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Hyundai Motors launched Santro, one of its most successful cars, in 1998, two years after it set its foot in Indian automobile market. Santro, popular hatchback, was the Indian version of Hyundai Atos. Hyundai positioned Santro in the B segment and targeted the Maruti 800 users. The new Santro Xing was launched in 2003 with stunning design changes in its existing model of Santro, which includes muscular exteriors and attractive luxurious interiors. Before the launch of Santro Xing, Hyundai launched Santro Zipplus, which targeted the age group between 35 years and 45 years.
New front radiator grille, the rear spoiler and the full wheel cover delivers an appealing and sporty look to the new Santro Xing. Besides, with metallic touches at few locations and brown scheme colour, the new Santro Xing adds elegance and style to the existing ultimate looks. This car has been launched in five models, namely Santro Xing Non A/C, Santro Xing GL Plus, Santro Xing GLS, Santro Xing GL Plus – LPG and Santro Xing GLS – LPG.
All the LPG variants are available with dual fuel injection like LPG and petrol. One can also opt for a CNG kit by paying an additional amount of Rs. 55000. The Santro Xing has a good fuel economy and has less maintenance cost. This model is a perfect car for small family. It has a fine leg room in the rear portion of the car and the headroom of the car is also good.
Hyundai Santro Xing Launch History
After Maruti launched Alto and Wagon R and Tata came up with Indica, Hyundai completely changed Santro and came up with Santro Xing on May 22 in the year 2003. Launch advertisement of Santro Xing featured Bollywood icon Shahrukh Khan and Kim Sharma. The new Santro Xing in India targeted the youth in the age group of 25 years to 30 years.
With an aim to catch the attention of young buyers, Hyundai roped in Preity Zinta as their brand ambassador. The new commercial of Santro Xing described it as the 'Sunshine Car', which communicated fresh and youthful attitude. The new Santro Xing is offered with improved interiors and more safety measures within the variant.
Hyundai entered into the Indian automobile market with the launch of Santro. Santro was earlier known as Atos and at that time, the main competitor of Santro was Maruti Suzuki Zen. Older models of Santro were replaced by the Santro Xing in the year 2003, which became an instant hit among Indian buyers.
In the present automobile market, the main rivals of Santro Xing are Suzuki Wagon R and Maruti Zen Estilo. Santro was launched in the Pakistan and Malaysia, in the year 2000 and 2006, respectively. First Santro was introduced in the year 1997 and it incorporated 999cc engine. It was succeeded by a facelift version, which was launched in the year 2000.
Hyundai Santro Xing Variants
The new Santro Xing has been launched in Indian car market with various models such as Santro Xing Non A/C, Santro Xing GL Plus, Santro Xing GLS, Santro Xing GL Plus – LPG and Santro Xing GLS – LPG. A brief view of all the variants is given below:
|Santro Xing Non A/C||
|Santro Xing GL Plus||
|Santro Xing GLS||
|Santro Xing GL Plus – LPG||
|Santro Xing GLS – LPG||
On an average, the price of the Santro Xing price ranges between Rs. 2.8 lacs and Rs. 4.5 lacs. The price range of this car varies between different states, depending on the taxation policy adopted by the government of that state. Different variants of this car have different cost, depending upon their features and specifications.
Price of Santro Xing Non A/C (Solid) ranges between Rs.2.8 lacs and Rs.3 lacs, while the metallic variant of this model ranges between Rs.2.80 lacs to 3 lacs. Santro Xing GL Plus (Solid) is priced between the range of Rs.3.40 lacs and Rs.3.60 lacs, whereas the metallic variant of this model ranges between Rs.3.50 lacs and Rs.3.7 lacs.
Santro Xing GLS (Solid) is placed in the price brackets of Rs.3.6 lacs and Rs.3.8 lacs. The metallic variant of Santro Xing GLS, costs around Rs.3.70 lacs to Rs.3.9 lacs. The price of LPG variant of Santro Xing GL Plus (Solid) ranges between Rs3.7 lacs and Rs.3.80 lacs, whereas its metallic variant costs around Rs.3.75 lacs to Rs.3.85 lacs.
LPG variant of Santro Xing GLS (Solid) costs around Rs.3.85 lacs to Rs.4 lacs, whereas the price metallic variant of this model ranges between Rs.3.9 lacs and Rs.4.05 lacs. One can also opt for the CNG variant of any model, which is available for an additional cost of Rs.55000.
