Fastest Cars in India in 2023 Under 20 Lakhs

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Updated on: 2nd February, 2024 IST

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Adrenaline is one of the most addictive things. Clocking triple-digit speed on a vehicle is the closest one can be towards breaking free out of the monotony of reality. Scenic adventure passing through the windows in the opposite direction, resembling how far you’ve come, could be one of the most surreal revelations of human life. This desire of us to test the limits of the theory of relativity makes us push the pedals and zoom past the highway while humming our favourite Jim Morrison track, tapping on the beats all along. The common notion is that a car that can ‘fly’ will cost a fortune to us, but to answer this, we have listed down the five fastest cars in India under 20 Lakhs which can clock 0-100 kmph in less than 15 seconds.

ModelFuel TypeBody TypeMileageEx-showroom Price 
Kia SeltosPetrol SUV21.30 km/l₹10.89 - 19.65 Lakh
Honda CityPetrol Sedan17.8 km/l ₹ 11.49 - 15.97 Lakh
Kia CarensPetrol SUV21.30 km/l ₹10.00 Lakh - ₹18.00 Lakh 
Skoda SlaviaPetrol  Sedan18.07-19.47 km/l ₹ 11.39 - 18.68 Lakh 
Volkswagen VirtusPetrol  Sedan17.23-20.08 km/l ₹ 11.48 - 18.57 Lakh
Nissan Kicks Petrol  SUV14.23 km/l₹9.50 lakh - 14.90 lakh
Volkswagen Taigun Petrol  SUV18.3-18.6 km/l ₹11.62 - 19.06 Lakh 
Skoda KushaqPetrol  SUV17.23 - 20.08 km/l₹11.59 - 19.69 Lakh 
Mahindra Scorpio NPetro, DieselSUV14-18 km/l₹ 11.99 - 23.90 Lakh
Mahindra XUV300Petrol, DieselSUV17 - 20 km/l₹8.41 Lakh - 14.14 Lakh 

1. Kia Seltos

Kia Seltos

First on our list of fastest cars in India is the compact SUV that helped its carmaker establish itself really well in the market. Yes, we’re talking about the Kia Seltos, whose GT trim comes with a firecracker of a 1.4-litre turbocharged petrol engine that belts out a maximum power of 142PS and a peak torque of 242Nm. The exterior features on this aggressive-looking premium compact SUV include full LED headlamps. And the daytime running ramps and red inserts, sporty bumpers, signature grille inserts, dual chrome exhaust pipes, rear licence plate LEDs. In the cabin, the Kia Seltos GT comes with a slush dashboard, chrome upholstery package, brushed stainless steel pedals, and GT branding. Safety is the major concern for a high-speed compact SUV.  It comes with 2 airbags, front, and rear fog lamps, ABS, and EBD. You have the cornering light and park distance control that warns the driver of obstacles in the front and rear.

Ex-showroom price - ₹10.89 - ₹19.65 Lakh

Acceleration – 0 to 100 in 10.1 Seconds

Maximum Speed – 190 kmph

Key Specifications of Kia Seltos:

Engine1.5-litre naturally-aspirated Petrol, 1.4-litre turbocharged petrol, 1.5-litre turbocharged diesel
Transmission6-speed manual, 6-speed automatic, 7-speed automatic
Maximum Power115 bhp, 115 bhp, 140 bhp
Peak Torque140 Nm, 250 Nm, 242 Nm
Mileage21.30 km/l
Seating Capacity7
Body Type SUV
Fuel TypePetrol, Diesel

Kia Seltos Key Features:

Drive Modes
UVO Connectivity Features
Panoramic Sunroof
Keyless Entry
Push button start/stop
Multi-function steering wheel
Cooled front seats
Customizable Ambient Lighting
Apple CarPlay
Android Auto
Leather upholstery
Cruise Control
6 Airbags
ABS with EBD
Traction Control
Hill Start Assist
Fog lamps
Alloy Wheels
LED Headlamps

What’s Good

  • Attractively priced
  • High quality cabin with many features
  • Available in multiple petrol and diesel engine options

