Hyundai Xcent Review & First Drive

Hyundai Xcent Overview

The Hyundai Xcent hasn’t been a blockbuster product for the Korean carmaker. Sure, it sells around 2,500 units or thereabouts on a monthly basis, which is exactly what most other compact sedans like the Ford Aspire, the Tata Zest and the Volkswagen Ameo sell. So, no fire there.But, when you consider that Hyundai has the second largest market share in the passenger car segment, and most of its other successful models (read the Grand i10 and the Creta) sell in excess of 10,000 units a month, one simply can’t term the Xcent a success. Hyundai, understandably, wants to change that.Right on cue then, three years after the Xcent was first launched, here’s the facelifted version of the car. Hyundai believes, with the styling changes and the addition of a few more features, the Xcent now has what it takes to get the cash registers ringing. Lets find out… Hyundai Xcent On road price starts from 6,15,584/-. Check for price details of Hyundai Xcent in CarzPrice.

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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.

Hyundai Xcent Cabin

Not many changes have been made to the interiors of the Xcent. Just like the Grand i10, it gets a new touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and MirrorLink. The touch interface is smooth and the sound quality from the speakers is good, but what could have been better is the quality of the rear view camera which doesn’t feel up to the mark and the display ends up showing a hazy picture, especially in the dark. The infotainment system also gets voice recognition and navigation, both of which work well. Other equipment includes dual front airbags as standard, rear power socket, rear AC vents, push button start, rear defogger, cooled glovebox and a leather-wrapped steering wheel.

The cabin of the Xcent feels narrow. The front seats have decent comfort and support but a size larger seats would have been appreciated. The knee room and head space at the rear is good too but again the narrow width limits some space on the inside and passengers end up sitting too close to each other. The windows are pretty large though and they end up giving an airy feel to the car. The quality inside the cabin continues to remain excellent and it has a feel-good factor to it too.

Hyundai Xcent Performance

Previously many complained that the Xcent gets an underpowered diesel engine and in this facelift model Hyundai has taken care of that issue and upgraded the diesel engine. Both the facelift Grand i10 hatchback and the Xcent sedan now has dumped the old 1.1-litre oil burner and gone for the bigger 1.2-litre CRDi unit which produces a healthy 75PS and 190Nm of torque. The petrol variant, on the other hand, continues with the old 1.2 Litre unit which produces about 83 Ps and 110 Nm of torque. While the Xcent gets 5-speed manual transmission as standard, there is also a 4-speed automatic transmission on offer as well.Check for Hyundai Xcent in iftr2015hyd.in

Our test car is the 1.2 diesel. And the improvement in performance, especially in the low to mid engine rev range, is very perceptible. The throttle response is sharper, the turbo lag is less apparent, and it’s much easier to overtake with the new car than the older diesel powered Xcent. Now the new engine might rev up to 5,000rpm but it’s best to upshift at 4,000rpm to extract the best drivability from the car. Plus, the higher you rev the engine, the more granular and louder it sounds.

Hyundai Xcent Rideing

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

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

Hyundai Xcent Verdict

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.

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