Here we go. Listing down cars that appeal purely on their desirability. In Top Gear lingo, we term it ‘coolness’. It’s a hobby that calms down enthusiasts; daydreaming about their ultimate collection of cars to suit every occasion, every emotion. Twenty-five most wanted cars that are currently on sale in India – drives that are extremely good at justifying their purpose and existence. There are plenty of drool-worthy machines out there, but these are our favourites..

Porsche 911 Turbo S

Our roads might not be perfect, but the Porsche 911 is. A race car for the road that’s capable of demonstrating the epitome of driving capabilities despite the engineers plonking the engine in the wrong place. It handles like a charm, looks timeless with every new generation and keeps on perfecting its ability to attack racetracks. This is the worlds most loved sports car and it sure deserves a place in every enthusiast’s garage

Porsche 911 Turbo S

Engine: 3.7-litre 6-cyl
Power: 641bhp@6,750rpm
Torque: 800Nm@2,500rpm
Price: Rs 3.08 crore*

Jeep Wrangler Rubicon

This purpose-built utilitarian vehicle is also one of the most capable off-roading machines ever manufactured. Just how serious is it, you ask? Well let us put it this way – there aren’t many vehicles that can drive through a treacherous and gruesome off road trail straight from the showroom, yet the Jeep Wrangler Rubicon sits on top of that list. What’s more, this global icon is now made-in-India, and it can still strip its doors and roof in a few minutes! Has any locally-manufactured vehicle done that before?

Jeep Wrangler

Engine: 2.0-litre 4-cyl
Power: 268bhp@5,150rpm
Torque: 400Nm@3,000rpm
Price: Rs 57.90 lakh*

Mini JCW

This is ‘the’ sports car for the city. With its compact dimensions and healthy power-to-weight ratio, the JCW is some serious fun around the chaotic urbanised circuit. It’s tight enough to squeeze through the barriers and fast enough to keep the cops trailing forever. And if you still doubt its police-evading capabilities, let us remind you of the Italian Job. With the JCW, you’ll aspire to be the outlaw that Mark Wahlberg was in the movie. Fantastic!

Mini JCW

Engine: 2.0-litre 4-cyl
Power: 228bhp
Torque: 320Nm@1,450rpm
Price: Rs 44.50 lakh*

Renault Duster

Well paved roads are still far from reality for many. And if you’ve got the habit of being late for important gatherings, including your own marriage, there’s just one SUV that can rush through bone-jarring sections of road whilst rivalling a Mercedes-Benz S-Class like ride comfort. The Duster now comes with a turbocharged petrol engine too, that is much quicker than the diesel mill that it replaces. We recommend installing some rally-spec floodlights for the front and a winch too!

Renault Duster

Engine: 1.3-litre 4-cyl
Power: 154bhp@5,500rpm
Torque: 254Nm@1,600rpm
Price: Rs 11.12 lakh*

Mercedes-Benz G-Wagon

It’s actually the G-Class, but we prefer the ‘wagon’. It might be the most edgy and boxy thing out on the road but boy does it look – what’s the word here – gangster. It commands attention, it commands authority and it commands respect. It even comes with two very sensible engine options – a 3.0-litre diesel for the mile chuggers and a 63 AMG guise for the city disruptors. Surprisingly, it’s equally good off-road as it is on-road, and that’s a virtue of a global automotive phenomenon

Mercedes-Benz G Wagon

Engine: 3.0-litre diesel/4.0-litre petrol
Power: 282bhp@3,400rpm/577bhp@6,000rpm
Torque: 600Nm@1,200rpm/850Nm@2,500rpm
Price: Rs 1.62 crore*/Rs 2.42 crore*

Polaris Sportsman 570

Okay, it’s classified as a tractor, but we look at it as a road-legal ATV. Which it is. Running on Juhu beach might be too mainstream, but cruising down the beach on an ATV while slurping on a candy isn’t. You can drive it home, park it next to your G-Wagon and still feel proud. A true enabler in every sense, that’s what the Sportsman 570 is.

Engine: 567cc four-stroke
Power: 33bhp
Torque: N.A
Price: Rs 8.49 lakh*

Toyota Fortuner

Should there be an apocalyptic outbreak, is there any other manufacturer you would want to trust with reliability? We’ve guessed the answer already. The Toyota Fortuner is a dedicated workhorse, built tough as nails to withstand the most challenging terrains and conditions. Legend has it that the engine can run un-serviced for 30k kilometres! And with its relatively simple construction; it is highly dependable to serve the mankind for generations to come.

Fortuner Legender

Engine: 2.8-litre diesel
Power: 201bhp@3,400rpm
Torque: 420Nm@1,400rpm
Price: Rs 32.86 lakh*

Range Rover Evoque

Many are of the impression that SUV’s don’t look artistic. They lack the flair of a good automotive design. But on the contrary, the Land Rover Evoque is one of the most beautifully executed automotive art that the world has witnessed. It’s supremely striking out on the road and wears a jaw-dropping attire, something that appeals to men and women alike. And that’s saying something.

