With so many variants and features on offer, it could be a daunting task for buyers to choose the right trim as per their needs.
We shall discuss, in-depth, the variant-wise features on offer in the recently launched Hyundai Exter. The micro SUV is based on the Grand i10 NIOS. Hyundai is renowned for integrating state-of-the-art technology, convenient features, contemporary designs, diverse powertrain options, and competitive pricing across its entire product range. These attributes were precisely what they required to challenge the market-leading Tata Punch. The Exter, boasting outstanding capabilities, sets its sights on outperforming the Punch in almost every aspect. Notably, it stands apart with the segment-first feature of 6 airbags available on all variants, making it the pioneer in this regard and aiming for a high rating in the updated Global NCAP test.
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Variant-Wise Features of Hyundai Exter
EX / EX(O) – Rs 6 lakh – 6.25 lakh
These are the base variants of the micro SUV. Note that even these variants get 6 airbags as standard which is an impressive passive safety feature along with ABS and Reverse Parking Sensors. Other notable amenities in this base trim include:
- Electronic Stability Control (ESC)
- Hill Start Assist Control (HAC)
- Vehicle Stability Management (VSM)
- Central Locking
- Keyless Entry
- LED Taillamps
- Digital Cluster with Colour TFT MID
- Multiple Regional UI Languages
- Manual AC
- Height Adjustable Driver’s Seat
- Adjustable Rear Headrests
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S / S(O) – Rs 7.27 lakh – Rs 7.42 lakh
This is the next variant in the lineup which has all the features of the EX / EX(O) trims and then some additional ones. A lot of people would prefer this range because of the combination of affordability and features. Let us glance through some of the top features available in these trims.
- Option of the CNG Powertrain and AMT Gearbox
- Tyre Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS)
- Day and Night Mirror
- Headlamp Escort System
- 8-inch HD Infotainment System
- Smartphone Connectivity – Apple CarPlay & Android Auto and Voice Recognition
- Front and Rear Speakers
- Steering-mounted Audio & Bluetooth Controls
- Rear AC Vents
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SX – Rs 8 lakh – Rs 8.23 lakh
SX is the mid-level trim and we reckon that people would buy this the most. The reason is quite simple. It has all the necessary modern tech, convenience and connectivity features and is also priced attractively. It has all the features of the previous trims with some more including:
- Rear Parking Camera
- Rear Defogger
- ISOFIX Child Seat Anchorage
- Projector Headlamps
- 15-inch Diamond Cut Alloy Wheels
- Shark Fin Antenna
- Fabric+Leather Upholstery
- Smart Electric Sunroof
- Paddle Shifters (AMT only)
- Cruise Control
- Tilt Steering
- Automatic Climate Control with Digital Display
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SX(O) – Rs 8.64 lakh – Rs 9.32 lakh
This is the penultimate variant which contains a lot of high-end tech, connectivity and convenience features. Generally, this is the trim which a lot of people consider the most value for money since it has almost all the features of the top variant at an attractive price. Customers looking for a lot of pampering without having to pay for the highest trim mostly opt for such variants. Note that it does not come with the option of a CNG powertrain. In addition to all the features mentioned in the previous three trim levels, the SX(O) trim offers:
- Automatic Headlamps
- Keyless Entry with Smart Key
- Footwell Lighting
- Leather-wrapped Steering Wheel and Gear Knob
- Push Button Start/Stop
- Wireless Charging
- Eco Coating
- Cooled Glove Box
- Rear Wiper and Washer
- Luggage Lamp
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SX(O) Connect – Rs 9.32 lakh – Rs 10.10 lakh
Finally, SX(O) Connect is the top model with all the bells and whistles. Customers who want their vehicles to be loaded with the latest tech and convenience features up to the brim without worrying about budget constraints opt for this trim. It doesn’t come with a CNG powertrain either. In addition to the amenities available in the last variants, the top trim has things like:
- Dashcam with Dual Camera
- IRVM with Telematics Switches (SOS, RSA & Bluelink)
- 8-inch Infotainment System with Bluelink
- Ambient Sounds of Nature
- Home to Car (H2C) with Alexa
- Over-the-Air (OTA) Update for Map & Infotainment
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Who Should Buy What?
There will be all sorts of buyers of the micro SUV. People have various applications which is why all the variants of the Exter will find suitable owners. But there is always one trim that will make the most sense for any buyer. Depending on the budget and the requirements from the vehicle, people can opt for either of these. For instance, if you are on a strict budget but still want to have a micro SUV with the maximum safety features like 6 airbags, the base trim makes the most sense. On the other hand, if you are someone who loves to be pampered by all the latest gadgets and gizmos in automobiles, the top trim will be your go-to choice. Finally, for most people, they will have to strike a perfect balance between the kind of features they’re looking for and the amount of money they are willing to spend. Resultantly, they can easily spot the best version for themselves from the mid variants.