Hyundai Xcent Overview
Hyundai’s first offering for the compact sedan segment in India was the Accent Viva which was launched very long back. As the market hadn’t matured properly then, the Accent Viva didn’t sell in good numbers despite the regular Accent selling really well back then. The Korean automaker then introduced the Xcent in 2014, which is based on the Grand i10 and this compact sedan has been a good seller for Hyundai. The vehicle has now got a mid-life facelift following the Grand i10 so let us find out what additional things does the Xcent now offer.
The Hyundai Xcent has good demand with private buyers and excellent demand with the commercial fleet segment. To differentiate between these two, Hyundai will offer the facelifted Xcent only to private buyers while fleet operators will get the older Xcent in a stripped down version. View offers on Hyundai Cars from Hyundai dealers in Hyderabad at Autozhop.
Hyundai Xcent Style
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 Engine
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. For Hyundai Xcent click getreadyoregon.org
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 Driving
In terms of ride and handling, the new Xcent is pretty similar to the older car. So, the ride at low speeds is quiet and comfortable but it does get noisy and a bit harsh at higher speeds and over poor roads. The handling, thanks to the lack of connect from both the steering and the chassis in general, is not the most involving. The new Xcent will go around bends without feeling wayward or loose, yes, but it’s not something you look forward to like you would in the Amaze or even the Dzire.
Hyundai Xcent Safety
Hyundai has taken care of the safety passengers of its occupants inside and decided to make both driver and passenger side airbags as standard across the range. Unfortunately, the Xcent does not get ABS as standard across the range and is available only in the top SX and SX(O) trim.
Hyundai Xcent Cost in Hyderabad
Hyundai Xcent On-Road Price in Hyderabad ranges from 6,21,635 to 9,72,142 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 Hyderabad. Check for Xcent price in Hyderabad at Carzprice.
Hyundai Xcent Conclusion
The Hyundai Xcent is a well-rounded compact sedan because it offers excellent efficiency with the diesel engine, good performance, equipment and comfort. It is backed by Hyundai’s huge after-sales network. The Xcent doesn’t really have any major downsides except the handling part and is a very good contender in the compact sedan segment and the pricing of the car is attractive enough too.