In order to know better about the best CNG Cars in India, it’s necessary to know what these types of cars are, how they perform in real world, if they are within budget or not, whether it’s safe to drive these cars and many other factors.
What is CNG?
CNG or Compressed Natural Gas is a type of fuel that can be used in place of petrol or diesel to run vehicles. CNG combustion engines produce less harmful gases than that of petrol or diesel so it is considered as eco-friendly.
When CNG came to India?
CNG has been in the Indian market for quite a long time. Sources say that CNG has been made available in Delhi since 1993. But regarding the CNG cars, it almost took more than a decade after 1993 for the release of the first CNG cars as mentioned by Maruti Suzuki.
What are CNG Cars?
Unlike Petrol or Diesel cars, the cars which run on Compressed Natural Gas are called CNG cars. CNG Cars are considered to be a better eco-friendly mode of transport than petrol or diesel cars.
CNG cars available in India
Recently, there are quite a number of CNG cars in the Indian market from car manufacturers like Maruti Suzuki, Hyundai, TATA Motors and Honda.
As said Maruti Suzuki has a wide range of CNG cars. According to its official data, Maruti has 6 models of CNGs. For more details, you can check the company’s website.
Maruti’s Alto CNG is its list with a price range starting from ₹ 4.33 lakhs. Its engine produces a maximum power of 30.1 kW @ 6000 rpm and 60 Nm @ 3500 rpm of torque. It has a CNG tank of 60 L and gives an average mileage of around 31.59 km/kg. This car comes in 2 variants of CNG engines – LXI and LXI (O).
Next comes Maruti’s S- Presso whose price starts from ₹ 4.84 lakhs. Its engine produces a maximum power of 50 kW @ 5500 rpm and 90 Nm @ 3500 rpm of maximum torque. Its CNG tank has a capacity of 55 L and delivers an average mileage of around 31.2 km/kg. This car comes in 4 variants of CNG engines – LXI, VXI, LXI (O) and VXI (O).
Maruti EECO is also in the list of CNG Cars. It’s a 5 seater car MPV (Multi-purpose Vehicle). The price of this car starts at ₹ 4.95 lakhs. Its engine produces a maximum power of 61 bhp @ 6000 rpm and a peak torque of 85 Nm @ 3000 rpm. The tank capacity is 65L and it gives an average mileage of 20.88 km/kg. This car comes in 3 variants – one private 5 – Seater AC and other two are commercial, EECO Cargo and EECO Cargo AC.
Next in the list is the Maruti’s WagonR whose price starts from ₹ 5.25 Lakhs. Its engine produces a maximum power of 43.5 kW @ 5500 rpm and a maximum torque of 78 Nm @ 3500 rpm. The total CNG tank capacity of this car is 60 L. This car comes in two variants – LXI 1.0 L and LXI (O) 1.0 L.
Maruti Celerio is another in the list of Maruti’s CNG cars whose price starts at ₹ 5.60 lakhs. The Celerio has a 1 litre K- Series engine that offers a maximum power of 43.5 kW @ 6000 rpm and maximum torque of 78 Nm @ 3500 rpm. Its tank has a capacity of 10 kg of CNG and gives an average mileage of 30.47 km/kg. The CNG car comes in two variants – VXI and VXI (O).
The last in the kist of Maruti is its ERTIGA which has also a CNG model whose price starts at ₹ 8.95 Lakhs. It is also an MPV. Its engine produces a maximum power of 68 kW @ 6000 rpm and a maximum torque of 122 Nm @ 4400 rpm. Its tank has a capacity of 60 L and it gives an average mileage of 26.08 km/kg. The CNG model usually comes in just one variant – VXI.
Hyundai Grand i10 Prime is the cheapest in the list of CNG cars by Hyundai motors. It has a price range between ₹ 5.29 lakhs to ₹ 5.60 lakhs. This CNG variant produces a power of 83 Ps @ 6000 rpm and maximum torque of 114 Nm @ 4000 rpm. It comes with a 4 cylinder engine and gives an average mileage of 25 km/kg. The CNG usually has two variants – Prime Era T and Prime Era T+.
Hyundai Santro has also a CNG variant whose price starts from ₹ 5.48 lakhs. It is also a hatchback car. Its engine produces a maximum power of 59 Ps @ 5500 rpm and a maximum torque of 99.04 Nm @ 4500 rpm. It has a 4 cylinder engine and gives an average mileage of 30.48 km/kg. It has two variants in its CNG sector – Santro Magna MT CNG & Santro Sportz MT CNG, where ‘MT’ stands for ‘manual drive’.
Hyundai Grand i10 1.2 Kappa VTVT Magna CNG is one of Hyundai’s CNG cars. Its price starts at ₹ 6.53 lakhs. It is a hatchback car and it produces a maximum power of 82 bhp @ 6000 rpm and a maximum torque of 114 Nm @ 4000 rpm. It has a 4 cylinder engine and gives an average mileage of 18.9 km/kg. It has just only one variant.
According to TATA Motors, they have only one CNG car which is not a car though, it’s a commercial pickup vehicle; TATA ACE GOLD CNG. It produces a maximum power of 19.12 kW @ 4000 rpm and a maximum torque of 50 Nm @ 2500 rpm. The tank has a capacity of 70 L. It produces a mileage of 21.9 km/kg. Its price ranges between ₹ 4.36 Lakhs – ₹ 5.20 Lakhs.
It can be seen from the comparison that most of the CNG cars cost below ₹ 10 lakhs in India. Talking about the average mileage of the CNG cars, they give a pretty decent mileage which is good for Indian people. And definitely the top CNG cars in India are from Maruti Suzuki.
Now, all types of cars have both positive and negative aspects; so CNG cars are no exception. CNG cars are no doubt eco-friendly than petrol or diesel cars but many people don’t like to drive CNG cars, not because of safety issues but of the unavailability of CNG filling stations in all over India.
Frequently Asked Questions (F.A.Qs)
1. Can LPG be used in CNG cars?
Ans: The answer is NO. LPG and CNG are different varieties of gases. Their kits and systems are also different. However, an existing CNG car can be converted into an LPG car.
2. What are the CNG driven cars’ future in India?
Ans: Although we are in the era of electric cars, seeing the Indian market, there is a future for CNG cars. So, there is a great possibility that CNG Cars will still be there in India.
3. What are the upcoming CNG cars in India?
Ans: Well, there is no exact report regarding the upcoming CNG cars in India but I hope to take the demand of these cars, the automakers will manufacture these cars for a certain extent.
4. What is the difference between LPG and CNG cars?
Ans: LPG cars used to run on LPG (Liquid Petroleum Gas) and CNG cars run on CNG. But nowadays LPG Cars have replaced CNG cars which are powerful and more fuel-efficient.