Mahindra XUV400

Fastest Cars in India 2022

No country for fast cars – in a market obsessed with fuel efficiency, it’s tempting to arrive at that conclusion. It’s also easy to assume that, in India, performance in a straight line is the domain of the rich; with the fastest car available being the Porsche 911 Turbo S, doing 0-100 km/h in just 2.7 seconds but costing an eye-watering Rs 3.08 crore.

The good news is, there are quite a few outlier cars today that refuse to comply with those assumptions. As the list we’ve drawn up below shows, some of the fastest cars in India can be yours for under Rs 20 lakh. To top it, the list also includes India’s best fastest cars across segments and price points under the Rs 20 lakh mark.

Top 10 Fastest Cars in India

Model

Engine

Power & Torque

Achievable Top Speed

0-100kmph

Ex-Showroom Price

Tata Altroz Turbo

1.2-litre turbo petrol

110 PS & 140 Nm

>160 kmph

12 seconds

Rs 8.24 – 9.54 lakh

Hyundai i20 N Line

1.0-litre turbo petrol

120 PS & 172 Nm

>160 kmph

11.31 seconds

Rs 9.99 – 12.11 lakh

1.4-litre turbo petrol

140 PS & 242 Nm

>175kmph

11 seconds

Rs 15.57 – 18.15 lakh

1.5-litre i-VTEC

121 PS & 145 Nm

>170kmph

10.2 seconds

Rs 11.57 – 14.02 lakh

Hyundai Grand i10 Nios Turbo

1.0-litre turbo petrol

100 PS & 172 Nm

180 kmph

9.82 seconds

Rs 8.02 lakh

1.5-litre turbo petrol

150 PS & 250 Nm

>170kmph

9.5 seconds

Rs 17.19 – 18.79

Mahindra XUV700

2.0-litre turbo petrol

200 PS & 380 Nm

>190kmph

9 seconds

Rs 13.44 – 19.43 lakh

Kia Seltos

1.4-litre turbo petrol

140 PS & 242 Nm

>180kmph

8.9 seconds

Rs 16.05 – 16.99 lakh

Skoda Slavia

1.5-litre turbo petrol

150 PS & 250 Nm

>180kmph

8.8 seconds

Rs 16.79 lakh

Mahindra XUV 400

Electric motor with 39.4kWh battery

152 PS & 310 Nm

160kmph

8.74 seconds

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Tata Altroz i-Turbo

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Tata Altroz i-Turbo

Compared to its naturally aspirated avatar, the turbo Altroz is a veritable hot hatch that can hit the ton in around 12 seconds. More impressively, and in keeping with a signature Tata trait, the Altroz is utterly stable at triple-digit speeds, making it an apt highway warrior. The Altroz achieves this courtesy of a 1.2-litre turbocharged petrol engine that puts out 110 PS of power and 140 Nm of torque, mated to a 5-speed manual transmission. Apart from performance, the Altroz also excels in passenger safety as it’s the only car in its segment to get a 5-star crash test rating by GNCAP.

Tata Altroz i-Turbo Specifications & Key Features

  • Engine: 1.2-litre turbo with 110 PS & 140 Nm
  • Transmission: 5-speed manual
  • Mileage: 18.13kmpl
  • Airbags: 2
  • Fuel Type: Petrol
  • Seating Capacity: 5
  • Body Type: Premium hatchback
  • 5-star Global NCAP safety rating
  • 7-inch Harman touchscreen infotainment system

Hyundai i20 N Line

Spinny Assured Hyundai i20 iMT
 
Hyundai i20 N Line

Inspired by the brand’s ‘N’ range of high-performance cars, Hyundai’s N Line series offers distinctive styling and performance improvements compared to stock cars. The i20 N Line, in this instance, gets unique styling cues and improved hardware such as stiffer dampers (to help reduce body roll under hard cornering) and a weightier steering wheel. The car is powered by a 1-litre turbo petrol engine that churns out a prodigious 120 PS of power and 172 Nm of torque. The latter is sent to the front wheels via either a 7-speed DCT (dual clutch transmission) or 6-speed iMT (intelligent manual transmission) gearbox, thus ensuring the car’s brisk performance doesn’t come at the cost of ease of driving, and vice versa. 

