1. Under Rs 10 lakh: Volkswagen Polo GT TSI
Right from the time of its launch in India we knew that the Volkswagen Polo was a great car to drive. Then came the Polo GT TSI – still wielding a 1.2-litre engine, but now aided by a turbocharger. That itself would have had us hooked but then VW also mated it to a 7-speed DSG automatic transmission. Of course, all of this comes at a price – upwards of Rs 8 lakh isn’t cheap for a hatch, but with a car that’s so much fun to drive, we aren’t really complaining!
2. Rs 10 – 20 lakh: Skoda Octavia
Skoda’s ploy of bringing back the Octavia name to the Indian market has worked out wonders because it now belongs to one of the most pleasurable cars to be behind the wheel of in this price bracket. Precise, powerful and very rewarding is the Skoda Octavia and even more so when you get your hands on the 1.8 TSI – seems like all the fun truly begins when you add a turbo to a gasoline mill doesn’t it? That said, the 2-litre TDI isn’t a bad package either!
3. Rs 20 – 30 lakh: BMW 1 Series
Get in the driver’s seat and the way the 1 Series will blow your mind on a well laid out stretch of tarmac is simply unmatched even by some bigger and more expensive cars. Under that massive expanse of a hood are two engine options – a 1.6-litre petrol and a 2-litre oil burner. Sure, 1.6-litre may sound small on paper, but in reality it has enough grunt in there to really give you Goosebumps when you stomp that right foot all the way down.
4. Rs 30 – 40 lakh: BMW 3 Series
The pleasures of rear wheel drive are lost upon a generation of front and all wheel drive cars. If it wasn’t for the fabulous engine options that the BMW 3 Series comes with, this car would make it to this list just based on its drive wheels alone! Then there’s the perfect 50:50 weight distribution to factor in as well. Fun to drive cars simply can’t get better than the BMW 3 Series now, can they?
5. Rs 40 – 60 lakh: Audi TT
Sleek styling, 2-litre TFSI engine, six-speed DSG transmission in a sports coupe that fits in the budget of a luxury sedan. Sure, you could get other sports coupes but the real world relevance of the Audi TT as a package would be hard to beat and you’d end up spending a lot more as well. If Ironman was shorter he’d probably trade in his R8 for this!
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