“Kitna Deti Hai?”
This line, which became a catch-phrase after Maruti’s ad campaign does not just refer to a simple question that Indian buyers pose – it refers to a unique natural instinct that customers have adopted in this country. Weighing everything on an economy-based scale underlies the decisions taken by a vast majority of Indian buyers. With that in mind, here is our list of the most fuel efficient two-wheelers in India.
As expected, all these bikes fall in the commuter segment and they follow a similar, almost unimaginative styling. Loads of decals, chrome and single-piece seats are a standard across the segment. Since the looks are not a primary differentiating factor, this list will only focus on the powertrains and other distinct features of these bikes. Please keep in mind that the mileage figures quoted in this article are their official ARAI attested figures. However, real-life figures are likely to be slightly less.
Bajaj Platina (104 km/l; INR 42,650)
Powered by a 102cc twin-spark DTSi motor, the Platina belts out 8.10 BHP power and 8.60 Nm torque making it capable of hitting 90 km/h. Marketed with the ‘ComforTec’ moniker, Bajaj claims the Platina is the most comfortable bike in its class. It gets electric start and long-travel suspension as additional features.
Bajaj CT100 (99.1 km/l; INR 32,653)
The CT100 gets a 99.27cc capable of producing 8.2 PS and 8.05 Nm of torque. Like the Platina, the CT100 can hit 90km/h at full throttle. The entry-level variant is absolutely bare bones with spoke wheels, kick start and dated styling. Buyers can opt for the higher variant which offers alloy wheels and a fresher look.
TVS Sport (95 km/l; INR 36,905)
The TVS Sport is powered by a 99.7cc Duralife Engine that puts out 7.8 PS power with a similar torque figure. The bike gets a 4-speed constant mesh gearbox and a light weight of 109kg. It gets adjustable shock absorbers, electric start, alloy wheels and a pass switch as well. Interestingly, TVS offers a solid 5 year warranty as standard.
Hero Splendor Pro (90 km/l; INR 50,115)
The 97.2cc APDV air cooled engine produces 8.36 PS of power and 8.05 Nm of peak torque and can power the Splendor upto 87 km/h. It also gets electric start, side stand indicator and silver alloy wheels.
TVS Star City Plus (86 km/l; INR 45,390)
The first 110cc engine in the list puts out 8.4 PS power and 8.7 Nm of torque. Electric start is available as an add-on option. Buyers can also choose a gold paint detailing for certain parts to make their bike stand out. It gets convenient service reminder and economy lamps in the instrumentation cluster.
Hero Passion Pro i3s (84 km/l; INR 49,122)
The standout feature on the Passion Pro is Hero’s new i3s technology. Functioning as a start-stop function, the engine automatically shuts down when idling in neutral and switches back on as soon as you hit the clutch. The 97.2cc motor puts out 8.36 PS of power and 8.05 Nm of torque. While electric start and alloy wheels feature as standard equipment, buyers can also opt for a disc brake up front for added stopping power.
Hero HF Deluxe Eco (82.9 km/l; INR 47,011)
Powered by the same engine-i3s combination as the Passion Pro, the HF Deluxe is a slightly lower priced alternative for the former. Electric start, side-stand indicator and alloy wheels feature as standard equipment. The bike can also hit a maximum speed of 87 km/h.