March 2020 was the turning point for each and every industry. Especially can be said for the automotive industry here in India as it went through a ton of changes. To begin with, many car makers here pulled the plug on their diesel engine. Also, new stricter emission norms came into being. Most importantly, people got to know about the more advanced, powerful and kind of fuel-efficient turbo petrol engines. So, to make things a little easy here are the top 10 turbo petrol cars to look out for.
The recent launch of the Nissan Magnite makes this subcompact SUV the cheapest vehicle to come with a turbo petrol engine. Talking about which, the SUV comes powered by 2 1.0-litre engines, a NA (Naturally Aspirated) petrol and turbo petrol.
Engine 1.0-litre Turbo-petrol Power 100ps@5,000 rpm Torque 152Nm@2,200-4,400 rpm Transmission 5-Speed MT
Without any doubt, the later one is more exciting and the topic of focus. The 1.0-litre turbo petrol engine produces 100ps of max power and the peak torque sits at 160Nm. The powerful motor comes mated to either a 5-speed manual transmission or a CVT gearbox.
Hyundai Grand i10 NIOS
Hot hatches are a thing in the international market but it is the Hyundai Grand i10 Nios that comes closest to the international spec. How you may ask? Well, the i10 N is among the entry-level hot hatches in the market abroad. Which comes powered by the same 1.0-litre turbo petrol engine as one available in India.
Engine 1.0-Litre Turbo Petrol GDI Transmission 5-Speed Manual Power 100ps@6,000 rpm Torque 172N m@1,500-4,000rpm
The fun part is that both of the hatches Grand i10 Nios and i10 N share the same engine specs. The 1.0-litre turbo petrol engine is capable of producing 100ps of max power with 172Nm of peak torque. Sadly, there is no option of an automatic gearbox and gets only a 5-speed MT.
Volkswagen Polo 1.0 TSI
This one is a no brainer as the hatchback that started the trend of hot hatched is the Volkswagen Polo. To start with, this is the hatch that used to come with a 1.6 litre NA engine (Oh! it was a beautiful engine) #NAfan. Later the Polo boasted of a 1.2-litre TSI motor. The current version gets even a smaller engine but is refined and equally powerful.
Engine 1.0-Litre TSI petrol Transmission 6-Speed Manual / 6-speed Torque converter Automatic Power 110ps@5,000-5,500 Torque 175N m@1,750-4,000 rpm
As of now, Volkswagen Polo gets a 1.0-litre 3 cylinder turbo petrol engine. This motor generated 110ps of max power and peak torque of 175Nm. Additionally, this time around Polo shifts from DST to torque converter automatic transmission.
Skoda Rapid 1.0 TSI
Can a brand new car be powerful, exciting to drive as well as features loaded also being cheap? The best example of the above is Skoda Rapid. Rapid is among the value for money sedans one can buy in the Indian market now. Starting with its USP, its heart, the engine.
Engine 1.0-Litre TSI petrol Transmission 6-Speed Manual Power 110ps@5,000-5,500 Torque 175 Nm@1,750-4,000rpm
Skoda Rapid boasts of a 1.0-litre 3 cylinder turbo petrol engine (same as the one in VW polo and Vento). Like the Volkswagen twins, this too produces a power of 110ps and peak torque of 175Nm in this sedan.
Renault Duster Turbo Petrol
The compact SUV from the French that has been here for quite a long time is the Renault Duster. PS. At it’s peak time this was the best compact SUV that offered the best of both worlds and with an addition of a 4X4 it was even more tempting. Let’s not scrape the past and talk about the present where the Renault Duster is THE most powerful SUV in its segment.
Engine 1.3-Turbo Petrol Transmission 6-Speed MT Power 156 ps @ 5500 rpm Torque 254 Nm @ 1600 rpm
The boastful power and torque figures come from a 1.3-litre 4-cylinder turbo petrol engine. This energetic engine generated 156ps of peak power and 254Nm of max torque. The USP also includes a 6-speed stick shift with a CVT automatic transmission as an option.
