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Hyundai Xcent Review: Hyundai Xcent Review

Hyundai Xcent Review

By Aditya Chatterjee; 5th April, 2014
Introduction

Hyundai Xcent Review

Hyundai is one of the few automobile manufacturers who take customer needs and aspirations very seriously. Launching cars with cutting edge fluidic design or garnishing them with top of the line features, they have managed to get the pulse of Indian market.

Hyundai Xcent

It is not only the premium segment which gets all the detailing and attention by Hyundai but also the entry level segment, which has seen many benchmarks. Going by their trend of awarding the Indian customers with the best in class features, Hyundai recently launched the Xcent which is a sedan based on the popular Grandi10 hatchback.

Hyundai Xcent will have a tough responsibility as it carries ahead the legacy set by Accent which was a fine sedan of its time. The new car targets a younger and vibrant clientele who are dynamic when it comes to making choices. It gets the same powertrain as seen in the Grandi10 hatchback. In this review, we shall find out if the new Xcent can take the benchmark further and challenge the stalwarts of Honda Amaze and Maruti Suzuki Swift DZire.

Exterior

It is based on the Grandi10 hatchback and thus borrows similar looks. It is just an additional boot which makes all the difference. Hyundai’s much acclaimed Fluidic Design language has really worked well on all its cars. However, the Xcent doesn’t look as ‘Wow!’ as other Hyundais in India.

Hyundai Xcent

The hexagonal grille is bold in design. The headlights sweep back towards the side as well as on the bonnet making it look large. The lower section of the front bumper has multiple crease lines.

The Xcent too gets machined alloy wheels like the Grandi10. The side profile looks balanced with the additional boot. It does not look as coarse as the Swift DZire. It has a wheelbase of 2425mm which is exactly the same in the hatchback. This effectively means the interior space remains untouched but this time the luggage space has been increased

Hyundai Xcent

The new rear end looks smart and crisp with no additional lines. It has been kept clean without giving any fussy design elements. The tail lamps are again similar in design but the reflection shape and style has been changed in the Xcent which makes it look clean.

 

Interior

Inside the Xcent’s cabin, nothing has been changed and the reason for not doing so is very simple. This one too bets on great space and features like its sibling.

Hyundai Xcent

These seats are adequately cushioned and offer great under thigh, lumbar and back support. The front row seats are extremely comfortable. Even the rear row seats are decent in providing adequate comfort. For taller passengers, the knee room around driver’s seat can feel a bit congested. In the rear section, the legroom and headroom is superb.

The rear AC vents make it even more comfortable for the rear passengers. All four windows drop down completely. The driver’s window has an auto drop down function too where the glass goes down at a single click.

Hyundai Xcent

The entertainment system in the Grand i10 is very impressive with amazing audio playback quality, it has four speakers on each doors. Music can be played via the 2-Din integrated entertainment system. It has an optional USB-AUX-in option too. The USB is located at a very convenient position near the central storage space.

The internal trims are completed in 2 tone beige and black colours. The black makes it look premium while the beige contrasts it. The dashboard sees a strong beige panel while the door trims are primarily done in black with only the lower portion being beige.

Hyundai Xcent

The glove box has enormous space. It also doubles as a cold storage option. Even in the central console there are numerous storage pockets. It gets two different types of cup holders on the central area with an intermittent rectangular stowage space. The front door pockets are useful too as they offer space to keep essential documents as well as a litre class bottle.

Even the rear door gets a generous door pocket. There is also a back pocket behind the co-driver seat for keeping magazines but the same is not given behind the driver’s seat. The rear boot space too is very grand in nature and can pack in amazing quantities of bags. This space can be increased by collapsing the rear sear bench. 

Hyundai Xcent

Performance

Hyundai Xcent comes in petrol and diesel engine trims and we chose the diesel version for our first drive review. It was expected that the Xcent too would generate similar figures but then the power has been increased by 1PS and the torque has been bumped up by 20Nm. The 1197cc 3 cylinder diesel engine generates 72Ps of power at 4,000rpm and a torque of 180Nm at 1,750 to 2,500rpm. Automatic transmission is optional only on the petrol variant.

Hyundai Xcent

Grandi10 had already impressed us with its amazing performance. Having a pre-conceived notion about the Xcent’s performance we began our drive. This pint 1197cc 3 cylinder engine felt better than that in Grandi10. It jumps to the power band with great ease and maintains high momentum too.

The vibrations levels in the Xcent are even lower than the Grand and the gear shifts too are very smooth. Unlike some other diesel engines, power delivery is very active even at lower engine speeds. It is not fair to compare it with the 1.5L iDTEC engine as both these engines have their own distinct character. The one on Xcent feels very nimble while that on Amaze feels very dominating.

