As per recent sales figures, 33% buyers of Swift, and 16% buyers of Baleno prefer the diesel engine over petrol, it shows the preference for diesel engine declining
Latest car sales data shows that while 33% of Maruti Swift prefer a diesel engine, only 11% of Hyundai Grand i10 buyers opt for the diesel. On the other hand, only 16% of Baleno buyers go for a diesel engine but 29% of Hyundai Elite i20 buyers put their money on the diesel variant.
It may be noted here that both the Swift and the Baleno share their engine options. The Maruti Swift and the Maruti Baleno is available in two engine variants – 1.2-litre petrol and 1.3-litre diesel. On the other hand, the Hyundai Grand i10 shares its 1.2-litre petrol engine with the Elite i20, but the latter gets a bigger 1.4-litre diesel mill instead of the 1.2-litre oil-burner that the Grand i10 offers.
The petrol engines of the Maruti Baleno and the Hyundai Elite i20 are available with an optional CVT. Both the variants of the Maruti Swift offer an optional AMT. As for the Grand i10, its petrol engine offers an optional 4-speed auto.
There is a higher percentage of Maruti Swift diesel buyers than Grand i10 buyers owing to the former’s high fuel efficiency and a higher refinement. Compared to the Grand i10 diesel’s ARAI-certified mileage of 24 kmpl, the Maruti Swift diesel offers 28.4 kmpl. Also, the Swift diesel offers an optional AMT, while the Grand i10 diesel is available with a manual transmission only.
There is a higher percentage of Hyundai Elite i20 diesel buyers than the Baleno diesel buyers as the former is more powerful than its petrol variant. In comparison to the petrol i20’s 81.86 bhp, the diesel engine produces 88.76 bhp. In comparison, the Baleno’s petrol engine outputs 83.1 bhp and its diesel engine offers only 74 bhp.
Thanks to these factors, there’s a significantly more demand for the diesel engine variants of Maruti Swift and Hyundai Elite i20 than the diesel versions of Hyundai Grand i10 and Maruti Baleno.