Land Rover Evoque

Engine: 2.0-litre 4-cyl
Power: 245bhp@5,500rpm
Torque: 365Nm@1,500rpm
Price: Rs 59.03 lakh*

Hyundai Creta

It’s a product that combines futuristic design with class-leading features, making luxury driving accessible to entry-level motoring. The Creta is a do-it-all vehicle, appealing to individuals and families alike. What’s more, with a host of engine-transmission options, there’s a Creta for every need and requirement. It is currently Hyundai’s most sold vehicle, and one of India’s most loved vehicle out on the road as well.

Creta 8

Engine: 1.4-litre 4-cyl petrol
Power: 138bhp@6,000rpm
Torque: 242Nm@1,500rpm
Price: Rs 16.462 lakh*

Jaguar F-Type

An iconic British sports car speaks heritage. It tells the world you appreciate good motoring taste, one that isn’t guided by the more-mainstream brand logos on the front of the vehicle. The Jaguar F-Type is built to enjoy a good windy section with great capabilities, an emotion that seems long lost in today’s day and age. And when you’d park it at a picturesque curve on top of the mountain pass, it would look just as magnificent as the scenery itself.

Jaguar F-Type

Engine: 5.0-litre 8-cyl
Power: 444bhp@6,000rpm
Torque: 580Nm@2,500rpm
Price: Rs 1.32 crore*

Rolls Royce Phantom VIII

Announcing your wealth to the world shouldn’t be a challenging task. You should live at a mansion on Altamount Road and should be driven in one of these chariots fit for a king. It’s executed with such great craftsmanship; every detail, every corner, every stitch. There is absolutely no doubt why the Phantom VIII retails at the cost of nearly seven BMW 7 Series, one of the most aspirational cars ever.

Rolls Royce Phantom VIII

Engine: 6.75-litre V12
Power: 571bhp
Torque: 780Nm
Price: Rs 9.50 crore*

BMW M340i

A fun-to-drive yet decently comfortable sedan. The made-in-India BMW M340i might not be the full-bore ‘M’ but that makes it more preferable for our driving conditions. It’s adequately powered to chase down the big cats, comes with decent tech to deliver smooth lines on those tight curves and has a massive price advantage, making a very strong case for itself. And did it sell like hotcakes when launched.

BMW M340i

Engine: 3.0-litre 6-cyl
Power: 382bhp@5,800rpm
Torque: 500Nm@1,850rpm
Price: Rs 62.90 lakh*

Mercedes-Benz EQS

Okay, this is an exception on the list. The EQS hasn’t been officially launched in India, but the car has been listed on the manufacturer’s website indicating a launch that’s just around the corner. There’s a stronger reason why it’s on this list though. This is the future of luxury mobility. This is what the future CEO’s would be riding in. This is what every other luxury sedan would want to be in the future. The benchmark of luxury-electro mobility has to be one of the most sought after cars in the coming years. Definitely most wanted.

Mercedes-Benz C-Class Cabriolet

Say what you have to about urban skyscrapers, there is a sense of awe and admiration that enlivens as we drive through the night-light streets of a city. And to enjoy the most of this setting, you need a car that can cruise on the streets, topless. There is then the C-Class Cabriolet, an elegant convertible to enjoy the maximum city.

Engine: 2.0-litre 4-cyl
Power: 255bhp@5,800rpm
Torque: 370Nm@1,800rpm
Price: Rs 65.55 lakh*

BMW M2 Competition

As silly as it gets, here’s our strongest reason to own a M2 Competition. Because this baby M is the only pocket-friendly neck-snapper that we know of. It’s tight, it’s precise, it’s like a Swiss Knife dressed in fancy attire. Efficient packaging enables BMW to plonk a straight-six into this miniscule of a car. It’s ruthless and it’s very entertaining.

BMW M2 Competition

Engine: 3.0-litre straight-six
Power: 405bhp@6,250rpm
Torque: 550Nm@2,350rpm
Price: Rs 84.26 lakh*

Mercedes-Benz V-Class Marco Polo Edition

You should be able to make a bed where you please, choose your own night sky, witness your desired sunrises and lay a home where you feel like. The very essence of freedom and life without boundaries. The very traits of a vehicle that just doesn’t cover the distance, but also becomes an integral part of travelling and exploring this planet. The Marco Polo deserves to be that companion in everyone’s life.

Mercedes-Benz V-Class Marco Polo Edition

Engine: 2.0-litre 4-cyl diesel
Power: 161bhp@4,200rpm
Torque: 380Nm@1,200rpm
Price: Rs 1.46 crore*

Kia Carnival

Here comes a long weekend. We’ve finally managed to create that WhatsApp group, assemble all our friends and zero down one property on Airbnb. The possibilities of this happening might be low, but when it does, you need a comfortable people mover to enjoy this epic road trip. It’s time to bring in the Carnival for the squad!

