Super FAST, affordable cars that deserve a second chance, and why

India has always been an economy oriented market. Many manufacturers tried to come out with fast variants of their vehicles to catch the eye of the customer, however they haven’t really been successful. We tell you why they deserve a second look.

Ford Figo AT & 1.5 diesel

Figo auto

Ford launched the new Figo just last year. It came with a lot of engine options and offered a lot of segment first features. However even though the car is very capable, it hasn’t been doing too well.

Why doesn’t it work

Well, there is no reason as such why the Figo shouldn’t do well. The main issue is that it is pitted against the Swift and Grand i10 and people are vary of buying a Ford due to high maintenance and after sales worry.

Why it deserves your attention

Both the Figo Automatic and the Figo diesel are very capable vehicles. The Figo automatic comes with a 1.5 liter engine making 110 Bhp and 136 Nm. The gearbox is a 6 speed dual clutch unit which also comes with launch control. It is priced at Rs 7.27 lakhs, almost 2 lakhs cheaper than the GT TSi.

The Figo diesel too has a powerful engine. It is powered by a 1.5 liter engine making 99 Bhp and 215 Nm. The best part about the Figo is that it has the best ride and handling balance and is certainly a great driver’s car. Also, the top of the line trim offers 6 airbags, the MY Key system along with SYNC which makes for a good value for money buy.

Ford Ecosport Ecoboost

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The Ecosport started off really strong but has lost steam ever since the Brezza came out. The Ecoboost petrol variant was never popular for some reason.

Why doesn’t it work

Since the Ecosport is classified as an SUV, people are not willing to go in for a tiny 1.0 liter engine in the car. Also, the engine is not very fuel efficient if you drive it hard.

Why it deserves your attention

The Ecoboost is a 1.0 liter turbocharged engine making 124 Bhp and 170 Nm. It is pretty quick and fun to drive as well. Even though it has a high center of gravity, it still corners well. It comes equipped with 6 airbags as well on the top of the line and is an affordable offering ever since Ford introduced a newer lower end variant. If you are looking for a fun to drive compact SUV, this one is the best in the market currently

Fiat Punto Abarth & Avventura Abarth

Fiat Punto Abarth

The Abarth twins sadly failed to set the sales charts on fire.

Why doesn’t it work

The main reason why the Punto Abarth doesn’t sell is the fact that people are unsure of Fiat India’s future and are vary of the after sales. Also, the ergonomics of the car aren’t the best and the interiors feel dated.

Why it deserves your attention

The Punto Abarth is the fastest hatchback out in the market today by a large margin. It leaves its closest rival, the Polo GT TSi behind in a drag race. Even a remapped Polo GT TSi stood no chance against the Abarth. Also, the Punto has really nice steering feedback, something which the Polo misses out on. In terms of out right power, the Punto Abarth with its 145 Bhp and 212 Nm 1.4 liter engine is tough to match.

Fiat Linea 125 S

Linea 125

Fiat has always had a powerful petrol engine on offer with the T-Jet previously and now the 125 S.

Why doesn’t it work

Again, Fiat’s brand name is a main concern for people. Also, the Linea isn’t the most spacious at the back and doesn’t have the best interiors.

Why it deserves your attention

From the point of view of a pure enthusiast, the Linea 125 S makes a lot of sense. It has a potent 1.4 liter turbocharged engine making 123 Bhp and 208 Nm. It has the best mix of ride and handling in the segment, and the steering feedback on the Linea is unmatched.

Maruti S Cross 1.6

s cross

The S Cross could never do as well as the company had hoped.

Why doesn’t it work

When the vehicle was launched, it had a steep price tag. Also, it was competing against the Creta, which looked a lot more like a SUV. The S Cross on the other hand looks a lot like a large hatchback which is the main reason why people opted against the S Cross.

Why it deserves your attention

The 1.6 liter DDiS 320 engine on the S Cross is a really nice one. It produces 118 Bhp and 320 Nm which is a lot. It is also very spacious and practical. It offers adequate amount of features as well. With the new price cut, the S Cross 1.6 makes a lot of sense thanks to the engine alone.

Tata Safari Varicor 400

Tata Safari Storme

The Safari has not been a strong selling product. Where the Scorpio is selling close to 4,000 units every month, the Safari has not even managed to cross the 600 units a month figure for a while now.

Why doesn’t it work

The Safari has been there for quite sometime now and hasn’t received any major update. The interiors are dated and don’t feel premium enough. There is no automatic transmission on offer and for its price, it is not well loaded either.

Why it deserves your attention

In Varicor 400 guise, the Safari is a very capable machine. It produces 154 Bhp and 400 Nm which is a lot more than what the Scorpio offers. It also has very good ride quality and is very comfortable. It is a much better driver’s car than the Scorpio.

Chevrolet Cruze

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The Cruze was a success when it entered the Indian market. Every young executive who was looking for a car in that segment chose the Cruze due to its styling and its great engine. But over time, it has begun to loose its popularity.

Why doesn’t it work

It has been present in the market without any major facelift for a long time now. The rear seat is not very comfortable either. The competition has evolved with time and now the new Elantra, Octavia and Corolla offer a lot more. Also GM doesn’t have a lot of service stations and the cost of spares are high.

Why it deserves your attention

It is the most powerful diesel car in the segment. The 2.0 liter engine in the Cruze makes 164 Bhp and 360 Nm which is much more than all other rivals. It has a heavy steering as well which provides good feedback.

Skoda Octavia 1.8 TSi

Skoda-Octavia-TDI

Skoda hoped that the Octavia would be a huge success. However that has not been the case.

Why doesn’t it work

The Octavia is priced on the higher side, especially the 1.8 liter model we are talking about. Also, it comes in only automatic guise which is the 7 speed DQ200 unit in which people are facing issues. Also, people believe that Skoda’s after sales support is an issue.

Why it deserves your attention

The Octavia 1.8 is powered by a 1.8 liter turbocharged unit which makes 177 Bhp and 250 Nm. This engine is a fabulous one and is very very capable. The 1.8 TSi also gets independent rear suspension which makes it handle better as well. With the current addition of paddle shifters and key less go, the Octavia is well loaded as well. At Rs 21.22 lakhs, we think the Octavia is a well rounded family car that can be used on the track and to have fun as well.