New Santro Xing is one of the best cars in the hatchback segment. The price which is quoted for both, the basic and top model of this variant is much lower than its other competitors of this segment. It has a low maintenance cost and gives great mileage on the highways. The inner cabin of the car is little noisy on high speeds due to the sophisticated suspensions that are incorporated in this model. New improved interiors are integrated in this car, which provides a phenomenal look to the new Santro Xing.
Hyundai Santro Xing has won a JD Power Asia Pacific 2008 Award for being India's most dependable compact car. Santro also bagged the first position in the compact car segment in the VDS (Vehicle Dependability Study), which was conducted by the JD Power Asia Pacific 2008. This car has topped the JD Power Asia Pacific IQS (initial Quality Study) for three years in a row, for the years 2000, 2001 and 2002. Furthermore, Hyundai Santro has also topped JD Power Asia Pacific APEAL Study, which measured customer satisfaction for three consecutive years 2000, 2001 and 2002.
Used Car Market
New Hyundai Santro Xing entered in the market in the year 2003. One may not find the latest variants of Hyundai Santro Xing, but previous variants are also not bad for any account. Till now, Hyundai company has not started any authorised dealership into used car markets like Maruti Suzuki True Value stores and Mahindra First Choice. The most harshly exploited parts of a car are its suspensions, tyres and upholstery and one have to take a close look before taking the possession of the car.
Hyundai Santro Xing is launched in the market with 1.1 litres, four cylinder, SOHC, petrol engine. This engine delivers a displacement of 1086cc and maximum power of 63 bhp at 5500 rpm. The maximum torque of the engine is maintained at 91 Nm at 4000 rpm. Gearbox of this model is integrated with a five speed manual transmission. This car has been incorporated with front ventilated disc brakes and rear drum brakes.
The front portion of the car comprises McPherson Strut suspensions with coil spring. Rear suspensions of Santro Xing are Torsion Beam Axle with coil spring. The front brakes of this model comprise ventilated disc and the rear ones have drum brakes. As per ARAI, the petrol variant of this car delivers an average of 17.92 kmpl, while the LPG variant delivers a mileage of 11.88 kmpl.
The overall length of Santro Xing is 3565 mm, while its width is 1525 mm. Height of all the variants of this car is 1590 mm. Wheelbase, which is basically the distance between the centres of the front and rear wheels, of this car is 2380 mm. Front track and rear track of new Santro Xing are 1315 mm and 1300 mm, respectively. The minimum turning radius of this car is 4.4 metres. The fuel tank capacity of new Santro Xing cars in India is 35 litres.
Hyundai launched new Santro Xing in India with impressive exteriors, which combines excellent rear view appearance and sober front. Designed to attract small car lovers, this car looks attractive with beautiful headlamps.
Front fascia of new Santro Xing is highlighted with big and clear headlamps that have improved visibility and aesthetic appeal. These headlamps not only add beauty to the car but also result in safe night driving in all weather conditions. For enhancing the overall front profile of the car, body coloured radiator grille has been added. New Santro Xing comes with detachable bumper inserts that are easy and economic to replace.
Bumper of the Santro Xing is wrapped in body colour to deliver a sporty look. The side profile of the car has been accentuated by waistline moulding, which also prevents the body form the damage of ricks and dents. Full wheel cover also adds to the stylish side looks of this car. The broad waistline of this car is wrapped in black colour.
Like front view, the rear view of Santro Xing is also elegant, as it comprises well-designed boot lid and tail lamps. The rear spoiler of the car contributes to aerodynamic stability of the vehicle during high speed.
Hyundai Santro Xing is a popular car in the hatchback segment. This car has a seating capacity for five passengers. Other dimensions of this car are as follows:
|Overall Length||3565 mm|
|Overall Width||1525 mm|
|Overall Height||1590 mm|
|Front Track||1315 mm|
|Rear Track||1300 mm|
The new Santro Xing is offered with two tone beige and with brown interiors. Combined effect of two tone seat upholstery and beige with brown interior is fabulous. The inner cabin is re-designed and some of the new features have also been incorporated.
The instrument panel of the Santro Xing has very common design but the white background in all the three dials and the red coloured needles look impressive. Santro Xing has front speaker grille in the dashboard and the rear grille is located as standard feature in all the variants. Dashboard of this car is black and the steering column of the car is heat absorbing.
