Updated on 19th May 2014
Hyundai India has had to increase production of the Hyundai Xcent compact Sedan to meet the ever increasing customer demand and reduce waiting periods. This is good news considering that the Grand i10 hatchback and the Xcent compact sedan have together sold about 16,000 units and counting already.
The Hyundai plant near Chennai does have the capacity to ramp up production. Hyundai is also actively considering exporting the Xcent to other markets; Hyundai is already the largest exporter of cars from the country.
Updated on 12th March 2014
The Hyundai Xcent compact sedan has been launched in India. It is the first sedan from the company to follow the hatchback-to-sedan route taken by so many manufacturers, and it is precisely those manufacturers which have to look out for this sedan. Hyundai wants to be the biggest player in the mass-market segment and it has been pretty aggressive with past launches, the last which included the much acclaimed and loved Hyundai Grand i10. The Hyundai Xcent is essentially a Grand i10 with a boot stuck at the back.
Bookings of the car will begin today.
The introductory prices, ex-showroom Delhi are as follows:
- Xcent : Rs. 5.56 Lakh
- Xcent S : Rs. 6.23 Lakh
- Xcent S (O) : Rs. 6.48 Lakh
- Xcent SX : Rs. 7.13 Lakh
- Xcent SX (O) : Rs. 7.38 Lakh
- Xcent : Rs. 4.66 Lakh
- Xcent S : Rs. 5.32 Lakh
- Xcent S (O) : Rs. 5.57 Lakh
- Xcent SX : Rs. 6.22 Lakh
- Xcent S (O) AT : Rs. 6.29 Lakh
- Xcent SX (O) : Rs. 6.47 Lakh
- Xcent SX (O) AT : Rs. 7.19 Lakh
[box type=”warning” ]Also read: Hyundai Xcent Review & Road Test Video- Diesel & Petrol[/box]
Hyundai has chosen to revive the ‘Accent’ brand but with a small twist, this car is aimed at the gen-X and thus the name. Here are some highlights of the car in brief:
- Same powertrains as the Grand i10, 1.1-litre U@ CRDi diesel and 1.2-litre Kappa2 petrol.
- Design-wise the Xcent is the same as the Grand i10 from the front till the rear doors. New boot, bumper and tail-lamps
- Inside, the Xcent is the same as the Grand i10 except for the single-tone seats and the armrest for the rear seat
- 407-litre boot capacity
- Gets the same equipment as the Grand i10, nothing new
Price comparison video with Honda Amaze and Maruti Swift Dzire
As with most other compact sedans in the country, the Hyundai Xcent looks exactly like its hatchback sibling except for the rear. The Grand i10 is a much loved design and one of the more sedate executions of the Hyundai’s ‘fluidic’ design concept, and the Xcent gets the same traits. The swept back headlamps, the small grille, the massive air-dam, ‘diamond-cut’ alloy wheels, big inverted-curve line on the side and the front and side glass house area is ditto like the Grand i10. Move further back and you see the boot, which has been blended in well though it does look boxy if looked straight on from the back, a chrome strip above the number plate holder, a spoiler integrated onto the boot-lid and new tail-lamps. Oh, and the new bumper as well.
You can check out more exterior photos below:
Dimension wise, the Xcent grow in length by 230mm to 3995 mm, managing to fit under the 4-metre mark and thus qualifying for excise duty cuts. Otherwise the car is similar to the Grand i10 hatchback. The boot space at 407-litres is the largest in the segment.
Black, Blue, Red and Silver
As with the exterior there is almost nothing that separates the way the interiors of the Xcent look from the one in the Grand i10. The dual-tone interior is the same, with the three-spoke multi-function steering wheel, the console mounted gearshift, the circular A/C vents, etc. etc. There are some things that are different though, the seat covers are not dual-tone like the ones on the hatchback, it is all beige. The second thing is that the rear-bench gets a centre arm-rest with cup-holders. That’s it.
Check out the interior photos of the Hyundai Xcent compact sedan here:
Standard features include:
- Central locking
- Day-night IRVM
- Chrome grille
- Blacked-out B-Pillar
- Rear chrome garnish
- Boy coloured bumpers
- Full-wheel covers on 14-inch steel wheels
- 2-tone beige-and-black interior
- Blue interior lighting
- Adjustable rear-seat headrest
- Gear shift indicator for manual transmission variants
- Multi-information display on the instrument cluster
- Electric power steering
- Manual A/C controls
- Cooled glovebox
- Front power windows
- Internally adjustable ORVMs (manual)
- Front power outlet
The S variant gets the following features in addition to the base variant:
- Front fog lamps
- Rear defogger
- Rear parking sensors
- Standard key-less entry key
- Body coloured ORVM covers with integrated tun indicators
- Body coloured outside door handles
- Side Moulding
- Metal finished inside door handles
- Chrome finished gear knob and parking lever button
- 2-DIN multimedia system with radio / CD / MP3 / AUX / USB / Bluetooth connectivit and 1GB of internal space connected to 4-speakers
- Steering wheel controls for calling and media player
- Rear A/C vents
- Rear power outlet
- Rear power windows
- Electrically adjustable and folding ORVMs
- Lamp in boot
- Tilt-adjustable steering wheel
- Height adjustable driver seat
The S (O) variant gets the following features in addition to the S variant:
- 14-inch silver alloy wheels
The SX variant gets the following features over the S variant:
- Electrochromic IRVM (auto dimming)
- Rear-view camera with display in the centre console
- Smart key-less entry key
- Dual front airbags
- 14-inch silver alloy wheels
- Chrome outside door handles
- Leather wrapped steering wheel and gear-lever
- Push-button start/stop
The SX (O) variant gets the following over the SX variant:
- 15-inch ‘diamond-cut’ alloy wheels
Performance and Handling
Hyundai has plonked in the 1.2-litre 82 BHP / 113 Nm petrol engine and the 1.1-litre 71 BHP / 180 Nm diesel engine from the Grand i10 in the Xcent too. The diesel motor has been tuned for more torque than the Grand i10, and delivers about 20 Nm more as compared to the hatch. The diesel motor is only available with a 5-speed manual tranmission while the petrol motor is also available with a 4-speed automatic transmission.
While the diesel has a fuel-efficiency figure of 24.4 KMPL, the petrol delivers 19.1 KMPL with the 5-speed manual and 16.9 KMPL with the 4-speed Auto. The suspension would have been tuned differently, but we’ll have to drive it till we can get a better idea about ride and handling.
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