When it comes to purchasing a bike in India, fuel efficiency has always been a key differentiator. In fact, when sales are taken into account, the best-selling models are also among the most fuel-efficient in the country. Due to their focus on providing the best mileage per litre of petrol, they are comparatively more affordable, compact, and lack any frills or unnecessary features. Commuter motorcycles between 100cc and 110cc make up the pool of the most popular motorcycles sold in India because of their high fuel efficiency and inexpensive maintenance costs. For buyers who are concerned about mileage, there are numerous options from two-wheeler manufacturers including Hero MotoCorp, Bajaj, TVS, and Honda Motorcycle and Scooter India. Nowadays, when petrol prices keep surging like the temperature in the scorching desert, the importance of these motorcycles becomes even more significant. So, let's look at the list of the top 5 most reasonably priced, fuel-efficient bikes available in India.
Hero Splendor Plus
Ever since it first arrived in the Indian market about 30 years ago, the Splendor has been regarded as a benchmark for fuel efficiency. This entry-level model from Hero MotoCorp's stable is undoubtedly one of the most popular motorcycles ever in the country and a favourite among Indian buyers. A 97.2cc, air-cooled, 4-stroke, single-cylinder, OHC engine provides the bike's current generation with its 7.91bhp of maximum power and 8.05Nm of peak torque. By today's standards, the bike's fuel efficiency is fairly impressive at roughly 80km/l. The Hero Splendor Plus carries a price tag of Rs 74,491 (ex-showroom, Delhi).
Bajaj Platina 100
The Platina 100 was launched by Bajaj Auto as an entry-level commuter bike in India. The motorcycle continues to be manufactured today, in its BS6-compliant version. It comes with features like LED DRLs and Comfortec technology, which improve the overall comfort and riding experience. A 102cc engine that generates 7.79bhp of peak power and 8.30Nm of torque powers the motorcycle. The fuel efficiency of the Platina 100 stands at 70km/l. It is only offered in a single variant and has an ex-showroom cost of Rs 67,808.
The TVS Sport from the popular Indian two-wheeler manufacturer is marketed as a commuter motorcycle. One of the firm's most fuel-efficient models, it boasts a fuel economy rating of 70km/l. It is propelled by a 109cc engine that cranks out 8.29bhp at 7,350rpm and 8.7Nm of maximum torque at 4,500rpm. Furthermore, this unit comes mated to a 4-speed gearbox. A Kick Start model of the motorcycle is available for Rs 64,050, while the Self-Start variant retails for Rs 70,773 (ex-showroom, Delhi).
Honda Shine 125
In India, the moniker "Honda Shine" is highly popular. Since its release, the Shine 125 has enjoyed some popularity thanks to its well-tuned engine, appealing exterior, and remarkable fuel efficiency. A 123.9cc engine producing 10.59bhp of maximum power and 11Nm of torque fuels the motorcycle. The engine achieves 65km/l of fuel efficiency when coupled to a 5-speed gearbox setup. For the Drum Brake variant, the bike costs Rs 78,687, while for the Disc Brake version, it costs Rs 82,687. Both mentioned prices are ex-showroom, Delhi.
Last year, TVS launched the all-new Radeon, updated with a host of new features. These include an LCD instrument cluster with a clock, service indicator, low battery indicator, top speed, and average speed displays. The motorcycle also comes equipped with TVS Intelligo technology that turns the system off during extended idling and restarts it with a simple twist of the throttle. On the mechanical front, a 109.7cc single-cylinder, air-cooled engine that is calibrated to produce 8.7Nm of maximum torque at 5,000rpm and around 8bhp at 7,000rpm powers the motorcycle. Its mileage ranges from 65km/l and 70km/l. The bike is offered in a total of three variants: Base Edition (Rs 62,405), Digi Drum (Rs 76,094), and Digi Disc (Rs 80,094). Prices are ex-showroom.