New design AC vents housed in silver finish panel add to elegance of the interiors. 1 DIN audio player with blue illumination is added as the optional feature in the new Santro Xing. The three spoke power steering of this car is done in dashboard colour. Door trim with fabric insert, front map lamp, cup holders and parcel tray are some of the other features of the interiors of Santro Xing cars.
New Hyundai Santro Xing is a comfortable that has been designed to accommodate five passengers. Both the front rows and back rows have ample of legroom, hip room, shoulder room and headroom. The second row seats that are designed for seating of three passengers, are integrated with headrests.
New Santro Xing comes with an optional DIN audio player, which can play CD/MP3, AUX and has a USB connectivity. The three spoke power steering of this car offers a smooth and easy driving. Conventional A/C and heater, remote fuel lid opening and tail gate opening facility are other features for interior comfort in this car.
New Hyundai Santro Xing holds a capacity of seating 5 adults and hence, it is called as a small family car. Both the cabins of this car provide moderate space for comfort sitting. Boot of this car is quiet spacious and can be incorporated with considerable amount of luggage.
Mileage, Average and Fuel Economy
The power plant of the Santro Xing is packed with Active Intelligence Technology that comprises three innovative systems, including rotary head intelligent valve actuator and differentially programmed intelligent injection. It ensures optimum fuel distribution to various driving requirements of the engine which results in better mileage and power. With the support of all these factors, the Hyundai Santro Xing delivers mileage of 13.7 kmpl in city and 17.8 kmpl on highways.
The LPG variant of this model offers an average of 11.88 kilometres per hour. Hyundai Santro Xing is also available with a option of LPG and CNG variants and with LPG fuel, the car gives an average of 11.88 kilometres per litre.
On Road Drive
Hyundai Santro Xing runs magnificently on the city as well as highway roads. Front suspensions are incorporated with McPherson Strut with coil spring, while the rear suspensions are Torsion Beam Axle with coil spring, which tackles many of the potholes efficiently. The cabin of the Hyundai Santro Xing is little noisy at high speeds, throughout the drive.
Five speed manual transmission enables the engine to attain the speed of more than 100 kilometres per hour. Braking system of the car is also fine as it has been equipped with ventilated discs at front and drum brakes in the rear. Owing to the smooth power steering wheel, soft gear shift knob and aerodynamic design of newSantro Xing ensures great handling and comfort.
New Hyundai Santro Xing is packed with 1.1 litre, SOHC, 4 cylinder, 1086cc, petrol engine. Incorporated with five speed manual transmission, Santro Xing churns out maximum power of 63 bhp at 5500 rpm and the maximum torque of 9.8 Kgm at 3000 rpm. Rotary Head Intelligent Valve Actuator in the engine of this car operates efficient opening and closing of valves, which in turn helps in reducing engine workload along and improves its power.
Acceleration and Pick Up
Engine of the Hyundai Santro Xing is integrated with a five speed manual transmission. As mentioned earlier, it is equipped with three dynamic systems, which includes the Rotary Head Intelligent Valve Actuator, the Differentially Programmed Intelligent Injection and Real Time Intelligent Ignition system. These are marked responsible for improving power and the fuel economy of this car. The Hyundai Santro Xing can reach the speed of 0-100 kilometre per hour sprint in time lap of 16.5 seconds. Santro Xing is capable of attaining a top speed of 141 kilometres per hour.
Safety and Security
Hyundai Santro Xing is a perfect blend of comfort, convenience and safety measures. New model is equipped with new immobiliser, self locking door, central locking, day and night inside rear view mirror and front and rear seat belts. Furthermore, the features like dual side impact beams, child safety-rear door locks and energy absorbing steering column are also incorporated in this model.
Comfort and Convenience
New Hyundai Santro Xing offers optional DIN audio player that plays CD/MP3, AUX and also have USB connectivity, which is offered with the audio system. The three spoke power assisted steering of the car makes the driving experience smooth and easy. It is incorporated with conventional air conditioner and heater for ultra cabin comfort. These features generate a good feel that you are sitting in a premium car. The rear seats of the car are quite comfortable and the leg room at the rear seats is also fine.
Hyundai Santro Xingis provided with 13 inch wheels and high profile tyres. Besides, this car has tubeless radial tyres as well. To offer additional beauty to the wheels of the car, full wheel covers are offered with the new Santro Xing.
Stereo and Accessories
Hyundai Santro Xing is available with an optional choice of DIN audio system, which is capable of playing CD/MP3 formats and USB and AUX connectivity is also offered within the music system. The front speakers are fitted in dashboard and rear speakers are fitted in a back tray.