What’s Not Good

  • No panoramic sunroof
  • Needs a facelift

Check out our collection of Used Kia Seltos Cars in India

2. Honda City

Honda-City

The next car on the list of fastest cars in India under 20 lakhs is Honda City. Its 1.5-litre DOHC i-VTEC Petrol engine generates a maximum power of 121 PS and maximum torque of 145Nm at 4500rpm. The overall design of the City presents a very aerodynamic yet friendly stance but is surprisingly quick because of its low weight to power ratio. Sleek headlamps, stylish front bumper, edgy tailgate spoiler, and a high gloss black and chrome front grille present pleasing yet sporty tones to the hatchback. The interiors are also stylised with a sporty, premium dashboard with soft-touch panels, hands-free telephony, and an advanced integrated audio system. Safety features on the Honda City include six airbags, an immobiliser with an anti-theft system, ABS with EBD, and front seat belts with pretensioner load limiter.

Acceleration – 0 to 100 in 11 Seconds

Maximum Speed – 180 km/h

Ex-showroom Price: ₹ 11.49 - 15.97 Lakh

Key Specifications of Honda City :

Engine1.5-litre Naturally-aspirated Petrol
Transmission6-speed Manual, CVT
Mileage17.8 km/l
Maximum Power119.35 BHP
Peak Torque145 Nm
Fuel Efficiency17.8 km/l
Fuel Type:Petrol
Battery/Tank Capacity:40-litre
Seating Capacity5
Body TypeSedan
Boot Space:510-litre

Honda City Key Features:

Up to Six Airbags
ABS with EBD
Electric Sunroof
Rear Parking Sensors
Rear Camera
Alexa Support 
Touchscreen infotainment Android Auto and Apple CarPlay 
Level 2 ADAS
Wireless charging 
Height-adjustable driver seat
Automatic air-conditioning 
Leather Seats
Google Assistant
16-inch alloy wheels
Multi-function Steering Wheel
Leather-wrapped Steering Wheel
Fog Lamps
LED Projector Headlamps
MID
Honda Sensing Technology

What’s Good

  • Comfort
  • Refinement
  • Space
  • Brand Value

What’s Not Good

  • Expensive
  • No Turbo-petrol option

Check out our collection of Used Honda City Cars in India

3. KIA Carens

KIA Carens

Kia has been a leading automaker world over for a very long time. Among its popular India models is the Kia Carens, which is available with three engine options—1.5 Petrol, 1.4 T-GDi Petrol, and 1.5 CRDi VGT Diesel. There are also three transmission options on offer—6MT, 7DCT, or 6AT. As is the case with the Seltos, even the Carens’ 1.4-litre turbo-petrol motor makes it a pretty fast car. In fact, it’s easily the strongest performer in its class. The SUV even comes with many safety features, including 6 airbags, Dynamic Brake Control, Vehicle Stability Management, Hill Assist Control, Electronic Stability Control and All-Wheel Disc Brakes. The Kia Carens is designed to be a perfect mid-size SUV for a large family, but just as they say, performance can be two-sided as well. The powerful 1.4-litre engine makes the Carens a very enjoyable car to drive.  

Ex-Showroom Price: ₹10.00 Lakh - ₹18.00 Lakh

Acceleration – 0 to 100 in 11.2 Seconds

Maximum Speed – 185 kmph

Key Specifications of Kia Carens :

Engine1.5-litre naturally-aspirated Petrol, 1.4-litre turbocharged petrol, 1.5-litre turbocharged diesel
Transmission6-speed manual, 6-speed automatic, 7-speed automatic
Maximum Power115 bhp, 115 bhp, 140 bhp
Peak Torque140 Nm, 250 Nm, 242 Nm
Mileage21.30 km/l
Seating Capacity7
Body Type SUV
Fuel TypePetrol, Diesel

Kia Carens Features :

Drive Modes
UVO Connectivity Features
Panoramic Sunroof
Keyless Entry
Push button start/stop
Multi-function steering wheel
Cooled front seats
Customizable Ambient Lighting
Apple CarPlay
Android Auto
Leather upholstery
Cruise Control
6 Airbags
ABS with EBD
Traction Control
Hill Start Assist
Fog lamps
Alloy Wheels
LED Headlamps

