In 2020, India’s automotive market underwent a total turnover. 2020 was the year when the new, cleaner BS6 emission norms were implemented. These norms were stricter, so the manufacturers had to do a little extra than usual. Now, it was evident the prices of the vehicle had to go high especially the diesel. Why? Because Diesel engine were the ones that had the maximum number of changes. Now, for that many car makers ditched diesel engines. But still, there exist, manufacturers, that have a diesel engine in the portfolio.

So, today we count down 10 cars in the Indian market that offer diesel engines. Okay wait, let set up the game a little. With automatic cars gaining popularity, today we’ll be focussing on affordable diesel cars with automatic transmission. Let’s begin!

Note: These are the ex-showroom prices of the base variants offering a diesel engine and an automatic transmission.

  1. Hyundai Grand i10 Nios (AMT) (₹8.31Lakhs)

    Grand i10 NIOS
    Grand i10 NIOS

    The vehicle that costs least on this list, is the Hyundai Grand i10 Nios. But costs less doesn’t mean that the Grand i10 is down on something. Before getting into the detail, the i10 with a diesel engine and an AMT starts at ₹8.31 Lakhs. Now with that over, let’s see what resides under the hood. The Hyundai Grand i10 Nios comes powered by a 1.2 Litre U2 engine that generates 74hp of max power and 190Nm of peak torque.

  2. Honda Amaze (CVT) (₹9.18Lakhs)

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    Honda Amaze

    Here in India, Honda Amaze is the only vehicle now that comes with a diesel engine that is paired to an automatic transmission. As of now, not even Honda city with a similar engine gets this pressure. Talking about the engine, Honda Amaze under the hood boasts of a 1.5-Litre engine that is differently tuned when compares to the one in the City. This motor is healthy enough to produce 100hp of max power. But hold it there, with the CVT transmission the power figures are drastically reduced.  With the CVT this engine generates 79hp of max power and 160Nm of peak torque.

  3. Hyundai Aura (AMT) (₹9.36Lakhs)

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    2020 Hyundai Aura Review | Is it better than the Maruti Dzire?

    Compact sedans are a serious part of the sales numbers in the automotive industry. And among them, Hyundai Aura is a decent performer. That said, one of the reasons for these numbers may be the option of an automatic transmission with a diesel engine. Not many cars come with this combination of powertrain and drivetrain, you know. Also, it is feature-packed. Talking about the engine it shares the same engine and the transmission with the Grand i10 Nios.

  4. Tata Nexon (AMT) (₹10.09Lakhs)

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    Tata Nexon

    If it is a subcompact SUV that you are after that come with a diesel engine and an auto box is Tata Nexon. Although like the Aura, this too comes with an AMT transmission. One thing, AMT gearbox is a lot different when from the automatic transmission (like CVT, DCT and Torque converter) in the market. Moving on, powering the Nexon is a 1.5-litre turbo diesel engine that pushes 108hp and 260Nm of maximum torque.

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  5. Kia Sonet (Torque Converter) (₹10.88Lakhs)

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    Kia Sonet

    Moving onto the next SUV compact SUV the doesn’t compromise on comfort features and engine performance. Kia Sonet does stand out in the crowd. But when it comes to the rear seat space, this is the only compromise one has to do. That said, in the Kia Sonet, the company offers a couple of engine options. One for the manual transmission and the other for the automatic gearbox. The diesel engines with 1.5-Litre displacement and a torque converter generate 113hp of max power and 250Nm of maximum torque. This makes this SUV among the most powerful cars in its segment.

  6. Mahindra XUV300 (AMT) (₹10.95Lakhs)

    Mahindra XUV 300

    By now we know there are multiple cars in the sub-compact SUV segment that get a diesel engine an auto box. The most expensive vehicle of the segment to offer this configuration is the Mahindra XUV300. If you don’t know already, XUV300 has been awarded the safest car in India. Well, the SUV scored a full score (5-stars) at the Global NCAP crash test. Moreover, XUV300 comes with a powerful 1.5-litre diesel engine that generates 115hp of max power and 300Nm of maximum torque. Well, this engine comes mated to an AMT gearbox which might come in handy on the city commutes.

  7. Hyundai Verna (Torque Converter) (₹13.36Lakhs)

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    Hyundai Verna

    The only C-segment sedan to offer a diesel engine with an automatic transmission is the Hyundai Verna. Well, Verna shares its powertrain and the drivetrain with the Sonet. Meaning, this too comes with a similar 1.5-litre turbo diesel engine. That said, this U2 CRDi engine is super refined when compared to any other diesel engine on this list.

  8. Kia Seltos (Torque Converter) (₹13.95Lakhs)

    Kia Seltos
    Kia Seltos

    The compact SUV that was an instant hit just after the launch is the Kia Seltos. Well, this also happens to be the first offering from the Korean auto giant Kia. That said, Kia surely did their homework well, as the company has a wide range of engine and transmission options spread across the variants. Moreover, this is the over compact SUV that offers a diesel engine with an automatic transmission under ₹15Lakhs. Powering the Seltos is a 1.5-litre motor that generates 113hp of max power and 250Nm of peak torque. This engine comes married to a torque converter automatic transmission.

  9. Mahindra Thar (Torque Converter) (₹14.07Lakhs)

    2020 Mahindra Thar
    2020 Mahindra Thar

    There always is a special place for a legendary vehicle, Mahindra Thar is among those riches. And if the off-roader comes with a diesel engine and an automatic transmission for convenience it gets escalated in a positive way. The new Thar looks and drives like a dream. This is possible because of the new and advanced 2.2litre mHawk engine that pushed 130hp and 300Nm torque. Setting power down to all 4 wheels is a torque converter automatic.

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  10. Mahindra XUV500 (Torque Converter) (₹15.90Lakhs)

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    Mahindra XUV500 BS6

    The cheapest full-size SUV with 3 rows of seats you can buy today in the market is the Mahindra XUV500. The XUV500 has been there in the market for a long time now. Well, it deserved this time, as it was feature-packed back then and with just minor updates, Mahindra was able to step up its game. That said, Mahindra XUV500 comes with a 2.2Litre mHawk155 engine (different from the one in Thar). This motor generates 153hp of max power and 360Nm of maximum torque. This too gets torque converter automatic.

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These were the cars that offer a diesel engine and an automatic transmission at the same time. Let us know did we forget any?

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    • Hi Patnik,
      We’ll Hyundai venue and Kia Sonet are similar in many aspects including the price. Which is almost the same. But Sonet is the one with a more powerful diesel engine in its top-end variant (GTX) with an automatic transmission. Talking about the price of XUV300 and Hyundai Venue, it all depends upon the variant and the features you get. But all in all, the Venue costs less when compared to the Mahindra XUV300.

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