Hyundai Venue 1.0 Turbo
The Koreans are the one that first enhanced the trend of a turbo petrol engine. Not that they were the first to bring a petrol engine with turbo, it’s just they acted as a catalyst of awareness. Hyundai Venue is among the first car to get a turbo petrol engine in its segment.
Engine 1.0 l Kappa Turbo GDi Petrol 3 Cylinder Power 120ps@6,000 rpm Torque 172 Nm@1500-4000 rpm Transmission 6-speed manual or iMT or 7-speed DCT
Under the hood, Hyundai Venue is powered by the tried and tested 1.0-litre GDI motor that produces 120ps of max power with peak torque of 172Nm. Also, with this engine, Hyundai offers 3 transmission options, a 6-speed MT, 6-speed iMT and the exciting being 7-speed DCT.
MG Hector 1.5 Turbo
An unexpected vehicle to enter the list is MG Hector. The SUV from the Chinese owned carmaker, MG gets a decent 1.5-litre turbo petrol engine. You can also opt this engine with hybrid powertrain but more on that some other day.
Engine 1.5-litre Turbocharged Intercooled Power 143ps@5,000 rpm Torque 250 Nm@1600rpm-3600 rpm Transmission 6-speed Manual/DCT
For now, the huge MG Hector from its motor produces 141bhp of max power and 250Nm of peak torque. With this powertrain, you can either go for a 6-speed manual transmission or a 7-speed DCT automatic.
Kia Seltos 1.4 T-GDI
One of the obvious choices when willing to own a powerful SUV is the Kia Seltos. But the sad part is unlike last year, Kia has stopped the production of lower variants with a turbo petrol engine. Yes, Kia seltos used to come with a turbo petrol engine in lower variants.
Engine 1.4-Litre T-GDi Transmission 7-Speed DCT Power 140hp Torque 242Nm
A 1.4-litre turbo petrol engine powers this SUV which makes 138bhp of max torque and 242Nm of peak torque. Additionally, this is the only SUV which is power and gets a manual transmission with a 7-speed DCT gearbox.
Mahindra Thar Stallion T-GDI
In the international market almost all the off-roaders come with an automatic transmission and so does the Mahindra Thar. But the best part it the Thar also gets a manual transmission. For you to know, an off-road machine with manual transmission offers better control under low or negligible grip situations.
Engine mStallion 150 T-GDi Power 150hp@5,000 Torque 300Nm@1250-3000 Transmission 6-speed Manual / 6-speed Torque Converter
Here, both, the diesel as well as the turbo petrol engine comes with a 6-speed manual gearbox. The Mahindra Thar also gets another stick shift to go from 4X2 to the hooligan (4X4) mode. The new-gen Thar comes with a petrol engine that produces 150hp of max power and 300Nm of peak torque. The diesel though a little low on power after a really good driveability.
Moving to a little expensive car, Jeep Compass majorly comes with an automatic gearbox. But the lower variants also get an option of a 6-speed manual transmission. Well, the thought chassis with a powerful engine and a slick stick shift makes it a really good option for car enthusiasts.
Engine 1.4-litre Turbo Petrol Power 160Bhp @ 5500rpm Torque 250 Nm @ 2500 rpm Transmission 6-speed MT
But the downer is that the petrol engine with MT comes only in the base variants. Speaking of petrol, the Jeep Compass gets a 1.4-litre turbo petrol engine that is capable of producing 160hp of max power and a bucket 250Nm of peak torque. The motor with a 6-speed manual transmission makes it a terrific option.
With the lifting automobile sector, we’ve seen many cars with turbo petrol engines. So the honourable mentions are the Mahindra XUV300, Tata Nexon, and Tata Altroz Turbo.
Well, speaking of which, the Tata Altroz Turbo will make its way in the market on 13th January 2021. That said, it’ll be powered by the same 1.2-litre turbo petrol engine that pushes 120ps of max power and 170Nm of peak torque.
Refer here: To know more about Tata Altroz Turbo