With the ever-increasing demand for the SUV in the Indian market, the carmakers are coming up with different tricks. The tricks to making them look stand out in the crowd and sell a better number of cars. One such magic that the manufacturers have turned towards is downsizing and turbocharging.

For you to know, this involves reducing the engine capacity and installing a turbocharger. And voila, now the car makes a ton of more power than before. So, here are some of the turbo-petrol SUVs in the Indian market one could consider buying.

  1. Tata Nexon

    2020 Tata Nexon
    2020 Tata Nexon

    First on our list is from our Indian ca make Tata. The Tata Nexon is the least expensive turbo petrol SUV one can get. This surely can be a good deal if cheap thrills you are looking for. But does it car is thrilling? you may ask. Well, the Nexon comes with a powerful engine for its size. Tata Nexon comes with a 1.2-litre 3-cylinder turbo petrol engine under the hood. The motor generated 120ps and 170 Nm of peak torque. It is mated to a 6-speed manual transmission or a 6-speed AMT

    Engine 1.2l Turbocharged Revotron Engine 3 Cylinder
    Power 120ps@5,500 rpm
    Torque 170 Nm@1750-4000 rpm
    Transmission 6-speed manual / 6-speed AMT
    Price ₹ 6.95 Lakh (ex-Showroom)

    It is the base XE trim that is the most affordable Nexon. Don’t go with the word base variant, as this still gets a ton of features. The car comes with a flat-bottom steering wheel, projector headlamps with tri-arrow DRLs, a fully digital instrument cluster, and more. Above all this car is safe and boasts of a 5-star Global NCAP crash test rating.

  2. Hyundai Venue

    Hyundai Venue Turbo
    Hyundai Venue Turbo

    It is next to impossible to mention the GDi powertrain from the Korean carmaker that made its debut in the Venue. Hyundai Venue is in the Indian market for a while now, and the selling numbers show how successful the car has become. One of the formulae for success is the 1.0-litre GDi engine. But what is so special about this GDi motor? For starters, though 1.0-litre it makes identical power to the Nexon at 120ps and slightly more torque of about 172Nm. Talking about the transmission the SUV is mated to a 6 Speed manual transmission or recently launched iMT or an exciting 7-Speed DCT.

    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
    Price ₹ 8.46 Lakh (ex-Showroom)

    The Turbo GDi variant starts with the S which coasts about ₹ 8.46 Lakhs ex-showroom. The S is not the base variant in the Hyundai line-up so it gets all the basic utilities that one needs.

  3. Mahindra XUV 300

    Mahindra XUV 300
    Mahindra XUV 300

    A while back Mahindra launched the XUV300 which indeed feature-loaded and powerful. For you to know, the XUV300 is based on the Ssangyong Tivoli and shares a lot with it. But this means it also shares the positives of the Ssangyong, which is the built quality. But the talking point here has to be the 1.2-litre turbo petrol engine. This engine generates 110ps of peak power and produces class-leading 200Nm of peak twist. Sadly, the XUV gets an only option of a 6-speed manual transmission.

    Engine 1.2-litre turbo petrol 3 Cylinder
    Power 110ps@5,000 rpm
    Torque 200 Nm@2,000-3,500rpm
    Transmission 6-speed Manual
    Price ₹ 8.3 Lakh (ex-Showroom)

    W4 is the base variant that comes with the turbo petrol engine. But worry not, this variant also comes with features like LED tail lamps, smart steering system, rear parking sensors, and more.

  4. Nissan Kicks

    2020 Nissan Kicks Launched
    2020 Nissan Kicks Launched

    No one would believe unless they see for themselves that Nissan kicks is one of the most powerful turbo petrol SUV in under 30 lakhs. Jeep Compass is just marginally more up in power but is again low on torque when compared to the Nissan. But how much power does the Nissan produce? First things first, Nissan Kicks comes with a 1.3litre 4-cylinder turbo petrol engine. This exciting motor produces 156ps of power and 254 Nm of peak torque. And this engine is mated to either a 6-speed manual transmission or a 6 step CVT.

    Engine 1.3-litre turbo petrol 4 Cylinder
    Power 156ps@5,500 rpm
    Torque 254 Nm@1600rpm
    Transmission 6-speed Manual/6-Step CVT
    Price ₹ 11.85 Lakh (ex-Showroom)

    Not sure though how CVT will fair with this punchy turbo petrol engine. On the contrary, this is one of the most value for money vehicles as it offers a lot of features at a considerably low price. Talking about the features it gets 2 airbags in the base XV variant, and the automatic climate control is standard across the range.

  5. MG Hector

    MG Hector
    MG Hector

    One cannot miss the offering from the Chinese brand MG which offers a large SUV at a fairly low price. Above all the hector comes with a turbo petrol engine. Talking more about the powertrain, the engine is a 1.5-litre turbo petrol engine that puts out 143bhp and 250 Nm of peak torque. The engine is mated to a 6-speed manual transmission or a DCT.

    Engine 1.5-litre Turbocharged Intercooled
    Power 143ps@5,000 rpm
    Torque 250 Nm@1600rpm-3600 rpm
    Transmission 6-speed Manual/DCT
    Price ₹ 12.84 Lakh (ex-Showroom)

    It is the base style variant that comes at the price of ₹ 12.84 Lakh. Being a base variant it misses out on some features like electrically foldable ORVM’s, a 10″ infotainment system, and much more. On the contrary, this is the only SUV in the list that also comes with a petrol hybrid. The powertrain remains the same in both. But here is the catch, the hybrid variant starts from the style variant.

