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Gone are the days when mass-market cars were all about ticking the right boxes and providing you with a comfortable ownership experience. New-age cars have put their emphasis on performance, and believe it or not, a handful of them can dip in under 10 seconds when stomping from zero to 100 mph. This used to be something where you had to pay more money for a much superior car or hot performance model.
So without further ado, here are the top 10 mass-market cars we tested that go from 0-100mph in 10 seconds and less.
Honda City Hybrid – 9.95 seconds
The Honda City Hybrid barely manages to dive under 10 seconds. The hybrid system delivers a combined power of 253 Nm, which is immediately available for spirited acceleration. It’s also incredibly fuel efficient, and we compared it to its diesel counterpart to see how far it can go on a tank full of fuel.
MG Astor Turbo Petrol AT – 9.81 seconds
The MG Astor is offered with options for naturally aspirated and turbocharged petrol engines. But if you have a whip of excitement, opt for the latter. With around 140 horses to play with, the Astor is fast, going from 0 to 100 km/h in 9.81 seconds. To know more about the MG SUV, read our in-depth first ride review.
Mahindra XUV700 Diesel AT – 9.67 seconds
Little did we know that a fast diesel SUV would make this list. But with 185 horsepower on tap and a smooth-shifting six-speed slush box, the XUV700 diesel automatic can really set the clock on fire. And the best part is that it can deliver decent fuel economy if driven wisely. Take a closer look at the Mahindra XUV700 in our first ride review.
Kia Carens Turbo DCT – 9.61 seconds
The Kia Carens is a comfortable family MPV with enough space for up to seven occupants. And if you and your family want the fastest version of this MPV, consider the DCT turbo petrol variant that takes you from 0-100 km/h in under 10 seconds. Read more about the Carens in our first ride review.
Kia Seltos Turbo DCT – 9.51 seconds
The Kia Seltos is actually the Carens minus the extra length and the extra row of seats. It therefore comes as no surprise that the turbo petrol variant here is marginally faster than the MPV. In fact, if you’re in doubt about choosing the Carens or Seltos, we’ve got both for you a detailed test and you can read it here.
Mahindra XUV700 Petrol AT – 9.48 seconds
We have already proved that the XUV700 is a fast SUV, but if you want a faster one, it’s the turbo petrol variant you should consider. Mahindra already called it a fast 200 horsepower SUV during the unveiling, and they were right. We mean the 0-100km/h timing of 9.48 seconds is unbelievable for a large seven-seat SUV.
Skoda Kushaq 1.5-litre TSI DSG – 9.38 seconds (WET)
Wet conditions may not be the best weather for road testing. But the Kushaq, with its free-revving, 1.5-litre TSI DSG powertrain, really impresses. Yes, the launch is a little slow to protect the ‘box’, but once it’s on the move, the Kushaq is fast. View the Skoda Kushaq in our in-depth first ride review.
Tata Nexon EV Max – 9.13 seconds
Electric cars, with their instant torque output, fly off the line with their instant acceleration; and the Nexon EV Max is no different. With an even more powerful engine than the standard model, the Max does 0-100 km/h at maximum attack in 9.13 seconds. For more information on the Nexon EV Max, check out our in-depth first ride review.
VW Virtus GT – 9.03 seconds
The VW Virtus GT, with its sportier cosmetic touches, not only looks good, but it can also move quickly if your right leg decides to accelerate. Like the Kushaq, the 150 hp 1.5-litre TSI is mated to a fast-shifting seven-speed DSG. And at maximum attack, the sedan reached a 0-100 km/h time of 9.03 seconds. For more information, read our first ride review.
VW Taigun 1.5 liter TSI MT – 8.89 seconds
Volkswagen’s 1.5-litre TSI engine impresses when it comes to performance, and according to this author, it’s best paired with the six-speed manual transmission taigun. Find an empty stretch of road, release the clutch, engage the gear shifts perfectly and you can see the result for yourself. The Taigun managed to go from 0-100 km/h in under 9 seconds, which is really impressive.
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