It’s natural to prefer some power under the bonnet. Seasoned driver or not, everyone likes a vehicle that can sufficiently cater to one’s need for adventure and muscle. But it comes at a price, and more often than not a vehicle’s price increases exponentially with the level of power its engine delivers.

Let’s talk engine power. The 100 bhp range is a respectable output for an engine that supports any type of personal vehicle. The power delivered is more than enough to be used for everyday commute in an urban setting or for weekend SUV adventures. In addition to its efficiency, In India, the 100 bhp mark can be availed at much affordable costs as compared to the considerable surge in prices after this level. If you want a vehicle that satisfies your need for raw engine strength without making a hole in your wallet, our list of the top 10 vehicles in this class will certainly come in handy.

Please note that the specified prices show the vehicles’ on-road price in Delhi for the indicated model.

1. Nissan Magnite XL Turbo (99 bhp at INR 7.86 lakhs) –

Starting with a power level that almost touches the 100 bhp mark; we have the XL Turbo trim of Nissan Magnite – which is a petrol variant of the small-sized urban SUV. Though the vehicle’s ex-showroom price starts as just below INR 7 lakhs, after registration and other formalities – the on-road price goes up by several thousands. However, it is still set a fair price as every other vehicle comes with these additional expenses. The XL Turbo is also our least pricey option on the list and offers an output equal to 99 bhp @ 5000 rpm and peak torque measured at 160 Nm @ 2800 rpm for the offered cost. The engine has been paired with a manual transmission to deliver the desired performance level.

2. Tata Nexon XE (118 bhp at INR 7.89 lakhs) –

Tata’s compact SUV, the Nexon has the petrol-run XE trim. Perhaps the most cost-effective option on the list, the Nexon’s XE trim is an appealing pick as it is the second cheapest choice yet it is just one position short of being at the top with its 118 bhp @ 5500 rpm and 170 Nm @ 1750 rpm performance figures. The Nexon XE’s powertrain is made up of a 1.2L Turbocharged Revotron 1199 cc, 3 cylinders inline, 2 valves/ cylinder, SOHC engine and a 6-gear manual transmission with Sport Mode. The vehicle offers an economy of 17.4 km per litre of fuel and comes in six exterior colours from Tectonic Blue to Calgary White.

3. Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza LXi (103 bhp at 8.26 lakhs) –

Another LXi trim offered by Maruti Suzuki, the Vitara Brezza LXi has a 1462 cc, 4 Cylinders, Inline, 4 Valves/ Cylinder, DOHC ‘K15B petrol’ engine that delivers 103 bhp @ 6000 rpm and 138 Nm @ 4400 rpm of peak power and peak torque respectively. The vehicle supports a front wheel drive configuration and a 5-speed manual transmission with a considerable fuel tank capacity of 48 litres. The five seater SUV covers 17.03 km per litre of fuel and comes in five exterior paint options of Torque Blue, Granite Grey, Autumn Orange, Premium Silver and Pearl Arctic White. Like all other models on the list, the Vitara Brezza LXi is also compliant to BS 6 emission standard.

4. Maruti Suzuki Ertiga LXi (103 bhp at INR 8.52 lakhs) –

With the 2018 release of the latest gen Ertiga, the LXi variant also received the HEARTECT passenger safety platform. The specific version is petrol-run and has an engine that gives out max power and torque intensities of 103 bhp @ 6000 rpm and 138 Nm @ 4400 rpm. Ertiga LXi is the first model on our list with which we have finally crossed the 100 bhp threshold. The K 15 Smart Hybrid engine complies with BS 6 emission standard and together with its 5-gear manual transmission and lithium ion battery- the vehicle returns a mileage of 19.01 km/l. The trim has a max seating capacity of 7 persons and comes in five colour options.

5. Skoda Rapid TSI Rider (109 bhp at INR 8.72 lakhs) –

As we climb up towards the top engine power levels of the list, the TSI Skoda trim falls in the middle- mainly in terms of power delivered but also with its approximate cost. Powered by a ‘1.0 TSI petrol’ 999 cc, 3 cylinders inline, 4 valves/ cylinder, DOHC engine, the Rider version of Skoda Rapid TSI produces a certified mileage of 18.97 km/l. With a fuel tank that stores max 55 litres of petrol, the vehicle gives a total driving range of 1043.35 km per full tank. The 6-speed manual transmission and engine deliver 109 bhp @ 5000 rpm of maximum power and 175 Nm @ 1750 rpm of maximum torque to the turbocharged vehicle’s forward wheels.

