With the recent increase in gasoline prices, CNG automobiles have transitioned from fleet-cab stalwarts to a perfectly realistic option for individual transportation. However, the possibilities are not uniformly distributed across sectors, with Maruti Suzuki being the only company to provide a comprehensive variety of CNG options across its portfolio. But alongside Maruti Suzuki CNG cars, there are some other alternatives too.
Let’s have a look at the most budget-friendly CNG cars available in India.
Maruti Suzuki Wagon R
Few cars can compete with the heroic Wagon R in terms of utility and simplicity of ownership. If you have older family members, the ease of access and egress make it a realistic alternative, while Maruti’s service network and servicing rates keep the Wagon R on the monthly best-selling car list. The CNG-equipped model features an efficient 998cc petrol engine paired to a manual gearbox and can pull out an ARAI-tested economy of 32.52 km/kg of CNG under ideal driving circumstances. At the moment, the Wagon R CNG is only available in the LXi and LXi (O) trim levels. Its CNG trim prices start at Rs 5.89 lakh rupees (Ex-showroom).
Hyundai Grand i10 Nios
If the Maruti Suzuki models are too simple for you, the CNG-compatible Hyundai Grand i10 Nios may be worth considering. Sure, the Sportz 1.2-litre Kappa VTVT option (the most expensive CNG variation) is pricier, but it comes with a reverse camera, ABS, EBD, rear A/C vents, front and rear power windows, and electrically adjustable RVMs. Aside from that, the normally aspirated 1.2-litre petrol engine produces somewhat more power (65 bhp). Mileage, while more than enough, takes a knock at 18.9 km/kg. Overall, the cabin quality and comfort standards are greater than those of its primary competitors.
Maruti Suzuki S-Presso
The pint-sized S-Presso is on the other end of the size spectrum. The engine is the same 998cc petrol engine featured in the Wagon R, however it only produces 58bhp. The S-Presso, on the other hand, has a lower kerb weight and higher ground clearance, which increases its utility. It has a somewhat unimpressive feature set, although it does incorporate parking sensors and a Bluetooth-enabled music system. Aside from its poor safety rating (0 stars in the Global NCAP), the S-Presso is a realistic alternative for people transitioning from a two-wheeler to a four-wheeler. Its stated mileage of 32.2 km/kg is among the best on the list, and its small size makes it quite easy to drive vehicle on the streets.
Maruti Suzuki Ertiga
The Ertiga manages to alleviate, if not completely eliminate, the space problem that affects all CNG-compatible vehicles. It is also the only CNG automobile that can seat seven people, with the exception of the Maruti Eeco. The rearmost seating row folds to increase storage space while still seating five people. Only the VXi petrol edition of Maruti Suzuki’s best-selling MPV in India may be purchased with a factory-fitted CNG kit. Its 1.4-litre naturally-aspirated petrol engine produces 91bhp after CNG conversion, offering it a more potent alternative for customers searching for additional power.
Maruti Suzuki Eeco
The Eeco appears on the monthly “top 10 best-selling vehicles” list on a regular basis, and it’s simple to understand why. Nothing in its pricing range provides the amount of room and customizability that this van does. Sure, the lack of substantial safety features is a reason for concern, but it remains a popular choice for both individual and business transportation. While the CNG option is only available in a 5-seat configuration, it’s the amount of capacity that has earned it a position on this list. Eeco, which gets power from an economical 1198cc petrol engine, does not suit to linear speeds. However, nothing in this price range has the same level of usability and functionality. However, nothing in this price bracket has the same level of usefulness and fuel efficiency (an ARAI rated 19.2km/kg) as this gentle behemoth. The cost of this budget-friendly CNG powered MPV is Rs. 5.6 lakh (ex-showroom).
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