Given the daily hustle and bustle of our congested city roads, automatics have quickly gained favour amongst car buyers looking for a daily runabout. While previously often regarded as having poor mileage, most modern automatics can return some fairly decent figures when compared to their manual counterparts – excluding AMT gearboxes, as they are generally as efficient as their manual counterparts.
5. Maruti Suzuki Alto K10 AMT
A slightly upmarket variant of India’s bestselling car, the Maruti Suzuki Alto K10 comes equipped with an AMT gearbox, mated to the 68hp, 1.0-litre K10B petrol engine that helps the Alto K10 deliver a great mileage figure of 24.07kpl. The Alto K10 AMT works well for typical city use and is priced at Rs 4.70 lakh (on-road, Delhi).
4. Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza AMT
The diesel-only Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza has become a hot favourite among buyers in the compact SUV segment, with over 4 lakh units having been shipped to customers within three years of the model’s launch. The AMT model as with other diesel Maruti Suzuki cars uses the brand’s tried-and-tested 1.3-litre unit but in its 90hp tune as with larger Marutis. The unit is good for 24.30kpl when paired with both the manual and AMT gearbox options. Prices for the Brezza start at Rs 8.75 lakh (on-road, Delhi).
3. Toyota Prius
India’s most fuel-efficient petrol automatic is also a hybrid – none other than the Toyota Prius. Toyota’s long-running hybrid is currently in its fourth generation. Previewing the brand’s capabilities in hybrid technology, the Prius is the brand’s halo model. Toyota claims that the Prius can return 26.27kpl thanks to its petrol-electric hybrid powertrain. Getting your hands on a Prius will set you back a substantial Rs 53.28 lakh (on-road, Delhi).
2. Maruti Suzuki Swift 1.3 DDiS AMT
The move to the new lightweight Heartect platform has made the new Maruti Suzuki Swift even more frugal than before. Also it’s the first generation of the hatchback to get an automatic gearbox option – both the petrol and diesel mills have been paired with AMT gearboxes. Of the two automatics, it the diesel motor that is more frugal, returning a claimed 28.4kpl – identical to its sibling, the Dzire. Prices for the Maruti Suzuki Swift start at Rs 5.62 lakh while prices for the diesel AMT trim start at Rs 8.55 lakh (on-road, Delhi).
1. Maruti Suzuki Dzire 1.3 DDiS AMT
One of the fastest-selling vehicles in India, the Maruti Suzuki Dzire is also the most fuel-efficient passenger car on sale, currently. Thanks to its 75hp, 1.3-litre, Fiat-sourced diesel engine mated to a lightweight body, the Dzire diesel AMT produces an impressive fuel economy of 28.4kpl. A segment-leader that is priced from Rs 6.23 lakh (on-road, Delhi), the Maruti Suzuki Dzire’s highlights include its styling and build quality, roomy cabin, impressive equipment list and Maruti’s excellent after-sales network.