6 Turbocharged Cars in India Under 8 Lakhs

Manjul Sharma BUYING GUIDE, MORE, TECHNOLOGY

Lately, automakers have been equipping their cars with turbochargers to enhance their power figures. The power of a car may not sound as significant to you as mileage, safety, features do but it comes immensely handy at times. When you run late for the office, it can help you reach on time and it can amazingly enhance the fun level while you are on adventurous trips with your friends. Earlier, turbocharging technology was usually found in only luxury cars or sports-oriented cars, but now you find it in most cars, both in petrol and diesel. Before going to the list of 6 turbocharged cars in India under 8 lakhs, let’s quickly understand what a turbocharger is and how it boosts the power of any engine.

What is a turbocharger?

A naturally aspirated engine/ normal engine functions in the cycle of 4 strokes.

Intake– The air (diesel engine) or air-fuel mixture (petrol engine) is sucked into the cylinder as the piston goes down.

Compression– When the piston travels up, it compresses air or air-fuel mixture to high pressure.

Combustion (Power)– Either fuel is injected (diesel engine), or a spark plug ignites the compressed air-fuel mixture (petrol engine), generating a blast that throws the piston down again.

Exhaust– The burnt fuel turns into exhaust gases which are pumped out through the exhaust valve as the piston travels up again.

4 strokes in each cylinder

Then, the piston travels down again sucking air or air-fuel mixture, and the whole cycle keeps repeating. This is how a regular engine rotates the shaft (crankshaft) linked to the end of the piston which through a differential system rotates the wheels of your car.

How does a Turbocharger work?

A turbocharger consists of two elements, a turbine and a compressor which looks almost similar to the turbine. After the exhaust stroke, exhaust gases flow out of the combustion chamber with substantial pressure, they flow right into the turbine of the turbocharger and rotate it. Since the turbine is connected to the compressor with a shaft, the compressor also rotates. Due to rotation the compressor draws in the fresh air, compresses it and sends it to the intake serving the combustion chamber with pressurised compressed air. Intake of compressed air in the combustion chamber means better burning of fuel, consequently generating more power than usual and increasing fuel efficiency. This is how turbochargers increase the power figures of regular engines.

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Turbocharger functioning

Now, let’s see the turbocharged cars available in the Indian market that you could own within 8 lakhs only.

Volkswagen Polo

Volkswagen Polo

While it may seem like a regular hatchback, the car is no less than a sports car. The 1.0 L TSI petrol engine of Volkswagen Polo produces 110 PS of power and 175 Nm of peak torque. The turbocharged engine transmits power through a 6-Speed Manual or 6-Speed automatic (torque converter) transmission. From 0-100 km/hr the hatchback takes 9.97 sec and is one of the fastest hatchbacks in India.

Volkswagen Polo

New car price (Ex-Showroom)

Used car price (starting)

6.16 lakhs - 9.99 Lakhs

3.94 Lakhs

Tata Nexon

Tata Nexon

Nexon is one of Tata’s finest products so far and so has been revealed by its sales. Tata has equipped Nexon with two types of turbocharged engines, one is 1.2L turbo petrol engine and another is 1.5L turbo diesel engine. The petrol engine churns out 120 PS of power and 170 Nm of peak torque and the diesel engine produces 110 PS of power and 260 Nm of peak torque. Both the engines are mated with either 6-Speed Manual or 6-Speed AMT. The car goes from 0 to 100 km/hr within 13.01 sec.

New car price (Ex-Showroom)

Used car price (starting)

7.19 lakhs – 13.23 Lakhs

5.95 Lakhs

Skoda Rapid

Skoda Rapid

Skoda Rapid holds prestigious imagery in India. Shared with Volkswagen Polo and Vento the 1.0L turbo petrol engine churns out 110 PS of power and 175 Nm of peak torque. The engine is mated with either a 6-Speed Manual or 6-Speed torque converter automatic transmission. The reach of 0 to 100 km/hr within 10.09 sec makes Rapid one of the most rapid cars in its segment.

Hyundai i20

Hyundai i20

Hyundai i20 is one of the most popular cars in India. The 1.0 turbo petrol engine of i20 provides 120 PS of power and 172 Nm of peak torque. The turbocharged engine is mated with a 6-Speed clutch less Manual or 7-Speed DCT transmission. The hatchback reaches 0 to 100 km/hr within 12.56 sec.

Hyundai i20

New car price (Ex-Showroom)

Used car price (starting)

6.85 lakhs – 11.34 Lakhs

2.70 Lakhs

Tata Altroz

Tata Altroz

Since the launch of the turbo petrol engine, Tata Altroz has taken on many likes of Maruti Suzuki Baleno and Hyundai i20. The 1.2L turbo petrol engine which is also in Tata Nexon produces 110 PS of power and 140 Nm of peak torque. The turbocharged engine is mated with a 5-Speed Manual gearbox and 0-100 km/hr is achieved in 12.82 seconds.

Hyundai Venue

Hyundai Venue

Hyundai Venue is one of the best compact SUVs in India. Venue’s 1.0 L turbo petrol engine churns out 120 PS of power and 171 of peak torque. The turbocharged engine transmits the power through 6-Speed Manual or 7-Speed Dual Clutch Transmission. It also offers an iMT (intelligent manual transmission) with a manual shifter. The compact SUV reaches 0 to 100 km/hr in just 12.58 sec.

Renault Kiger

Renault Kiger

The snazzy compact SUV, Renault Kiger, has two engines, one of which is turbocharged. The 1.0L turbo petrol engine on Kiger generates 100 PS of power, 160 Nm of peak torque, and is paired with either 5-Speed Manual or 5-Speed CVT transmission. The car reaches 0 to 100 km/hr in 11.3 sec.

Given the fact, turbochargers use the kinetic energy of exhaust gases to compress the air supplied to the intake, they don’t have any additional impact on the environment. Turbochargers are magnificent technology to increase power and fuel efficiency, this is why these days most people are leaning towards turbocharged cars and as are car manufacturers. Moving forward you’ll witness more and more cars equipped with turbochargers due to the increased need for sustainability in this day and age.

FAQs

What is the mileage of Tata Nexon with the turbocharged engine?

Both the engines in Tata Nexon are turbocharged. The 1.2L turbo petrol engine produces a mileage of 17 kmpl. The 1.5L turbo-diesel engine produces a mileage of 22 kmpl.

Does Tata Tiago have a turbocharger?

No, Tata Tiago doesn’t have a turbocharged engine. It has a naturally aspirated 1.2L petrol engine.

What is the age of the turbocharger?

Turbochargers are designed to last 300,000 km in a single lifecycle.

What are the signs of failure of turbochargers?

Some of the common signs of turbocharger failure are:

  • Acceleration problems
  • Too much or irregular exhaust smoke
  • Shrieking noise

What is the power of turbocharged Rapid?

The 1.0L turbocharged petrol engine of Skoda Rapid generated 110 PS of power and 175 Nm of peak torque.