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Latest on Hyundai Xcent: 22 May, 2015
South Korean automaker Hyundai has been on the money in the past couple of years as far as launching new models are concerned. Every model introduced by them has worked really well and one of them is the Hyundai Xcent. The compact sedan, based on the Grand i10 hatchback, has performed exceptionally well since its launch and has managed to rival the likes of Honda Amaze and Maruti Suzuki Swift DZire. This model has delivered the goods for customers on all accounts, be it mileage, performance or style.
Hyundai Xcent, a Sedan has 11 versions available in India. Hyundai Xcent has 6 Petrol cars and 5 Diesel cars. Other popular cars in the similar price range of Hyundai Xcent are Chevrolet Sail, Fiat Linea and Ford Fiesta. Hyundai Xcent comes in 6 colours, namely, Passion Red, Phantom Black, Pristine Blue, Pure White, Sleek Silver, Twilight Blue.
Hyundai Accent, launched in 1999, went through various upgrades in its lifecycle before it was finally discontinued in 2013. The vehicle was replaced by the Korean carmaker’s first sub-compact sedan - the Xcent - in 2014. Within a short span of time, the Xcent has become one of the best-selling Hyundai cars in India.
Based on the Grand i10, the front fascia of sedan looks exactly similar to that of the Grand. The increased length apparently goes evident from sides. The top-variants are assembled with 15-inches alloy wheels, while the lower variants get 14-inches wheels. The car’s cabin is quite spacious and offers a plenty of entertainment and comfort-enhancing features such as 2-DIN audio system, auto folding rear view mirrors etc.
Powering the Xcent is a 1.2-litre Kappa petrol and a 2nd-gen 1.1-litre diesel engine that produce a maximum power of 82bhp and 71bhp respectively. Both the engines are coupled with a 5-speed manual gearbox, while a 4-speed automatic gearbox is also available on petrol trim.
It’s one of the most fuel efficient Hyundai cars in India. The diesel trim offers a maximum mileage of 24.4kmpl, while the petrol version returns a fuel economy of 18.9kmpl. Engines are refined. Ride and handling are balanced. Steering is light, but isn’t responsive. NVH levels are well-controlled.
Further to this, read Hyundai Xcent Road Test details by our expert.
The various fuel trims in Hyundai Xcent are priced differently. The Petrol trims are priced between Rs. 5,23,429/- to Rs. 7,96,480/-. The Diesel trims of Hyundai Xcent start at Rs. 6,13,177/-.
The compact sedan is essentially the Grand i10 with a sedan-like boot. The front and side profiles are identical to its hatchback sibling, except for the increased length. The rear design is too simple. The top-variants are equipped with 8-spoke, 15-inches alloys and175/60 R15 tyres, while the lower trims are offered with 14-inches alloys and165/65 R14 tyres.
The Xcent’s interior too looks almost similar to that of the Grand i10. Material quality, fit and finish are flawless. It comes loaded with various features such as 2-DIN audio system with 1GB storage, Bluetooth connectivity, auto folding rear view mirrors, electrochromic mirror with sensors and parking camera, climate control AC, push button start with smart key etc. There is ample space, too. Seats are comfortable, but under thigh support of rear bench isn’t adequate for tall passengers.
Engine and Transmission
The Xcent is available in two engine options - a 1.2-litre Kappa petrol unit and a 2nd-gen 1.1-litre diesel motor. The 1197cc petrol engine develops a maximum power of 82bhp at 6000rpm, while yielding a torque of 114Nm at 4000rpm. The 1120cc diesel engine churns out a maximum power output of 71bhp at 4000rpm with a torque of 180Nm at 2750rpm. Both the powertrains are paired with a 5-speed manual gearbox, while a 4-speed automatic gearbox is also available on petrol trim.
Performance and Handling
Both the engines are refined and rev-happy. The petrol version accelerates 0-100kmph in 16 seconds with a top speed of 145-155kmph, while the diesel takes 16-17 seconds with a top speed of 160kmph. Ride is comfortable, and handling is balanced. However, drive isn’t exciting, and diesel engine lacks punch especially on highways.
Brakes work so well. The front and rear wheels are fitted with disc brakes and drum brakes, respectively. ABS is offered with S and SX trims only.
The 1120 cc Diesel - powered variant delivers a fuel economy of 22 kmpl in city and 24 kmpl on highways, while the Petrol variant offers a mileage of 17 kmpl on urban roads and 19 kmpl and freeways, respectively.
Dual airbags are offered on top-spec model, while an optional ABS is available on S and SX trims. Features like central locking system, driver belt warning, inside rear view mirror, rear parking sensors, rear defogger etc. come as standard.
The all-new Xcent is a good value for money car. The well-proportioned design, best-in-class interior, refined engines and comfortable ride justify its pricing.
Hyundai Xcent and Honda Amaze
Both the rivals are well-proportioned, but the Amaze looks sportier and more outgoing than the Xcent. Hyundai’s compact sedan offers the best-in-class interior with a plenty of features, space and comfort. The Xcent engines (both petrol and diesel) are more refined and calm than Amaze’s.
Note: Specifications for Xcent 2nd Gen 1.1 U2 CRDi 5-Speed Manual SX (O) (Diesel) have been mentioned
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