The trend of deleting the manual transmission in the automotive market abroad is super prominent. This could situation in the future of our domestic market. But as of now, there are cars with really good stick shifts here in India. Except, I wonder what’s the point of driving a clutch-less manual. (Let us know your views on the same)

I’m sure you’ll be aware that cars with manual transmission offer the almost pleasure and breath-taking experience. But a manual transmission gets its own set of problems most prominent is exercising the left foot. Still, it is worth it. Or is it?

Let us know your favourite gearbox, in the comment section. So, without wasting time let’s dive straight in.

  1. Maruti Suzuki Ignis

    Maruti Suzuki Ignis
    Maruti Suzuki Ignis

    Starting with a surprise, Maruti Suzuki Ignis is one of the best vehicles with a manual transmission. Making the Ignis even more versatile is its 1.2-litre 4 cylinder naturally aspirated engine. Well, this really small hatch shares its engine with its bigger siblings the Swift and Baleno.

    Engine Specifications

    Engine 1.2-Litre Naturally Aspirated petrol
    Transmission 5-Speed Manual
    Power 83ps@6,000 rpm
    Torque 113 Nm@4,200 rpm

    Talking numbers, the Maruti Suzuki Ignis’s motor generates 82hp of max power with 113Nm of peak torque. The perfect gear ratios make the 5-speed manual gearbox with a buy.

  2. Ford Figo

    Ford Figo
    Ford Figo

    By now you may know that we keep on referring the Ford Figo as a driver’s car. Well, a slick stick shift is one of the key components making the car worth driving. The steering too has the right heft to it inspiring confidence when pushing the car hard. The other aspect associated with performance is the engine.

    Engine Specifications

    Engine 1.2-litre naturally aspirated petrol
    Transmission 5-Speed MT
    Power 96ps@6,500rpm
    Torque 119Nm@4,250rpm

    The Figo gets the most powerful engine in its segment. Ford Figo comes powered by a 1.2-litre naturally aspirated petrol engine. This motor produces 96ps of max power and 119Nm of peak torque. With a 5 speed manual transmission, this vehicle is a gem to drive.

  3. Nissan Magnite

    Nissan Magnite
    Nissan Magnite

    The latest entry in the subcompact SUV segment and the list is the Nissan Magnite. Well, here it is the 1.0-litre turbo petrol engine with a 5-speed manual gearbox which is mouth-watering. Additionally, the low introductory prices make the vehicle even more worthy.


    Engine 1.0-litre Turbo-petrol
    Power 100ps@5,000 rpm
    Torque 152Nm@2,200-4,400 rpm
    Transmission 5-Speed MT

    It is not just the gearbox, but also the ride quality where the Nissan Magnite does not disappoint. As said earlier this small smart SUV gets a 1.0-litre turbo petrol engine which has a max power output of 100ps and peak torque stands at 152Nm.

  4. Hyundai i20

    Next-Gen Hyundai i20
    Next-Gen Hyundai i20

    A vehicle that has been in our good books is the Hyundai i20. Although over the years this premium hatchback has increased in price, it sure justifies it very well. Talking about the interior and the exterior both are spot on and offer the perfect blend of versatility and quality.

    Diesel Engine

    Engine 1.5-litre U2 CRDi
    Power 100ps @4,000rpm
    Torque 240.26Nm @1,500-2,750 rpm
    Transmission  6-speed MT

    Also, it is the engine the transmission combo that makes it one of the perfect driver’s car. Here it is the 1.5-litre turbo diesel engine with a 6-speed manual we are after. This is the same motor from the Creta but has a constant geometry turbo hence a little detuned. The engine makes 100ps of max power and 240Nm of peak torque.

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  5. Renault Duster

    Renault Duster Turbo Launch In August
    Renault Duster Turbo

    On the outside, the new BS6 Renault Duster is almost the same as the previous version. Okay, this is excluding the new paint scheme and some red accents on the exterior. The thing that has changed is under the hood, the engine and transmission.

    Engine Specifications

    Engine 1.3-Turbo Petrol
    Transmission 6-Speed MT
    Power 156 ps @ 5500 rpm
    Torque 254 Nm @ 1600 rpm

    Speaking of which, the Renault Duster boasts of a very powerful engine which is a 1.3-litre 4 cylinder turbo petrol. This is the motor that generated 156ps of max power and 254Nm of peak torque. This gem motor comes mated to a 6-speed manual transmission.

  6. Skoda Rapid

    2020 Skoda Rapid 1.0 TSI
    2020 Skoda Rapid 1.0 TSI

    Possibly the best and the most value for money C-segment sedan one can buy is the Skoda Rapid. Guess what, even the base variant of Rapid comes with automatic climate control.

    Engine Specifications

    Engine 1.0-Litre TSI petrol
    Transmission 6-Speed Manual
    Power 110ps@5,000-5,500
    Torque 175 Nm@1,750-4,000rpm

    Not deviating from the topic, Skoda Rapid gets the most refined 1.0-litre 3 cylinder motor generating 110ps of max power. Also, the torque output stands at 175Nm. From this beautiful engine, 6-speed manual transmission sets the power down to the front wheels.

  7. Mahindra Thar

    2020 Mahindra Thar
    2020 Mahindra Thar

    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 Specifications

    Engine mStallion 150 T-GDi mHawk 130 Diesel
    Power 150hp@5,000 130hp@3,750
    Torque 300Nm@1250-3000 300Nm@1600-2800
    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.

  8. Honda City

    2020 Honda City
    2020 Honda City

    There is only one thing that pops up in our head when talking Honda, petrol engine. Well, the new 5th gen Honda City with updated design gets a more power 1.5-litre naturally aspirated engine with the gem i-VTECH technology.

    Engine Specs

    Engine 1.5-litre i-VTEC
    Power 121ps@6,600rpm
    Torque 145 Nm@4,300 rpm
    Transmission 6-speed MT / CVT

    Also, the transmission now is a 6-speed manual gearbox making it a sophisticated yet sport and elegant C-segment sedan. The new engine with a DOHC setup produces 121ps of max power and 145Nm of peak torque.

  9. Jeep Compass

    Jeep Compass Night Eagle | Exotica Red
    Jeep Compass Night Eagle | Exotica Red

    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 Specs

    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.

  10. Tata Harrier

    Tata Harrier XT Plus
    Tata Harrier

    From one of the better Indian car manufacturers, Tata offers the Harrier with an automatic and an exciting manual transmission. Where the AT offers the plain jane experience the 6-speed MT makes driving the car indulging.

    Engine Specs

    Engine 2.0-litre Turbo Diesel
    Power 170hp @ 3750rpm
    Torque 350 Nm @ 1750 rpm
    Transmission 6-speed MT

    With the touch chassis from Land Rover Discovery, this is indeed fun to drive SUV. Opening the hood you’ll witness the same diesel engine from the Jeep Compass which is a 2.0-litre turbo diesel pushing 170hp of max power and 350Nm of peak torque.

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