SPACE, fuel efficiency and practicality can be made affordable in a car. But to offer all of this along with performance and raw thrills without charging a fortune is tricky. Here are the cars that make the cut.
Renault Kwid 1.0
Powered by a 999cc, three-cylinder engine, this Kwid churns out 68PS of power at 5,500rpm and generates 91Nm. Weighing just 700kg, it boasts of a power-weight ratio of 97PS/tonne which allows it to feel more power-packed. It doesn’t lose out on fuel efficiency either, returning a decent 23 km to the litre. `4 lakh ex-Chennai. Details: renault.co.in
Volkswagen Polo GT
The sportier version of the Polo comes with the GT logo, coloured air intakes and 15-inch Estrada alloy wheels. The real highlight is the four-cylinder, 1.2-litre turbo-charged petrol engine which churns out a massive 105bhp at 5,000rpm and a torque of 175Nm at 1,500 to 4,100rpm. It takes just 9.7 seconds to hit 100kmph, delivering a fuel efficiency of 17.2 kmpl. `9.15 lakh ex-Chennai.
Fiat Abarth Punto
Fiat adds sting to the Punto by powering it with the 1.4-litre turbocharged T-Jet petrol unit capable of 145bhp – making it the most powerful hot hatch in India.
Abarth wheels and sporty decals make the car look the part too, while the ‘scorpion’ logo on the bonnet is more prominent. The Abarth Punto undercuts the Volkswagen Polo GT’s 0-100 kmph time at 8.8 seconds. `9.99 lakh ex-Chennai.