Best diesel hatachback in India

Buy a diesel car if and only if you drive more than 2500 kilometres every month, goes common wisdom. The reason for this is purely economic; a diesel car might save you money on running costs, but the initial purchase price and the higher service costs will only be recovered if your monthly running exceeds 2500 kilometres. If not, stick to petrol.

This month, we look at seven diesel hatchbacks that are vying for top honours. We tested the new Polo diesel last month and this time we've sussed out Ford's contender as well. Then we put them all together in a free for all with some interesting results. We'll focus on three main parameters, viz. performance, drivability and fuel economy. Other aspects notably quality, interiors, space and flexibility as well as ride and handling we've already elaborated on in last month's comparo.