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.
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 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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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 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.
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 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.
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 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.
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.
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 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.