Top Turbo Petrol Affordable Cars to Buy in India
The improvement in technology and increased efficiency of production has enabled the automakers to install turbos by downsizing the capacity of petrol engines. Installing turbos and complementing it with ‘direct injection’ technology ensures more methodological internal combustion.
Turbo Petrol engines are getting quite an attention in the BS6 era of cars. Manufacturers are efficiently using turbos in their gasoline-powered vehicles to mount the fuel economy without harming the performance of the cars.
As these powertrains are getting popular in the market, today we list down the 5 best performers of the turbo-petrol family.
- Volkswagen Polo TSI
- Skoda Rapid TSI
- Hyundai Venue GDI
- Hyundai Grand i10 Nios
- Tata Nexon Turbo Petrol
We will talk about the various aspects of the cars and of course most importantly the power figures.
Now the 5 cars listed sit in different vehicle segment like-
Volkswagen Polo and Hyundai Grand i10 Nios are Hatchbacks.
Skoda Rapid is a Sedan.
Hyundai Venue and Tata Nexonn are compact SUV.
Volkswagen Polo is a premium hatchback that has been around for a long time. In its lifespan, the car has received midlife facelifts and additions of variants. The New Polo that is on sale right now has two engine options. Both engines being petrol powered to share the same capacity at 1.0L, the power outputs of both differ radically.
The powerful one being the 1.0L TSI turbocharged motor churns out
109bhp of power
175nm of torque
This engine comes mated to a 6 Speed manual gearbox. The performance of the vehicle is quite brisk after the turbo kicks in the midrange RPMs of the vehicle. The Polo weighs 1072kg at kerb making it the lightest car among the three and its hatchback styling gives it proper sporty handling. 0 to 100kph timing of the car is around 10 seconds. The 195 section tyres on the vehicle also provide great grip levels for cornering. Currently, the Volkswagen Polo TSi is the fastest hatchback for sale in India. Mileage of the car is claimed at 18.24 km/l.
Moving on to the interiors, the interior comes in an all-black scheme package that sports a flat-bottom steering wheel, brushed silver inserts on the dashboard and rear AC vents. The car comes equipped with cruise control, auto-dimming inside rearview mirror, rain-sensing wipers, voice control and many more.
Pricing of the Polo 1.0L TSI starts at Rs. 7.89 lacs.
Skoda is the entirely owned subsidiary of the Volkswagen group. The engine in the Skoda Rapid which we are going to talk about is the same 1.0L Turbo Petrol TSi motor from the Volkswagen Polo. This motor engineered by Volkswagen is available in the Rapid with an availability of a manual gearbox only.
The ‘Rapid’ has been on sale in the country since the year 2011. The current 2020 model only comes with a single engine option.
- 1.0L 3-Cylinder DOHC
- 109bhp of power
- 175nm of torque
To expand the variety of the car and organising the variants in an affordable manner, Skoda being simply clever offers 5 trim options for reaching out to the customers. It’s effective pricing at Rs. 7.49 lac (ex-showroom) makes it one of the best affordable turbo-petrol cars for sale in India.
Sitting in the sedan segment, the car offers 460 litres of boot space for your extra knicks and knacks. The only blunder of the boot is that it may eat your ground clearance when the car is fully equipped with luggage. The additional weight increases the gross weight of your car ultimately reducing the car’s performance.
Overall the 2020 Skoda Rapid is a good car with a powerful engine. The fuel tank capacity of the Rapid is 55 litres that ensure enough petrol in a single full tank and adding the 18.97 km/l (claimed) fuel economy makes the car budget-friendly to run.
The car’s design is predominantly the same, moreover, Skoda has given it a refreshed modern looking set of bumpers and progressive headlamps.
Getting inside the cabin, the car misses out on essential features in the segment like Keyless Entry, Push button start, Sunroof, Apple CarPlay & Android Auto.
The top of the line ‘Monte Carlo’ trim is the most feature-loaded on the list that gets cosmetic styling upgrades with gloss black inserts, red stitch design and sporty seats.