What’s Good

  • Attractively priced
  • High quality cabin with many features
  • Available in multiple petrol and diesel engine options

What’s Not Good

  • No automatic transmission for base petrol
  • Not as bold as typical SUVs

Check out our collection of Used Kia Cars in India

4. Skoda Slavia

skoda-slavia

The next sedan on our list of fastest cars in India under 20 lakhs is the Skoda Slavia. Basically, it’s a Skoda Rapid replacement, which, just like its predecessor, offers a really sporty drive. The Slavia is available with two engine options—a 1.0L Turbocharged petrol engine and a 1.5-litre turbocharged petrol engine. The former generates 114 BHP of power and 178 Nm of torque, while the more powerful engine produces 148 BHP of power and 250 Nm of torque. Both the engines come with a 6-speed manual gearbox while there is also an option for a 6-speed torque converter and a 7-speed DSG for the 1.0L and 1.5L engines, respectively. Equipped with the powerful 1.5-litre engine, the Slavia turns out to be one of the fastest cars under 20 lakhs. 

Ex-showroom price - ₹11.39 lakh - ₹18.68 Lakh

Acceleration – 0 to 100 in 10.4 Seconds

Maximum Speed – 203 kmph

Key Specifications of Skoda Slavia:

Engine1.0-litre Turbo Petrol/1.5-litre Turbo Petrol
Transmission6-speed Manual, 6-speed Automatic/6-speed Manual, 7-speed DSG Automatic
Mileage18.07 - 19.47 km/l
Maximum Power114 BHP/148 BHP
Peak Torque178 Nm/250 Nm
Fuel Efficiency18.07 - 19.47 km/l
Fuel Type:Petrol
Battery/Tank Capacity:45-litre
Seating Capacity5
Body TypeSedan
Boot Space:521-litre

Skoda Slavia Features:

10.1-inch touchscreen infotainment system
Android Auto 
Apple CarPlay
Digital instrument cluster
Connected car technology
Electric sunroof
Automatic climate control
Power windows
Electronic Stability Control
6 airbags
Rear parking camera
Rear parking sensors 
ABS with EBD 
ISOFIX Child Seat Anchors

What’s Good

  • Fun to Drive
  • Brand Value
  • Performance and mileage

What's Not Good

  • No diesel option
  • Costly Maintenance

Check out our collection of Used Skoda Slavia Cars in India

5. Volkswagen Virtus

Volkswagen Virtus

The next model on our list is the Volkswagen Virtus, which is nothing but the successor to the excellent Volkswagen Vento. The Virtus is a mechanical twin of the Skoda Slavia, which means it gets the same platform and the same engine options. Hence, the smaller of the two engine options is a 1.0L Turbocharged petrol engine that outputs 114 BHP of power and 178 Nm of torque. On the other hand, the more powerful 1.5L Turbocharged petrol unit produces a maximum power of 148 BHP and a peak torque of 250 Nm. The standard transmission for both the engine variants is a 6-speed manual gearbox. However, the 1.0-litre engine can be bought with   a 6-speed torque converter while the 1.5-litre motor can be had with a 7-speed DSG.

Ex-showroom price - ₹11.48 Lakh - ₹18.57 Lakh

Acceleration – 0 to 100 in 10.4 Seconds

Maximum Speed – 203 kmph

Key Specifications of Volkswagen Virtus:

Engine1.0-litre Turbo Petrol/1.5-litre Turbo Petrol
Transmission6-speed Manual, 6-speed Automatic/6-speed Manual, 7-speed DSG Automatic
Mileage17.23 - 20.08 km/l
Maximum Power115 BHP/148 BHP
Peak Torque178 Nm/250 Nm
Fuel Efficiency17.23 - 20.08 km/l
Fuel Type:Petrol
Battery/Tank Capacity:45-litre
Seating Capacity5
Body TypeSedan
Boot Space:521-litre

Volkswagen Virtus Key Features:

10.1-inch touchscreen infotainment system
Android Auto 
Apple CarPlay
Digital instrument cluster
Connected car technology
Electric sunroof
Automatic climate control
Power windows
Electronic Stability Control
6 airbags
Rear parking camera
Rear parking sensors 
ABS with EBD 
ISOFIX Child Seat Anchors

What’s Good

  • European Design
  • Fun to Drive
  • Performance and mileage
  • One of the most powerful cars in its class

What's Not Good

  • No diesel option
  • Maintenance costlier than rivals

Check out our collection of Used Volkswagen Cars in India

6. Nissan Kicks

Nissan-Kicks

A rather surprising entry on our list of fastest cars in India is the Nissan Kicks. Arguably among the least popular cars on sale in India, the Kicks offers quite a terrific performance when purchased with the right engine option. In fact, its attractive price makes it one the better priced performance-focussed cars in India. The base engine variant for the Kicks comes with a 1.5L Naturally-Aspirated petrol engine that generates 105 BHP of power and 142 Nm of torque. It is paired to a 5-speed manual transmission. However, our point of interest here is the other engine option, which is a 1.3L turbocharged petrol engine that produces 155 BHP of power and 254 Nm of torque. This motor is available with a 6-speed manual gearbox and a CVT. 

Ex-showroom Price - ₹9.50 lakh - 14.90 lakh

Acceleration – 0 to 100 in 10.2 Seconds

Maximum Speed – 205 kmph

Key Specifications of Nissan Kicks:

Engine1.5-litre Naturally Aspirated Petrol/1.5-litre Turbo Petrol
Transmission5-speed manual, 6-speed Manual, CVT
Mileage14.23 km/l
Maximum Power105 BHP/155 BHP
Peak Torque142 Nm/255 Nm
Fuel Efficiency14.23 km/l
Fuel Type:Petrol
Battery/Tank Capacity:50-litre
Seating Capacity5
Body TypeSUV
Boot Space:400-litre

Nissan Kicks Key Features:

8-inch touchscreen infotainment system
Android Auto
Apple CarPlay
360-degree Camera
Cruise Control
Automatic Climate Control
Push Button Start/Stop
ESC
ABS
EBD
4 Airbags
Rear Parking Sensors

What’s Good

  • Price
  • Ride and handling setup
  • Powerful Turbo Petrol Engine

What’s not Good

  • Feels Dated
  • No Diesel Option

Check out our collection of Used Nissan Cars in India

7. Volkswagen Taigun

Volkswagen Taigun

Volkswagen is a globally successful carmaker that offers some of the sportiest cars available world over. In our country, it launched its India 2.0 strategy with the Volkswagen Taigun, which is available with a 1.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine and a 1.5-litre turbocharged petrol engine. The latter, which is available only on the sporty GT trims, has been tuned to offer a maximum power of 148 BHP and a peak torque of 250 Nm. The compact SUV is aggressively styled with many sporty highlights. Exteriors on the Hyundai Creta Turbo are stylised with stylish projector headlamps, black-colour roof, sporty rear spoiler, and Turbo badges.There are many premium features on offer, including a panoramic sunroof, wireless charger, ventilated front seats, and a 10.1-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Android Auto & Apple CarPlay. Of course, you also get automatic climate control, cruise control, an electronic parking brake, push-button start, and a part-digital instrument cluster. The Taigun is easily among the sportiest options under 20 lakhs in India. 

Ex-showroom Price- ₹11.62 - 19.06 Lakh

Acceleration – 0 to 100 in 10.5 Seconds

Maximum Speed – 203 kmph

Key Specifications of Volkswagen Taigun :

Engine1.0-litre Turbo Petrol/1.5-litre Turbo Petrol
Transmission6-speed Manual, 6-speed Automatic/6-speed Manual, 7-speed DSG Automatic
Mileage17.23 - 20.08 km/l
Maximum Power115 BHP/148 BHP
Peak Torque178 Nm/250 Nm
Fuel Efficiency17.23 - 20.08 km/l
Fuel Type:Petrol
Battery/Tank Capacity:50-litre
Seating Capacity5
Body TypeSUV
Boot Space:385-litre

