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Petrol or Hybrid or CNG Car. Best Fuel Choice for Car in 2023

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Car Buying Calculator basis Average Monthly Driving of 500 to 1000 to 1500 to 2000 Kms a Month. Is it Petrol or Hybrid or CNG Car for Maximum Savings

 

Petrol or Hybrid or CNG Car in 2022

Buying a car is an important decision - not only it reflects taste, style, aura and top of it the convenience - but it also is a big financial decision - thanks to high ownership cost of cars in India. However, before making a Purchase Decision - its important to choose and consider :-

  • What do you give Most Importance to ? Performance or Boot Space or Mileage ?

 

  • What is your Average Running. Is it in City or Highway or Maximum Local Usage ?

 

  • Are you seeking performance or ready to compromise loss of power in CNG by having Lower Running Cost

 

Answer is

When Should not go for CNG

1. If you seek Boot Space for Luggage then do note that CNG Cylinder leads to almost filling up of 80% Boot Space in Hatchback and near around 60% in Sedan Cars. So if you seek boot space for carrying out luggage then CNG may not be ideal for you. Exceptions are:- New Age Tata iCNG Cars including Upcoming Tata Punch iCNG, Altroz iCNG which were shown in Auto Expo 2023 having twin cylinder technology with considerable boot Space

 

2. CNG is for people who love relaxed Drive. Been there is Power Loss to tune of 15% due to CNG - dont expect much for Enthusiastic Drivers. Only if love Relaxed Drive then go for CNG

3. If you do Frequent Long distance trips of more than 300 Kms then CNG has limited range and most of the highways still do not have provision for CNG Filling

4. CNG Refilling Center are heavily jammed in Delhi due to relative limited stations and network. So if dont want wait times for refilling CNG then may avoid

Anyhow - you choose - think of your monthly running - ownership costs - Vehicle Performance - NVH Levels - so that you can make up the best buy

 

 

Fuel Prices n Mileage in India

Below are Present Prices of Fuel in Delhi

» Petrol: Rs 95 / Litre

» CNG: Rs 80 / Kg to 90 /Kg (Average Rate of Commercial CNG in most of the cities)

 

Average Running - 500 Kms / 1000 Kms / 1500 Kms / 2000 Kms a Month

Below is higher amount to be paid for buying Hybrid, CNG over Petrol Car (upfront cost price difference)

  Hybrid Cars Factory Fitted CNG or Manufacturer Recommended CNG
Additional Upfront Costing Over Petrol Car Rs. 3 to 4 Lakh approx Rs. 1 Lakh (CNG Kit)
Additional Finance Interest Cost at end of 5 year Rs. 70K to 90K Rs. 23K
Maintenance Cost over 5 yrs Rs 3000 Rs. 7700
Additional Insurance Premium in 5 Years Rs. 25K Rs. 10K to 12K

 

Costing

» Buying a Hybrid Car means extra outflow of Rs 4 Lakh to 5 Lakh over Petrol Car

» CNG Car Costs good Rs 1.4 to 1.5 Lakh higher over the Petrol Car in terms of ownership cost

 

Lets Take Realistic Scenario of Using a Car in City Use Condition where most of the Vehicle Owners use

 

  Petrol Hybrid CNG
Average Mileage (City) 13 Kmpl 18 Kmpl 20 Km/kg
Fuel Price Rs 95 / Litre Rs 95 / Litre Rs 80 / Kg
Running Cost Rs 7.4 / Km Rs 5.3 / Km Rs 4 / Km

 

So it will depend on your Average Yearly Usage. If your Average yearly City Usage Running is 5000 Kms then :-

  Annual Running Cost of Car (Amount in Rs)  
Kms Usage Petrol Car   Hybrid Car CNG Car
5000 Kms 37000 26500 20000
7500 Kms 55500 39750 30000
10000 Kms 74000 53000 40000
15000 Kms 1.11 Lakh 79500 60000
18000 Kms 1.33 Lakh 95400 72000
24000 Kms 1.77 Lakh 1.27 Lakh 96000

 

Car Buying Feasibility Purchase (Petrol or Hybrid or CNG Car)

» Less Driven Cars: If Running Less than 500 Kms a Month (5000 to 7000 Kms in a Year) - Its Viable to choose Petrol Car without giving a second thought to it.