Hyundai i20 N Line Specifications & Key Features

  • Engine: 1.0-litre turbo with 120 PS & 172 Nm
  • Transmission: 7-speed DCT automatic or 6-speed iMT
  • Mileage: 20.2kmpl
  • Airbags: 6
  • Fuel Type: Petrol
  • Seating Capacity: 5
  • Body Type: Premium hatchback
  • Rear disc brakes
  • Bose audio system
  • 10.25 or 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system

Hyundai Creta

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Hyundai Creta

The Creta offers a variety of engine options but it’s the 1.4-litre turbo petrol that should be your choice for outright acceleration. The engine’s 140 PS of power and 242 Nm of torque propel the SUV from 0 to 100kmph in a shade under 11 seconds, while helping it clock speeds in excess of 175kmph given a clear stretch of road. What’s commendable is that these figures are achieved sans a manual gearbox as Hyundai offers this variant of the Creta with only a 7-speed DCT box, albeit with paddle shifters that allow you to exploit the powerful engine to its fullest. Being a midsize SUV, the Creta is also supremely stable and comfortable at high speeds, making it the perfect mile-muncher.

Hyundai Creta Specifications & Key Features

  • Engine: 1.4-litre turbo with 140 PS & 242 Nm
  • Transmission: 7-speed DCT automatic
  • Mileage: 17kmpl
  • Airbags: 6
  • Fuel Type: Petrol
  • Seating Capacity: 5
  • Body Type: Midsize SUV
  • Front ventilated seats
  • 8-speaker Bose sound system
  • 10.25-inch touchscreen infotainment system
Also read: Hyundai Creta vs Kia Seltos

Honda City

Spinny Assured Honda City 5th Generation
Honda City

The 5th generation is arguably the most well-rounded Honda City yet, as it offers a fine balance of performance and practicality. Powered by a new 1.5-litre i-VTEC engine, the City does the 100kmph dash in a shade over 10 seconds. The practical side of this performance is borne out by the engine’s fantastic tractability, as you don’t have to constantly work the 6-speed manual gearbox to use the 121 PS of power and 145 Nm of peak torque on offer. The City is also at home at higher speeds as its engine now gets a DOHC (Dual Overhead Cams) setup, as opposed to the SOHC (Single Overhead Cam) engines of the previous cars. In a DOHC arrangement, the inlet and exhaust valves of an engine’s cylinders are operated by two separate camshafts, compared to just one camshaft for both sets of valves in a SOHC engine. As a result, a DOHC engine achieves more efficient fuel combustion, leading to a smoother driving experience and more performance at higher rev ranges.  

Honda City Specifications & Key Features

  • Engine: 1.5-litre i-VTEC with 121 PS & 145 Nm
  • Transmission: 6-speed manual
  • Mileage: 17.8kmpl
  • Airbags: 6
  • Fuel Type: Petrol
  • Seating Capacity: 5
  • Body Type: Midsize sedan
  • 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system
  • LaneWatch camera for ORVM blindspot detection
Also read: Honda City: Sedan Alternatives to Consider

Hyundai Grand i10 NIOS Turbo

Spinny Assured Hyundai Grand i10 Nios Turbo
Hyundai Grand i10 NIOS

The Grand i10 Nios Turbo is a pocket rocket that can help you reach speeds in excess of 100kmph in under 10 seconds. There are two main ways the car achieves this. First is a turbo petrol engine with 100 PS of power and 172 Nm of torque mated to a 5-speed manual gearbox and second is a kerb weight of less than 1 tonne. Together, these aspects give the Grand i10 Nios turbo the best power-to-weight ratio among its competitors, some from a segment or two above. And at a price of Rs 8.02 lakh (ex-showroom), it’s by far the most affordable among the fastest cars in India.

