In recent years, the technology of turbo-petrol has picked up a rapid pace all over the world, including in India. Formerly restricted to only performance oriented high end engines, turbocharging has made its way into entry level compact engines as well, in today’s times. While turbocharging helps in boosting performance and efficiency at the same time, it also helps in reducing emissions as well.
Following is a list of ten most affordable turbo-petrol cars in India
Surprising it might sound, but the Tata Nexon currently holds the title of being the most affordable car to have a turbo-petrol engine under its hood. Its entire petrol range is powered by a 1.2-liter three-cylinder turbo-petrol engine, which makes 120 PS of maximum power and 170 Nm of maximum torque outputs. This engine is available with both 6-speed manual and 6-speed AMT gearbox options across its range. The Tata Nexon turbo-petrol range starts at Rs. 7.20 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi) for the base XE variant.
Volkswagen Polo TSI
Next in the range is the Volkswagen Polo TSI, which happens to be the most affordable hatchback in India to get a turbo-petrol engine. Barring the entry-level Trendline, all the other variants of the Polo – Comfortline, Highline Plus and GT, can be had with a 1.0-liter three cylinder TSI turbo-petrol engine. Available with both 6-speed manual and 6-speed automatic gearbox options, this engine makes 110 PS of maximum power and 175 Nm of maximum torque. Prices for the Volkswagen Polo TSI commence at Rs. 7.41 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi).
The Nissan Magnite, which was the comeback model for Nissan in India, successfully managed to meet the expectations of the company, by turning out into a sales blockbuster. Except the base variant XE, the entire range is available with the option of a 1.0-liter three cylinder turbo petrol engine, which makes 100 PS of maximum power and 160 Nm of maximum torque outputs. All these variants are available with both 5-speed manual and CVT gearbox options, with the starting price of the entire range set at Rs. 7.49 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi).
The Renault Kiger is based on the same platform as that of the Nissan Magnite, however, it comes with a completely different exterior and interior design and equipment. The Kiger shares its 1.0-liter three cylinder turbo petrol engine with the Magnite, and here too, this engine produces 100 PS of maximum power and 160 Nm of maximum torque outputs. Like in the Magnite, the turbo-petrol engine comes with both the options of 5-speed manual and CVT. The range of Renault Kiger starts at Rs. 7.51 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi), with the RXL variant being the most affordable one.
Hyundai Grand i10 Nios Turbo
Apart from the regular 1.2-liter petrol and diesel engines, the Hyundai Grand i10 Nios is also offered with a powerful 1.0-liter three cylinder turbo-petrol engine. Available exclusively in the Sportz variant, this engine makes 100 PS of maximum power and 172 Nm of torque and is paired to a 5-speed manual gearbox. This single variant of the Hyundai Grand i10 Nios is priced at Rs. 7.83 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi).
Tata Altroz i-Turbo
For those who find the regular variants of the Tata Altroz a bit less powerful for their taste, the hatchback is now also available with a turbocharged version of the petrol engine it is offered with as standard. The XT, XZ, XZ(O) and XZ Plus variants of the Tata Altroz i-Turbo are powered by a 1.2-liter three cylinder turbocharged petrol engine, which is capable of making 110 PS of power and 140 Nm of torque. Available with a 5-speed manual gearbox as standard, the turbo-petrol range of Tata Altroz starts at Rs. 7.94 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi).
The Mahindra XUV300 is a milestone vehicle for Mahindra in many ways. While it was the first ever SUV from Mahindra to score five stars in Global NCAP crash tests, it also debuted turbo-petrol technology. The complete petrol range of Mahindra XUV300 has got a 1.2-liter three cylinder turbo-petrol engine as its main stay. Available with both 6-speed manual and 6-speed AMT gearbox options, this engine produces healthy performance outputs – 110 PS of maximum power and 200 Nm of maximum torque. The range of Mahindra XUV300 starts at Rs. 7.96 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi).
Hyundai Aura Turbo
Like its hatchback counterpart, the Grand i10 Nios, the Hyundai Aura too is being offered with a turbo-petrol engine in a single variant. The Hyundai Aura Turbo, in its sole SX Plus variant, gets the same 1.0-liter three cylinder turbo-petrol engine from the Grand i10 Nios, and that too in the same spec – 100 PS of maximum power and 172 Nm of torque, with a standard 5-speed manual gearbox. The price of the Hyundai Aura Turbo SX Plus has been set at Rs. 8.72 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi).
While the entry level variants of the Hyundai Venue get a simple 1.2-liter petrol engine, the mid-spec and premium variants of the compact SUV do get a 1.0-liter three cylinder turbo-petrol engine. This is the same engine from the Grand i10 Nios and Aura, however, it has been retuned to produce more power – 120 PS of maximum power, while the torque remains the same at 172 Nm. Here, the engine can be had with either a 6-speed manual, 6-speed iMT or a 7-speed DCT. The turbo-petrol range of Hyundai Venue starts with the S(O) manual variant, with a price of Rs. 9.04 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi).
Like the Renault Kiger is to Nissan Magnite, the Kia Sonet is to Hyundai Venue – an SUV based on same platform and sharing the engine, but with a completely different looking design in and out. The Kia Sonet shares its 1.0-liter three-cylinder turbo-petrol engine with the Venue, and here too, it makes 120 PS of maximum power and 172 Nm of maximum torque. However, here, this engine misses out on a manual gearbox and comes with either a 6-speed iMT or a 7-speed DCT. Prices of Kia Sonet range, in its turbo-petrol guise, start at Rs. 9.79 lakh.