The new Hyundai XCent 2017 – What’s it like?

The New Hyundai XCent 2017 has been launched. It now looks very different from the earlier model. It follows the fluidic design theme and looks similar to the Elantra and upcoming new Verna. The new XCent is now more premium and stylish. What else does the new XCent 2017 have on offer? Karthick Annamalai finds out....

Despite being a low profile product in the overall portfolio of Hyundai which includes the flashy and sophisticated Creta, Grand i10 and Elite i20, the XCent has been decent seller for Hyundai Motor India Ltd. (HMIL). The XCent also earns a credit for finding its place in the hotly contested but low growth segment of compact sedan. The next generation Dzire would have entered the market by the time this piece goes to print. To take on the new comer, Hyundai has done mid-life facelift for its compact sedan XCent. Let’s see how it is different from its original avatar.

Design

Hyundai has carried out several cosmetic and design updates for the new XCent. The bumper, grille and chin are completely changed. Along the new cascading grille, the new fog lamps are placed horizontally with LED strips crowning it. The restyled bonnet, headlamps, new grille and boomerang shaped LED DRLs gives a distinct look to the XCent and its different from its sister grand i10. The XCent facelift gets new large chrome strip and a new rear bumper as well. The 2-piece wrap around tail lamps are also new. The new XCent will be offered in five colour options

Engine

The Hyundai XCent 2017 gets the new and more powerful 1.2-litre three-cylinder diesel engine replacing the older 1.1-litre oil burner. However, the 1.2 L petrol motor has been retained. The underpowered 1.1L mill was one of the key reason for the XCent’slacklustre performance. The XCent diesel generates a maximum power of 75bhp at 4000rpm and maximum torque of 190NM between 1750-2250rpm. The drive feels much better with the new mill.

The XCent’s transmission duties are handled by a 5-speed manual gearbox and a 4-speed automatic (torque converter). While the manual gearbox is standard for both the petrol and diesel variants, only the petrol variant gets the 4-speed auto box as an option. Hyundai claims a fuel efficiency of 20.14kmpl for the petrol variant and 25.4 kmpl for the diesel variant which is competitive.

Ride and Handling

The XCent was always a comfortable ride, and now with the XCent facelift, Hyundai has improved it further. The XCent absorbs bumps with ease. You are better insulated from tyre noise and NVH is also good for this class of car. This compact sedan is meant for city commuting and an occasional highway drive and definitely not meant for tracks.

Features and safety

The new two-tone beige layout and refreshed fabrics makes the interiors pleasing and attractive. Move into the car, you will fall in love with new 7-inch touchscreen infotainment unit for sure. The new unit supports Navigation, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and MirrorLink. The new XCent will come with dual airbags as standard across all variants. ABS is offered in SX and SX(O). Reverse parking system is also offered in top variants.

Price

XCent starts at a price tag of Rs 5.38 lakh for the petrol powered variants and Rs 6.28 lakh for the diesel powered variants (ex-showroom, Delhi)

Verdict

XCent is thoroughly refreshed, its sore points addressed well. The new diesel is punchy and the new infotainment system adds to the already likeable interiors. However it has nothing revolutionary to move it up the ladder in terms of sales. It suits the Hyundai core audience well and checks the boxes of what a Hyundai customer likes. Will it draw in its competitor’s customers…doubtful.

 


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