Kia Carnival

Engine: 2.2-litre 4-cyl diesel
Power: 197bhp@3,800rpm
Torque: 440Nm@1,750rpm
Price: Rs 24.95 lakh*

Mahindra Thar

Expensive shiny SUVs might never see a splash of dirt, and that’s the sad reality of those capable machines. I mean, who would want to scratch their optional-extra paintjob or leave those stylish alloy wheels scratched and under body scrapped? That’s where the Thar comes to life. This no-nonsense offroader is as capable as the big boys, but its basic construction and purpose built attitude lets you conquer some of the most difficult terrains – be it on tarmac, sand or snow.

Mahindra Thar

Engine: 2.2-litre 4-cyl diesel
Power: 130bhp@3,750rpm
Torque: 300Nm@1,600rpm
Price: Rs 11.05 lakh*

Maruti Eeco

Yeah, laugh as hard as you can, but the Eeco remains to be a dedicated and trustworthy personal transportation hauler for the city. If your pockets are deep, which they should if you’re reading Top Gear, chances are you hustle loads of cargo around. You might also require a people mover to get your staff to office from the nearest railway terminal. Or a van that could transport all your dogs to the park without much of a drama. The possibilities are endless, and that’s what makes the Maruti Eeco a tool for the everyday life

Maruti Eeco

Engine: 1.2-litre 4-cyl
Power: 72bhp@6,000rpm
Torque: 98Nm@3,000rpm
Price: Rs 4.08 lakh*

Toyota Camry Hybrid

You sure feel guilty about environmental pollution, but aren’t yet ready for the electric revolution yet. That leaves you with one option – the green appeal of a Hybrid. And what other car than the Toyota Camry Hybrid – this luxury sedan has revolutionised transportation in a zillion countries across the globe, delivering the benefits of an electric system whilst ditching the dependency on cables. Diesel like mileage with petrol like refinement and electric like carbon tracing. It’s a miracle in disguise

Toyota Hybrid

Engine: 2.5-litre 4-cyl
Power: 176bhp@5,700rpm
Torque: 221Nm@3,600rpm
Price: Rs 40.60 lakh*

Ather 450X

This is an exception, but so is the Warp mode. The Ather 450X might just have two-wheels, but has the capabilities to startle even the staunch hearted petrolhead. It makes e-performance available to the masses, and that’s what we absolutely love about it. And if you’re concerned about two-wheels, we recommend buying two units instead of one. Works out better for battery management and your Warp mode addiction

Ather 450X

Engine: 6kW PMSM motor
Power: 8.04bhp
Torque: 26Nm
Price: Rs 1.59 lakh*

BMW M5 Competition

You’ve obviously heard about track days, underground car meets and Sunday drives. You need a credible car that fits every bill, one that’s capable of cruising shoulder to shoulder with the super-exotics. Meet the BMW M5 Competition, a sports sedan that can shame supercars on the drag strip yet still offers the practicality of an everyday vehicle. Bonus is that sweet sounding fire-spitting V8 engine that keeps you entertained with a beautiful soundtrack.

Engine: 4.4-litre V8
Power: 617bhp@6,000rpm
Torque: 750Nm@1,800rpm
Price: Rs 1.55 crore*

Audi RS Q8

SUV’s are the flavour, and you definitely need one that’s able to scare supercars with its performance and has some serious credentials associated to it. Some like the fastest production SUV around Nordschleife. We bet supercar owners are taking interest in your Quattro already. And unlike many SUVs, this isn’t best friends with body-roll and tries to mimic the driving characteristics of a sports sedan. What a great machine then!

Engine: 4.0-litre V8
Power: 591bhp@6,000rpm
Torque: 800Nm@2,050rpm
Price: Rs 2.07 crore*

Hyundai Grand i10 Nios Turbo

Like riding the wave of one-litre turbocharged engines? You’ve got plenty of options but which one’s the quickest? Which one’s got the most amounts of performance, practicality, new-age tech and an extensive dealer network, not to forget the best after-sales service and second-life value? That’s a lot of positives to be attributed to a single car, but that’s how strong the Hyundai Grand i10 Nios Turbo is as a product. Time to transform those mundane drives into something more exciting!

Hyundai i10 Nios Turbo

Engine: 1.0-litre 3-cyl
Power: 99bhp@6,000rpm
Torque: 172Nm@1,500rpm
Price: Rs 7.83 lakh*

Land Rover Defender

The legendary SUV back in a new-age platform. Very few SUVs can actually do SUV stuff with the pride and effortlessness of the Defender. It packs some serious off-road technology and kit in a package that’s luxurious and rugged at the same time. This blend of purpose-built cabin with innovative use of materials make it a very desirable product. The Defender is certainly the benchmark when the roads come to an end

Land Rover Defender

Engine: 2.0-litre 4-cyl
Power: 296bhp@5,500rpm
Torque: 400Nm@1,500rpm
Price: Rs 73.98 lakh*