Hyundai Grand i10 NIOS Turbo Specifications & Key Features

  • Engine: 1.0-litre turbo with 100 PS & 172 Nm
  • Transmission: 5-speed manual
  • Mileage: 20.7kmpl
  • Airbags: 2
  • Fuel Type: Petrol
  • Seating Capacity: 5
  • Body Type: Compact hatchback
  • 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system
  • Reversing camera

Skoda Kushaq 1.5 TSI

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Skoda Kushaq

The Skoda Kushaq is a rarity in that both its manual and automatic transmission variants are neck and neck in terms of performance. Paired to Skoda’s 1.5-litre TSI turbo petrol engine that produces 150 PS of power and 250 Nm of torque, both transmissions offer brisk performance as they help the car achieve the 100kmph mark in around 9.5 seconds. The Kushaq is also a segment leader when it comes to high-speed stability and ride quality as it can clock over 170kmph on the speedo, unfazed by road imperfections. This is made possible by a stiff MQB chassis and a balanced suspension setup that give the Kushaq sedan-like composure at high speeds and around corners.

Skoda Kushaq 1.5 TSI Specifications & Key Features

  • Engine: 1.5-litre turbo with 150 PS & 250 Nm
  • Transmission: 6-speed manual or 7-speed DSG automatic
  • Mileage: 17.95kmpl
  • Airbags: 6
  • Fuel Type: Petrol
  • Seating Capacity: 5
  • Body Type: Midsize SUV
  • 10.25-inch touchscreen infotainment system
  • Ventilated front seats

Mahindra XUV700

Spinny Assured Mahindra XUV700
Mahindra XUV700

Mahindra’s flagship SUV has been making waves for its technological wizardry, and rightfully so. But the car’s outright performance isn’t talked about enough as it can go from 0 to 100kmph in close to 9 seconds while achieving top speeds over 190kmph. Helping the car do so is a turbocharged 2.0-litre petrol engine that produces 200 PS of power and a massive 380 Nm of torque. While it’s the 6-speed manual transmission variant of the XUV700 that’s the fastest, the 6-speed automatic is no slouch as it brings up the 100kmph mark in less than 10 seconds. Thanks to the car’s independent suspension setup and a near 2-tonne weight, reaching and staying at high speeds is a stable and enjoyable affair.

Mahindra XUV700 Specifications & Key Features

  • Engine: 2.0-litre turbo with 200 PS & 380 Nm
  • Transmission: 6-speed manual or 6-speed TC (torque converter) automatic
  • Mileage: NA
  • Airbags: 7
  • Fuel Type: Petrol
  • Seating Capacity: 5
  • Body Type: Midsize SUV
  • ADAS (Advanced Driver Assist System) with features such as adaptive cruise control, autonomous emergency brakes, forward collision warning etc.
  • 12-speaker 3D sound system
  • 360-degree camera

Kia Seltos

Spinny Assured Kia Seltos
Kia Seltos

The Kia Seltos dusts off the 100kmph figure in less than 9 seconds, making it the quickest ICE-powered midsize SUV among the fastest cars in India under Rs 20 lakh. More notably, the Seltos is powered by the same 1.4-litre turbo petrol engine in the Hyundai Creta, albeit with an additional 6-speed manual transmission option apart from the 7-speed DCT automatic unit. And that has made all the difference as the manual gearbox with its taller gearing allows you to rev the engine as high as possible in each gear before upshifting. While the DCT gearbox wouldn’t allow this level of control, its paddle shifters make for an engaging driving experience with a 0-100kmph figure of under 10 seconds.

