Hyundai Xcent Overview
Hyundai Xcent was firstly launched at the 2014 Auto Expo in the Indian market. The sedan never really was a super performer, nor it was a disappointment as it continued to garner moderate sales of around 3000-4000 units per month. But, from the past few months, the Xcent started losing its charm due to arrival of several up-market sedans. Plus, ageing was also a factor behind the dipping sales. Hence, it propelled Hyundai to come up with a mild facelift of the sedan with updates not just limited to cosmetics but mechanical as well. The new Xcent is introduced in both petrol and diesel fuel trims in five trim levels: Hyundai Xcent price range in India is between 6,15,584 to 9,60,348, check for detail pricing of Xcent in Carzprice.
Hyundai Xcent Design
The new styling is the most valid point on why you will appreciate the Xcent facelift more. Hyundai has tried to give the compact sedan its unique identity. Not only does the new compact sedan looks entirely different from the pre-facelift model but it also looks different than the recently introduced Grand i10 hatchback as well. Towards the front, the Xcent gets a differently styled grille, while the hatchback comes with mesh grille the sedan gets Horizontal bars. This type of grille pattern can also be seen in some other Hyundai sedans as well like the Elantra. The front bumper also has been completely redesigned as well. The headlamp design also is slightly different from the hatchback Counterpart as well which has helped give the Xcent its own unique identity. With all these changes the Xcent now looks big and more like a proper sedan.
The changes on the inside are pretty limited in comparison. The fabric design for the seats, front and rear, is new; the steering gets a button for voice activation; and there’s a new 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system. The latter also comes with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto to give the user better in-car connectivity.Otherwise, the climate control, the rear AC vents, the electric function for the ORVMs, keyless entry and start, and the plethora of stowage spaces inside the cabin are identical to the previous model. What also remains the same is the interior room on offer. The Xcent can hold four adults in comfort, the seats are reasonably large and supportive, and the ingress though not as high as some tallboy design hatchbacks, is still acceptable by sedan standards.
Hyundai Xcent Performance
The Hyundai Xcent is offered with both petrol and diesel engines. Talking about the petrol engine first, no changes have been made to the 1.2-litre Kappa VTVT unit. It is mated to either a 5-speed manual gearbox or a dated 4-speed automatic transmission and produces 83 PS of power at 6000 RPM and 114 Nm of torque at 4000 RPM. Throttle response is good and power delivery is linear. The top-end performance isn’t the best but the low-end and mid-range are very good. The NVH levels are also fantastic. The ARAI-claimed fuel efficiency is 20.14 km/l and 17.36 km/l for MT and AT respectively but in real world conditions, you can expect 10-14 km/l from the MT and 9-13 km/l from the AT. Check for Hyundai Xcent in aryavarta.co.in
The diesel engine has been upgraded from the older 1.1-litre unit to a larger 1.2-litre U2 CRDI unit which now produces 75 PS of power at 4000 RPM and 190 Nm of torque from 1750-2250 RPM. The engine has been tuned very nicely and turbo lag has been negated effectively. The engine has a good surge of power right from 1600-1700 RPM and continues till 3500-4000 RPM and the oil-burner feels very peppy. The engine is quite noisy though. The 5-speed gearbox is a charm and gearshifts are smooth. The ARAI-claimed efficiency is 25.4 km/l and you can easily expect 17-22 km/l in real world conditions.
Hyundai Xcent Rideing
The Hyundai Xcent has a soft suspension setup which results in a smooth ride for the passengers. The setup is slightly stiffer compared to the Grand i10 but the ride remains supple most of the times. However, uneven road surfaces tend to unsettle the car easily. On straights, the Xcent remains stable even at speeds well over the ton. The steering is feather light which is a boon in traffic and while parking but it lacks any sort of feel or feedback. It doesn’t even weigh up at high speeds and doesn’t instil confidence. Braking performance is sharp like other Hyundai cars and the grip from the tyres is average.
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 Price
Hyundai Xcent On-Road Price in India ranges from 6,15,584 to 9,60,348 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. View offers on Hyundai Cars from Hyundai dealers in Hyderabad at Autozhop.
Hyundai Xcent Verdict
There were two big challenges for the new Hyundai Xcent to overcome before it could set the sales charts on fire. First, was uninteresting styling, which you would agree with us, has been sorted. The new Xcent not only looks fresh, it also has an air of premiumness to it now.The second issue was the sales in the taxi segment. I don’t know about other cities, but in Mumbai, every second taxi is an Xcent. Naturally, not many people wanted to associate with a car that was being used as public transport. But Hyundai says it will not put the new Xcent on the taxi market? but would instead continue to sell the older model to feed that demand.On both counts then, the Xcent seems to be on good footing. But, will that translate into higher sales? Only time will tell. In the meantime, if you are looking at buying one, our suggestion would be to go for it; you can’t really go wrong with this one.