Top 10 Highest Torque to Weight Ratio Cars Under 10 Lakhs in India

Top 10 Cars with Highest Torque to Weight Ratio under 10 lakh

Updated on: 20th December 2015

Performance has traditionally been equated with power, which is why car buyers obsess over the bhp/PS number of cars. But the bhp that is mentioned is the peak Power that the engine produces at the top-end of it's rpm range. But when we drive we tend to stick to the mid-range or even the low-end. Which is why buyers and manufacturers both have started to focus more on Torque. Torque peaks at lower revs than power and has a much stronger relation to how quickly a car picks up speed at low-mid rpm than the power figure. However, heavier the car more the torque required to propel it. Which is why the torque to weight ratio is an even more useful statistic to gauge the performance feel of a car. That is why we have compiled this list of Top 10 Highest Torque to Weight Ratio Cars under 10 lakh. It is no surprise that all the cars in the list are diesel powered, thanks to the high compression ratio at which diesel combustion happens, compounded further by today's cutting-edge common rail diesel injection systems.

#10. Honda Amaze: 191 Nm/ton
Coming in at 10th place and an outstanding torque-to-weight ratio of 191 Nm/ton is the Honda Amaze. It is the lightest Honda to get the 1500cc Earth Dreams engine which it shares with the City, Mobilio and Jazz. It has outstanding drivability too, with hardly any turbo lag making it much easier to drive than the #9 ranked Elite i20. Only caveat is that it is far too vocal for most of today's customers that prefer lifelessly silent cars. With an ARAI certified mileage of 25.8 kmpl, it is also one of the most fuel-efficient cars in the market. And with prices of the diesel variant starting from 6.21 lakh (Ex-showroom, Delhi) it is also light on the pocket.

#9. Hyundai Elite i20: 193 Nm/ton

Hyundai's overboosted Elite i20 makes makes it to #9 position. Although it puts out a fantastic torque-to-weight number of 193 Nm/ton, it is riddled with excessive turbo-lag mainly because, Hyundai has bolted on a huge turbo on to its 1400 cc, mainly to add more brochure value obtained from high peak power & torque outputs. But bigger the turbo more the revs it requires to spool up, which is why the Elite i20 pulls cleanly only beyond 2200 rpm. That might be great while overtaking heavy traffic on the highways, but becomes a nuisance while driving in stop and go traffic that we encounter in city commutes.

#8. Maruti-Suzuki Baleno: 198 Nm/ton

It is not really a high torque output but actually the feather-light kerb weight of the Baleno, which puts it amongst the top 10. It is also the only Maruti-Suzuki in this list which shows how most Maruti cars are torque deficient because they are stuck with only one engine option to power its entire range of cars. The 800cc Celerio engine has been a disaster and the newly imported 1.6 Multijet is prohibitively expensive. What beats us is that it has been at least 5 years since the debut of the next generation of Fiat's diesel engines viz. the Multijet II, which have higher power and torque output than the current engine and would alleviate drivability issues of heavier Maruti cars like the Ertiga and S-Cross. Nonetheless, the Multijet I is unbelievably efficient and holds the honour of powering the most fuel-efficient car in India, the Ciaz SHVS. The Baleno here holds the distinction of being the most fuel efficient car on the list.

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#7. Volkswagen Polo TDi: 204 Nm/ton
Ever since Volkswagen accepted their folly of putting a 1.2 litre diesel engine in the Polo, things have only improved for the better. They cleverly shrunk the erstwhile Vento's fantastic 1.6 litre engine to 1.5 litres to make it more tax friendly. Suddenly the Polo was transformed from having one of the worst diesel engines in the segment to having by far the best diesel engine in the segment. Not only is it the torquiest 1.5 litre engine in the country, it also has excellent drivability with turbo-lag being kept well under control by Volkswagen's clever engineers. With fantastic starting price of just 6.99 lakhs (Ex-showroom, Delhi) it is well within the budget of most of the the car buyers in the country. With fantastic road manners and an enjoyable steering setup adding on to its appeal even further, it really makes us wonder why the majority of buyers still shy away from what is perhaps the best mainstream hatchback available in the country today.

