The Indian automobile industry is brimming with cars with automatic transmission. To beat the city traffic, there is a demand for small automatic cars. The market is abundant with many automatic models in petrol with prices below Rupees 7 lakh. But diesel automatic cars are more costly.
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Let us take a look at five of the cheapest diesel automatic cars.
The only diesel automatic car with prices below Rupees 7 lakh that is available in the market is the Tata Zest that was launched in 2014. Tata Zest Diesel is India’s first diesel-automatic in the C1 segment. The Tata Zest diesel sources its 1.3-litre Quadra jet engine from Fiat. The engine generates 90 bhp @ 4000 rpm and 200 Nm of torque between 1750-3000 rpm. Transmission options are a five-speed manual as well as an AMT. The ARAI fuel efficiency ratings are 23.0 kmpl for the diesel Zest. The Zest has a modern interior and a classy exterior design.
The next in line in the list of cheapest diesel mills is the Hyundai Verna Automatic. With a starting price of Rs. 10.69 lakhs, the Verna Automatic comes with a 1.6-litre diesel engine that generates out 128 bhp of power. The fuel economy of 19.08 kmpl does not go well with the economy-crazy Indian consumers. Also the Verna AT has a 4-speed transmission that feels dated when compared to 5 and 6-speed automatics. The Verna is known for its modern design and beautiful interiors.
The Volkswagen Vento has two diesel automatic variants. One is the the 1.5 TDi Comfort line AT which is priced at Rs. 10.5 lakhs and a High line AT priced at Rs. 10.94. The 1498 cc engine generates 103 bhp of power at a maximum torque value of 250 Nm. The engines are mated to a 6 speed auto gear box. The ARAI certified mileage is 21.21 kmpl. The Volkswagen Vento AT comes with many safety features and comfort features.
The Skoda Rapid has three diesel automatic variants named Ambition Plus, the Elegance and the Elegance black which are priced at Rupees 10.49, 10.84 and 10.98 respectively. Powered by a 1498 cc engine that churns out a power of 104 bhp and a maximum torque of 250 Nm, this engine has a 7 speed automatic transmission. The approximate mileage is around 21.14 kmpl. The features of the Skoda Rapid include many standard features.
The Skoda Octavia AT starts from a price tag of Rs. 17.75 lakh. The Octavia AT has an impressive list of features. The 2.0-litre engine generates a power of 143 bhp and comes with an advanced DSG gearbox that offers quick changes. The ARAI rated economy of 20 kmpl is less than a few of the rivals around.
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