Hyundai Xcent Hatchback Overview

Hyundai Xcent Overview

Hyundai has finally launched their sub-4 meter compact sedan in India Xcent which is based on their popular hatchback the Grand i10. The compact sedan rests on a longer wheelbase. Although it did attract a lot of attention during the time of its launch slowly began to lose composure mostly because of its underpowered diesel engine. However, the facelift Xcent promises to have improved itself and worked on what its predecessor lacked.The facelift sedan not only has received a new and more powerful diesel engine but also has received both exterior and interior cosmetic as well as feature updates as well. For information on contact details of Hyumdai car dealers in New Delhi

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Hyundai Xcent Design

Initial spy shots left a lot of people saying, “Oh god, why?”, but much like the Mahindra TUV300, this is a car that looks better in person than in pictures. Additionally, it’s now more distinctive, not only from its predecessor, but the Grand i10 as well.The two-part grille is no more and is replaced by a plus-sized hexagonal unit, generously lined with chrome. It’s got a new front bumper too with a sleeker set of fog lamps, and, not to mention, daytime running LEDs. The side profile remains the same, save for the engine badge on the front fender that reads ‘1.2D’ instead of ‘CRDi’, highlighting the uprated engine size. Up top, the radio antenna is a shark-fin unit instead of the old antenna on the higher variants.

The rear end looks as if it were inspired by the Kia Rio. Some may even draw parallels with the Toyota Camry. Gone are the tiny old tail lamps and instead, you get a wider set of lights that occupy more real estate at the rear. The lights even get some internal detailing to make them look more distinctive. The boot-lid itself has been redesigned and sports a chunky chrome bar that connects the rear lamps. The bumper gets some aggressive contouring too, and while it will take a while for the new look to grow on many, the new Xcent does look more mature. Importantly, it still looks well-proportioned for a sub-4 metre sedan.

Hyundai Xcent Cabin

The interior cabin of 2017 Hyundai Xcent is finished in dual-tone Black and Beige upholstery with Blue illumination. Though, most of the features seen on the pre-facelift model such as adjustable rear headrests, rear seat centre armrest with cup holders, leather wrapped steering wheel, fully automatic temperature control, tachometer, multi-information display with digital clock and tripmeter, electric power steering, front and rear power outlets, rear A/C vents, cooled glovebox, height adjustable driver’s seat and push button start/stop have been retained in the new model. However, the biggest update comes in form of the 7.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Smart phone (Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and MirrorLink), Bluetooth, Aux-in, USB connectivity and Voice Recognition feature. Though, it is available on the range-topping variants as the mid variants get just a 2-DIN audio system with four speakers. Sadly, the base variant doesn’t get anything, even the 2-DIN music system misses out. The steering mounted audio and bluetooth controls feature is standard with E+ onward grades. A special mention goes to the Smart phone holder with Charging port, which is only available with the automatic variant.

Hyundai Xcent Performance

With 75PS of power and 190Nm of torque at its disposal, the Xcent is now more potent than before. It’s the same 1.2-litre diesel engine offered in the updated Grand i10 and feels very similar to use. Hit the push button starter and the motor announces its awakening with a noticeable amount of vibrations that only smoothen out once you’re on the move.Once you get going, though, in mere seconds you understand that this powertrain is ideal for the city. The clutch is light and bites early, and you can crawl ahead without actually needing to use the accelerator pedal. Dab the A-pedal and progress is quick. The Xcent is, of course, heavier than the Grand i10 and the gearing does seem to have been tweaked a bit too. So while the Grand had no perceptible turbo-lag, it is noticeable in the Xcent. Understandably, it isn’t as quick as the Grand i10 with a tested 0-100kmph time of 16.20 seconds (nearly 3 seconds slower than the G10). Even the in-gear acceleration isn’t as rapid with the rise from 30-80kmph taking 9.82 seconds (1.89 seconds more than the Grand i10), but then again the Xcent is the bigger car, so the performance difference is reasonable.

However, by no means is it underserved as there’s enough grunt below 2,000rpm to make smooth headway. City speeds of 40-60kmph can be hit without much throttle input, since the peak torque is delivered from as low as 1,750rpm. Thanks to the healthy low-rev performance, it’s also easy to get a good fuel efficiency figure, with our tests getting us 19.04kmpl in the city and 23.87kmpl on the highway.The best way to pick up the pace is to shift up around 2,800-3,000rpm. Revving the motor further makes it feel strained and get louder, but power tapers off quickly. There’s no use of teasing the redline with this engine and while rivals like the Aspire and Ameo offer exhilarating performance, the Xcent gives you exactly how much you need – nothing more, nothing less.

Hyundai Xcent Driving

The Xcent’s suspension setup remains unchanged and is still comfort-set as before. At low speeds, it’s very comfortable and offers great bad road ability as well. Additionally, it rides quite flat and is very stable over undulations/bridge joints even beyond 120kmph. However, there is a noticeable amount of vertical movement and through fast corners, body roll is perceptible. There’s a good amount of stopping power on offer too with the car dropping from 100-0kmph in 45.89 metres, while feeling a little more surefooted than the Grand i10 during the test.

The steering doesn’t offer much feedback, but is light enough for city usage, weighs up well with speed and is responsive too. In everyday conditions, there’s no guesswork involved. It won’t please any driving enthusiasts, but that’s hardly what the Xcent has been designed for. Overall, the handling mannerisms are predictable and novice-friendly.

Hyundai Xcent Safety

Driver side airbag is standard across range, however the co-passenger side airbag is missing in the entry level trims. ABS is also provided on all variants. Immobilizer, central locking, front fog lamps, rear defogger, parking assist with parking sensors and rear camera with ECM display and inside rear view mirrors are other vital safety features that are offered on the compact sedan. Key styling elements like chrome radiator grille, sweptback headlamps, wrap-around tail lamps, chrome outside door handles, turn indicators on ORVMs enhance the exterior styling. As you step inside, you are greeted by the dual-tone colour theme. The blue interior illumination and chrome finish around gear knob lever tip add to the overall appeal. For the purpose of storage, Hyundai has provided seat back pocket on the co-passenger side. An armrest with a cup holder is placed in the centre of the rear seat.

Hyundai Xcent Price in Bangalore

Hyundai Xcent Ex-Showroom Price in Bangalore ranges from 5,37,483/- (Xcent E Petrol) to 8,40,406/- (Xcent SX Diesel Optional). Get best offers for Hyundai Xcent from Hyundai Dealers in Bangalore

Hyundai Xcent Verdict

All said and done, the updates do make the Xcent better as a package. On the whole, it does seem better equipped to take on the competition. More importantly, the facelift comes just in time as Tata is dialling up the heat in the form of the Tigor and Maruti Suzuki has the all-new DZire on the horizon. With prices starting at Rs 5.38 lakh for the base-spec petrol and going all the way up to Rs 8.42 lakh for the top-spec diesel, the little sedan from Hyundai does seem like a no-nonsense choice if you need nothing more than a comfortable sedan for commuting within the city.

 

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