Hyundai Xcent Performance & First Drive

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Hyundai Xcent Overview

Hyundai has recently launched the full-model update for the Grand i10 hatchback in India. The Grand i10 has also spawned a compact sedan i.e. the Xcent in the Indian market. A prototype of the new iteration of the Xcent has been spotted testing on Indian roads courtesy teambhp.com. As is the case with the current generation of the Xcent, the new version will also look identical to the Grand i10 Nios. The front of the compact sedan is likely to be exactly identical to the hatchback. However, Hyundai could throw in some changes in order to distinguish it from Nios. Though the front and the side profile are expected to carry forward the design language of the hatchback, at the back, the new Xcent will have its own unique identity.

As is the case with the exterior design, the cabin layout of the next-gen Hyundai Xcent will be identical to the Grand i10 Nios. And hence, it will get a new instrument cluster, the floating touchscreen infotainment system and the dual-tone colour scheme. Though the design language of the cabin will be identical to the Grand i10 Nios, the rear bench is likely to offer a better recline angle.

The engine line-up of the next-gen Hyundai Xcent will be identical to the Grand i10 Nios. It will get a 1.2-litre, 4-cylinder petrol engine which is capable of churning out 83 hp of power along with 113 Nm of peak torque. This engine will be BS-6 compliant. There will be a diesel engine on offer as well. This will be a 1.2-litre, 3-cylinder, turbocharged unit good for 75 hp along with 190 Nm of peak torque. Both the engines are likely to be paired to a 5-speed manual gearbox as standard. In addition to this, there will be a 5-speed AMT available as well.Check for Hyundai Xcent price in Pune at Tryaldrive.

Hyundai Xcent Exteriors

The design, features and the fit and finish aren’t new either – which is a good thing. It carries over the feel-good features that include keyless entry and go, a chilled glovebox, and electrically folding mirrors. The Xcent was already among the best in class in terms of build quality and that hasn’t changed. Yes, there’s some hard plastic to be found on the floor console and around the handbrake area – but that isn’t likely to be a big deal breaker. What might just be, is the new face.

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 Interiors

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

Oh yes! Just like the Grand i10, the Xcent too sports the bigger 1.2-litre diesel engine. The three-cylinder unit develops 75PS of power (up by 3PS) and 190Nm of torque (up by 10Nm), and comes paired with a 5-speed manual gearbox. There’s no diesel-automatic combo on offer like the Swift DZire or the Tata Zest, but with the market slowly moving back towards petrol-powered cars, we don’t think this omission is going to haunt Hyundai India anyway.

Now, let’s answer a basic question – what’s better compared to the old 1.1-litre diesel engine? The answer to that, quite simply is noise and vibration levels. Make no mistake, the Xcent still shudders on startup and shuts down like any other three-cylinder diesel would. But, on the move, the engine does seem quite well mannered. The clutch is light, and bites in quickly. Pair that with the light power steering and you have a sedan that you can use in stop and go traffic without a hiccup. In some seriously annoying jams on the Eastern Express Highway in Mumbai, I found myself tapping away to music and not tired out by the constant shift. On a related note, there’s no dead pedal and the footwell itself is slightly narrow for my big size 11 feet.

On paper, the torque figure is on par with its rivals. What’s interesting is the way the shove translates to on-road performance. Unlike the 1.5-litre diesel engines in the Ameo and the Aspire that have a sharp spike in power post 2000rpm, the Xcent’s motor delivers the grunt in a more linear and orderly fashion. There’s a bit of turbo lag under 2000rpm and when you do feel the turbo kick in, it isn’t as dramatic as its competition.To know more information on Hyundai Xcent  visit Ieso2013

Hyundai Xcent Riding

Ride and handling is a department which Hyundai has been working on, ever since it brought the Elantra to India, and the Xcent benefits from this. The Xcent rides well and tackles the potholes on the road, with ease, which makes it very comfortable to be in. The suspension setup is not too soft or firm, rather soaks in all the undulations the road surface has to offer and doesn’t let you bounce around in the cabin. The slight firm suspension might come in handy when the car is fully loaded probably but kudos to Hyundai on the work its done on the car

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.

Hyundai Xcent Cost in Pune

Hyundai Xcent On Road Price is 6,68,849/- and Ex-showroom Price is 5,65,354/- in Pune. Hyundai Xcent comes in 5 colours, namely Wine Red,Marina Blue,Sleek Silver,Star Dust,Polar White. Hyundai Xcent comes with FWD with 1197 CC Displacement and 4 Cylinders with Maximum Power 82 bhp@6000 rpm and Peak Torque 114 Nm@4000 rpm DRIVE TRAIN FWD and reaches 100 KMPH at N/A . Hyundai Xcent comes with Manual Transmission with FWD .

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.

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