Hyundai Rolls Out its X Factor - The New Indian Express

Hyundai Rolls Out its X Factor

Published: 23rd March 2014 06:00 AM

Last Updated: 22nd March 2014 05:43 PM

Korean auto giant Hyundai, which showcased its latest offerings at the recently concluded 2014 Delhi Auto Expo, formally launched one of its new products—the all new Xcent. Built on the same platform as that of the Grand i10 which has seen quite a bit of success since its launch will the sedan version be able to register the same success? Ammar Alvi finds out.

With a starting price of Rs 4.66 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi), the Xcent is undoubtedly a very serious threat to the likes of Suzuki Dzire, Honda Amaze and Toyota Etios. A totally new car, it may carry a similar name as the once popular Hyundai Accent but there is nothing common at all. The Xcent is the sedan version of the Grand i10, and the hatchback and the sedan are identical cars right back to the rear doors. But the C-pillar onwards, the Xcent is all new. The boot has been nicely integrated into the body and the taillights merge well with the rest of the design.

The Xcent is powered by the same petrol and diesel engines you find in the Grand i10. The 1.2 litre, 4-cylinder petrol engine develops 83PS at 6,000 rpm and 114Nm of torque at 4,000 rpm. The 1.1-litre, 3-cylinder diesel engine is the same but has been tweaked for more low-end torque. It develops 1PS more than the Grand i10 —72 PS at 4,000 rpm and torque is 20Nm more at 180Nm between a lower 1,500-2,500 rpm band. The petrol unit is refined and a proven engine and gives ARAI-certified fuel efficiency figure of 19.1 kmpl. The diesel unit returns 24.4 kmpl and boasts of better drivability in the city compared to the Grand i10. The goods news is that there is also a 4-speed automatic option taken from the Grand i10. Besides that the new Xcent rides on larger 15-inch wheels compared to the Grand i10’s 14 inchers. Another winner for Xcent is its boot; at 407 litres, the Xcent is one of the most spacious cars now in its segment. Also there is a decent room for passengers in the front and the rear. The fit and finish is also decent up to Hyundai’s standard and you can’t really complain much with what you are getting especially at this price.

It will now be interesting to see how the new Xcent will take on its competitors. There have been cars already like Dzire and Amaze which have cemented their place in the compact sedan segment as both of them are very good cars. For Xcent, the road to success will not be unfortunately straight up. If you look more clearly, the diesel engine may have been the best for Hyundai but it fails against the Amaze that develops 100PS of power or as good as the peppy and torquey 75PS 1.3-litre, 4-cylinder multijet engine in the Dzire.

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