When it comes to buying SUVs, buying a diesel one seems to be the natural choice owing to assumptions that petrol SUVs guzzle more fuel.
Here's a list of the top most fuel efficient petrol SUVs in India-
Claimed mileage: EcoBoost - 18.88kmpl | 1.5L - 15.85kmpl (MT), 15.63kmpl (AT)
Taking the No.1 spot is the Ford EcoSport powered by the globally acclaimed 1.0-litre Eco-Boost engine and a 1.5-litre Ti-VCT motor. But it’s the Eco-Boost mill that's more frugal with a claimed mileage that's close to 19kmpl. The 1-litre engine generates an exceptional 125PS of power while the 1.5-litre petrol motor produces 112PS of max power. Both the engines are mated to a 5-speed manual transmission whereas the 1.5-litre also gets a 6-speed automatic gearbox option. It is available in seven petrol variants – MT Ambiente, MT Trend, Eco-Boost Trend Plus, MT Titanium, EcoBoost Titanium Plus, AT Titanium and EcoBoost Platinum Edition.
Claimed mileage – 18.20kmpl
Mahindra’s ‘young SUV’, the KUV100, is the smallest car to be categorized as a sports utility vehicle on this list. The petrol KUV100 is powered by a 1.2-litre mFalcon G80 MPFI engine, which produces a maximum power of 83PS along with a peak torque of 115Nm. Linked to a 5-speed manual transmission, it has a ground clearance of 170mm. The Mahindra KUV100 can be had in an incredible 13 petrol variants - possibly the highest for an SUV!
Claimed mileage – 17.5kmpl
The Honda WRV has been churning good numbers month on month. The 1.2-litre petrol engine-powered WRV pumps out a max power of 90PS and a peak torque of 110Nm. Mated to a 5-speed manual gearbox, the Honda crossover has a refined i-VTEC motor which barely disturbs the occupants with its noise. Similar to its diesel counterparts, the petrol WRV is also offered in two trims – S and VX.
Claimed mileage – 17kmpl
The newly launched Tata Nexon comes fourth in the list of fuel efficient petrol SUVs with a claimed figure of 17kmpl. Powering the petrol Nexon is a 1.2-litre Revotron engine, which pumps out a max power of 110PS and a peak torque of 170Nm. The Nexon also gets multi-drive modes – Eco, City, and Sport – that alter the driving the characteristics as well as the fuel efficiency of the SUV based on the mode that’s chosen. The Nexon is offered in five variants – XE, XM, XT, XZ Plus and XZ Plus Dual Tone.
Claimed mileage – 16.9kmpl
Audi’s smallest SUV offering in the country, the Audi Q3, gets a place on this list for its impressive fuel economy of 16.9kmpl (petrol Q3). With the addition of a petrol engine in March this year, the Q3 became the first-ever Audi SUV to get a petrol heart in India. The 1.4-litre TFSI engine produces 150PS of max power and 250Nm of peak torque. Mated to a six-speed S Tronic automatic transmission, it sprints from 0-100kmph in mere 8.9 seconds. The Audi Q3 comes with only one petrol variant – 30 TFSI Premium.