6. Hyundai Grand i10 Nios Sportz 1.0 Turbo GDi (99 bhp at INR 8.83 lakhs) –

A trim offered by the South Korean manufacturer in their Grand i10 Nios roster- the Sportz 1.0 Turbo GDi variant of this medium sized hatchback runs on petrol. The turbocharged vehicle has a powertrain comprised of a 1.0 Turbo GDi type – 998 cc, 3 Cylinders Inline, 4 Valves/ Cylinder, DOHC engine which powers the vehicle’s front wheels and a 5-speed manual transmission. The trim is another model just short of making it to 100 bhp with a power output of 99 bhp @ 6000 rpm and torque level equal to 172 Nm @ 1500 rpm. Its ARAI fuel efficiency has been calculated at 20 km/l while the total driving range is 740 km with its 37 litre fuel tank.

7. Ford Figo Titanium 1.5 TDCi (99 bhp at INR 8.87 lakhs) –

A diesel variant in Ford’s B-segment Figo line-up, the Titanium 1.5 TDCi’s powertrain comes with a manual 5-gear transmission while the automatic is exclusively meant for petrol options. It returns a mileage of 24.4 km/l and offers a driving range equal to 976 km. The impressive mileage figure and purchasing cost makes it a heavily favoured option when the owner’s main concern is vehicle affordability. Its BS6 compliant turbocharged TDCi engine gives power that is 99 bhp @ 3750 rpm and torque equal to 215 Nm @ 1750 rpm. The variant is offered in five different shades of Smoke Grey, Ruby Red, Moondust Silver, White Gold and Diamond White.

8. Mahindra XUV300 1.2 W4(109 bhp at INR 8.99 lakhs) –

Mahindra’s popular SUV, XUV300 which follows the XUV500 model naming has its 1.2 W4 petrol variant giving out 109 bhp @ 5000 rpm and 200 Nm @ 2000 rpm of max power and max torque respectively. The powertrain features a 1.2 Turbo Petrol 1197 cc, 3 cylinders inline, 4 valves/ cylinder, DOHC engine  and 6-speed manual transmission with Sport Mode. The front wheel drive vehicle returns a certified mileage of 17 km/l and also obeys the BS 6 emission standard. The 5-seater SUV comes in five outside colour options: Pearl White, Red Rage, Dsat Silver, Aqua Marine and Napoli Black. The turbocharged automobile has a 42 litre fuel tank that can cover an aggregate distance of 714 km when filled to the brim.

9. Ford EcoSport Ambiente 1.5L Ti-VCT (121 bhp at INR 9.05 lakhs) –

Ford EcoSport’s Ambiente 1.5L Ti-VCT takes the cake for being the most powerful 100 bhp range variant without being the most expensive model and barely crossing the INR 9 lakh mark. This is one of the many petrol variants in the EcoSport roster and offers a mileage of 15.9 km/l. The vehicle is fitted with a 1.5L Ti-VCT 1496 cc, 3 cylinders inline, 4 valves/ cylinder, DOHC engine and 5-gear manual transmission. It delivers peak power and torque performance levels equal to 121 bhp @ 6500 rpm and 149 Nm @ 4500 rpm respectively. In addition to its impressive output, the variant is offered in seven different outer finishes- Absolute Black, Lightning Blue, Smoke Grey, Canyon Ridge, Moondust Silver, Race Red and Diamond White.

10. Hyundai Venue E 1.5 CRDi (99 bhp at INR 9.28 lakhs) –

One of the top SUV picks of Indian customers, the Hyundai Venue offers a comprehensive range of variants made up of eight petrol and five diesel options, with prices going as high as INR 13 lakhs. The E 1.5 CRDi is a diesel variant of the Venue and boasts a fuel efficiency of 23.4 km/l. The vehicle is definitely pricier than the other 99 bhp options on the list but Hyundai’s advanced interior tech more than makes up for it. The variant comes in five exterior finish options of Denim Blue, Deep Forest, Typhoon Silver, Fiery Red and Polar White. The engine is a 1.5L U2 CRDi type 1493 cc, 4 Cylinders Inline, 4 Valves/Cylinder, DOHC and puts out 99 bhp @ 4000 rpm of power and 240 Nm @ 1500 rpm of torque while working with its standard manual transmission.

Aayushi Primta

Aayushi Primta

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