» For Average Driving: For Running in between 800 to 1000 Kms a month (10,000 to 12,000 Kms a year) - in 2023 it would still be Petrol Car only, as CNG Car upfront recovery going to take in almost 5 yrs which is no less and will also lead to compromised boot space, performance of car from day 1 along with additional time taken to refill CNG Gas. If CNG prices increase further it would take even longer time to refill

» For Moderate Driving: Monthly Running of 1200 to 1400 Kms (15,000 to 16,000 Kms a Year) - CNG is Ideal and can help in recovering in 

» For High Running: Hybrid is recommended if your average running is 2000 Kms or more in a month (i.e 20000 Kms or more in a year) - it will save you good Rs. 50,000+ a year in terms of fuel costs and with Hybrid on, you will never repel to cover long trips without thinking about Petrol cost much.

 

Pros & Cons (Fuel Type)

Lets know the Pros and Cons of buying a Petrol Car against Hybrid or CNG Fuel in India

  Petrol Cars Hybrid Cars CNG Cars
Pros Petrol Cars are Priced Lowest among Hybrid, CNG  Low Running Costs are main motivator Lowest Running Costs across all Sort of Models
  Proven in Service, Resale and Full Boot Space available Even feel more smooth against Petrol as has small Electric Battery which does work in city use Clean Natural Alternate Fuel. Go Green Gas, ideal - if you care for Environment
     
Cons Highest Running Costs. Expensive in terms of Fuel costs on longer term High Upfront Payment, Expensive to tune of 3 Lakh - 4 Lakh as against Petrol cars Been CNG Cylinder Capacity is small to maximum 12 Kg with 85% Utilisation, Expect around 200 Kms run with CNG Full
    Compromised Boot Space and Resale Value still in unknown zone CNG Leads to loss of Power giving lesser pickup. A general trend is 15% - 20% drop in power based on Car and CNG Kit
    Pure Hybrid setup available in very Few Models Eats up Boot Space due to Size of CNG Kit,
      Few Fuel Stations of CNG. Also, the time taken to refill CNG due to Paucity and Commercial Vehicles Queue

 

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Comments 14

Guest - Surendra Singh on Saturday, 03 September 2022 16:14

Hi
I have a magnite car 1 yr old. My monthly running approx 1800 km . I am thinking about to fit after market CNG kit . Can I go for it?

Hi I have a magnite car 1 yr old. My monthly running approx 1800 km . I am thinking about to fit after market CNG kit . Can I go for it?
Guest - Abhay Chaudhary on Saturday, 02 April 2022 02:57

Sir , please suggest me a car My running is 3000km per month , i need boot space and a good milage car my budget is 12.5 lakh . I have listed to car , dezire zxi cng and seltos

Sir , please suggest me a car My running is 3000km per month , i need boot space and a good milage car my budget is 12.5 lakh . I have listed to car , dezire zxi cng and seltos
Guest - Anil on Friday, 18 March 2022 22:03

Please suggest a car between 06 to 08 lakhs for 6000- 7000 kms yearly and mostly on highways.

Please suggest a car between 06 to 08 lakhs for 6000- 7000 kms yearly and mostly on highways.
Guest - Akash Deep on Monday, 31 May 2021 01:34

Hello sir please suggest me between cng and diesel car as my daily running is 120 km about 3000 km per month i am very confuse and also tell me should i buy an old petrol car and fit cng kit after market or prefer company fitted cng kit cars my main preference is cost saving or buy diesel new car

Hello sir please suggest me between cng and diesel car as my daily running is 120 km about 3000 km per month i am very confuse and also tell me should i buy an old petrol car and fit cng kit after market or prefer company fitted cng kit cars my main preference is cost saving or buy diesel new car
Guest - sam on Sunday, 19 September 2021 14:20

go for cng wagnor. 2 rs per km. disal 7 to 8 rs.

go for cng wagnor. 2 rs per km. disal 7 to 8 rs.
Guest - Amar pratap Singh on Sunday, 14 March 2021 23:50

Want to buy car between 8 to 9 lakh kindly suggest which car to buy monthly running 100km and every 3 months around 1000km in highway

Want to buy car between 8 to 9 lakh kindly suggest which car to buy monthly running 100km and every 3 months around 1000km in highway
Guest - Akash on Saturday, 25 July 2020 10:52

Hello sir i follows you non your youtube channel, you are the best person for car knowledge,
My daily running is 80km, I m confuse between
Santro (cng company fitted), toyota glanza (petrol) which 1 should I buy? My main priority is fuel saving,

Hello sir i follows you non your youtube channel, you are the best person for car knowledge, My daily running is 80km, I m confuse between Santro (cng company fitted), toyota glanza (petrol) which 1 should I buy? My main priority is fuel saving,
Guest - Manish on Friday, 18 September 2020 00:42

As per your priority, go for Santro...no doubt.

