Hyundai Xcent Facelift Test Drive & Transmission
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. View offers & discounts on Hyundai Cars from Hyundai dealers in Hyderabad
Hyundai Xcent Design & style
While the Grand i10 facelift got minor changes to the exteriors, the Xcent gets pretty big changes. The most obvious change here is the new hexagonal grille which intends to make the Xcent look like a mini version of the Elantra. You also get a new bumper. The updated front fascia is a hit or miss design and it looks quirky at best. The side profile remains unchanged save for the new diamond cut alloys while at the rear you get a tweaked bumper and a more mature looking set of tail lamps. All in all, the Xcent looks fresher now and much different than the outgoing model.
Hyundai Xcent Cabin & Comfort
Much like the Grand i10, the Xcent will impress you the moment you set foot inside. Modern Hyundai cabins are high on quality and here too you’ll find the general level of fit and finish to be of a very good standard. Those behind the wheel, in particular, will love how the chunky steering and smartly detailed gear lever feel as good to hold as they are to look at. It’s a well laid out cabin too. The two-tone dashboard, identical to the one in the Grand i10, places all audio and air-con controls within easy reach. A welcome inclusion on the Xcent is an automatic climate control system that works well enough to maintain a cool temperature in the cabin. What’s also nice is that each of the round vents up front can be individually opened or closed to direct air flow as per your liking. However, the rear air-con vent (a first in this segment) isn’t particularly effective and in our view is a bit of a waste as it unnecessarily robs space from the middle passenger.The Xcent offers a fair amount of adjustability for the driver, so long as you opt for the middle or top-spec versions. Steering rake and seat height adjustment make it easy to find a comfortable driving position. The front seats, though slightly narrow and a tad on the firm side, are supportive enough. However, a cause for concern is that the fixed headrests are too short and unlikely to provide adequate protection from whiplash in the event of a rear collision.
Rear occupants, on the other hand, will appreciate the safety and comfort the adjustable headrests come with, but might find the seat base a tad short. Also, compared to the Grand i10, the Xcent’s rear seat back has been reclined a few degrees too far to compensate for the loss in headroom owing to the angle of the rear windscreen. The cabin’s average width also means the Xcent’s rear seat is best suited to two passengers. On the plus side, there is a good deal of legroom and the foldable centre armrest is well positioned too. Incidentally, the centre armrest comes with two cupholders, in addition to the two cupholders up front, one-litre bottle holders on each of the doors and the large (and cooled) glovebox. Even luggage space is very impressive, with the well-shaped 407-litre boot taking in large suitcases with great ease.
Hyundai Xcent Engine & Gearbox
The Hyundai Xcent is offered with both petrol and deseal engine.. Talking about the petrol engine first, no changes have been made to the 1.2-litre Kappa VTVT unit. It is mated to either a 5-speed manual gearbox or a dated 4-speed automatic transmission and produces 83 PS of power at 6000 RPM and 114 Nm of torque at 4000 RPM. Throttle response is good and power delivery is linear. The top-end performance isn’t the best but the low-end and mid-range are very good. The NVH levels are also fantastic. The ARAI-claimed fuel efficiency is 20.14 km/l and 17.36 km/l for MT and AT respectively but in real world conditions, you can expect 10-14 km/l from the MT and 9-13 km/l from the AT. The diesel engine has been upgraded from the older 1.1-litre unit to a larger 1.2-litre U2 CRDI unit which now produces 75 PS of power at 4000 RPM and 190 Nm of torque from 1750-2250 RPM. The engine has been tuned very nicely and turbo lag has been negated effectively. The engine has a good surge of power right from 1600-1700 RPM and continues till 3500-4000 RPM and the oil-burner feels very peppy. The engine is quite noisy though. The 5-speed gearbox is a charm and gearshifts are smooth. The ARAI-claimed efficiency is 25.4 km/l and you can easily expect 17-22 km/l in real world conditions.
Hyundai Xcent Ride & Handling
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.
Hyundai Xcent Safety & Security
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
Hyundai Xcent Ex-Showroom Price in Chennai ranges from 5,39,574/- (Xcent E Petrol) to 8,44,766/- (Xcent SX Diesel Optional). Get best offers for Hyundai Xcent from Hyundai Dealers in Chennai. Check for Xcent price in Chennai
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.Tags: Hyundai