Volkswagen Taigun Key Features :

10.1-inch touchscreen infotainment system
Android Auto 
Apple CarPlay
Digital instrument cluster
Connected car technology
Electric sunroof
Automatic climate control
Power windows
Electronic Stability Control
6 airbags
Rear parking camera
Rear parking sensors 
ABS with EBD 
ISOFIX Child Seat Anchors

What’s Good

  • European Design
  • Fun to Drive

Performance and mileage

What's Not Good

  • No diesel option
  • Slightly stiff ride
  • Maintenance costlier than rivals

Check out our collection of Used Volkswagen Taigun Cars in India

8. Skoda Kushaq

Skoda Kushaq

Just like the Skoda Slavia is the mechanical twin of the Volkswagen Virtus, the Skoda Kushaq is the mechanical twin of the Volkswagen Taigun. What this also means is like its sibling, the Kushaq is among the fastest cars in India under 20 lakhs. Again, like the Taigun, the Kushaq is available with a 1.0L Turbocharged petrol engine and a 1.5-litre turbocharged petrol engine. The smaller of the two motors offers 114 BHP of power and 178 Nm of torque, while the 1.5-litre unit produces 148 BHP of power and 250 Nm of torque. Just like its mechanical twin, the two engines of the Slavia come with a 6-speed manual gearbox as standard while there is also an option for a 6-speed torque converter and a 7-speed DSG for the 1.0L and 1.5L engines, respectively.

Ex- Showroom Price: ₹11.59 - 19.69 Lakh Lakhs 

Acceleration – 0 to 100 in 10.5 Seconds

Maximum Speed – 203 kmph

Key Specifications of Skoda Kushaq:

Engine1.0-litre Turbo Petrol/1.5-litre Turbo Petrol
Transmission6-speed Manual, 6-speed Automatic/6-speed Manual, 7-speed DSG Automatic
Mileage17.23 - 20.08 km/l
Maximum Power115 BHP/148 BHP
Peak Torque178 Nm/250 Nm
Fuel Efficiency17.23 - 20.08 km/l
Fuel Type:Petrol
Battery/Tank Capacity:50-litre
Seating Capacity5
Body TypeSUV
Boot Space:385-litre

Skoda Kushaq Key Features :

10.1-inch touchscreen infotainment system
Android Auto 
Apple CarPlay
Digital instrument cluster
Connected car technology
Electric sunroof
Automatic climate control
Power windows
Electronic Stability Control
6 airbags
Rear parking camera
Rear parking sensors 
ABS with EBD 
ISOFIX Child Seat Anchors

What’s Good

  • Fun to Drive
  • Performance and mileage

What's Not Good

  • No diesel option
  • Maintenance costlier than rivals

Check out our collection of Used Skoda Kushaq Cars in India

9. Mahindra Scorpio-N

Mahindra-Scorpio-N

The Mahindra Scorpio N is another surprise entry on our list of fastest cars in India under 20 lakhs. While big and bulky, the Scorpio N, which is nothing but the latest generation of the renowned SUV, comes with powerful petrol and diesel engine options. Both the engines get two transmission options - 6-speed manual and 6-speed automatic. The diesel engine even gets 4x4 hardware that comes with terrain response modes and low ratio. The long list of features on offer includes electric sunroof, dual-zone climate control, driver drowsiness alert, touchscreen infotainment, JBL audio system with subwoofer and more. 

Ex- Showroom Price: ₹ 13.05 - 24.52 Lakh

Acceleration – 0 to 100 in 11.8 Seconds

Maximum Speed – 210 kmph

Key Specifications of Mahindra Scorpio N:

Engine2.0-litre, four-cylinder, turbocharged petrol, 2.2-litre, four-cylinder, turbocharged diesel
Transmission6-speed Manual, 6-speed Automatic
Mileage14 - 18.57 km/l
Maximum Power137 BHP/200 BHP
Peak Torque370 Nm/400 Nm
Fuel Efficiency14 - 18.57 km/l
Fuel Type:Petrol, Diesel
Battery/Tank Capacity:57-litre
Seating Capacity7
Body TypeSUV
Boot Space:460-litre