Hyundai Xcent

In terms of handling, the Xcent does not disappoint. It manages to hold in tight corners without losing control. Even at high speeds on a straight line, it holds on to the road with great confidence. The driving dynamics of the Xcent is impressive. The length of the car has been increased but then that has not changed the way this one handles.The suspension offers a dampened ride and thus even on rough roads, the Xcent performs good.

Even while manoeuvring it in the city, it feels very convenient. It also gets a reverse parking sensor affixed on the rear view mirror though; it is not convenient to use because of the daylight reflections falling on the rear view mirror.

Hyundai Xcent

 

Tech specs
Technical Specifications
 Make Hyundai
 Model Xcent
Variant 2nd Gen U2 1.1 CRDi Diesel
Engine CC 1120/3 CYL
Power PS/RPM 72/4000
Torque NM/RPM 160/1500-2750
Transmission 5/M
Turning radius in M 4.7
Wheel
Steel 165/65 R14
Alloy 175/60 R15
Dimensions
Length 3995
Width 1660
Height 1520
Wheelbase 2425
Ground Clearance 165
Fuel Tank Capacity 43
Fuel Efficiency in KMPL 25
Features
Features Base S SX
Immobilizer Yes Yes Yes
Central locking Yes Yes Yes
Front Fog lamp No Yes Yes
Rear Defogger No Yes Yes
Driver and Passanger airbags No No Yes
ABS (Anti-lock braking system) No Optional Optional
Alloy wheels No Optional Yes
Chrome outside door handles No Optional Yes
Turn indicator on ORVM No Yes Yes
2-Tone black and beige interiors Yes Yes Yes
Rear seat center arm rest with cup holder Yes Yes Yes
Leather wrapped steering wheel No No Yes
Leather wrapped gear knob with chrome coating No No Yes
2-DIN integrated music system No Yes Yes
Steering wheel mounted controls No Yes Yes
Electric power steering Yes Yes Yes
Air conditioner Yes Yes Yes
Power windows Yes Yes Yes
Electric folding ORVM No Yes Yes
Tilt steering No Yes Yes
Driver seat height adjuster No Yes Yes
Push button start/Stop No No Yes
Diesel Base S SX
Ex showroom Mumbai in Rs 585,612 654,843 749,635
  - S(O) SX(O)
  - 681,059 775,855
Competition
Specifications
Hyundai
Xcent
Honda
Amaze
Maruti Suzuki
Swift Dzire
Variant SX(O) VX ZDI
Engine CC 1120/3 CYL 1498/4Cyl 1248/4Cyl
Power PS/RPM 72/4000 100/3600 75/4000
Torque NM/RPM 160/1500-2750 200/1750 190/2000
Transmission 5/M 5/M 5/M
Turning radius in M - - -
Wheel
Alloy 175/60 R15 175/65 R14 185/65 R15
Dimensions
Length 3995 3990 3995
Width 1660 1680 1695
Height 1520 1505 1555
Wheelbase 2425 2405 2430
Ground Clearance 165 165 170
Fuel Tank Capacity 43 43 42
Claimed Fuel Efficiency in KPL 25 25 25
Features
Immobilizer Yes Yes Yes
Central locking Yes Yes Yes
Front Fog lamp Yes Yes Yes
Rear Defogger Yes Yes Yes
Driver and Passanger airbags Yes Yes Yes
ABS (Anti-lock braking system) Optional Yes Yes
Alloy wheels Yes Yes Yes
Chrome outside door handles Yes Yes Yes
Turn indicator on ORVM Yes Yes Yes
2-Tone black and beige interiors Yes Yes Yes
Rear seat center arm rest with cup holder Yes Yes Yes
Leather wrapped steering wheel Yes Yes Yes
Leather wrapped gear knob with chrome coating Yes Yes Yes
2-DIN integrated music system Yes Yes Yes
Steering wheel mounted controls Yes Yes Yes
Electric power steering Yes Yes Yes
Air conditioner Yes Yes Yes
Power windows Yes Yes Yes
Electric folding ORVM Yes Yes Yes
Tilt steering Yes Yes Yes
Driver seat height adjuster Yes Yes Yes
Push button start/Stop Yes Yes Yes
Ex showroom Mumbai in Rs 775,855 791,240 761,679
Conclusion

The Xcent ticks all boxes for someone looking for a practical car. It gets class leading features along with a spacious cabin. Prices start from Rs.486516 and go all the way to Rs. 775855. The Xcent directly rivals Honda Amaze and Maruti Suzuki Swift DZire. Honda Amaze is priced between Rs.534018 to Rs.791240 while the DZire is priced between Rs. 512306 to Rs.761679.

Hyundai Xcent

All the three brands hold a strong position in the Indian car industry. These three cars have their individual characteristics. Hyundai Xcent will appeal to the ones seeking a feature rich entry sedan. Also, since it comes from a brand like Hyundai, trust and confidence will be a package deal.