Hyundai Xcent Review & First Drive

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Hyundai Xcent Overview

The new Hyundai XCent 2017 is here. This isn’t an all new car, it is a facelift. But the Korean automaker has given it multiple changes that makes it look stylish and appealing. There are major cosmetic changes that makes it look so different. It doesn’t have any more bits that will it resemble the Hyundai Grand i10, instead it now looks a lot similar to the Verna and the Elantra family. This has changed the design and the appeal of this sedan completely.

As the XCent facelift 2017 is based on the same platform, there isn’t a change in its dimensions. Hence, the proportions are the same and so is the interior space. The XCent still offers the same Grand i10 interiors, which are black and beige. There are circular AC vents and this time a touchscreen infotainment system also. This is what makes the Hyundai look stylish. The other features on offer are somewhat the same. There is keyless entry, push start and stop button, dual airbags, ABS, rear AC vents, rear arm rest and even leather wrapped steering and gear lever. Check for Hyundai Xcent  price in Hyderabad.

Moving on to the engine, there is a 1.2-litre Kappa2 engine that produces about 83bhp of power and 115Nm of maximum torque. This is offered with a five-speed manual and four-speed automatic options. At the same time, there is an all new 1.2-litre CRDi diesel engine that churns about 85bhp of power and this comes with a five-speed manual only. This is an all new engine and has an improvement in its power and mileage both.

Hyundai Xcent Exterior & Look

This time around, Hyundai has tried to apply maximum effort to implement the design scheme from the high-end models in its portfolio such as Elantra. This has resulted in new ‘cascading styled’ grille that looks similar to the elder sibling. This also makes the Xcent looks different from the Grand i10 for which it has been taunted for many years. But for many, the older set-up with slender grille joining the headlamps would have been more appropriate. Another noticeable change at the front is the revamped headlamps and the revised bumper which now houses daytime running LEDs, positioned above the fog lamps.

There aren’t many changes at the side profile except the wheels are larger than before and a new set of 15-inch diamond cut alloy wheels. However, it’s the rear that has gone through a huge makeover. The smaller tail-lights of the previous model have now been replaced by wrap-around units, adding nice width to the car. The taillights setup look like a typical Audi. Then there is matte-black strip running across the rear bumper that further adds to the muscularity. Other changes include shark fin antenna at the top and the 1.2D badging on the front right fender. Overall, the changes done by the carmaker at the outside will compel you to make a nod of appreciation.

Hyundai Xcent Interior & Comfort

Not many changes have been made to the interiors of the Xcent. Just like the Grand i10, it gets a new touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and MirrorLink. The touch interface is smooth and the sound quality from the speakers is good, but what could have been better is the quality of the rear view camera which doesn’t feel up to the mark and the display ends up showing a hazy picture, especially in the dark. The infotainment system also gets voice recognition and navigation, both of which work well. Other equipment includes dual front airbags as standard, rear power socket, rear AC vents, push button start, rear defogger, cooled glovebox and a leather-wrapped steering wheel.

The cabin of the Xcent feels narrow. The front seats have decent comfort and support but a size larger seats would have been appreciated. The knee room and head space at the rear is good too but again the narrow width limits some space on the inside and passengers end up sitting too close to each other. The windows are pretty large though and they end up giving an airy feel to the car. The quality inside the cabin continues to remain excellent and it has a feel-good factor to it too.

Hyundai Xcent Engine & Transmission

The new Hyundai XCent 2017 comes with a 1.2-litre petrol engine. This produces about 82bhp of power and comes with five-speed manual and four-speed automatic transmission options. This is the same engine like the earlier petrol XCent. There isn’t any change on it. So, we expect the performance to remain the same. This engine is good enough for daily city driving. On the highway it is good enough for cruising comfortably at around 120 km/h. To know more information on Hyundai Xcent  visit Jsrr

The new 1.2-litre diesel also makes its way into this car. It was earlier launched with the new Grand i10. The best bit about this engine is its refinement. It is extremely quiet and it doesn’t make much noise either. This is one of the most highly refined diesel engines in the country. The power is good enough. There isn’t any kind of turbo lag and the engine has good amount of power and torque delivery too. This comes with a five-speed manual transmission. The gearbox is easy to shift and the clutch is extremely light too. This is what makes this engine such a good bit.

Hyundai claims that the new Xcent returns improved mileage figures as the engines have been improved. Where the diesel powered variant delivers ARAI certified mileage of 25.4kmpl, the petrol version, on the other hand, reads 20.14kmpl. The petrol automatic is though, a little low, returning 17.36kmpl.

Hyundai Xcent Driving Dynamics

The Hyundai Xcent has a soft suspension setup which results in a smooth ride for the passengers. The setup is slightly stiffer compared to the Grand i10 but the ride remains supple most of the times. However, uneven road surfaces tend to unsettle the car easily. On straights, the Xcent remains stable even at speeds well over the ton. The steering is feather light which is a boon in traffic and while parking but it lacks any sort of feel or feedback. It doesn’t even weigh up at high speeds and doesn’t instil confidence. Braking performance is sharp like other Hyundai cars and the grip from the tyres is average. Apply car loan for Hyundai Xcent at Fincarz

Hyundai Xcent Safety & Security

Braking has never been a problem in Hyundai cars and Xcent is no exception. The responsibility of braking lies on the disc brakes at the front and drum at the rear. The braking system does its job quite judiciously with strong bite force. Looking at the growing safety concerns as well as the competition among the peers, the carmaker has decided to give dual airbags as standard fitment in the car.

However, it would have been better to have included ABS as a part of standard safety feature to keep pace with the competition. Nevertheless, the ABS, rear parking sensors, engine immobilizer, central locking, keyless entry and front fog lamps, all can be availed in higher models.

Hyundai Xcent Price in Hyderabad

Hyundai Xcent On Road Price is 6,63,932/- and Ex-showroom Price is 5,65,354/- in Hyderabad. Hyundai Xcent comes in 5 colours, namely Wine Red,Marina Blue,Sleek Silver,Star Dust,Polar White. Hyundai Xcent comes with FWD with 1197 CC Displacement and 4 Cylinders with Maximum Power 82 bhp@6000 rpm and Peak Torque 114 Nm@4000 rpm DRIVE TRAIN FWD and reaches 100 KMPH at N/A . Hyundai Xcent comes with Manual Transmission with FWD .

Hyundai Xcent Verdict

The Hyundai Xcent is a well-rounded compact sedan because it offers excellent efficiency with the diesel engine, good performance, equipment and comfort. It is backed by Hyundai’s huge after-sales network. The Xcent doesn’t really have any major downsides except the handling part and is a very good contender in the compact sedan segment and the pricing of the car is attractive enough too.

Hyundai Xcent is offered in six different variants namely E, E+, S, S (AT), SX and SX (O). Talking about the pricing details, Hyundai Xcent’s base trim has been tagged at Rs. 5.54 lakh for the petrol and Rs. 6.42 lakh for the diesel trim. Its top ranging model gets the price tag of Rs. 7.65 lakh for petrol and goes up to Rs. 8.58 lakh for the diesel one. The top-selling variant 1.2 VTVT S trim is tagged at Rs. 6.5 lakh.The updated Xcent has really upped the game against Maruti Dzire, Honda Amaze, Volkswagen Vento and Tata Tigo in the space, where it has been finding hard to make its place for a couple of years.