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 Ahmedabad at Autozhop.

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 Exteriors

Set your eyes on the Xcent and you know it looks right, certainly a lot nicer than a Dzire. There’s a nice sense of proportion to the Hyundai – the roof flows smoothly into the boot and the short nose also helps balance out the design. If anything, it’s the simple tail-lights that make the rear look a bit plain, but it’s not too bad either. That the Xcent looks nice is no coincidence – Hyundai had a sedan in mind when it launched the Grand i10, the car the Xcent is based on. In fact, everything up to the B-pillar is identical to the hatchback, save for a bit of detailing. Dimensionally, the Xcent shares the Grand i10’s 2,425mm wheelbase, which is longer than the Amaze and a hair’s breadth shorter than the Dzire’s. The Xcent isn’t as wide as its direct rivals – the 1,660mm width is narrower than the Amaze’s 1,680mm and the Dzire’s 1,695mm.

Hyundai Xcent Interiors

The big difference though is when you step inside the Hyundai. The dashboard is shared with the Grand i10 and that means the quality is good, the design is appealing and it is easy to use. It is a big step up over the Amaze’s quirky dash and at the least, a match for the Dzire’s interiors. There are small additions to the Xcent’s cabin over the Grand i10’s — the cubbyhole under the centre console gets a closeable lid and it also features automatic climate control. The front seats, also from the Grand i10, are very comfortable, while the rear seat gets the same amount of space as the hatch. Rear-seat comfort is good and the seat back angle is a bit more reclined than the Grand i10’s. There is enough space to stretch your legs and you can easily fit four large adults inside. The fifth passenger, sat in the middle on the rear bench, is in for a bit of a squeeze, but for short journeys, this shouldn’t be too much of a problem. The wide opening doors also make getting in and out of the back really easy. The adjustable headrests and a rear centre armrest do enhance comfort as well. The 407-litre boot is also the largest in this class.

Hyundai Xcent Engine

It’s the thing under the hood that makes the real difference in terms of driving pleasure. The company has tweaked the engine line-up for maximum performance. The 1.2L U2 CRDi diesel engine is now capable of making 75PS, (3PS more) and 190Nm (10Nm extra) of torque. The transmission duties are handled by 5-speed manual gearbox. The automatic diesel version is still much demanded. For more details on Hyundai Xcent  check Bigintmedia

The petrol engine is the 1.1L Kappa Dual VTVT motor which produces 83PS and 114Nm of max torque. The petrol version can be availed in either 5-speed manual or automatic transmission. The noise and vibration levels in the petrol driven Xcent has been refined which makes it behave well on roads.The diesel version with high power and torque capacity now gives improved driving experience. The best way to drive the car is to choose the moderate sweet spot and you can feel the strong and effortless driving on the go.

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 Riding

The car has also been improved in terms of ride quality and bumps absorption. The suspension set-up is slightly nimbler and the bad patches on the surface are galloped easily. The steering is now lighter to use and more accurate. However, once you go past the 120kmph, one can feel vertical nodding. But that doesn’t make the car feel nervous.

Hyundai Xcent Safety

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 Cost in Ahmedabad

Hyundai Xcent On Road Price is 6,39,681/- and Ex-showroom Price is 5,71,384/- in Ahmedabad. 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 Conclusion

2017 Hyundai Xcent seems to be better than the preceding model in terms of exterior appearance, interior features, and driving dynamics. A special mention goes to the new diesel engine, which is more powerful and fuel efficient than before. The automatic variant is also available for added convenience. In all, it is a decent offering with more bells and whistles than before.

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.

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