10 giant-killer cars of India: From Maruti Alto K10 to Hyundai Verna

Every once in a while, there comes a car that’s not only faster than every other car in its segment, but also faster than some popular cars from a segment above. We call these cars the ‘giant-killers’. Here’s a list of 10 Giant-killer cars of India

Maruti Alto K10 (0-100 kmph in 13.3 seconds)

The Maruti Alto K10 is a classic example of what happens when you put a bigger engine in a small, lightweight car. Powering the Alto K10 is the same 1.0-litre three-cylinder 67 bhp engine that powers the WagonR as well as the Celerio. Being lighter than the other two, the Alto K10 can sprint to 100 kmph in just 13.3 seconds. It can even hit a true top speed of almost 150 kmph. In comparison, the petrol variant of the Hyundai Elite i20 has a 0-100 kmph time of 13.99 seconds. Definitely a giant killer, this one!

Ford Figo Sport 1.5 Diesel (0-100 kmph in 11.2 seconds)

The Diesel variant of the Ford Figo Sport is the one for you if you’re in the market for a quick car that is affordable to buy and run. This car comes with a 1.5-liter engine that outputs a maximum power of 99 Bhp along with a peak torque of 215 Nm. The Sport model even gets a sportier suspension setup. It can hit 100 kmph in just 11.2 seconds, which makes it quicker than even the diesel variants of the Swift (14.2 seconds) and the i20 (12.8 seconds).

Volkswagen Polo GT TSI (0-100 kmph in 9.7 seconds)

The Polo GT TSI  can sprint to 100 kmph in just 9.7 seconds! This makes it faster than even some much costlier and more powerful cars like the Honda City 1.5 Petrol (10.13 seconds). Powering this car is a 1.2-litre turbocharged petrol engine that outputs a maximum power of 103 bhp along with a peak torque of 175 Nm. The motor comes mated to a 7-speed DSG automatic transmission, which offers lightning-fast gear changes.

Volkswagen Ameo Diesel (0-100 kmph in 10.74 seconds)

The Ameo Diesel is another really quick car that is not too expensive. It comes with a 1.5-litre turbocharged diesel engine that outputs a maximum power of 108 bhp along with a peak torque of 250 Nm. The motor comes mated to a 5-speed manual transmission as standard and a 7-speed DSG automatic gearbox as optional. While the auto tranny offers better in-gear acceleration timings, it’s actually the manual that is quicker to the 100 kmph mark. The Ameo Diesel MT can hit the ton in just 10.38 seconds, which makes it almost 4 seconds faster than the Honda City Diesel.

Hyundai Verna Diesel (0-100 kmph in 10.38 seconds)

The Diesel variant of the new Verna is a pretty quick car. It comes with a 1.6-litre turbocharged diesel engine that outputs a maximum power of 126 bhp along with a peak torque of 260 Nm. The motor comes mated to a 6-speed manual transmission as standard and a 6-speed automatic ‘box as optional. The manual transmission variant can sprint from standstill to 100 kmph in just 10.38 seconds, which makes it faster than not only cars like the Ciaz and the Corolla Diesel but even some SUVs like the Maruti S-Cross (13.81 seconds) and Renault Duster (12.3 seconds).

Fiat Punto Abarth (0-100 kmph in 9.8 seconds)

The Punto Abarth has to be the most well-priced hot hatchback in the country. It comes with a high-strung1.4-liter turbo petrol engine that outputs a maximum power of 145 Bhp along with a peak torque of 212 Nm. It can hit 100 kmph from standstill in just 9.8 seconds, which makes it faster than even some powerful C-segment sedans like the Hyundai Verna (10.38 seconds) and the Honda City (10.2 seconds).

Hyundai Creta 1.6 Diesel (0-100 kmph in 10.81 seconds)

The Hyundai Creta Diesel is powered by a 1.6-liter engine that outputs a max. power of 126 Bhp and a peak torque of 265 Nm. This small SUV can sprint to 100 kmph from standstill in just 10.81 seconds, which makes it faster than the more powerful and costlier Mahindra XUV500 (11.4 seconds).

Jeep Compass Diesel (0-100 kmph in 9.92 seconds)

The diesel-sipping Jeep Compass is powered by a 2.0-litre turbocharged engine that outputs 171 bhp and 350 Nm. The Compass weighs only 1551 KGs, which makes it fairly quick off the block. It can hit 100 kmph from standstill in just 9.92 seconds, which makes it even quicker than some more expensive and much more powerful SUVs like the Toyota Fortuner and the Ford Endeavour.

Skoda Octavia 1.8 (0-100 kmph in 8.42 seconds)

The Skoda Octavia’s petrol variant is powered by the same 1.8-liter turbocharged unit that powers the VW GTI. This engine outputs 177 Bhp and 250 Nm and comes mated to a 7-speed DSG. It can propel this sedan to 100 kmph from standstill in just 8.42 seconds, which makes it quicker than not only its rivals but also than some bigger cars like the Toyota Camry (9.12 seconds).

Skoda Octavia vRS (0-100 kmph in 6.8 seconds)

The Skoda Octavia vRS is powered by a 2.0-liter turbocharged petrol engine that outputs 226 Bhp and 350 Nm. It can propel the car to 100 kmph in just 6.8 seconds, which makes it faster than many pricier models like the BMW 3-series (7.6 seconds) and even Audi A6 (8.58 seconds). This one’s a big giant killer!