New Hyundai Santro Xing can be purchased from the authorised dealers of Hyundai. These authorised dealers are available in all the Indian states, including metropolitan cities like Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai and Bangalore. Some of the prominent dealers of these cities are mentioned below:
Hyundai Motor Plaza
Hyundai Motor Plaza
H W Park, MD & CEO, HMIL, said, “I am extremely delighted to announce that the export of the Santro has reached 5 lacs units. Right from the time of its launch, this popular car has been widely appreciated for its design, technology and safety. With this we gear up for next phase of growth and remain committed in bringing world class products and service to our customers.”
"Going by the current indication, we (HMIL) will soon be the hub for all small car exports for Hyundai. I think, by end next year that should become a reality. Detailing the export strategy, he said that 70,000 Santro Xing, 25,000 Accent (mostly for Egypt, Algeria and Morocco) and 40,000 Getz will be made in the Indian plant and will be exported to other parts of the globe." said by H.S. Lheem, Managing Director and CEO of Hyundai Motors India.
"The one-litre engine Santro was being exported to a few countries. However, with the launch of the Xing, which carries a 1.1 litre engine, we will be targeting the export markets with this model only. Subsequently, we expect to stop producing the 1.0 litre this year. The Santro Xing will be exported as the Hyundai Atos Prime to the European markets".- Said by Mr B.G. Lee, Executive Director, Marketing & Sales, Hyundai Motors Limited India.
Due to the growing demand of Hyundai Santro Xing, many of its competitors have arrived in the Indian automobile market. Some of them include Maruti Suzuki A- Star, Tata Indica Xeta and Chevrolet Spark. The engine of Hyundai Santro Xing is better than the Maruti Suzuki A- Star, since the displacement of Santro Xing is 1086cc, which is more than the A-Star, which is 998cc. Maximum power of the Santro Xing is 63 bhp at 5500 rpm, which is less than the A- Star, which is 67 bhp at 6200 rpm.
Another competitor of Santro Xing is Tata Indica Xeta, which known for its excellent pricing and space. Tata Indica Xeta wins over Santro in terms of pick up, but losses in terms of resale value. Moreover, the engine displacement of Tata Indica Xeta is 1193cc, which is more than Hyundai Santro Xing, which has 1086cc. Engine power of the Tata Indica Xeta is also more than Hyundai Santro Xing, as it has 65.3 bhp at 5000 rpm, whereas Santro Xing has 63 bhp at 5500 rpm. The price of the Tata Indica Xeta is Rs.3.5 lacs, which is less than the Hyundai Santro Xing, which has Rs.4.10 lacs.
Engine displacement of Hyundai Santro Xing is 1086cc, which is more than the Chevrolet Spark which is 795cc. Maximum power delivered by the engine of the Hyundai Santro Xing is 65.3 bhp , which is also more than the Chevrolet Spark, which has 49 bhp. Perhaps, the maximum torque of Hyundai Santro Xing is 91 nm at 4000 rpm, which is also more than the Chevrolet Spark as it has 68 Nm at 4600 rpm.
Hyundai Santro Xing is offered in LPG variants in some of the models. CNG variant of Santro Xing is also offered by Hyundai, but one has to pay additional Rs. 55000 for implying a CNG kit. The Hyundai claims the LPG variant of Hyundai Santro Xing offers an impressive mileage of 11.88 kilometres per litre.
Hyundai Santro Xing is known for its attractive interiors, as they are finished with different combination of colours. Good pick up of the Hyundai Santro Xing is also a key feature of the car as it offers a muscular power of 63 bhp at 5500 rpm. The new Hyundai Santro Xing is incorporated with efficient fuel economy, comfortable rear seats and stylish looks.
There are some of the negative aspects of the Hyundai Santro Xing, which are noticed by the car experts and the passengers. These includes it has no standard CD player, no air bags for both the driver and passenger and it does not have leather seats.
Hyundai Santro Xing is a perfect car for a small segment in hatchback series. It has been equipped with a efficient engine, which delivers a good power and also maintains maximum torque at 91 Nm at 4000 rpm. The car has been equipped with sophisticated suspensions, which offers smooth ride on highways. Cabin of the car is little noisy at the high speeds due to the flow of the air. The fuel consumption of the Hyundai Santro Xing is less as it offers 17.92 kilometres per litre in petrol variant. LPG variant of this model is also very effective as it delivers an average of 11.88 kilometres per litre.
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