  6. Kia Seltos

    Kia Seltos GT Line
    Kia Seltos GT Line

    This was the car every one might have been waiting for. The Korean carmaker Kia made its debut in the Indian market with Seltos and oh boy it made them an instant hit. This amazing of an SUV, Seltos, comes with quality interiors and a long list of features. Alongside that, this vehicle also gets a 1.4-litre GDi turbo engine. Talking about the power out up, this motor produces 140ps of power and 242 Nm of peak torque. Kia Seltos gets two transmission options, a 6-speed manual transmission, and a 7-speed DCT.

    Engine 1.4 T-GDi Petrol
    Power 140ps@6,000 rpm
    Torque 242 Nm@1500rpm-3200 rpm
    Transmission 6-speed Manual/ 7 Speed-DCT
    Price ₹ 15.54 Lakh (ex-Showroom)

    The turbo petrol offering from Kia is more on the expensive side hence it is the GTX variant that costs ₹ 15.54 Lakh. In terms of features it comes loaded with, a 10″ infotainment system with UVO connect, gets LED headlights, and comes with disc brakes all-around. Talking about safety it gets a bunch of airbags on the inside.

  7. Jeep Compass

    Jeep Compass Night Eagle Brilliant Black
    Jeep Compass Night Eagle Brilliant Black

    Surprisingly Jeep also has its SUV offering a turbo petrol engine. Though the price comes out to be on the higher side, it still packs quite a punch when it comes to the engine. Let’s talk numbers first, the engine makes 160hp and about 250 Nm of peak torque. The engine is mated to either a 6-speed manual transmission or an automatic. Those are some high-end numbers, but the motor, it is a 1.4-litre 4-cylinder turbo petrol engine.

    Engine 1.4-litre 4-cylinder turbo petrol engine
    Power 160hp@5,500rpm
    Torque 250Nm@2,500rpm
    Transmission 6-speed Manual/ Automatic
    Price ₹ 16.52 Lakh (ex-Showroom)

    It is the base Sport plus variant that costs  ₹ 16.52 Lakh (ex-Showroom). Being a base variant the SUV from Jeep lacks a lot of features when compared to its rivals. Nevertheless, some times it’s the JEEP you own and that is all that matters.

  8. Hyundai Creta

    Hyundai Creta
    Hyundai Creta

    Sharing the same platform as its sibling Kia Seltos, Creta fairs fairly similarity when it comes to the engine. But it is the transmission where the Creta might not appeal to the buyers, as it only comes in the top-end SX and the SX(o) trim. But that is not the topic of concern, that has to be the Gearbox. With the same 1.4-litre GDi turbo motor Creta is mated to a 7-speed DCT, yes! sadly there is no option of a manual transmission. But talking about the performance, this engine makes an identical 143ps of power and 242Nm of peak twist.

    Engine 1.4 T-GDi Petrol
    Power 140ps@6,000 rpm
    Torque 242 Nm@1500rpm-3200 rpm
    Transmission 7 Speed-DCT
    Price ₹ 16.17 Lakh (ex-Showroom)

    The good part is, being the SX variant it comes with a whole lot of features. Panoramic sunroof, a 10″ infotainment system, Bose premium audio system, 6-airbags, and ventilated front seats are some worth mentioning.

  9. Volkswagen T-Roc

    Volkswagen T-Roc
    Volkswagen T-Roc

    This is where the Germans enter into the list with their T-Roc. First things First, T-Roc though an amazing SUV comes in India as a CBU unit. But does it affect the buyers in any way? well, yes! it’ll be way more expensive than its rivals. But with that said, CBU also tends to have European quality interiors. Now, let’s see what the Volkswagen T-Roc has under the hood. It is a 1.5-litre TSI motor that is capable of producing 148bhp and about 250 Nm of peak torque. The TSI motor gets a perfect 7-speed DSG combo to extract most out of the engine.

    Engine 1.5 TSI Petrol
    Power 148hp@5,000 rpm
    Torque 250 Nm@1500rpm
    Transmission 7 Speed-DSG
    Price ₹ 19.99 Lakh (ex-Showroom)

    Volkswagen is only offered in one variant. That translated into top-notch interiors with a bucket load of features on the inside. 6 airbags, panoramic sunroof, all-digital instrument cluster are to name a few.

  10. Skoda Karoq

    Skoda Karoq TSI
    Skoda Karoq TSI

    The Skoda Karoq also comes to the Indian shores as a CBU. Why not, the Karoq is based on Volkswagen’s T-roc. There is no surprise in the engine department too as it gets the same 1.5litre TSI motor churning out identical power and torque figures. Even the transmission remains the same.

    Engine 1.5 TSI Petrol
    Power 148hp@5,000 rpm
    Torque 250 Nm@1500 rpm
    Transmission 7 Speed-DSG
    Price ₹ 24.99 Lakh (ex-Showroom)

    The most considerable difference between the VW and Skoda is the asking price, with the Skoda being way more expensive than the already expensive T-Roc. On the inside too, they offer identical equipment.

Due to the new BS6 emission norms, many carmakers are shifting from turbo diesel to turbo petrol, but still, some offer diesel too. With turbo petrol engines gaining popularity, we are sure that this would have less impact on our pockets, as well as somewhat on the environment. With that, here were the powerful yet exciting to drive turbo petrol SUVs currently offered in the Indian market. Kia is about to launch its Sonet, only time will tell how the car will fair Which one is your favourite?

Please feel free to ask about any of the cars in the comment section below.

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3 COMMENTS

    • Hi Mathew,
      The new Renault Duster with its 1.3-litre turbo petrol is indeed a torque monster. But at the time of publishing the article, Renault Duster was in it’s testing phase and was not launched. Stay Pinned! 🙂

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