Assembled here are nine of your favourite everyday machines. These are the chariots of choice for your commute – the fuel efficiency kings! And while we care about miles per gallon just as much as you do, we care far more about smiles per gallon. And so these 4 compact sedans and 5 hatchbacks, all diesel powered, are being put to the test on the track to see which one has the potential to plaster the biggest smile during a spirited Sunday drive.
LAP TIME: 2:58.1
TOP SPEED(KM/H): 144
COMMENTS: Everyday cars just don’t come much better than this. And on the track it retains all its composure and refinement. It may not be the most engaging machine, but it’s certainly extremely capable.
LAP TIME: 2:58:5
TOP SPEED(KM/H): 146
COMMENTS: The Punto Evo now looks the part once again. And drives quite well too. But there’s a much hotter version around the corner – and we’d like to wait for that thank you very much…
LAP TIME: 3:00.6
TOP SPEED(KM/H): 141
COMMENTS: You could say that the Dzire is getting a little long in the tooth, but it’s certainly keeping Maruti’s cash register ringing. And there are some very good reasons for that – not least of which is its entertaining nature.
LAP TIME: 3:01.87
TOP SPEED(KM/H): 145
COMMENTS: A great effort from Tata Motors to get back in the game – it’s a definite step in the right direction, and one that heralds a new dawn for the company. But it still needs that little bit more to compete on the world stage…
LAP TIME: 3:04.7
TOP SPEED(KM/H): 135
COMMENTS: This is a great looking hatch that drives quite well on the road. Push it to the limit on the track, however, and things start to unravel a little bit – the steering most of all!