The most underpowered cars aren't just the ones with tiny horsepower figures, but the cars with minuscule engines and tons of weight. Jalopnik readers know the most woefully tubby cars you can buy.

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As you would expect, many cars on this list are from developing Asian markets, but even Volkswagen managed to put one of their products into this group. They can't all be GTIs...

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10.) Smart Fortwo diesel

Suggested by: BigHarv
Power: 54 hp
Weight: 1,697 lbs
1 horsepower is moving:
31.42 lbs


The Smart was never about speed, but the three-cylinder diesel version goes further in the other direction. Still, you can park it like no other car, and that plus the funky color options should keep you happy in the congested city.

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9.) Hyundai i20 diesel

Suggested by: POD
Power: 74 hp
Weight: 2,638 lbs
1 horsepower is moving: 35.64 lbs

The Hyundai i20 is not a bad car, but it needs a bit more than what the 1.1-liter diesel can offer.

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8.) Tata Nano

Suggested by: 6cyl
Power: 38 hp
Weight: 1,355 lbs
1 horsepower is moving: 35.65 lbs

India's flame-happy microcar for the masses even managed to put the company's managing director to jail for half a year, but in case they transferred him with a Nano, he could probably enjoy freedom for quite a bit longer.

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7.) Hindustan Ambassador

Suggested by: YashKrishnan
Power: 35 hp
Weight: 2,645 lbs
1 horsepower is moving: 37.5 lbs

Do they still produce the 1958 Morris Oxford in India with the funniest name ever? Yes! And they also managed to put a not very powerful OHV diesel four-banger in it. British design, improved by evolution.

Photo Credit: Hindustan Motors

6.) Fiat Qubo

Suggested by: thisistheemailiuseforcommenting
Power: 73 hp
Weight: 2,767 lbs
1 horsepower is moving: 37.9 lbs


Imagine a Fiat Panda (you know, the 500 without all the fancy stuff) with the weakest engine. Now put a larger body on it. There you go, rather slowly.

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5.) Mitsubishi MiEV

Suggested by: Gamecat235
Power: 66 hp
Weight: 2,579 lbs
1 horsepower is moving: 39.07 lbs


Electric torque from zero RPM should give this thing some pep, but really not a lot.

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4.) Volkswagen California

Suggested by: HammerheadFistpunch
Power: 140 hp
Weight: 6,613 lbs
1 horsepower is moving: 47.23 lbs


In the United Kingdom, you can still get your California Camper Van with a 140 hp engine. Most people probably go for the 180 hp option, but still, the possibility is there to get yourself the slowest tent of the 21st century.

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3.) Daihatsu Xenia

Suggested by: E4gleeye
Power: 63 hp
Weight: 3,395 lbs
1 horsepower is moving: 53.88 lbs


Indonesia and the surrounding countries are blessed with this Daithatsu, which can't be blamed for not making more out of its three-cylinder engine, even with the variable valve timing. It has many seats.

Photo Credit: Daihatsu

2.) Jac J2

Suggested by: TheDraker
Power: 50 hp
Weight: 2,843 lbs
1 horsepower is moving: 56.86 lbs

China. They got Volvo, they got Saab, but they got no power.

Photo Credit: Jac Motors

1.) Mahindra Bolero EX

Suggested by: Mathnerd
Power: 63 hp
Weight: 3,704 lbs
1 horsepower is moving: 58.79 lbs


America couldn't get India's favourite pickup truck, and in the US of A an SUV with a 2,523 cc engine producing 63 horses wouldn't be a strong seller either. But fear not, the Mahindra Bolera is doing just fine without you. It's India's favorite SUV for the seventh year running.

Photo Credit: Mahindra