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Mileage check: ARAI vs expert reviews

Mileage check: ARAI vs expert reviews

Only ideal conditions would yield the mileage certified by ARAI. But how efficient are these cars in normal circumstances? We compare official figures with results from Overdrive and Autocar

The more affordable the car, the louder claims about mileage can be. The figures presented are certified by Automotive Research Association of India (ARIA), which appears to test the cars under ideal conditions. The mileage you’ll receive will be compromised by, among other things, inner-city traffic, the number of times you break, driving and road conditions and how frequently you shift gears. The difference can be significant, particularly if you don’t do much highway driving, even when the car is brand new. When these cars are tested, you get a more practical assessment of fuel efficiency. In the following table, you’ll find the official fuel efficiency of many cars alongside the figures received by the same cars on test conducted by Autocar and Overdrive magazines.

Car Engine ARAI mileage Autocar (Overall) Overdrive (Overall) Average* % Difference
Toyota Etios Liva Petrol 17.71 kmpl 14.4 kmpl 17.22 kmpl 15.81 kmpl 10.72
Honda Brio Petrol 18.4 kmpl 15.9 kmpl 16.4 kmpl 16.16 kmpl 12.17
Tata Indica Diesel 19.4 kmpl 15.4 kmpl 16.27 kmpl 15.84 kmpl 18.35
Hyundai i20 Diesel 21.93 kmpl 16.65 kmpl 18.85 kmpl 17.76 kmpl 19.01
Maruti Ritz Petrol 18.5 kmpl 14.25 kmpl 15.2 kmpl 14.73 kmpl 20.37
Hyundai Eon Petrol 21.1 kmpl 15.45 kmpl 17.77 kmpl 16.61 kmpl 21.27
Maruti Swift Dzire Diesel 23.4 kmpl 17.2 kmpl 19.59 kmpl 18.4 kmpl 21.36
Fiat Punto Diesel 20.3 kmpl 15.2 kmpl 16.41 kmpl 15.81 kmpl 22.11
Honda Amaze Diesel 25.8 kmpl 18 kmpl 19.92 kmpl 18.96 kmpl 26.51
Maruti Alto Petrol 22.74 kmpl 15.55 kmpl 17.72 kmpl 16.63 kmpl 26.86
Ford Figo Petrol 20 kmpl 13.15 kmpl 14.2 kmpl 13.68 kmpl 31.6
Chevrolet Beat Petrol 24 kmpl 13.4 kmpl 15.7 kmpl 14.55 kmpl 39.37
Volkswagen Polo GT Petrol 17.2 kmpl 13.2 kmpl 14.9 kmpl 14.05 kmpl 18.31
Honda CR-V 2.0 Petrol 13.7 kmpl 10.5 kmpl 7.5 kmpl 9 kmpl 34.3
Chevrolet Cruze Diesel 17.3 kmpl 13.25 kmpl 11.73 kmpl 12.49 kmpl 27.8
Hyundai Verna Diesel 23.5 kmpl 15.85 kmpl 15.22 kmpl 15.34 kmpl 34.68
Volkswagen Vento Diesel 20.54 kmpl 15.2 kmpl 16.49 kmpl 15.84 kmpl 22.88
Mahindra XUV500 Diesel 15.1 kmpl 12.25 kmpl 12.78 kmpl 12.52 kmpl 17.08

*The average of the mileage reported by Autocar and Overdrive. Both magazines generally report a different figure for city roads and highways. These figures can be found in the table below.

Car Engine Autocar (city) Autocar (highway) Overdrive (city) Overdrive (highway)
Toyota Etios Liva Petrol 12.1 kmpl 16.7 kmpl 14.8 kmpl 19.65 kmpl
Honda Brio Petrol 14.8 kmpl 17 kmpl 12.6 kmpl 20.2 kmpl
Tata Indica Diesel 13.0 kmpl 17.8 kmpl 14.1 kmpl 18.44 kmpl
Hyundai i20 Diesel 13.8 kmpl 19.5 kmpl NA NA
Maruti Ritz Petrol 11.8 kmpl 16.7 kmpl 12.8 kmpl 17.6 kmpl
Hyundai Eon Petrol 13.7 kmpl 17.2 kmpl 15.6 kmpl 24.3 kmpl
Maruti Swift Dzire Diesel 14.6 kmpl 19.8 kmpl 15.3 kmpl 23.89 kmpl
Fiat Punto Diesel 12.8 kmpl 17.6 kmpl 15.5 kmpl 19.8 kmpl
Honda Amaze Diesel 15.2 kmpl 20.8 kmpl 15.86 kmpl 23.98 kmpl
Maruti Alto 800 Petrol 13.3 kmpl 17.8 kmpl NA NA
Ford Figo Petrol 10.9 kmpl 15.4 kmpl NA NA
Chevrolet Beat Petrol 11.5 kmpl 15.3 kmpl NA NA
Volkswagen Polo GT Petrol 10.5 kmpl 15.9 kmpl NA NA
Honda CR-V 2.0 Petrol 9 kmpl 12.1 kmpl NA 7.5 kmpl
Chevrolet Cruze Diesel 10.8 kmpl 15.7 kmpl NA NA
Hyundai Verna Diesel 13.8 kmpl 17.9 kmpl 12.8 kmpl 23.67 kmpl
Volkswagen Vento Diesel 13.1 kmpl 17.3 kmpl 13.3 kmpl 19.69 kmpl
Mahindra XUV500 Diesel 10.2 kmpl 14.3 kmpl NA NA

We’ll keep updating and expanding this post in the weeks to come so you don’t have to go hunting for these figures. For full reviews of these cars and sources for the above figures, see the links below. Autocar: Honda Amaze, Maruti Swift Dzire, Chevrolet Beat, Maruti Alto 800, Toyota Etios Liva, Ford Figo, Hyundai i20, Fiat Punto, Tata Indica Vista, Maruti Ritz, Honda Brio, Hyundai Eon, Volkswagen Polo, Honda CR-V, Chevrolet Cruze, Hyundai Verna, Volkswagen Vento, Mahindra XUV500

Overdrive: Honda Amaze, Maruti Swift Dzire, Maruti Alto 800, Hyundai Eon, Maruti Ritz, Honda Brio, Toyota Etios Liva, Fiat Punto, Tata Indica Vista, Volkswagen Polo, Honda CR-VChevrolet Cruze, Hyundai Verna, Volkswagen Vento, Mahindra XUV500

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