Snapshot: Nobody buys a budget hatchback to win traffic light grand prixs but then again, knowing how fast or how slow a hatchback goes is interesting, not just for the prospective buyer but even for the gawker. We list out India’s five slowest petrol hatchbacks.
Maruti Alto 800
India’s largest selling car is also one of the slowest hatchbacks in the country. The Alto 800 manages to hit the ton mark in about 17 seconds. Although this timing is a big improvement over the Alto F8D’s 20+ second run to 100 Kph, the car is still a slow poke in outright acceleration terms. The 695 kilogram car is powered by a 796 cc-3 cylinder engine good for 47 Bhp-62 Nm. A 5 speed manual gearbox is standard. While the 0-100 kph timing of the Alto 800 might not be alluring, bomb proof reliability, an inexpensive price tag, good resale value and great after sales service have meant that the car continues to lead the pack in terms of sales numbers. Prices start from 2.46 lakh rupees.
Another budget warrior but one that looks good is the Hyundai Eon. Similar to the Alto 800, the Eon is powered by an 817 cc- 3 cylinder petrol engine that outputs 55 Bhp-75 Nm. Although the car is heavier than the Alto 800 by about 20 kilograms, it comes with a better power/torque to weight ratio. Yet, the Eon ends up slower than the Alto 800, with a 0-100 Kph sprint of 17.5 seconds. The Eon is Hyundai’s least priced car and comes in LPG guise too. Well, the Eon with the LPG kit is slower than even the petrol model. Don’t say we didn’t warn you. The car’s prices from 2.75 lakh rupees.
Tata Indica Vista 1.2
A heavy car with a small engine that simply can’t propel it quick enough, the Tata Vista equipped with the 1.2 liter petrol engine manages to hit 100 Kph from standstill in 18 seconds. The 1.2 liter FIRE petrol engine that outputs 65 Bhp of peak power and 96 Nm of peak torque lugging around a car weighing 1,035 kilograms doesn’t make for exciting reading, does it? The least priced Indica Vista starts at 4.67 lakh rupees and is a rare sight on roads.
Fiat Grande Punto 1.2
Like the Indica Vista 1.2, the Fiat Grande Punto 1.2 (67 Bhp-96 Nm) is another petrol car that’s a rare sight on Indian roads given the overt bias towards turbo diesel engined variants of the Punto. The Punto’s biggest bug bear is its gearing. Like its Multijet turbo diesel engined sibling, the Punto Petrol 1.2 is a slow car, with the 0-100 Kph run taking 18.5 seconds. The Punto’s porky 1.1 ton kerb weight doesn’t help matters either. Even so, the Punto 1.2 is a solidly built hatchback that comes with fantastic ride and handling. It’s a pity that the petrol motor can’t keep up. A little birdie tells us that the Abarth Punto with a 1.4 liter turbo petrol motor is on its way to India. Well, that’s the right horse for the course, Fiat India!
The country’s slowest hatchback – no prizes for guessing – is the Tata Nano. With only 4 gears to bother you, the Nano is built solely with city streets in mind. Don’t let the 28 second 0-100 kph sprint timing of the Nano fool you though. The car is quite peppy in the city, what with its well matched gear ratios. With the Nano’s speed limiter kicking in at 105 kph, the 0-100 kph run for the hatchback is purely academic. The rear wheel driven Nano is powered by a 623 cc petrol engine that outputs 37 Bhp-51 Nm. Tata Motors is working on a 935 cc-4 cylinder Nano Petrol and from what we’re hearing, is capable of showing many a bigger car a clean pair of heels.