SUVs for the Torque Crazy

SUVs are all about torque, and good torque means superb mile munching ability, all day long. And some SUVs have so much torque that they can beat sedans at the acceleration game. Today, we’ll take a look at half a dozen SUVs for the torque crazy.

Mahindra TUV300

Mahindra TUV300

The Mahindra TUV300 has the most torque in the sub-4 meter diesel SUV class. How much? Well, the triple pot twin turbo diesel motor of the TUV displaces 1,500 cc and puts out 230 Nm of peak torque. This much torque, coming in from 1,500 rpm means that the TUV300 is extremely driveable.

The vehicle features a body-on-ladder chassis, and this makes it very heavy, and predictably outright acceleration is blunted. If you want pure acceleration, compact SUVs with lower torque, but lower weight too, such as the Ford Ecosport (205 Nm) and Maruti Vitara Brezza (200 Nm) are better bets.

Ford Ecosport Ecoboost

Ford Ecosport

The Ford Ecosport Ecoboost is a torque bomb among petrol powered SUVs in the sub-20 lakh rupee category. This compact SUV’s 1 liter turbo petrol motor puts out 125 Bhp-170 Nm, figures that make it the fastest accelerating vehicle in its segment. The Ecosport Ecoboost hits the 100 Kph from standstill in just 12.5 seconds.

The Ecoboost motor is known for its strong mid range punch, and in a sense is the direction that SUVs of the future will take. For instance, the Maruti Vitara Brezza will soon get a 1 liter turbo petrol engine while the upcoming Tata Nexon will feature a 1.2 liter turbo petrol motor.

Hyundai Creta 1.6

Hyundai Creta


The Hyundai Creta is the fastest accelerating diesel SUV in its segment, which includes the Renault Duster and Nissan Terrano. The Creta does the 0-100 Kph run in just 10.8 seconds, and the big reason for such acceleration numbers is the 265 Nm of torque that the 1.6 liter CRDI turbo diesel motor churns out. This engine is very powerful too, with a 126 Bhp output. Notably, the numbers put out by the 1.6 CRDI diesel motor are at the wheel, which makes the Creta all the more strong in real world conditions.

Mahindra XUV500

Mahindra XUV500

330 Nm of torque is what propels the XUV500 ahead, making it one of the fastest 7 seat crossovers that money can buy in the sub-20 lakh rupee segment. The XUV500’s rev happy 2.2 liter turbo diesel engine is also known for its smoothness and refinement, and puts out a hefty 140 Bhp. The crossover does the 0-100 Kph run in just 12.34 seconds, and the 6 speed manual gearbox is a big reason why the engine is kept in the meat of its torque zone. The XUV500 will soon get a turbo petrol engine, which is expected to make it even faster.

Tata Safari Storme 400

Tata Safari Storme

The Tata Safari Storme is the new champion among ladder frame equipped, 7 seat SUVs sold in India. The Storme costs about half of the Toyota Fortuner 2.5, and yet manages to beat it when it comes to sprinting to 100 Kph. The Storme’s Varicor turbo diesel motor displaces 2.2 liters and makes 154 Bhp-400 Nm. It’s the 400 Nm of torque, transmitted to the rear wheels through a 6 speed manual gearbox, which makes all the difference. The Storme 400 now sprints to 100 Kph from rest in just 12.8 seconds.

Chevrolet Trailblazer

Chevrolet Trailblazer

The Chevrolet Trailblazer is a true torque monster. This massive SUV has a 2.8 liter Duramax turbo diesel engine that’s good for a full 500 Nm. The Trailblazer seats 7 and features a rugged ladder frame chassis. It’s rear wheel driven, and despite being this large, hits 100 Kph from standstill in under 10 seconds, 9.89 seconds to be precise. The 2.8 liter diesel motor also makes some very impressive power: 197 Bhp. The power and torque is channeled to the rear wheels through a 6 speed automatic gearbox.