As per your priority, go for Santro...no doubt.
Guest - Vilas Vinayak Dhumale on Friday, 08 February 2019 09:55

i am having chevrolet enjoy car 8 seater. car Model is 2015 but register on 2016 till date Kolimeter is 85000- My car running per day is 100 km some time less also
Know Please advise in which segement in Fuel - Petrol, Diesel or CNG ?
i am confuse which car i suppose to buy ertiga , scorpio,& Marrazzo? kindly advise
,

i am having chevrolet enjoy car 8 seater. car Model is 2015 but register on 2016 till date Kolimeter is 85000- My car running per day is 100 km some time less also Know Please advise in which segement in Fuel - Petrol, Diesel or CNG ? i am confuse which car i suppose to buy ertiga , scorpio,& Marrazzo? kindly advise ,
Guest - Sunil Chaudhary on Monday, 13 August 2018 18:33

Sir
I am planning to buy a second hand car with or without CNG kit as I am into slaves & marketing and have to travel a lot may be 150 to 200 km daily. I m 6.2 in height so WagonR, alto, etc are out of option . Have been planning to but second hand city zx, civic and get CNG fitted to it. What is your recommendation for the same. ?? I do not want to spend more than 1.5 lac on car n next 50-60k on CNG ... Please guide

Sir I am planning to buy a second hand car with or without CNG kit as I am into slaves & marketing and have to travel a lot may be 150 to 200 km daily. I m 6.2 in height so WagonR, alto, etc are out of option . Have been planning to but second hand city zx, civic and get CNG fitted to it. What is your recommendation for the same. ?? I do not want to spend more than 1.5 lac on car n next 50-60k on CNG ... Please guide
Guest - peerzada on Tuesday, 03 April 2018 18:56

I am 6.2 in height and 110 kgs in weight please suggest which car to purchase, as i am driving car around 3000 kms per month

I am 6.2 in height and 110 kgs in weight please suggest which car to purchase, as i am driving car around 3000 kms per month
Guest - dr t m s on Friday, 06 April 2018 14:58

i find it difficult to sit comfortably even in my tata sumogold gx bharat stage 4 and drive comfortably ,i would say ample leg room with thedriver seat completely pushed back among indian cars the honda city diesel ,honda civic ,among suvs the jeep compass xdiesel ,the volswagen passat ,skoda octavia surprisingly nissan terrano ,ford 2.2 or 3.2 ford endeavour ,the isuzus and ssanyong by mahindra are also very good ,some people still stick to toyota innova and toyota fortuner but i am not sure whether standards have fallen ,as value for money try the honda wrv diesel but ask them to get a reare ac vents fixed with infotainment system problems and complaints resolved as well ,sit try for yourself ,go on a long test drive ,make yourself comfortable judge for yourself,take family along minimum 5 to 7 members and see the pulling power ,judge power to mileage ratio and then buy ,haste makes waste ,most cars are never investment they never appreciate ,they only depreciate over the years rds dr prasad panicker t m s cardiologist

i find it difficult to sit comfortably even in my tata sumogold gx bharat stage 4 and drive comfortably ,i would say ample leg room with thedriver seat completely pushed back among indian cars the honda city diesel ,honda civic ,among suvs the jeep compass xdiesel ,the volswagen passat ,skoda octavia surprisingly nissan terrano ,ford 2.2 or 3.2 ford endeavour ,the isuzus and ssanyong by mahindra are also very good ,some people still stick to toyota innova and toyota fortuner but i am not sure whether standards have fallen ,as value for money try the honda wrv diesel but ask them to get a reare ac vents fixed with infotainment system problems and complaints resolved as well ,sit try for yourself ,go on a long test drive ,make yourself comfortable judge for yourself,take family along minimum 5 to 7 members and see the pulling power ,judge power to mileage ratio and then buy ,haste makes waste ,most cars are never investment they never appreciate ,they only depreciate over the years rds dr prasad panicker t m s cardiologist
Guest - Subhasis Das on Tuesday, 03 April 2018 11:06

Sir, I want to buy a car cost around 5 Lakhs. I do to drive too much. About 500 km per month. I like cars which have little bit of height. Which car I should go for.

Sir, I want to buy a car cost around 5 Lakhs. I do to drive too much. About 500 km per month. I like cars which have little bit of height. Which car I should go for.
Guest - K Kunal on Monday, 06 November 2017 09:11

Sir/ Mam
I Own Toyota Etios Liva since 2.5 years and total run is approximately 18000 km.
Mostly I drive in city, can I go for CNG option.
Plz. Suggest recommended company from where the kit should be taken and fitted (pune).

Sir/ Mam I Own Toyota Etios Liva since 2.5 years and total run is approximately 18000 km. Mostly I drive in city, can I go for CNG option. Plz. Suggest recommended company from where the kit should be taken and fitted (pune).
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