CNG (Compressed natural gas)cars have gained immense popularity in the last decade. Barring the initial cost of setting up the CNG kit in your cars, the running cost in a CNG car is much lesser than a petrol or diesel one. Switching on to CNG cars is also a step towards environment protection. Some of the CNG run cars in the low budget are discussed here.
Maruti Suzuki seems to be the leader in the CNG race. Most of their small cars are sold in CNG versions. Some of the cheap ones are Maruti Alto 800, Alto K10, Maruti Omni, Maruti Eeco, Maruti Zen Estilo and Maruti Wagon R. They fall in the price range of Rs 3 to Rs 5 lakhs. Maruti Alto 800 CNG yields an impressive mileage of 30.46 kilometres per litre. Wagon R is Maruti’s only model on sale in India that is available in all four possible fuel options – petrol, diesel, CNG and LPG. The new entrant to the market – Maruti Celerio Green VXi is a CNG model and is a good option to consider at Rs 4.7 lakhs. Maruti Ertiga and SX4 also get CNG models but they cost slightly more costing Rs 8 lakhs plus.
Tata Motors, father of the famous one-lakh Nano car also is a CNG marketer. Nano CNG XM is the cheapest CNG car in the Indian car market at just Rs 2.4 lakhs. Also, it has the lowest CO2 emission among all cars in India. The Nano CNG emax was launched in October 2013 which can run on either gasoline or compressed natural gas. Tata Indica eV2 and Indigo eCS are also run on CNG though they cost a little more in the price bracket of Rs 3.9 to Rs 5 lakhs.
Hyundai’s entry level hatchback Santro Xing is also available in CNG fuel. It comes in two models at 4.3 lakhs and Rs 4.51 lakhs respectively with a 1086 cc engine. The Santro Xing really comes into its basics in the city with its easy manoeuvrability and nimble temperament. Honda also offers CNG option in its top-seller City, but this will come pretty expensive at almost Rs 10 lakhs.
But a major drawback felt in this setting is the lack of CNG filling stations in the country. Some people also complain on losing out the luggage space at the rear. If the government can ensure more easy availability of CNG fuel, we may escape the long queue of vehicles lined up outside CNG filling stations. Opting for a dual fuel system is best in this scenario, where the user can shift between petrol and CNG modes without a glitch.
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