Snapshot – What can 10 lakh rupees buy me as far as sheer top speeds are concerned? If this is your question, we’ve got the answers. There are more than 10 cars in India that deliver rapid acceleration and speeds topping 180 Kph. And all these cars cost under 10 lakh rupees, making them good bang for the buck as far as outright speed and acceleration are concerned.
Volkswagen Polo GT TSI/TDI
Performance on a budget. This characterizes the Volkswagen Polo GT TSI and TDI twins. Both cars are capable of hitting speeds of over 180 Kph, when kept on the boil. The Polo GT TSI features a 1.2 liter turbocharged petrol engine with 103 Bhp-175 Nm on tap. Torque transmission is handled by a 7 speed twin clutch DSG automatic gearbox. The Polo GT TDI on the other hand, uses a 1.5 liter turbo diesel motor with 103 Bhp-250 Nm outputs. A five speed manual gearbox comes standard with this engine. Both cars are priced at 8.48 lakh rupees each, ex-showroom Delhi.
Skoda Rapid MPI/TDI
The Skoda Rapid is a badge engineered version of the Volkswagen Vento that also shares its engines and transmissions with the latter. The C-Segment sedan’s petrol and diesel variants have top speeds of over 180 Kph. The petrol motor on the Rapid is a 1.6 liter-4 cylinder, MPI naturally aspirated unit that makes 103 Bhp-153 Nm. The diesel motor is a 1.5 liter-4 cylinder TDI unit with 103 Bhp-250 Nm on tap. While the petrol motor is sold with 5 speed manual and six speed automatic gearboxes, the diesel engined Rapid gets 5 speed manual and 7 speed twin clutch DSG automatic transmission options. Prices of the Rapid start at 7.56 lakh rupees.
Fiat Linea T-Jet
The Fiat Linea T-Jet was the first affordable turbo petrol car in the country. The C-Segment sedan is powered by a 1.4 liter T-Jet turbocharged petrol engine with 113 Bhp-207 Nm on tap. The car is known for its excellent ride and handling package. It’s build is solid too. The car tops out at 186 Kph, making it the fastest Fiat in the country. The Linea T-Jet comes with ABS+EBD and disc brakes on all four wheels, even on the base variant. The car’s prices start at 7.99 lakh rupees, making it a value for money offering as far as driving enthusiasts are concerned.
Hyundai Verna 1.6 Petrol/Diesel
The Hyundai Verna 4S Fluidic is a segment leader as far as power and torque figure of its petrol and diesel variants are concerned. The car’s range topping petrol variant uses a 1.6 liter-4 cylinder VTVT motor with 126 Bhp and 156 Nm on tap. The top-end diesel uses a 1.6 liter CRDI motor that makes 126 Bhp-260 Nm. The petrol engine gets 5 speed manual and 4 speed automatic gearboxes, while the diesel engine makes do with 6 speed manual and 4 speed automatic transmissions. Both the petrol and diesel variants of the Verna Fluidic are capable of breaching the 180 Kph mark. Hyundai Verna prices start from 8.81 lakh rupees.
Honda City 1.5 Petrol
The Honda City’s petrol variant uses the high revving 1.5 liter i-VTEC engine with 117 Bhp-145 Nm on tap. This motor propels the City sedan to a top speed of over 180 Kph. The VTEC engine is known for its creamy refinement and eagerness to rev up when given the stick. This engine is paired with two transmission options – a 5 speed manual and a CVT automatic with seven stepped shifts. The car’s prices start from 7.53 lakh rupees. The City sedan is a best seller in India’s C-Segment.
Volkswagen Vento TSI/TDI
The Volkswagen Vento sedan is now sold with turbocharged petrol and diesel engines that it shares with the Polo GT twins. These engines produce the same outputs as they do on the Polo GT twins. So, we needn’t recant them here. A key change in the Vento line up though is the addition of the diesel automatic option. The 1.5 liter TDI motor is paired to the 7 speed twin clutch DQ200 automatic transmission. The Vento Diesel is the quickest diesel-automatic in town. The petrol and diesel variants of the car both top 180 Kph when it comes to top speeds.
Ford Ecosport Ecoboost
The only crossover/compact SUV in this list, the Ford Ecosport is also the smallest engined car in India that breaches the 180 Kph mark. An award winning gem of a motor, the 1 liter-3 cylinder EcoBoost turbo petrol engine is good for 125 Bhp-170 Nm. Paired with a five speed manual gearbox that drives the Ecosport’s front wheels, this motor propels the crossover to 180 Kph. The Ecosport’s Ecoboost variant is priced at 9.14 lakh rupees, and for this kind of money, the crossover is well equipped with safety features and creature comforts.