March 27, 2019

Hyundai Xcent Review & Test Drive

Hyundai Xcent Overview

The 2017 Hyundai Xcent facelift enters a segment where change is the need of the hour as new entrants are constantly innovating may it be Volkswagen, with the feature-packed Ameo, or Tata with the Tigor; each one of them stands out, with unique cars, in a segment, where a few more entrants expected this year. The once booming subcompact sedan segment finds itself battling against some of the premium hatchbacks as also sedans and that’s why we see a bid across the board, to revive the subcompact sedan segment in India; and well, we’ve driven the latest in the segment, the facelift Hyundai. Hyundai Xcent On road price starts from 5,91,289 /-. Check for price details of Hyundai Xcent in CarzPrice.

Hyundai Xcent Design

Let’s just say the Xcent facelift looks much nicer in person than in pictures. The smallest Hyundai sedan wants to be an Elantra when it grows up, and it wants to look the part by sporting the bigger chrome-dipped grille. Personally, I prefer the older setup with a slender grille joining the two headlamps. There’s a new bumper as well that now features daytime running lamps placed right above the foglamps. Although not the best looking, the design does grow on you over time. Also, if you thought changes to the front are drastic, wait till you see the rear.

The cutesy derriere of the Xcent has been given the boot (pun intended) for a design that’s in-line with the upcoming (all-new) Verna. The rear bumper gets a matte-black insert running across the length that does well to break the bulk of colour. The bigger wraparound taillamps add a sense of width when you view the Xcent from the rear. Other changes to the exterior come in the form of a shark fin antenna, and a tiny 1.2D badge on the front right fender.

Hyundai Xcent Cabin

While the changes, in the design of the new Hyundai Xcent, will make you nod with appreciation, the cabin too will give you something to ponder over. While the changes inside are marginal, you get a new dual-tone dashboard. However, the most important feature addition is the new 7 inch touchscreen infotainment system, which is only available in the higher variants. The new touchscreen is extremely intuitive and also does not allow you to pair your phone, via Bluetooth, when on the go (an extremely important feature, which minimises driver distraction).

You additionally get Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connectivity options, as also MirrorLink, which are a nice addition in the new Xcent. There’s driver’s seat height adjustment, new fabric upholstery, automatic climate control, glovebox cooling, electrically adjustable ORVMs and even steering mounted controls. While flipping through the dials, on the instrument cluster, you realise that they don’t show range/DTE (Distance to Empty) and this could have been an addition over the previous model. The cubby holes are ergonomically paced and there’s enough place to stuff your coffee mugs or a bottle of water. The rear AC vent on the Xcent makes life easier for the co-passengers and comes in handy, during summers like these.

Hyundai Xcent Performance

The diesel variant we drove gets the same 1.2-litre engine that debuted in the Grand i10. It makes 75PS and 190Nm, figures which mirror the ever popular Maruti Suzuki Swift Dzire. Even with the 4PS and 30Nm jump, the engine still feels very similar in character. Despite being a three cylinder, it comes across as one of the most refined engines in the segment thanks to excellent cabin insulation. Among the improvements we found over the old car come in improved clutch feel. The pedal is less springy and the engine is less susceptible to stalling at low revs. The five-speed gearbox is as slick as ever and is a joy to use in regular driving conditions. The engine feels similar but now offers better drivability across the gears. Revs build smoothly and the car pulls cleanly from as low as 1,200rpm. Despite the 5,000rpm rev limit this is not an engine that likes to be revved out. The surge is strong till 3,500rpm but it begins to taper off above that. By 4,000rpm, the show is over.Check for Hyundai Xcent in

New 1.2-litre diesel offers better performance, efficiency and drivability with the same high levels of refinementNew 1.2-litre diesel offers better performance, efficiency and drivability with the same high levels of refinement

Performance is brisk but not particularly exciting. We achieved a 14.1s 0-100kmph time which is exactly a second quicker than before. Better yet, efficiency has gone up too. We recorded 26.24kmpl on the highway and 16.8kmpl in the city.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.

Hyundai Xcent Rideing

The Xcent’s suspension setup remains unchanged and is still comfort-set as before. At low speeds, it’s very comfortable and offers great bad road ability as well. Additionally, it rides quite flat and is very stable over undulations/bridge joints even beyond 120kmph. However, there is a noticeable amount of vertical movement and through fast corners, body roll is perceptible. There’s a good amount of stopping power on offer too with the car dropping from 100-0kmph in 45.89 metres, while feeling a little more surefooted than the Grand i10 during the test.

The steering doesn’t offer much feedback, but is light enough for city usage, weighs up well with speed and is responsive too. In everyday conditions, there’s no guesswork involved. It won’t please any driving enthusiasts, but that’s hardly what the Xcent has been designed for. Overall, the handling mannerisms are predictable and novice-friendly.

Hyundai Xcent Safety

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.View offers on Hyundai Cars from Hyundai dealers in Hyderabad at Autozhop.

Hyundai Xcent Price

Hyundai Xcent On-Road Price in India ranges from 5,91,289 to 9,19,939 for variants Xcent E Petrol and Xcent SX Diesel Optional respectively. Hyundai Xcent is available in 11 variants and 5 colours. Below are details of Hyundai Xcent variants price in India.

Hyundai Xcent Verdict

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.

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