With the success of the Honda Amaze and Maruti Dzire the compact sedan segment now constitutes for a major chunk of the midsize sedan sales in India and Hyundai wanted a large slice of the action. Enter the Hyundai Xcent. Based on the Grand i10 hatch the Xcent is Hyundai’s compact sedan offering and is offered in two engines and a manual/automatic option. The Hyundai Xcent is available in three variants. Compared with its rivals the Xcent looks more premium and offers more features plus a better interior which is a major plus point. With an efficient diesel engine the Xcent ticks all the boxes for a compact midsize sedan.
The Hyundai Xcent gets two engine options and they include a 1.1 U2 diesel and a 1.2 Kappa petrol engine from the Grand i10 hatch. The diesel which is expected to be the best-seller in the range has 70 bhp power output and the petrol has 81 bhp. Fuel economy is important and the Xcent diesel achieves ARAI efficiency of 24.4 kmpl while the petrol manual achieves 19.1 kmpl with the petrol automatic getting 16.9 kmpl. You get a 5-speed manual for the diesel/petrol while the petrol only gets the automatic option. The diesel is smooth and in the city you will not feel any turbo-lag at all and its our pick of the Xcent range. The Hyundai Xcent has a McPherson Strut front suspension and a coupled torsion beam axle rear suspension. The Xcent features 14 inch and 15 inch alloys.
Hyundai’s now famous fluidic design theme continues to sprinkle its magic and there is no doubt that the Xcent looks most premium and better balanced in its class. While its Grand i10 origins are very much visible, viewed in isolation the Xcent looks good. The front gets swept back smoked headlamps and wrap-around tail lamps with chrome insert, hexagonal grille and of course the diamond cut alloy wheels, chrome door handles. The rear is the biggest change and here it seems the boot has been integrated seamlessly. The design is quite attractive from the rear. The Hyundai Xcent is available in six colours. Inside the Xcent looks premium and the quality can easily be called as class best. The cabin design is of course carried from the hatch and that’s no bad thing. Where the Xcent also has a serious advantage over its rivals is the sheer amount of features stuffed in. You get rear AC vents, smart key with push button start, rear parking camera and sensors, 2 DIN audio with USB, CD player with 1 GB internal memory, auto folding mirrors, electro-chromic mirror and one touch electric trunk opening. Safety features include dual Airbags, antilock braking system (ABS), rear parking assist, central locking, rear defogger Space is good and the rear seats are quite comfy. Boot space is class best.
The Xcent it seems is yet another winner from Hyundai. It looks good both inside and out plus gives its rivals a run for their money with the long feature list. The diesel and petrol offer decent performance too with the efficiency of the diesel a major plus point. The Xcent thus offers great value as it’s everything a midsize buyer wants or needs. With a shock price-tag the Xcent is all set to give its rivals namely the Honda Amaze and Maruti Dzire a hard time.