Who doesn’t like a powerful car? With a powerful engine and good power and torque figures, enough to throw you around when you are throwing your car in the corner. Yeah, touchscreen infotainment is cool, sunroof is a great (debatable) feature to have, air purifier makes your drive fresh, but what about the engine, the heart of a car? It seems like Indian manufacturers seem to ignore it. If you know, where I am going with this, check out these 8 severely underpowered cars in India.
Ford Endeavour (2.0L 4-Cylinder Diesel)
Alright, let’s start with the big boy here. Ever since the very tasty 3.2L left the stable of the Endeavour, it is unfortunately stuck with the underwhelming 2.0L EcoBlue Diesel Engine that churns out 168Bhp and 420Nm of peak torque. Now, the 10-speed automatic does help a bit in putting that power on the road. But, Ford, please bring back the 3.2 for off-roading sake!
Tata Altroz Petrol (1.2L 3-Cylinder Petrol)
No, we are not talking about the recently launched Altroz i-Turbo. But this one goes to the original Altroz which Tata introduced paired with the Tiago’s 1.2L Revotron Petrol Engine. Let’s get this straight, why did Tata have to plonk in a puny engine from an entry-level hatchback into a premium hatch?
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The Altroz is a brilliant car, fully loaded with great features and offers a comfortable ride, but why did Tata compromise on the engine front. Now that Tata has redeemed itself with the i-Turbo, this rant can rest in peace.
Renault Triber (1.0L 3-Cylinder Petrol)
The Triber is a budget MPV from the house of Renault. The Renault Triber emerged as a great car that fulfilled the dreams of many Indians, who wanted a big 7-seater at an affordable price. The Triber has great features, flexible seating options, a good AMT Easy-R automatic but a tiny 999cc BR10 3-cylinder petrol engine that just doesn’t cut it.
The 1.0L petrol engine is a slightly tuned version of the same engine on the Kwid. But, the Triber could definitely have done better with a bigger capacity motor upfront.
Hyundai Elantra (1.5L 4-Cylinder Diesel)
The Hyundai Elantra is powered by the 1.5L CRDi Diesel Engine, derived from the Hyundai Creta. However, the Elantra is a premium sedan that could’ve easily done with a bigger CC engine (a 2.0L maybe?). The 1.5L is too underpowered for this segment of the sedan. In fact, this cubic capacity belongs to the C-Segment sedan like the Hyundai Verna, Honda City and the Maruti Suzuki Ciaz.
Hyundai Santro (1.1L 4-Cylinder Petrol)
The all-new Hyundai Santro comes equipped with a 1.0L MPI Petrol engine that churns out a meagre 68Bhp and 99Nm of torque. The Santro is grossly underpowered compared to its rivals in the same segment like the Tata Tiago and the Maruti Suzuki WagonR.
One redeeming factor of the Hyundai Santro is that it has a 4-pot motor, which significantly brings down the NVH level and instantaneously improved the drivability.
Honda Jazz (1.2L 4-Cylinder Petrol)
The Jazz premium hatchback from Honda comes from the Japanese stable of Honda. The Honda Jazz comes with a 1.2L 4-Cylinder i-VTEC Petrol engine that produces 89Bhp and 110Nm of peak torque. Well, these are not figures, but not good either to rave about. The Honda Jazz could’ve easily done with a 1.5L i-VTEC from the Honda City which would have made it a true hot hatch in the country. Are you listening Honda?
Tata Tigor (1.2L 3-Cylinder Petrol)
The Tigor is Tata’s version of a sub-4-meter sedan that was brought in the segment to compete with the like of the Maruti Suzuki Dzire and the Hyundai Xcent (or the Hyundai Aura).
The Tata Tigor comes with the same engine as the Tiago; a 1.2L 3-Cylinder Revotron Petrol which also powers the Tata Altroz (Naturally Aspirated one). Given the extra weight and size of the Tata Tigor, it could’ve easily done great with a slightly bigger capacity engine.
Toyota Corolla Altis (4-Cylinder Turbo Diesel)
One of the best selling cars around the world and one of the most reliable tried and trusted car that exists on the face of the earth today; The Toyota Corolla Altis in its diesel avatar is quite disappointing. A 1.4L Turbo-Diesel engine that produces a puny 88Bhp and 205Nm of torque. Compare with its rivals; the Honda Civic (120Bhp/300Nm) and the Skoda Octavia (143Nm/320Nm) these power figures are absolutely appalling.
So, these were the top 8 underpowered cars that exist in India today. Do comment down below which car do you think is grossly underequipped upfront and whether India is ready to witness some great performing cars.