Car manufacturers manufacture cars for the mass market in India. Hence to cater for the demand of the buyers, carmakers tend to compromise somewhere or the other. At times, it is the engine, and sometimes features or creature comforts. Talking about the cars that come with a compromise with the engine, lack the punch and thrill of driving. Hence making them rather boring to drive than their competition. So, let’s have a look at the 7 slowest cars in India.
Tata Tiago AMT (0-100 – 16.31 sec)
One of the safest cars in the segment is the Tata Tiago. This hatchback comes packed with some optimum features with a decent 1.2-litre naturally aspirated 3-cylinder petrol engine. This engine generates a max power of 82bhp and peak torque of 113Nm. Considering the weight of the vehicle, 82bhp doesn’t sound less.
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But here it is the AMT (Automated Manual Transmission) that lets the vehicle down. With the convenience of AMT, the vehicle loses performance. Tata Tiago, with an AMT gearbox, takes about 16.3 seconds, which is fairly slow for its price.
Tata Nexon EV (0-100 – 16.8 sec)
The other vehicle on the list is the Tata Nexon EV. Hold up, aren’t electric vehicles quicker than internal combustion engines in outride acceleration? Yes, indeed they are. But let me tell you, these numbers are definitely from Tata Nexon EV but in the Eco mode. When in eco mode, the EV tones down the power of the vehicle in exchange for range.
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Hence, after testing the 0-100 time of the Nexon in this mode, it reached 100kmph in a little under 17 seconds. Nevertheless, Tata Nexon comes with a 127 bhp motor that generates 245Nm of torque. All the power is sent to the front wheels with minimum power loss. This allows the car to reach 0-100 kmph in just under 10 seconds in sports mode. Hence the car was added just for information.
Maruti Suzuki Alto 800 (0-100 – 17sec)
Up next, on the list, is among the affordable cars in India, Maruti Suzuki Alto 800. Considering the price, the car is definitely not performance but a car to transport people from A to B. Hence, it comes with a tiny 800cc 3-cylinder engine. This motor generates a peak power of 47 bhp with the maximum torque sitting at 69Nm.
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Well, the Alto did come with a bigger 1-litre engine with more power, but that was in the past. 800cc is the only engine option now. This engine can propel this light hatchback, from 0-100kmph in a little over 17 seconds.
Renault Kwid AMT (0-100 – 19.05 sec)
Sharing the same engine as the Tiber, the next vehicle on this list is the Renault Kwid. For those looking for a perfect City car, Renault Kwid is usually on the buying list. For one, it is a comfortable hatchback with more than adequate creature comforts. AMT makes life that more easily in the city.
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Although AMT makes it easy in the city, it robs the car of enthusiasm. After all it is indeed not an enthusiastic vehicle. Still, the car takes about 19.05 seconds to clock 0-100kmph.
Renault Triber AMT (0-100 – 20.0 sec)*
The next vehicle on the list is the MPV from the French carmaker, Renault Triber with the AMT transmission. Renault Triber is not just the most affordable MPV in India, but also the safest MPV as tested by Global NCAP now. However, the Triber does tick some right boxes, what it lacks is the engine.
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The Triber comes with only one engine option, a 1.0-litre turbo petrol engine that produces a below-average power of 71bhp and 96Nm of torque. Setting the vehicle back further is its slow AMT gearbox. The car attains 0-100kmph in about 20 seconds. These figures are estimated, as the Triber with a manual transmission takes a little over 17 seconds to achieve 100kmph from a standstill.
Mahindra bolero (0-100 – 23.46 sec)
Didn’t though we’d have a diesel vehicle on the list, here comes the SUV from the Indian carmaker, Mahindra Bolero. Bolero is old, and it has received the least number of updates (minutes the Bolero Neo), but still, it is among the best-selling vehicle in Mahindra’s portfolio. Speaking of acceleration, the vehicle is slow. After all, it comes with an engine that is focused on, economy and torque.
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That said, under the hood, bolero comes with a 1.5-litre turbo diesel engine, that generates a peak power of 75bhp and 210Nm of torque. Driving the rear wheels is a 5-speed manual transmission. Despite being turbo diesel, the car accelerates from 0-100kmph in a yawning 23.46 seconds.
Tata Nano (0 – 100 – 28sec)
Anyone reading the article would have already seen this coming. By far, the slowest car in production, in India has to be the Tata Nano. Not that it was bad, Tata Nano was never built to boast its acceleration time. Speaking of which, Tata Nano took about a rather sluggish time of 28seconds to reach 100kmph from a standstill. You may wonder what was under its hood.
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Well, if you didn’t know, Nano was a rear-wheel drive vehicle which had a rear-mounted engine. Powering the tiny vehicle was a 624cc naturally aspirated petrol engine that produced, 37bhp and 51Nm of peak torque.
So, these were the 7 slow cars in India with rather boring 0-100 times. Share your experience in the comment section below, if have you driven any of the vehicles on the list.
Tata nexon is my favourite car thos is very spead