Here's a list of all the hatchbacks, sedans and SUVs, which are priced below Rs 10 lakh (ex-showroom) and offer a hundred or more horsepower.
Ford Figo / Freestyle / Aspire: Ford’s 1.5-litre diesel mill is one of our favourite engines for a very long time, for this engine offers an impeccable balance of performance and fuel economy. At the moment, this engine powers three Ford products – Figo, Freestyle & Aspire – and all three are rated at 99bhp (100PS) & 215Nm. All come mated to a five-speed manual gearbox.
Power: 99bhp (100PS)
Rs 6.86 lakh – Rs 7.85 lakh (Figo)
Rs 7.34 – Rs 8.19 lakh (Freestyle)
Rs 7.49 lakh – Rs 8.34 lakh (Aspire)
Ford EcoSport: The EcoSport diesel is also powered by a 1.5-litre diesel engine, but it’s slighlty different to its hatchback sibling. While it produces the same 99bhp of max power, torque stands at 205Nm. This engine is mated to a five-speed manual gearbox.
However, the EcoSport petrol is the most powerful vehicle under Rs 10 lakh as its 1.5-litre three-cylinder naturally aspirated Dragon engine develops 120bhp of max power and 150Nm of torque. Although an automatic transmission is offered, you can only get a manual version within the budget of Rs 10 lakh.
Power: 99bhp (Diesel) / 120bhp (Petrol)
Torque: 205Nm (Diesel) / 150Nm (Petrol)
Price: Rs 8.04 lakh – Rs 9.99 lakh
Volkswagen Polo / Vento
Volkswagen recently launched the new Polo and Vento BS6 models in the country. The updated versions are only available with petrol powertrains, but more importantly the new Polo and Vento now get a 1.0-litre TSI engine with a rated power output of 109bhp and peak torque of 175Nm. Both cars come paired with a six-speed manual gearbox as standard, and you’ve a lot of variants priced under the 10-lakh marker. However, VW has decided to ditch the seven-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox in both the cars – it’s been replaced by a six-speed auto. In the Polo, the AT version is priced below Rs 10 lakh, but the Vento TSI AT is priced from Rs 12.09 lakh. Additionally, VW’s sister company Skoda will also be launching the Rapid 1.0 TSI very soon, and it’ll also have the same specs. The entry-level manual variants should be priced similar to the Vento as well.
Rs 8.02 lakh – Rs 9.59 lakh (Polo TSI)
Rs 8.87 lakh – Rs 9.99 lakh (Vento TSI MT)
Grand i10 Nios Turbo / Aura: Hyundai has a total of five offerings under Rs 10 lakh, which produce 100bhp or more! The range kicks off with turbo GDI versions of the Grand i10 Nios & Aura. Both these cars come powered by a 1.0-litre three-cylinder turbo petrol motor that churns out 99bhp (100PS) and 172Nm of torque. They’re both offered with a five-speed manual gearbox only.
Power: 99bhp (100PS)
Price: Rs 7.68 lakh (Grand i10 Nios Turbo); Rs 8.55 lakh (Aura 1.0)
Venue: The Venue gets the same 1.0-litre engine as the Nios Turbo / Aura, but it produces even more power – 118bhp! Torque is identical though. A six-speed manual transmission is standard, but the best part is that you can even have the dual-clutch automatic version of the compact-SUV for under Rs 10 lakh!
Price: Rs 8.46 – Rs 9.94 lakh
Verna & Creta: Technically, the new Verna and all-new Creta barely make it to the list as well, thanks to their base variants. The base Verna petrol (Rs 9.30 lakh) gets a 1.5-litre petrol that’s rated at 113bhp and 144Nm. The base Creta petrol gets the same engine, but it’s priced at Rs 9.99 lakh. The Creta’s base diesel (priced at Rs 9.99 lakh) has a 1.5-litre engine that develops 113bhp and 250Nm of torque.
Torque: 144Nm (Verna & Creta petrol); 250Nm (Creta diesel)
Price: Rs 9.30 lakh (Verna); Rs 9.99 lakh (Creta)
Both the petrol and diesel versions of the Tata Nexon make it to the list of 100+bhp cars under Rs 10 lakh. The petrol version of the compact-SUV is powered by a 1.2-litre three-cylinder turbo engine that produces 118bhp and 170Nm of torque. The diesel version, on the other hand, has a 1.5-litre four-cylinder powertrain that is rated at 108bhp and develops 260Nm of torque. Both the versions are available with a six-speed manual or a six-speed AMT gearbox.
Power: 108bhp (Diesel) / 118bhp (Petrol)
Torque: 260Nm (Diesel) / 170Nm (Petrol)
Price: Rs 6.95 lakh – Rs 9.80 lakh
Like the Nexon, the Mahindra XUV300 has 1.2-litre petrol and 1.5-litre diesel on offer. The former develops 109bhp and 200Nm of torque, but the power and torque figures of the BS6 diesel version of the SUV aren’t out yet. However, they are expected to be more or less the same as the BS4 version – 115bhp and 300Nm. A six-speed manual gearbox is standard, but a diesel AMT variant is offered for just under Rs 10 lakh.
Power: 115bhp (Diesel) / 109bhp (Petrol)
Torque: 300Nm (Diesel) / 200Nm (Petrol)
Price: Rs 8.30 lakh – Rs 9.99 lakh
The Amaze diesel can easily qualify as a ‘sleeper’. Its 1.5-litre diesel engine produces 99bhp or 100PS and delivers 200Nm of torque. The engine is paired to a five-speed manual gearbox. There’s a CVT automatic with the diesel version on offer too, but the power output is reduced to 79bhp in that version, and as a result, it doesn’t qualify for this 100-horsepower club.
Price: Rs 7.56 lakh – Rs 9.23 lakh
Last but not least, the Renault Duster. The Duster is powered by a 1.5-litre naturally aspirated four-cylinder petrol engine, which develops 105bhp and 142Nm of peak torque. It’s only available with a five-speed manual gearbox. The best thing about the Duster is that even its fully-loaded variant is priced under Rs 10 lakh!
Price: Rs 8.49 lakh – Rs 9.99 lakh