Snapshot – Top speeds are academic on Indian roads. Acceleration is the name of the game. So, a quick accelerating car or SUV is what you really need to scythe through the roadscape of this country. Today, we bring you the country’s fastest accelerating diesel car and SUV, with a couple of alternates for each. To keep things relatively affordable, the price bracket has been capped at 15 lakh rupees.
Chevrolet Cruze 2.2 VCDi
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The Chevrolet Cruze’s claim to fame is that it is a straight line rocket. The car’s 2.2 liter Z-Series turbo diesel motor is more refined, and even appears tame when compared to its predecessor. However, the numbers are in favour of the new engine so far as power and torque are concerned. 164 Bhp-380 Nm is what the new Cruze’s engine makes, giving it a blistering acceleration of 9.95 seconds. The car is sold with 6 speed manual and automatic gearboxes. The Cruze is not the most ablest handlers and the space on the rear seat is nothing to write home about. At 14.27 lakh rupees for the MT variant, the Cruze represents good value for the performance minded.
Volkswagen Jetta 2.0 TDI
The Volkswagen Jetta uses a 2 liter TDI turbo diesel engine that makes 138 Bhp-320 Nm. This motor is mated to a 6 speed twin clutch, DSG automatic gearbox. The engine and gearbox combination are very effective for flat out performance, with the Jetta managing the nought to hundred sprint in just 10.62 seconds. The Jetta is a German sedan, and comes with a solid build. The ride is comfortable while handling is sharp. The interiors, while a little bland looking, reek of high quality and feel like they’re built to last forever. Prices of the Jetta Diesel start from 15.32 lakh rupees.
Hyundai Elantra CRDI
The Hyundai Elantra uses a much smaller turbo diesel motor compared to the likes of the Cruze and the Jetta. However, this Hyundai D-Segment sedan rises to the occassion when pedal is put to metal. The 1.6 liter U2 CRDI turbo diesel motor of the car, which makes 126 Bhp-260 Nm, propels the Elantra to 100 Kph from standstill in just 10.92 seconds. The car gets manual and automatic gearbox options, both of them 6 speed units. Front wheel driven, the Elantra is well appointed on the inside, with a slew of features and creature comforts. The Elantra is well priced too, with its diesel powered variant starting at 14.58 lakh rupees.
The Mahindra XUV500 crossover has single handedly decimated the D-Segment sedan segment in India, and not without good reason. With generous equipment levels, an SUV form factor and blistering performance, the XUV500 can hold its own among American, Japanese and German sedans. With a 0-100 Kph acceleration timing of just 12.34 seconds, the flagship Mahindra is also a very peppy customer. The vehicle uses a 2.2 liter mHawk turbo diesel engine that makes 140 Bhp-330 Nm. A 6 speed manual gearbox and a front wheel drive layout is standard while an all wheel drive system is offered on the higher variants. The crossover’s prices seal the deal, what with the W4 variant pegged at 11.21 lakh rupees.
Renault Duster/Nissan Terrano
The Renault Duster in 110 PS front wheel drive trim is just a hair length behind the XUV500 in outright acceleration. The Duster sprints from 0-100 kph in 12.59 seconds. Equipped with a 1.5 liter K9K turbo diesel engine with 108 Bhp and 245 Nm on tap, this compact SUV uses a 6 speed manual gearbox to transmit torque to the front wheels.
The Duster is also available with an all wheel drive layout. A monocoque body means that weight is kept well within check, and the Duster 2WD is actually lighter than the more compact Ford Ecosport. Fuel efficiency, a hallmark of the K9K diesel, is good too. Prices of the Duster 110 PS start from 11.1 lakh rupees.
Ford Ecosport 1.5 TDCI
The only sub-4 meter offering in this illustrious list, the Ford Ecosport shows that gearing is what really matters. Armed with the least powerful motor in this list, the Ecosport is the slowest among the fastest, with a 0-100 Kph run in 13.3 seconds. However, this timing still means that the Ford crossover can hold its own in most situations. The Ecosport is powered by a 1.5 liter TDCI turbo diesel engine that makes 89 Bhp-205 Nm. Torque transmission to the front wheels is taken care of by a 5 speed manual gearbox. The Ecosport is also available with more powerful petrol motors, which aren’t as torquey as the diesel though. Prices of the Ecosport Diesel start from 7.89 lakh rupees.