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The most fuel efficient Hyundai cars in India

Hyundai has done a swell job in becoming India’s second-most popular car brand in India after Maruti Suzuki. Customers have taken to Hyundais ever since the original Santro, and since the, the Korean brand has been evolving, getting better in engineering its products to deliver an upmarket experience while keeping costs competitive. We take a look at some of their most fuel-efficient cars they have to offer in India.

Hyundai Santro

Mileage: 20.3kpl

The new Santro does not retain the tall-boy shape of the original, but its roofline isn’t uncomfortably low. It shares its platform with the Grand i10, which isn’t on sale anymore. At the front, it gets swept-back headlights and a rather ugly ‘cascading’ grille, which is too wide we think and has fog lights mounted on either side. We think it is bound to put off many buyers and is in dire need of a facelift. Hyundai Cars have done a good job when it comes to the cabin; the quality is not what you’d find on a typical budget car. The dashboard gets a dual-tone, black and beige colour theme and the levels of fit and finish have improved drastically over the older Santros. You get a 7.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system featuring Apple CarPlay and Android Auto; the screen also doubles up as a reversing camera. There are some familiar buttons on the steering wheel. Hyundai Cars have given the new Santro the same 1.1-litre Epsilon engine from the Santro Xing. The unit produces 68bhp and 99Nm of torque. Mated to the engine is either a 5-speed manual or a 5-speed AMT gearbox. If the Best Mileage Car in India is on your mind, the Santro will fit your bill.

Hyundai Grand i10 Nios

Mileage: 20.7kpl

With their new design language, Hyundai Cars are beginning to look a lot more stylish and sportier and this can be said of the Gran i10 Nios. You cannot mistake it for being anything other than a Hyundai thanks to the silhouette. The front includes stylish projector headlights, flanked by the cascading grille. There are a fog lights integrated on either sides of the bumper while there are these boomerang-shaped LED DRLs placed in the corners of the grille, which can either be had in silver or gloss black. The cabin is clearly a huge step-up; a lot of design elements have been borrowed from more expensive Hyundais. The hexagonal textures on the dashboard look cool and the Nios features a part-digital instrument cluster and an 8.0-inch touchscreen. The Nios is powered by a 1.2-litre petrol engine developing 81bhp and 114Nm of torque. Power delivery isn’t particularly strong, and you’ll really have to work that motor to get up to speeds. However, the gears shift smoothly and the clutch is light.

Hyundai Venue (1.0 Turbo)

Mileage: 18.2kpl

The Hyundai Venue does appear boxy at first, but it has caught on in the market very well so far. Up-front, it features a massive cascading chrome-lined grille and the split headlights are now a fashion on a lot of today’s SUVs. There’s body cladding as well, giving it the appearance of an SUV. A lot of other details scream SUV, like the roof rails, flared wheel arches and the flat bonnet. The Venue’s interior gets a tidy looking dashboard with horizontal elements, and while quality is excellent, the all-black theme inside is bit dull. In terms of quality, Kia comes closest. The steering feels nice in your hands and the white stitching on the steering, gear lever and seats match the all-black look of the interior. The newest and peppiest engine in the Venue is the 1.0-litre, three-cylinder, direct-injection turbo petrol producing 118bhp and 172Nm of torque with power sent to the front wheels via a 6-speed manual or a 7-speed twin-clutch transmission. The engine sounds quiet at idle, and sometimes, doesn’t feel like a typical three-cylinder unit. Among turbo petrol engines in its segment, the Hyundai Venue is the Best Mileage Car in India, in the compact SUV space.

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