Turbochargers have become a common part of modern diesel engines. The highly effective device uses the energy of flowing exhaust gases to induce air into the combustion chamber of an engine. The extra air helps in better combustion and makes the engine much more efficient.
With pollution emission norms becoming stringent, many manufacturers have started downsizing the petrol engines. However, to get the most out of a smaller engine, manufacturers have started using the turbocharger on petrol engines too. Here are ten such affordable turbocharged petrol cars available in the market.
Starts from Rs. 6.15 lakhs, ex-showroom, Delhi
The Tata Nexon is the most affordable petrol-turbocharged car that you can buy at the moment. Tata launched its first-ever sub-4-meter SUV in the market with a three-cylinder, turbocharged petrol engine. The Nexon is powered by a 1.2-litre turbocharged engine that generates a maximum of 108 Bhp and 170 Nm. The engine comes mated to a 6-speed manual and AMT transmission. The AMT transmission is available for the first time with a petrol engine in the segment.
Volkswagen Polo GT TSI
Priced at Rs. 9.33 lakh, ex-showroom, Delhi
Volkswagen Polo GT TSI has been around for a long time now. It became the first affordable car to offer the 7-speed dual-clutch DSG transmission. The Polo GT TSI is a hatchback for enthusiasts and comes powered by a 1.2-litre four-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine. It generates a maximum power of 104 Bhp and a peak torque of 175 Nm. It offers a maximum fuel efficiency of 17.21 km/l, which is decent for a performance-oriented car.
Maruti Baleno RS
Priced at Rs. 8.44 lakh, ex-showroom, Delhi
The Baleno RS became Maruti’s first-ever turbocharged petrol hatchback in India. With the Baleno RS, Maruti also introduced the 1.0-litre Boosterjet engine to the Indian market. The three-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine is available with many cars in international markets but, for the time being, it is only available with the Baleno RS in the Indian market. The hatchback gets a de-tuned version of the 1.0-litre turbocharged engine that generates a maximum of 101 Bhp and a peak torque of 150 Nm. It only gets a 5-speed manual transmission.
Starts from Rs. 4.7 lakh, ex-showroom, Delhi
The Tata Bolt is one of the first turbocharged petrol cars in the market. Powered by Revotron engine, the Bolt was targeted at car enthusiasts. It is powered by a 1.2-litre engine that produces a maximum of 89 Bhp and 140 Nm. The Bolt is also one of the first cars to get multi-drive modes in the affordable segment.
Starts from Rs. 5.27 lakh, ex-showroom, Delhi
Tata introduced the turbocharged petrol engines in the affordable segment much before it became a trend. The Zest is powered by a 1.2-litre turbocharged engine that produces a maximum of 89 Bhp and 140 Nm. The Zest also offers an automatic transmission with the petrol engine.
Fiat Linea T-Jet 125
Priced at Rs. 9.8 lakh, ex-showroom, Delhi
The Fiat Linea T-Jet is the most powerful petrol sedan available in the segment. The Linea T-Jet was the first car in the segment to offer a turbocharged petrol engine. It gets a 1.4-litre four-cylinder turbocharged engine that generates 125 PS or 123 Bhp and 207 Nm of peak torque. The Linea T-Jet is an enthusiast’s delight and is loved by hardcore petrolheads. It is only available with a 5-speed manual transmission.
Ford EcoSport S
Priced at Rs. 11.37 lakh, ex-showroom, Delhi
Ford was the first brand to introduce the turbocharged petrol engine in the sub-4-meter compact SUV segment in India. The EcoSport powered by the popular EcoBoost engine has been re-introduced in the market recently. The engine is a 1.0-litre three-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine that generates 123 Bhp and 170 Nm, making it the most powerful in the segment. It gets a six-speed manual transmission that ensures a relaxed drive on highways.
Volkswagen Vento TSI
Starts from Rs. 10.59 lakh, ex-showroom, Delhi
Volkswagen offers the same 1.2-litre turbocharged engine with the Vento mid-size sedan too. It is the second car that is available in the segment with a turbocharged petrol engine. The four-cylinder engine develops a maximum power of 103 Bhp and a peak torque of 175 Nm. Similar to the Polo GT TSI, the Vento TSI also gets a 7-speed DSG automatic transmission.
Fiat Abarth Punto
Priced at Rs. 9.67 lakhs, ex-showroom, Delhi
The Abarth Punto is the quickest hatchback below Rs. 10 lakhs in India and can reach 100km/h from 0 in just 9.5 seconds. It is a true-blue Abarth vehicle, powered by a 1.4-litre turbocharged engine that produces a maximum of 140 Bhp and 212 Nm. The power goes to the front wheels through a 5-speed manual transmission. Fiat also puts the same engine in the Abarth Avventura and the Urban Cross but with different power output.
Starts from Rs. 15.34 lakh, ex-showroom, Delhi
The Jeep Compass has become very popular in India. The most affordable Jeep-branded SUV gets a turbocharged 1.4-litre petrol engine, which is quite powerful. The four-cylinder engine produces a maximum power of 161 Bhp and 250 Nm. It is available with a 6-speed manual transmission or a 7-speed dual clutch automatic transmission.