If you’re power crazy, you’re in the right place. We’ve rounded up India’s most powerful hatchbacks and sedans from the budget segments. From the super fast Figo Diesel to the upcoming Baleno RS turbo petrol, this comprehensive list will have a bunch of fast but very affordable cars.
Pint-sized powerhouse. That’s what the Honda Brio really is. While 87 Bhp-110 Nm from a 1.2 liter petrol motor may not sound much, the 920 kilogram kerb weight changes the equation on its head. This gives the Brio a near 100 Bhp power/ton to weight ratio. Add compact dimensions, sweet handling and a rev happy nature of the engine, you suddenly have a real pocket rocket to city streets.
Ford Figo 1.5 Petrol & Diesel
Ford was a backmarker with the old Figo, as far as power and torque figures were concerned. Things have completely changed with the new one. The Figo’s a segment leader, both in petrol and diesel. The car’s sub-1 ton kerb weight is another big plus as it gives it legs. The 1.5 petrol motor makes 110 Bhp-136 Nm, and gets a 6 speed twin clutch automatic gearbox. The 1.5 liter turbo diesel puts out 98.6 Bhp-215 Nm, and gets a 5 speed manual gearbox.
Ford Figo Aspire 1.5 Petrol & Diesel
The Figo Aspire is essentially the Figo hatchback in sub-4 meter compact sedan guise. The engines on the compact sedan have been borrowed from the hatchback, and kerb weight is slightly higher, but 30-40 kilograms don’t really make this car slow. So yes, this is India’s fastest compact sedan you’re looking at currently. We only wish that the Figo Aspire would handle as well as the Classic, the car it replaces.
Fiat Punto Abarth
The Fiat Punto Abarth is the fastest car that money can buy under 15 lakh rupees in India. Yes, this hatchback runs rings around every other hatchback, and even sedans that sit a segment higher. How does an 8.8 second timing for the 0-100 Kph run sound. And this car can easily do 180 Kph. The Punto Abarth features a 1.4 liter T-Jet turbo petrol engine with 145 Bhp-212 Nm on tap. The 1st, 2nd and 3rd gears make the tyres scramble for grip. Enough said.
Fiat Avventura Abarth
Want more ground clearance? Buy the Punto Abarth in Avventura form. This car’s almost as fast as the Punto Abarth, what with a 140 Bhp-210 Nm output from the same 1.4 liter T-Jet turbo petrol engine, but also gives you 205 mm of ground clearance. This car handles very well too. That’s the beauty of a hatchback based crossover – You get the best of both worlds.
Fiat Linea T-Jet
The Linea T-Jet is one of the most powerful C-Segment sedans sold in India. The car uses the 1.4 liter T-Jet turbo petrol engine that puts out 114 Bhp-207 Nm. What really counts on the Linea is how solid it feels, and how confident the suspension set up is. The Linea’s hydraulic steering gives it terrific feel on the twisties, allowing you to push the car quite hard.
Volkswagen Polo GT TSI/TDI
The Polo GT twins are proof that there’s an enthusiast market out there, even among the budget segments. While the Polo GT TSI distinguishes itself with a 1.2 liter TSI turbo petrol engine (103 Bhp-175 Nm), and a really quick 7 speed twin clutch DSG automatic transmission, the GT TDI is turbo diesel power with the good old, 5 speed manual gearbox. The GT TDI produces more torque (250 Nm) from the 1.5 liter diesel motor, while the power output remains the same (103 Bhp) as its petrol sibling.
Volkswagen Vento TSI
The Vento TSI is essentially the more comfortable version of the Polo hatchback. You get a longer wheelbase, which has allowed the designers at Volkswagen offer more space to the car’s occupants. This apart, the car’s slightly more heavier than the Polo GT TSI. The engine and gearbox combination remains the same though. You get the 1.2 liter TSI turbo petrol engine (103 Bhp-175 Nm), and a 7 speed DSG twin clutch automatic gearbox.
Honda City 1.5 Petrol
The Honda City is not the most powerful petrol car in its class, but it’s light. This lightness (1,029 Kgs), combined with the really revvy 1.5 liter i-VTEC petrol engine (117 Bhp-145 Nm), gives the City really quick acceleration, and if you love driving a rev happy petrol, this car will move it for you. Basically, you are getting a powerful, full sized C-Segment sedan that’s lighter than many sub-4 meter compact sedans.