#6. Volkswagen Vento: 210 Nm/ton
In spite of Volkswagen downsizing the erstwhile Vento's magnificent 1.6 litre engine to a 1.5 litre unit, the Vento stands just shy of the podium of the list with a fantastic torque to weight ratio of 210 Nm/ton. The ballistic mid-range is is nothing short of a revelation to all those who have spent decades behind the wheel of a torque starved car. The sheer authority with which it performs in the '30 to 80 in 3rd' & '40 to 100 in 4th' gear roll-ons is simply unbelievable. What makes even more enthusiast friendly is its fantastic handling. With a wonderfully well-weighted steering and a longer wheelbase than the Polo and marginally better after sales service experience than the Skoda Rapid, it is the the best drivers car on the list.

#5. Ford Figo Aspire: 210 Nm/ton

The Figo Aspire makes it into the top 5, thanks to its mind-blowingly good diesel engine. You really have to drive the Figo aspire to believe how strong its drivability is. Earlier we were very impressed with the Volkswagen group's Vento & Rapid twins. But Ford does one better by giving that mind blowing performance at 2 lakh rupees less than the Vento & Rapid and surprisingly even 40,000 Rs. less than the Polo diesel. It really puts the mindless hype garnered by cars like the Punto Abarth, Polo TSI & EcoSport 1.0 into perspective. Best thing is that, the performance is matched by equally good dynamics. Ford yet again lives up to its reputation of making a pliant car, yet without any body roll and best steering feel we have ever experienced on a car having an Electronically Assisted Power Steering in the market. We are willing to stick our neck out and say that along with the Figo hatch, the Figo Aspire is by far the best car on this list.

#4. Skoda Rapid: 212 Nm/ton
The Rapid as you know is nothing but a reskinned Vento. For some unfathomable reasons known only to the Volkswagen group, it is somehow lighter than the Vento and therefor has a infitesimely better torque to weight ratio as well. It is also every bit as good as the Vento in terms of its cornering manners. However, Skoda's service network is more notorious than Volkswagen's. That is why in spite of being slightly cheaper than the Vento, you would be better off going for the Volkswagen if you expect a hassle free ownership experience and a higher resale value after 5 to 7 years.

#3. Ford Figo: 213 Nm/ton

The real star of this list is unquestionably this car. In spite of being the cheapest car on the list, it stands proudly on the podium. Not only that, it is also has fantastic dynamics to channel all that torque to the tarmac properly. It has one of the best electronic power steering setups on the market. It really makes the Polo GT TDI look grossly overpriced. If we were to calculate the torque per weight per lakh the Figo would win hands down. This car is so damn punchy to drive that it shakes the preconceived notions about so called enthusiast's cars and blows the roll-on figures of a Punto Abarth out of the water. It can teach the pseudo enthusiasts a thing or two about overtaking, that's how good it is. If you ask us we would not recommend any other car on the list but this, in fact we would not recommend any car other than the Figo below 10 lakh. Period.

#2. Volkswagen Polo GT TDI: 218 Nm/ton
Polo GT has the same 1.5 litre mill of the normal Polo, but in a higher state of tune like the Vento. But being a hatchback it weighs slightly lesser than the Vento giving it an outstanding torque to weight ratio of 218 Nm/ton. Even though it gets beaten by the Hyundai Verna, it is in fact a far better car to drive than the Verna. It has none of the turbo-lag of the Verna and hence requires far lesser gear-shifting while negotiating city traffic. It is a perfect pocket rocket for daily use as well, thanks to a its sub-4 metre length and fantastic drivability it is a great city commuter. But the best part is that it is a proper monster when it comes to overtaking on the highways and is easily capable of teaching those big, swanky saloons a thing or two on the highway.

#1. Hyundai Verna: 225 Nm/ton
The Verna takes the top-spot on the list thanks to the unceremoniously huge blower that Hyundai has bolted on to the engine. It is a perfect example of how relying on the academics of spec sheets can lead to a wrong buying decision. The problem with a big ass turbo is that it needs a lot of exhaust gas to spool up, which means it needs more than 2000 rpm to start being of any use. That also means it is a pain to pilot at the lower rpm and that the power delivery is going to be anything but smooth. But that's not all, the Verna also does not have a good chassis-suspension to back-up its power. It is too softly sprung, causing it to wallow over bumps at speed and understeer heavily around all kinds of turns. The over-assisted steering adds to its misery by robbing off any semblance of steering feel and feedback. If you even have a single enthusiast bone in your body, we urge you to stay well away from it and choose any other car from #2 to #8 for driving pleasure.

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