Hyundai Xcent Review & First Drive

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 On road price starts from 5,42,728/-. Check for price details of Hyundai Xcent in CarzPrice

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Hyundai Xcent Design

Essentially, the Xcent is a Grand i10 with a boot or so the old car looked like. And that’s where the most substantial change lies with this new version. Compact sedans have always looked disproportionate given their length restrictions that forces designers to cram in a boot and still pass it as an acceptable design. But overtime, this idea is becoming hard to sell to consumers. Fortunately, Hyundai finds an apt solution right where the problem stems from. The 2017 version of the Xcent revisits the drawing board to reveal a design that seems much more cohesive and in tune with their current design theme. Broad tail-lamps being the highlight at the car’s rear, they now spread onto the boot-lid and glow with conventional halogen bulbs inside the casing albeit mocking the look of LEDs. Simple and cost-effective while looking sophisticated, works for them and definitely worked for intrigued eyes checking out the car. The boot-lid has subsequently seen a redesign and integrates the new rear bumper well. Black inserts on the rear bumper not only lightens visual mass but also adds to the sporty contours of the lower lip of the bumper.While a new 1.2D badge is the only addition on the side of the car, the front has a bit more to offer. The grille receives tweaks along with the new front bumper that adds strips of LEDs as day-time running lights and a pair of sleek fog-lamps under them. Unlike the Grand i10’s sportier looking grille, the Xcent receives chrome highlights. Apart from these, there isn’t any other substantial change from the earlier version.

Hyundai Xcent Cabin

For the most part, the cabin components are shared with the Grand i10. This means the high quality, dual tone beige and grey interior has been maintained. Features of the Grand i10 such as the 1 GB storage, cooled glove box, smart key and start/stop button, amongst others have been carried over.Depending on the variant, the Xcent receives added premium features such as automatic climate control, rear-view camera, rear AC vents and even a rear seat armrest with cup holders.Despite the Xcent being narrower than both the Amaze and DZire, one cannot complain about the spaciousness/legroom, which is identical to the Grand i10.Also, the rear seats have a more lean-back position compared to the hatchback.Safety features such as dual front airbags and reverse parking camera are only available in higher variants. Also, ABS is offered only as an option. Nevertheless, it is available with the automatic variant, which is not the case with the Grand i10 hatchback.

Hyundai Xcent Performance

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. 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 Rideing

The 2017 Hyundai Xcent comes with improved handling as comapred to its precedessor. The company engineers have worked hard towards the light steering wheel. The power delivery in the diesel variants is smoother due to the new engine. The NVH levels are immensely controlled and one seldom hear a noise even at low speeds. It feels pretty decent behind the steering wheel.The car has also been improved in terms of ride quality and bumps absorption. The suspension set-up is slightly nimbler and the bad patches on the surface are galloped easily. The steering is now lighter to use and more accurate. However, once you go past the 120kmph, one can feel vertical nodding. But that doesn’t make the car feel nervous.

Hyundai Xcent Safety

2017 Hyundai Xcent comes with disc brakes at the front and drum brakes at the rear. The company has offered dual front airbags as standard fitment across the entire variant line-up of the new sedan. In addition, several premium features such as Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), Impact Sensing Auto Door Unlock, Keyless entry with Smart Key, Rear Parking Sensors, Rear Camera with display on audio, Central Locking, etc. are available with the top-end variants. Though, it looks bleaker than the preceding model, which had ABS as standard safety feature. Also, the other sedans in the segment come equipped with more safety features than Xcent. View offers on Hyundai Cars from Hyundai dealers in Hyderabad at Autozhop

Hyundai Xcent Price

Hyundai Xcent Ex-Showroom Price in India ranges from 5,42,728/- (Xcent E Petrol) to 8,48,932/- (Xcent SX Diesel Optional). Get best offers for Hyundai Xcent from Hyundai Dealers in India

Hyundai Xcent Verdict

Hyundai’s decision to upgrade the Xcent comes in wake of new competition in this segment. Besides, a refresh was long overdue for a car that was launched in 2014 and since then has practically remained unchanged. The design now looks a little dated and just before consumers could pass it off for another option, Hyundai has given the Xcent a much needed upgrade. Thankfully, cosmetic upgrades were not the only things on the list as the new 1.2 diesel engine also gets a boost to improve the overall experience of a car that was already pretty good.

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