David vs Goliath is best suited for mythology stories, and hardly works in the real world. Try telling these cars that. Without much ado, let’s check out India’s 5 giant killing cars. These cars are way faster than their immediate competition, and competition from a few segments above too. The latter is what gives them their giant killing credentials.
Ford Figo Hatchback
9.5 seconds for 0-100 Kph. That’s what the new Ford Figo hatchback, in diesel guise can do. The car is light, and features a 1.5 liter TDCI turbo diesel engine with 98.6 Bhp-215 Nm. A 5 speed manual gearbox with well matched ratios gives the car great acceleration, as is evident from the 0-100 Kph numbers. The Figo hatchback is not only faster than every other budget diesel hatchback sold in India, it’s also faster than all the C-Segment sedans sold inthe country. A price tag of just 5.3 lakh rupees makes this a thrilling, value-for-money buy.
Ford Figo Aspire Compact Sedan
If you want Figo Diesel performance in a sedan package, aspire for the Aspire. Yes, the Figo Aspire is a compact sedan version of the Figo hatchback. The car shares its mechanical attributes with the hatchback, and also a similar kerb weight. In other words, stonking acceleration guaranteed. Like the hatchback, the compact sedan running on diesel hits the 100 Kph mark in under 10 seconds. No compact sedan comes close. Why, even the Chevrolet Cruze is slower. Now, that’s a genuine giant killer.
Fiat Punto Abarth
There are few cars under 20 lakh rupees that can beat the Fiat Punto Abarth. In fact, there’s only one – the Skoda Octavia 1.8 TSI. And the Octavia doesn’t feel as involving to drive as the Punto, costs nearly double. The Punto Abarth features a 1.4 liter turbopetrol engine with 145 Bhp-212 Nm, enough to propel the car to 100 Kph from standstill in just 8.8 seconds. Here are five very fast cars that the Punto Abarth beats, and all of them are way costlier than it.
Fiat Abarth Avventura
The Fiat Abarth Avventura shares the 1.4 liter T-Jet turbo petrol engine with the Punto Abarth, and much of the performance too. Between the two, the Avventura is the more practical option, what with its 205 mm ground clearance. It’s the fastest hatchback based crossover in the country, with a sub-10 second 0-100 Kph sprint. Considering that compact SUV buyers also represent a target market for Avventura buyers, this is THE fastest thing that you can buy under 20 lakh rupees if you want tall ground clearance. No 5 seat or 7 seat SUV comes close.
Volkswagen Polo GTI
The Polo GTI will soon be available in India, what with Volkswagen lining up the car for a launch in the first half of 2016. The anticipation is already building as the Polo GTI promises to be a very, very fast car. How does 0-100 Kph in under 7 seconds sound? Yes, the Polo GTI is capable of this just this. It’ll be pricier than other budget hatchbacks though, with a sticker price of about 15 lakh rupees. However, the 1.8 liter TSI turbo petrol engine with 175 Bhp-250 Nm will ensure that the Polo GTI beats cars that are priced twice as much.