Hyundai Xcent Overview
The Korean auto giant first introduced the Xcent back in the year 2014. The car marks as Hyundai’s first foray in the budget sub-four meter compact sedan market in the subcontinent. The compact sedan is based on Hyundai’s Grand i10 platform and steady seller for the Korean auto giant. After giving tough competition to its rivals for 3 long years, the vehicle was in a dire need of update and company finally introduced the facelift in 2017. The vehicle has been transformed in many ways, its outer design and inner styling have been worked upon. The 2017 model gets the entirely new designing and some added goodies along with updated engines. Hyundai Xcent in Tryaldrive
Hyundai Xcent Exterior & Style
The Hyundai Xcent is a compact sedan based on the Grand i10 which measures 3,995 mm in length, 1,660 in width, 1,520 mm in height and has a wheelbase of 2,425 mm. The fuel tank capacity of the Xcent is 43 litres for all variants and the boot space is 407 litres. All variants of the Hyundai Xcent are offered with body coloured bumpers and antenna while the higher trims also have body coloured door handles and body coloured ORVMs (Outside Rear View Mirrors) with turn indicators. The top end variant gets a 15 inch diamond cut alloy wheel while SX version comes with a 14 inch silver alloy wheel.
Step in and the biggest change you will see is in the form of much needed new 7-inch touchscreen infotainment. The unit is also compatible with Android Auto, Apple CarPlay as well as MirrorLink. The user interface is super slick while pairing your smartphones is also easy. The big touchscreen also serves the purpose of displaying visuals for the rear parking camera.
As far as cabin goes, it will still remind you the interiors of Grand i10, however, the fit and finish of the dual-toned dashboard, steering wheel, and the controls, all indicate a high-level sophistication applied inside. The air conditioner in the car is still outstanding and the rear half of the car can be quickly cooled with the help of rear AC vents.The back seat comfort remains good with the ample amount of legroom, however, the seat reclining is not as comfortable as it should be. Other feel-good features that remain intact in the car include cooled glovebox, keyless entry, electrically foldable ORVMs, rear center armrest and smart key with engine start/stop button.
Hyundai Xcent Engine & Gearbox
Powering the Hyundai Xcent are two engine options similar to the Grand i10, a 1.2 litre Kappa petrol unit and a 1.2 litre CRDi diesel. The petrol generates 82 hp of power at 6,000 rpm and 114 Nm of torque at 4,000 rpm. The diesel engine generates 74 hp and 190Nm of torque which kicks in from 1,750 rpm. Both engines have been tuned for the best balance between performance and fuel efficiency.
The Hyundai Xcent is available in two transmission options, a manual and an automatic. The automatic is available only for the petrol powered unit in the Kappa S variant. The 5 speed manual gearbox offers smooth gear changes with both engines.The ARAI Certified mileage of the Hyundai Xcent petrol manual is 19.1 kmpl, 16.1 kmpl for the petrol automatic and 24.4 kmpl for the diesel variants. All mileage figures are acceptable by segment standards.
Hyundai Xcent Ride & Handling
Hyundai has also done some quiet work on the steering and suspension set-up. The steering feel is much improved and no longer has the artificially engineered tendency to self-centre. The weighting of the wheel is much more progressive and while it still isn’t the nicest system around, it no longer feels strange. The suspension also has a firmer feel. Damping is still very good and bumps are well ironed-out but you can feel that the car is now firmer. I suppose this would help when the car is fully loaded at speed but it hasn’t transformed the Xcent into a driver’s delight. This is still the friendly, spacious and practical choice in it’s segment. We never had any complaints with the old suspension set-up, but nevertheless, applaud Hyundai for trying something new.
Hyundai Xcent Braking & 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 Ex-Showroom Price in Bangalore ranges from 5,39,525/- (Xcent E Petrol) to 8,45,395/- (Xcent SX Diesel Optional). Get best offers for Hyundai Xcent from Hyundai Dealers in Bangalore. Check for Xcent price in Bangalore at Carzprice
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.