There are many aspects to what makes a car a great car. There’s looks, interiors, safety and most importantly, the engine. But when it comes to business, the car needs to have a good heart. An above-average engine can ruin the sexiest of looks and the plushest interiors too. On that note, let’s jump into 5 great cars with poor performance.

  1. Honda Civic

    5 great cars with not so great engines
    Honda CIvic

    When the Honda Civic was launched in 2006, it caught everybody’s attention. It had sleek looks, the most innovative and plushiest interiors and the 1.8-litre i-vtec engine topped it all. It was so smooth and powerful that it started the ‘v-tec cult’ in India. So when it has announced the facelift, everybody was really excited.

    Honda introduced it in 2019 and they got everything right, except one thing. It got a 1.8 litre NA engine producing a nudge under 140 BHP. Just a 10 BHP bump than the previous model and it surely wiped the smile off automobile enthusiasts. And they topped the disappointment with the diesel variant in 2020 which produced just 120 BHP! Everybody expected more from the luxurious sedan but Honda had other plans.

    People showed their disappointment in the form of sales which eventually led to the Civic being discontinued in India. Take a hint, Honda, launch the Type-R!

  2. Hyundai Elantra

    5 great cars with not so great engines
    Hyundai Elantra

    Another great car with a slow engine. Hyundai Elantra also had a lot of hype back in the days and was considered a direct rival to the Skoda Octavia, but the facelift left all of us sad. Powering this sedan is a petty little 1.5 little diesel engine producing a mere 113 BHP! Imagine getting smoked by a car half the price of yours. A very scary thought.

  3. Kia Sonet(1.2 NA)

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    Sometimes offering a lot of variety bites you in the ass. Kia established its dominance with the Seltos when it arrived and when the Sonet was teased, the subcompact SUV segment was filled it fear. The South Korean brand went all out with multiple engines and transmission options. One of them was a 1.2-litre petrol engine and it was pretty puny. The engine churns out a measly 81 BHP. Compare it to its rivals like the EcoSport and the Nexon and it’s pretty much worthless.

  4. Volkswagen Polo 1.0

    5 great cars with not so great engines
    Volkswagen Polo

    The Volkswagen Polo has established its name as the favourite hatchback of automobile enthusiasts. But when the BS6 version was launched, the German automaker downgraded a powerful 1.2 litre NA to a smaller 3 cylinder 1.0 engine. The result? lack in power. Now it still makes decent power but Volkswagen should’ve definitely given a big power bump considering that the same model in on Indians roads for the last 10 years. I just hope the new facelift comes soon!

  5. Renault Kiger(1.0 NA)

    5 great cars with not so great engines
    Renault Kiger

    Saving the worst for the last. Renault is not known for offering good engines in India, but with the Kiger, they’ve hit rock bottom. The French giants launched the sub-4-metre SUV with great looks and all the bells and whistles but gave it a poor engine. It gets a 999 cc petrol engine producing just 75 BHP! I mean what were they even thinking? You have an F1 team guys, do something worthwhile.

    They have the beauty, but we wish they had the boost too. So that was the list guys,5 great cars with poor performance. Know of any other cars with poor performance? Hit us up in the comments section.

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  1. The polo 1.0 TSI is the fastest car in its segment , less then 10 seconds for 0-100 , you should mention 1.0 MPI , this post is surely misleading.

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