The Indian automobile car segment is replete with cars of various makes and sizes. The diesel ones are considered to be premium as they turn out to be quite cost effective (in terms of fuel cost) in the long run. The following segment delves into the specifications of the top three sedans that are sold at a price range between Rs. 5 lakhs to Rs. 10 lakhs.
Available at a Hyundai Accent onroad price range of Rs.5.9 lakhs to Rs.7.9 lakhs (Ex Showroom, Delhi), this sedan from Hyundai comes in both petrol and diesel fuel options wherein, the diesel ones have 5 trim models namely, Base, S, S Option, SX and SX Option, respectively. The diesel run trims are powered by a 1.1 litre CRDi 1120cc powertrain delivering maximum power and torque output of 71bhp at 4000rpm and 180Nm at 1500 – 2750rpm. This engine is mated to a 5 speed manual transmission gearbox and returns an overall mileage of 24.4kmpl.
In terms of appearance, Hyundai Accent sports dimensions of 3995mm in length, 1660mm in width, 1520mm in height and a wheelbase of 2425mm. It provides a comfort induced cabin comprising of features like a 2-Din music system with a CD/MP3 player, Aux-in, and Bluetooth, electrically adjustable external view mirrors, a glove box compartment, a 12V power outlet, and fabric upholstered seats to name a few. Moreover, in terms of safety, this sedan boasts of an ABS system (for top-end trims only), airbags for the driver and co-passenger, an engine immobilizer, rear parking sensors with a camera et al.
Presentable in three diesel run variants – Ambiente, Trend and Titanium and quoting a Ford Fiesta onroad price tag in the range of Rs.7.9 lakhs to Rs.9.6 lakhs (Ex Showroom, Delhi), Ford Fiesta is a sedan par excellence. All the trims are equipped with a 1.5 litre 1498cc inline TDCi diesel powertrain that delivers 89.75bhp at 3750rpm of maximum power and 204Nm at 2000rpm – 2750rpm of hammering torque. The engine is further mated to a 5 speed manual transmission gearbox and returns a fuel economy of 25.01kmpl and 20.02kmpl, on the highways and city roads respectively.
Moreover, the safety aspect of the sedan is accentuated by the presence of ABS and EBD in addition to dual front airbags, seatbelts for all, and child safety locks to name a few. Also, a model comfort feature called ‘AppLink’ adorns its cabin wherein, one can connect to a smartphone through a voice command without navigating through the menus.
Maruti Swift Dzire
One of the most popular sedans in the automobile market, Maruti Swift Dzire (diesel fuel option) is available at a price range between Rs.6.2 lakhs to Rs.7.6 lakhs (Ex Showroom, Delhi). Also, it comes in four trims – LDI (base), VDI, LDIX Limited Edition and ZDI (top-end), respectively. The diesel powertrain that drives the variants is a 1.3 litre 1248cc DOHC DDiS system that generates maximum power and torque values of 74bhp at 4000rpm and 190Nm at 2000rpm. Also, the mileage generated by this engine turns out to be a healthy 23.4kmpl.
Furthermore, the sedan is laden with a robust suspension and braking mechanism. The braking system comprises of ventilated brakes at the front and drum brakes at the rear in addition to features like ABS, EBD and BA, respectively. Additionally, front dual SRS airbags, an Engine Drag Control (EDC) system, and many more safety features place this sedan right at the top of customer’s choice.
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