With the advent of stringent emission norms, diesel engines have been affected badly. But whatever be the future, more torque and fuel efficiency is what these engines do offer. And when it comes to acceleration, diesel does offer a good package. So, let’s take a look at the 10 fastest diesel cars in India under 10 lakhs.
All the car prices mentioned are ex-showroom.
Ford Figo Aspire: 9.72 seconds
The American carmaker might be facing issues in sustaining in our country. But when it comes to being the fastest diesel, Ford takes the lead with its Figo Aspire. With the 1.5-litre TDCi diesel engine producing 100ps of power and a peak torque of 215Nm, Aspire zooms past the rest reaching 100kmph in less than 10 seconds. The starting price for Aspire Diesel is ₹8,69,000.
Hyundai i20: 11.15 seconds
When we were comparing the fastest petrol engines, even with the turbo-petrol, i20 could not make it to the list of top 10. But the diesel engine on this hot hatch makes it the second-fastest diesel in our list. The 1.5 U2 CRDi produces 100ps of power and a peak torque of 240Nm. When it comes to price, the premium hatch starts at ₹8,19,000.
Kia Sonet: 11.48 seconds
The second offering from the Korean carmaker took the market by storm within a few days of launch. Sharing a lot in common with its sibling, the Hyundai Venue, Sonet chose to be the better one. Under the hood, it gets 1.5-litre CRDi diesel producing 115ps of power and a peak torque of 240Nm. As for the price, Sonet Diesel starts at ₹8,25,000.
Mahindra XUV300: 11.85 seconds
India’s safest SUV is one of the fastest when it comes to diesel engine under the hood. All it takes is less than 12 seconds to reach 100 kmph from nothing. Under the hood is segment’s best, 1.5-litre diesel producing 116ps of power and a peak torque of 300Nm. The base variant of XUV300 with diesel engine comes at a cost of ₹8,70,000.
Honda Amaze: 12.50 seconds
One of the most loved subcompact sedan in India. A family car by day, a fast sedan by night. That’s what the stats say. With space comes good acceleration too. Under the hood is 1.5-litre iDTEC producing 100ps of power and a torque of 200Nm. The fast family sedan will come at a premium of ₹7,68,445.
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Tata Altroz: 12.52 seconds
The gold standard of hatchbacks, Tata’s second safest car, Altroz makes it to this list of fastest diesel cars under 10 lakhs. All thanks to the 1.5-litre Revotorq engine which churns out 90ps of power and a peak torque of 200Nm. And Tata is known to keep the prices as competitive possible, ₹6,99,500 for this hatch is a proof of this.
Hyundai Grand i10 Nios: 12.74 seconds
Nios is acing with every engine, be it the turbo petrol or the diesel. Although it has come down a bit in the numbers, it still makes it to the top 10. Powering the small hatch this time is 1.2-litre U2 CRDi making 75ps of power and a peak torque of 190.24Nm. Talking about the numbers, you will have to spend ₹7,11,510 for the base diesel model.
Hyundai Venue: 12.87 seconds
Sonet made it to the 3rd position. Hyundai Venue made it to this list! Clocking 100kmph after a bit shy of 13 seconds, the same 1.5-litre U2 CRDi diesel producing a bit low100ps of power and a peak torque of 240Nm does the job here. This subcompact SUV with diesel comes at a price of ₹8,28,200.
Tata Nexon: 13.25 seconds
India’s first safest car has made it to this list of fastest diesel engines. With the 1.5-litre Revotorq engine at its heart churning out 110ps of power and peak torque of 260Nm. And this SUV with diesel engine starts at an effective price of ₹8,45,500.
Ford Ecosport: 14 seconds
Last but not least is again a Ford! Ford has made a statement here: ‘List Humse Hi Shuru Hoti Hai Aur Hum Se Hi Khatam’. Ecosport is powered by a 1.5-litre diesel churning out 100ps of power and a peak torque of 215Nm. Ford has priced this SUV at ₹8,69,000.
So, this sums up our list of 10 fastest diesel cars in India under 10 lakhs. Is the diesel really dying? Well, that is a question only time can tell! Till then, keep on revving those torquey engines.