With the rise in petrol prices in India, CNG powertrains have become increasingly popular in recent years. This is primarily because CNG is less expensive than gasoline. People are also considering alternative fuels such as electric powertrains or compressed natural gas (CNG). Notably, because of range anxiety and a lack of charging infrastructure, EVs are not the first choice for most people right now. This is where CNG-powered vehicles arrive in the picture. CNG coverage is expanding rapidly, and even if the car runs out of CNG, it can still run on regular petrol. Here are the top CNG cars under Rs 10 lakh that you should consider purchasing.
Maruti Suzuki Swift
With its CNG-powered hatchbacks, Maruti Suzuki's Swift dominates a sizable portion of the market. The Swift CNG has a starting price of Rs 7.8 lakh (ex-showroom). A 1.2-litre, four-cylinder, dual jet engine that produces 88bhp of maximum power and 113Nm of peak torque powers the car's CNG version. The automaker asserts a 39.90km/kg fuel efficiency. The hatchback is only available in two variations, the VXi and ZXi, with a manual transmission.
Tata Tiago iCNG
The Tiago iCNG is the Indian carmaker's most affordable CNG offering. The 1.2-litre, three-cylinder Revotron engine that powers this hatchback can produce a maximum power of 85bhp and a peak torque of 113Nm. The power output is reduced to 72bhp and the peak torque is 95Nm when running on CNG. Tata Motors claims that its fuel efficiency is 26.49km/kg. The car is available in four variants, giving buyers a wide range of options. It only has a 5-speed manual gearbox. The Tiago's prices range from Rs 6.30 lakh (ex-showroom) to Rs 7.82 lakh (ex-showroom).
Hyundai Grand i10 Nios
The Grand i10 Nios from Hyundai is popular in the country due to its extensive feature set. This hatchback is powered by a 1.2-litre four-cylinder engine that produces 82bhp of maximum power and 113Nm of peak torque. When running on CNG, the power output drops to 68bhp and the torque drops to 95Nm. It comes with a 5-speed transmission and three trim levels: Magna, Sportz, and Asta. The Sportz variant costs Rs 7.70 lakh (ex-showroom), while the Asta costs Rs 8.45 lakh (ex-showroom).
Hyundai Aura CNG
Hyundai Aura is a compact CNG sedan that is also very popular in India. The car is powered by the same engine that powers the Grand i10 Nios. It has a maximum power output of 82bhp and a peak torque output of 113Nm. When running on CNG, the power output drops to 68bhp and the torque drops to 95Nm. The Hyundai Aura CNG is available in two trim levels. The S is priced at Rs 6.09 lakh (ex-showroom), while the SX is priced at Rs 8.57 lakh (ex-showroom).