Hyundai Xcent Overview
The Hyundai Xcent hasn’t been a blockbuster product for the Korean carmaker. Sure, it sells around 2,500 units or thereabouts on a monthly basis, which is exactly what most other compact sedans like the Ford Aspire, the Tata Zest and the Volkswagen Ameo sell. So, no fire there.
But, when you consider that Hyundai has the second largest market share in the passenger car segment, and most of its other successful models (read the Grand i10 and the Creta) sell in excess of 10,000 units a month, one simply can’t term the Xcent a success. Hyundai, understandably, wants to change that.
Right on cue then, three years after the Xcent was first launched, here’s the facelifted version of the car. Hyundai believes, with the styling changes and the addition of a few more features, the Xcent now has what it takes to get the cash registers ringing. Lets find out…
Hyundai Xcent Look
This time around, Hyundai has tried to apply maximum effort to implement the design scheme from the high-end models in its portfolio such as Elantra. This has resulted in new ‘cascading styled’ grille that looks similar to the elder sibling. This also makes the Xcent looks different from the Grand i10 for which it has been taunted for many years. But for many, the older set-up with slender grille joining the headlamps would have been more appropriate. Another noticeable change at the front is the revamped headlamps and the revised bumper which now houses daytime running LEDs, positioned above the fog lamps.
There aren’t many changes at the side profile except the wheels are larger than before and a new set of 15-inch diamond cut alloy wheels. However, it’s the rear that has gone through a huge makeover. The smaller tail-lights of the previous model have now been replaced by wrap-around units, adding nice width to the car. The taillights setup look like a typical Audi. Then there is matte-black strip running across the rear bumper that further adds to the muscularity. Other changes include shark fin antenna at the top and the 1.2D badging on the front right fender. Overall, the changes done by the carmaker at the outside will compel you to make a nod of appreciation.
Hyundai Xcent Comfort
Not much has changed on the inside of the 2017 Hyundai Xcent. The dash, the vents, the various buttons, and even the stowage spaces remain unchanged. It retains its large cooled glovebox too. The new Xcent uses the same large multifunctional steering as well with the only addition being a voice activation button. It is still only adjustable for rake, by the way. The seat fabric design is new, but otherwise in terms of cushioning, support and seating comfort, it is identical to the older car. So, it’s still reasonably comfortable to spend long hours in both front and back. For more info on Hyundai Xcent visit Bigintmedia
What’s significantly new though, is the infotainment system. Like on the Grand i10, the new system gets a wider touchscreen and comes with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The latter mirrors a few functions of your phone on the screen simplifying access to related apps on the move. The new system besides offering Bluetooth connectivity and various audio input options, also doubles up as a reversing camera screen. Earlier, the Xcent used an inside rear-view mirror integrated screen which was too small to offer a clear view.
Otherwise the feature list for this top of the line variant remains the same with single zone climate control, rear AC vents, rear parking sensors, electric ORVMs with fold function, a basic trip computer, and keyless entry and start.
Hyundai Xcent Gearbox
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. Check for car loan interest calculator.
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 ride gets noisy, and the Xcent – its rear in particular, even without being loaded – does wallow more than we would like. Not that it feels unstable or loose, but it lacks the planted feel of some of its competitors. It’s the same story when it comes to handling bends. The Xcent doesn’t feel sharp or nicely balanced to take on switchbacks at speed – the mute steering doesn’t help here either – but it isn’t wayward or scary in any way. It’s just not very interesting to drive quickly. Book Hyundai Xcent Test Drive.
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 Price in Pune
Hyundai Xcent On-Road Price in Pune ranges from 6,68,849 to 10,35,475 for variants Xcent E Petrol and Xcent SX Diesel Optional respectively. Hyundai Xcent is available in 9 variants and 5 colours. Below are details of Hyundai Xcent variants price in Pune. Check for Xcent price in Pune at Autozhop.
Hyundai Xcent Bottomline
Hyundai is calling this one a stylish family sedan for the young and modern Indian family. Phew, that is a very long tag line. But, the good news for Hyundai is that the new Xcent comes close to justifying it. It’s more stylish that before, yes. And since it can seat four (yes, the seats are comfy too), it’s good for a nuclear family. As for the young and modern, well almost every car in this class now has a similar feature / tech list. So, there’s no real USP there. Our suggestion would be to buy it if you are looking for a no-nonsense car with good service backup.
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.