The pricing (ex-showroom) and trim levels of the 2020 Skoda Rapid are :
Rider Rs 7.49 lac
Ambition Rs 9.99 lac
Onyx Rs 10.19 lac
Style Rs 11.49 lac
Monte Carlo Rs 11.79 lac
Already being a successful vehicle after just 1 year from its launch, the Venue is one of the best selling cars in the compact SUV segment. Of course it is a segment which is currently trending in the Indian car market as Venue’s sales figures have clocked 6734 units for the last month.
As Hyundai’s iMT gearbox has now been added in the Venue turbo-petrol range, the company is now offering more choices in the ‘Venue’. Hyundai already has a 6 Speed Manual or a 7-Speed DCT gearbox mated to the 1.0L GDI motor but with the addition of the iMT transmission, buyers will now have more options.
Moreover, the company has also introduced a new ‘Sport’ trim for the car that gets some sporty elements like D-Cut steering wheel, sporty red exterior inserts, paddle shifters for DCT variant and a new exterior paint option.
Getting under the hood of the Venue, the 1.0L turbo-petrol engines offer-
Kappa 1.0L GDi
118bhp of power
171nm of torque
Gearbox options available for the engine are-
- 6 Speed Manual
- 7 Speed DCT
Hyundai Venue is packed with all of the modern-day features such as Hyundai’s connected car tech- Blue Link, sunroof, TPMS, hill assist, 20.32cm touchscreen infotainment system with Apple Carplay & Android Auto, Arkamys sound mood and many more. Many of the luxury features are only available with DCT variant only but still, you get plenty for the price.
Pricing of the Hyundai Venue 1.0L GDi starts at Rs. 8.46 lac.
The Grand i10 Nios comes with a segment-first turbo petrol engine. Compared to the wee dimensions of the Nios this 1.0L turbo-petrol GDi motor is furious enough as it churns out 100 ps of power. The car houses the same power mill as the Venue but the company has decreased the horsepower output of the engine.
You can opt for the turbo petrol motor in the car but the only drawback is the 5-Speed manual transmission. It doesn’t come mated with the AMT gearbox or any other AT for the likes of an automatic.
Power stats of the engine
100 ps of power
172nm of torque
The car manages to appeal its buyers with premium interior upholstery and horizontally laid front dashboard layout. Moreover, it gets cooled glove box, rear AC vents as well as a 12V power outlet for the rear passengers. Getting on to the safety factor, it gets dual airbag, rearview camera and sensors for easy parking, seat belt pre-tensioners.
All in all, the Nios sets the premium benchmark in its segment with its fully loaded feature list. Available with 4 engine options and options to choose from petrol, diesel & CNG, the car offers a lot on the table.
Talking about the turbo petrol motor, it is packed with an ample amount of performance and the manual gearbox surely adds a lot of fun in the package.
Pricing of the Hyundai Grand i10 Nios 1.0L GDi starts at Rs. 7.70 lac.
One of the most successful cars from the homegrown automaker in the country also comes equipped with a turbocharged petrol engine.
The turbo petrol engine in the Tata Nexon is a BS6 compliant
1.2L turbocharged Revotron
120 ps of power
- 170 nm of torque
The BS6 update in the Nexon has made it the most powerful Tata car with a turbo petrol engine. Not only the engine but also it gets the revamped styling in the exterior such as a new front grille, reworked headlamps that contributes to a new front design and some minor upgrades in the interiors as well.
Nexon’s 1.2L Revotron comes mated to a 6-Speed AMT or a manual transmission.
The styling of the Nexon looks bold and striking with its new facelifted update.
It also gets 6 exterior colours and dual-tone paint options with a white bottom line of the windows.
Getting inside the Nexon, the car looks fresher than before with the rotary style nob for the mode selector. The Nexon comes with 3 driving modes- Eco, City, Sport.
The infotainment screen of the Nexon comes equipped with connected car tech, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. It also gets a sunroof for the top-line variants.
Pricing of the Tata Nexon turbo petrol starts at Rs. 6.95 lac.
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