Mahindra Scorpio N Key Features :

4 Wheel Drive System
Soft-touch Dashboard
Terrain Response Modes
Drive Modes
Panoramic Sunroof
Keyless Entry
Push button start/stop
Multi-function steering wheel
JBL Audio System with sub-woofer
Apple CarPlay
Android Auto
Leather upholstery
Cruise Control
6 Airbags
ABS with EBD
Fog lamps
Alloy Wheels
LED projector Headlamps
Electronic parking brake
Electronic stability program
Vehicle dynamic control 
Traction control

What’s good

  • Great road presence
  • More premium than its predecessor
  • Quite capable off the road

What’s not good

  • Quite expensive
  • Petrol is low on mileage

Check out our collection of Used Mahindra Cars in India

10. Mahindra XUV300

Mahindra XUV300

The last model on our list of fastest cars in India under 20 lakhs is another SUV from Mahindra. The XUV300, which is derived from the critically acclaimed Ssangyong Tivoli, is available with 1.2-litre turbo petrol and 1.5-litre turbo diesel engine options. The former offers 108 bhp of power and 200Nm of torque, while the latter generates 115 bhp of power and 300Nm of torque. Transmission options for both the engine variants include a 6-speed manual gearbox and a 6-speed automatic unit. The XUV300 comes with a long list of features that includes an electric sunroof, a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connectivity, automatic cruise control, automatic air-conditioning, and rain-sensing windshield wipers. The safety kit includes upto 7 airbags, parking sensors in the front and the rear, ABS with EBD, and corner braking control. Among the two engine variants, it’s the petrol option that offers a stronger performance and is hence a faster option.

Ex-showroom price - ₹8.41 Lakhs - ₹14.14 Lakhs

Acceleration – 0 to 100 in 11.8 Seconds

Maximum Speed – 190 kmph

Key Specifications of Mahindra XUV300 :

Engine1.2-litre, four-cylinder, turbocharged petrol, 1.5-litre, four-cylinder, turbocharged diesel
Transmission6-speed Manual, 6-speed Automatic
Mileage17 - 20 km/l
Maximum Power108 BHP/115 BHP
Peak Torque200 Nm/300 Nm
Fuel Efficiency17 - 20 km/l
Fuel Type:Petrol, Diesel
Battery/Tank Capacity:42-litre
Seating Capacity5
Body TypeSUV
Boot Space:257-litre

Mahindra XUV300 Features :

Sunroof
7-inch touchscreen infotainment system
Android Auto
Apple CarPlay
Automatic cruise control
Automatic air-conditioning
Rain-sensing windshield wipers
7 airbags
Parking sensors
ABS with EBD
Corner braking control

What’s Good

  • Dynamics
  • Features
  • Pricing
  • Safety

What’s Not Good

  • Boot Space
  • Fuel Efficiency 

Check out our collection of Used Mahindra XUV300 Cars in India

Conclusion 

There was a time not long ago when the fastest cars in India under 20 lakhs comprises only sedans. Now, however, there are many SUVs that can give sedans a run for their money. That said, our list still includes some of the most fun to drive sedans under 20 lakhs that offer a brisk acceleration and a high top speed. On the other hand, all the SUVs on our list come with powerful engines that offer a very strong performance. Some of the carmakers, in fact, even offer sporty, performance-tuned versions of these SUVs for those looking for a fast car. This list of fastest cars in India below 20 lakhs should help you pick the right SUV or sedan for yourself. 

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FAQs

Q. Which is the most selling model among the fastest cars in Inida under 20 lakhs?

At the moment, the Kia Seltos is the highest selling model among the fast cars on sale in India for less than 20 lakhs. 

Q. Which is the cheapest model among the fastest cars under 20 lakhs?

Right now, the most affordable option among the fastest cars in India below 20 lakhs is the Mahindra XUV300

Q. Which fastest car below 20 lakhs has the best fuel economy?

The Kia Carens and Seltos are currently the most fuel-efficient models among the fastest cars below 20 lakhs.

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