Top 10 Petrol Cars with the Highest Torque to Weight Ratio In India below 10 Lakh

Published on: 13 Dec 2016 
Top 10 Highest Torque to Weight Ratio Petrol Cars under 10 lakh in India:

Honorable Mentions: 
#12. Renault Kwid 1.0: 130 Nm/ton
(3.83 Lakh Rs. ex showroom Delhi, Torque: 91@4250, 699 kg.)


The Kwid 1.0 narrowly misses out on the top-10 for the 10 Lakh rupee category. If this list were for even a slightly lower price-band, it would easily make it to the top-10. Considering its bargain basement price-tag, this is a huge achievement. What makes the deal sweeter is that it is also available with the cutting-edge AMT automatic transmission making it one the sweetest deals in the market available right now!

#11. Maruti Suzuki Baleno: 133 Nm/ton 
(5.25 Lakh Rs. ex showroom Delhi, Torque: 115@4000, 865 kg.)

The Baleno misses out on the top-10 ladder by the tiniest of margins. However, it is also cheaper by 1.7 Lakhs than any other car on the top-10 list. This not only makes it incredible value for money, but with its immense breadth of handling capabilities, it also makes it one of the most fun-to-drive petrol Hatches in the market.

The Top-10 Countdown: 

#10. Nissan Sunny: 134 Nm/ton 
(7.97 Lakh Rs. ex showroom Delhi, Torque: 134@4000, 998 kg.)


The Sunny almost didn't make it to the list, simply because we had forgotten that it even exists. It has been so unsuccessful in the market that Nissan hasn't even sold enough examples keep our memory refreshed, by seeing one on the road.

#9. Ford EcoSport 1.0 Ecoboost: 135 Nm/ton 
(8.33 Lakh Rs. ex showroom Delhi, Torque: 170@1400-4500, 1258 kg.)


For all the 'world-engine-of the-year' hoopla surrounding the EcoBoost 1.0, it manages to make it to penultimate spot on the list. It is a bit embarrassing that it has been beaten by no less than six different naturally aspirated cars in the market. What makes it worse that those naturally aspirated cars don’t have to suffer through copious amounts of turbo-lag like the EcoSport either, making them immensely more drivable than Ford's miniature SUV.

#8. Volkswagen Vento 1.6: 136 Nm/ton 
(8.16 Lakh Rs. ex showroom Delhi, Torque: 153@3800, 1121 kg.)


In spite of being quite a heavy car and the absence of a turbocharger, the Vento manages to make it to the 8th spot.

#7. Skoda Rapid 1.6: 138 Nm/ton 
(8.28 Lakh Rs. ex showroom Delhi, Torque: 153@3800, 1111 kg.)


The Rapid narrowly beats it's own VW branded version by a miniscule margin, thanks to a marginally lower kerb weight as claimed by Skoda.

#6. Toyota Etios Cross ‘1.5 V’: 139 Nm/ton 
(8.10 Lakh Rs. ex showroom Delhi, Torque: 132@3000, 950 kg.)


The plastic cladded Liva was one of the surprise entries to the list. Toyota sells the top-end petrol variant with the 1.5 litre engine, while the lower variants are sold with the smaller 1.2 litre mill. However, with a Ex-showroom price of 8.1 Lakh Rs. It is not exactly the value-for-money option that you might expect.

#5. Honda City: 141 Nm/ton 
(8.22 Lakh Rs. ex showroom Delhi, Torque: 145@4000, 1029 kg.)


The venerable Honda City puts up a good fight, landing in the fifth place. What impressed us was that it did so without a turbo and a 100 cc disadvantage compared to its closest rivals, the Verna & the Vento.

#4. Toyota Platinum Etios: 141 Nm/ton 
(6.94 Lakh Rs. ex showroom Delhi, Torque: 132@3000, 935 kg.)


This was the real eye-opener of the list. Etios' strong showing on the list only goes on to corroborate its excellent drivability, that is felt when you drive the car. It develops its peak torque at a lower 3000 rpm, making it better than higher ranked cars like the Polo, Vento and Verna, in the real world.

#3. Hyundai Verna 1.6: 142 Nm/ton 
(9.07 Lakh Rs. ex showroom Delhi, Torque: 155@4200, 1095 kg.)


Verna is the highest ranked naturally aspirated car on the list. However, it is let down by the peaky power delivery and poor dynamics, making it unenthusiastic to drive than almost all the cars on the list.

#2. Volkswagen Polo GT TSI: 158 Nm/ton 
(9.05 Lakh Rs. ex showroom Delhi, Torque: 175@1500-4100, 1109 kg.)


The Polo GT makes it to the no.2 pot on the list. It also carries the distinction of being the torquiest automatic car on the list. And not just any ordinary automatic, it sports the state-of-the-art 7-speed DSG Dual Clutch transmission. If we could afford one, we would chose it over the winner of this test just for that magnificent, lightening quick and seamlessly smooth shifting transmission of its.

#1. Fiat Urban Cross: 173 Nm/ton 
(9.85 Lakh Rs. ex showroom Delhi, Torque: 210@2000-4000, 1215 kg.)


Fiat Urban Cross comfortably creams the competition, by stealing the engine from the Punto Abarth, making it THE torquiest petrol car below 10 Lakh in India. With a well-tuned ride-handling setup, and remarkable ability to handle road infested potholes in our country, it does much more than just winning a numbers game against its competitors. God forbid, if the deluded hacks at NGT manage to outlaw cars diesel cars older than 10 years in the country, the Urban Cross may someday be the torquiest of low-priced alternatives available in the used car market, within a few years!

Just Missed: 
Urban Cross other platform derivatives also have chart topping torque-to-weight ratios but are slightly expensive to make it to the list.

Fiat Punto Abarth: 177 Nm/ton 
(10.31 Lakh Rs. ex showroom Delhi, Torque: 212@2000-4000, 1198 kg.)


Fiat Avventura: 167 Nm/ton 
(10.37 Lakh Rs. ex showroom Delhi, Torque: 210@2000-4000, 1255 kg.)



Fiat Linea: 165 Nm/ton 
(10.47 Lakh Rs. ex showroom Delhi, Torque: 208@2000-4000, 1258 kg.)
All said and done the petrol still don’t stand a chance against their diesel powered brethren. If we consider the smellier fueled cars as well, the winner of this test wouldn't even make it to the top-10.

Check out the all diesel list of top 10 highest torque-to-weight ratio cars, right here... 

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