Delhi). The model comes with a 1.6-litre diesel engine that puts out 128PS of power. ARAI rated economy stands at a very respectable 19.08kmpl. Sadly, this is a 4-speed transmission and feels dated when compared to 5 and 6-speed automatics that are commonly found these days.
The Verna is known for its modern design and beautiful interiors. While it may not boast of class leading space, the punchy engine and a comfortable suspension make this a very good deal. It is the only automatic diesel in the segment and the next cheapest automatic diesel sedan comes with a sticker price of Rs 16 lakh!

2. Mahindra Scorpio Diesel Automatic
Ex-showroom Delhi price : Rs 11.47 lakh
Engine: 2.2-litre, 120PS

Mahindra Scorpio Diesel Automatic

At 11.47 lakh, the Scorpio is India's cheapest diesel automatic SUV and offers tremendous value for money. This version is powered by the same 2.2-litre engine as found in some of the other Scorpio models. The engine is known for its strong low and mid-range along with good fuel economy.
The Scorpio Automatic is available in both 4x2 and 4x4 configurations which further increases its appeal. Mahindra has sourced this 6-speed automatic from Bosch and the SUV comes loaded with features including a cruise control. However, its worth waiting for the all-new Scorpio that will be launched shortly in the next 2-3 months.

3. Hyundai Elantra Diesel Automatic
Ex-showroom Delhi price : Rs 16 lakh
Engine: 1.6-litre, 128PS

Hyundai Elantra Diesel Automatic

The Elantra diesel automatic makes use of the same 1.6-litre motor as found in the Verna and at a rated 128PS, we feel there is more than ample performance on tap considering that cars like the Altis and Fluence come with a smaller engine. The Elantra makes use of a 6-speed Automatic that is a step ahead as compared to 4-speed for the Verna.
On the inside, the Elantra fares very well when it comes to features and comfort and it looks pretty good from the outside too. Sales have been good and this one is a good buy - it is the most affordable diesel automatic in the D segment afterall.

4. Chevrolet Cruze Diesel Automatic
Ex-showroom Delhi price : Rs 16.29 lakh
Engine : 2.0-litre, 166PS

Chevrolet Cruze Diesel Automatic

At under Rs 30,000 more than the Elantra, consumers have the option of going in for one of the most powerful diesel automatic cars under Rs 30 lakh! The Cruze diesel automatic comes with a 2.0-litre engine that puts out as much as 166PS of power and has ample performance on tap. However, this car is recommended for enthusiasts or a young couple rather than for a family or a person who usually travels in a chauffeur driven car.
The Cruze looks nice, drives fast and has all black interiors to further give it a sporty look. The car was last updated in March this year with a new improved 6-speed automatic gearbox.

5. Skoda Octavia Diesel Automatic
Ex-showroom Delhi price : Rs 17.85 lakh
Engine : 2.0-litre, 143PS

Skoda Octavia Diesel Automatic

The Cruze might have more power than the Skoda Octavia but when it comes to outright performance and handling, the Octavia has a clear upper hand. It is expensive with the top end version retailing for Rs 19.75 lakh but the list of features is impressive. What makes the Octavia a very good drive is its advanced DSG gearbox that offers lightning quick changes and yet makes the engine sip less fuel which results in a rated economy of almost 20kmpl, way more than all the rivals around.
If you want a car that can play multiple roles and have the extra cash, you can't go wrong with this model.

6. Volkswagen Jetta Diesel Automatic
Ex-showroom Delhi price : Rs 19.1 lakh
Engine : 2.0-litre, 140PS

Volkswagen Jetta Diesel Automatic

Due for a change with the face-lift version later this year, the Volkswagen Jetta gets the same 2.0-litre engine that powers the Skoda Octavia but in this case, performance is tad less and fuel economy more than 12% less as compared to the Octavia.
Where the Jetta shines is the build quality and quality of workmanship. Everything feels expensive and the Jetta can be mistaken for a more expensive sedan on the inside. This is a good car but we say, wait for the new version to hit the roads.

7. Ssangyong Rexton Diesel Automatic 
Ex-showroom Delhi price : Rs 21.1 lakh
Engine : 2.7-litre, 184PS

Ssangyong Rexton Diesel Automatic

After the Scorpio, the Rexton is the next cheapest diesel Automatic SUV in the country. It comes with a 2.7-litre engine that puts out 184Bhp of power. The engine is mated to a 5-speed automatic gearbox and also comes all-wheel drive. Mahindra sells the Ssangyong brand in India and the Rexton is doing just about fine, selling 100-150 units per month.
We love the Ssangyong for its lazy and laid back nature - the SUV is really comfortable but suffers from poor brand value. At Rs 2 lakh extra, the Fortuner Automatic makes for a better buy

8. Ford Endeavour Diesel Automatic
Ex-showroom Delhi price : Rs 21.28 lakh
Engine : 3.0-litre, 158PS

Ford Endeavour Diesel Automatic

Available in two versions of 4x2 and 4x4, the Endeavour received a mild face-lift recently though we are still waiting for the all-new version that will go on sale early next year. The Endeavour automatic comes with a 3.0-litre engine that puts out 158PS of power. It also gets a 4x4 with 4L which comes in very handy when the going gets tough.
To be frank, the Endeavour is an aging product and until unless you get a hefty discount, it does not make sense in going for a new one. It is unbeatable off the road but lacks features and comfort of other models in the same price band.

9. Toyota Fortuner Diesel Automatic
Ex-showroom Delhi price : Rs 22.79 lakh
Engine : 3.0-litre, 171PS

Toyota Fortuner Diesel Automatic

The Fortuner remains the king of the premium SUV segment and is the only Rs 20 lakh + vehicle to sell in over 1000 units per month. Toyota for sure is minting money on this one and why not. Apart from its brute looks, the Fortuner also provides decent comfort and ego massaging view of the outside road. Unfortunately, as of now, the automatic does not come with a 4x4 option. The 3.0-litre diesel motor is super reliable and efficient at the same time and puts out an impressive 171 PS of power. We are told the range topping automatic 4x4 will make it soon to our shores. Fingers crossed!

10. Skoda Superb Diesel Automatic 
Ex-showroom Delhi price : Rs 23.07 lakh
Engine : 2.0-litre, 140PS

Skoda Octavia Diesel Automatic

Making use of the same 2.0-litre diesel engine that powers the Octavia and even the same DSG gearbox, the base diesel automatic Superb is only Rs 5.2 lakh pricier than the Octavia and offers unbeatable value for money in the segment by offering class leading cabin space. Perfect build quality, an efficient yet punchy motor and every imaginable feature in the Elegance model, the Superb lives up to its own name.



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