Kia Seltos Specifications & Key Features

  • Engine: 1.4-litre turbo with 140 PS & 242 Nm
  • Transmission: 6-speed manual or 7-speed DCT automatic
  • Mileage: 16.1kmpl
  • Airbags: 6
  • Fuel Type: Petrol
  • Seating Capacity: 5
  • Body Type: Midsize SUV
  • 8-speaker Bose sound system
  • 10.25-inch touchscreen infotainment system

Skoda Slavia 1.5 TSI

Skoda Slavia
Skoda Slavia

The Slavia is powered by a 1.5-litre petrol turbo engine that’s good for 150 PS of power and an impressive 250 Nm of torque. These figures propel the car to the 100kmph mark in less than 9 seconds and to speeds in excess of 180kmph, making it the quickest sedan among the fastest cars in India under Rs 20 lakh. But the manner of power delivery is what makes the Slavia a driver’s delight. The sedan’s low-slung stance and long-travel suspension ensure stability at high speeds. While this performance does come at a high sticker price, there’s also the option of buying the Slavia with a smaller 1-litre petrol turbo engine that does the 0-100kmph dash in roughly 11 seconds. As for the transmission, you can choose from a 6-speed manual, a 6-speed torque converter, or a 7-speed DSG unit.

Sk Skoda Slavia 1.5 TSI Specifications & Key Features

  • Engine: 1.5-litre turbo with 150 PS & 250 Nm
  • Transmission: 6-speed manual, 6-speed torque converter automatic, or 7-speed DSG automatic
  • Mileage: 18.72kmpl
  • Airbags: 6
  • Fuel Type: Petrol
  • Seating Capacity: 5
  • Body Type: Midsize sedan
  • 521-litre boot
  • Ventilated seats
  • 10-inch touchscreen infotainment system
Also read: Skoda Slavia vs Honda City

Mahindra XUV400 EV

Mahindra XUV400
Mahindra XUV400

The only electric car in this list is also its fastest, with the Mahindra XUV400 reaching 100kmph from a standstill in a mere 8.7 seconds. While the car’s power output of 152 PS & 310 Nm might not sound earth-shattering, remember that most of that torque is instantaneously available. This is a hallmark of electric motor-powered cars, enabling them to zap most of their ICE-powered cars in terms of acceleration. The XUV 400 can also reach speeds of about 160kmph and coupled with a claimed range of 456km, this is one electric car that can be the only car in your garage. While Mahindra is yet to share the price, it’s expected that the XUV400 will start well under the Rs 20 lakh mark upon launch.

Mahindra XUV400 Specifications & Key Features

  • Engine: Electric motor with 152 PS & 310 Nm
  • Transmission: Automatic with intelligent driving modes – Fun, Fast, and Fearless
  • Mileage: 456km on one charge
  • Airbags: 6
  • Fuel Type: Electric, powered by 39.4kWh battery
  • Seating Capacity: 5
  • Body Type: Compact SUV
  • Single pedal drive more for ease of driving in traffic
Also reads: Mahindra XUV400 EV revealed | 10 Upcoming Electric Cars for a Clean Drive

Fastest Cars in India Summary

That sums up our list of the fastest cars in India below Rs 20 lakh. Most of these cars offer a fine balance between performance and practicality, meaning you don’t have to sacrifice creature comforts or blow a hole in your wallet in the need for speed. Spanning body styles and segments as diverse as small cars, full-fledged sedans, muscular SUVs, and even EVs, these outlier cars make it possible for you to talk about performance and affordability in the same breath.

Fastest Cars in India FAQs

Q. Which is the fastest car in India 2022?

A. Under the Rs 20 lakh mark, the Mahindra XUV 700 is the fastest car in India in 2022 as it can reach speeds of over 190kmph.

Q. Which car has the best pick-up amongst the fastest cars in India?

A. Under the Rs 20 lakh mark, the Mahindra XUV 400 has the best pickup among the fastest cars in India as it takes just 8.7 seconds to reach 0-100kmph.

Q. Which car delivers the best mileage among the fastest cars in India?

A. Under the Rs 20 lakh mark, the Hyundai Grand i10 Nios Turbo offers the best mileage among the fastest cars in India with an ARAI-certified figure of 20.7kmpl. However, on a ‘cost per KM’ basis, the Mahindra XUV 400 is likely to offer the lowest running cost among the fastest cars in India under Rs 20 lakh.


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