Hyundai Xcent Facelift Review & First Drive
Hyundai Xcent Overview
The sub-four-metre entry sedan segment is a weirdly unique segment in the Indian market. It is a segment that was created to leverage the advantages offered by legislation which allowed for a lower tax incidence. And it is a segment where the buyers are willing participants in a clever marketing game that makes them believe that they are getting a sedan, while they are only buying the hatchback with a boot strapped on to the rear.
There have been many entrants in the past few years who have tried to ride the wave. None have been as successful as the Maruti Suzuki DZire, and more recently the Honda Amaze. There are more in the pipeline and the increased choice is welcome because despite the number of options there haven’t been enough high quality compact sedans to choose from.The first off the block marking the new wave of compact sedans is the Hyundai Xcent. Meant to refer back to the Accent, the first sedan from Hyundai Motor India, the new Xcent is the booted version of the Grand i10. Hyundai Xcent On road price starts from 5,43,574/-. Check for price details of Hyundai Xcent in CarzPrice.
Hyundai Xcent Design
To address this Hyundai has now launched the 2017 edition of the Xcent complete with revised front and rear end styling and a few additional features. At the front, while the headlamps remain the same, a complete change in the bumper design means the tiny upper grille disappears but the lower grille gets larger and is now adorned with chrome. The bumper design too, especially around the fog lamp area is now more aggressive. The fog lamps are new and alongside it, sit the new LED DRLs, which only come on when you shift into gear..
At the rear, longer units that resemble the ones on the Toyota Camry replace the small tail lamps. Hyundai hasn’t stopped there, however, and has completely redesigned the rear bumper as well as the boot lid. The end result is a pleasant one with the new Xcent coming across as more presentable now, particularly from the rear. The new car gets the new 1.2-litre diesel engine too. We have sampled this diesel unit in the Grand i10 and we quite liked it. Here’s a more in-depth look at the new car.
Hyundai Xcent Cabin
Not much has changed on the inside of the 2017 Hyundai Xcent. The dash, the vents, the various buttons, and even the stowage spaces remain unchanged. It retains its large cooled glovebox too. The new Xcent uses the same large multifunctional steering as well with the only addition being a voice activation button. It is still only adjustable for rake, by the way. The seat fabric design is new, but otherwise in terms of cushioning, support and seating comfort, it is identical to the older car. So, it’s still reasonably comfortable to spend long hours in both front and back.
What’s significantly new though, is the infotainment system. Like on the Grand i10, the new system gets a wider touchscreen and comes with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The latter mirrors a few functions of your phone on the screen simplifying access to related apps on the move. The new system besides offering Bluetooth connectivity and various audio input options, also doubles up as a reversing camera screen. Earlier, the Xcent used an inside rear-view mirror integrated screen which was too small to offer a clear view.Otherwise the feature list for this top of the line variant remains the same with single zone climate control, rear AC vents, rear parking sensors, electric ORVMs with fold function, a basic trip computer, and keyless entry and start.
Hyundai Xcent Performance
The Xcent is powered by the same 1.2-litre Kappa petrol and the 2nd generation, 1.1-litre U2 CRDi diesel engine. The 4-cylinder petrol engine has also been retained in the same state of tune as in the Grand i10. It is a dual VTVT unit (variable valve timing) and its refinement is already well known. The overall performance of this mill in the Xcent is very similar. Linear acceleration is not great, but there is enough power and torque available in the key rpm range to help the driver handle most situations in city and on the highway. The 3-cylinder diesel engine has been marginally retuned to give peak power and peak torque a small boost. That hasn’t really made the 1,120cc engine any peppier than in the Grand i10. The engine does feel a bit underpowered on the highway and peak power tapers off fast after the 4,00 rpm mark. But while driving in city and with a considerable amount of low-end torque available on tap, the Xcent diesel feels just right. The engine is a bit buzzy on the highway, but surprisingly quiet for a 3-cylinder mill.
Both the engine versions are offered with 5-speed manual transmissions. The petrol engine version is also offered with a 4-speed automatic transmission. Gear ratios have been changed in the Xcent compared to the Grand i10.NVH packaging (noise, vibration and harshness) is amongst the best in the segment, keeping the cabin quiet comfortable. Testing the Xcent on an already searing afternoon in Hyderabad showed that buyers will surely appreciate the rear aircon vent during the summer. Rated fuel efficiency numbers places it very close to the Amaze.
Hyundai Xcent Rideing
Given that Hyundai hasn’t bothered with other mechanical changes on the new Xcent, the ride and handling remains almost the same as before. The ride is still plush at low speeds, and with decent visibility and maneuverability, the Xcent makes for an easy car to live within the city. But, the soft suspension setup doesn’t cope very well with the increase in speed.The ride gets noisy, and the Xcent – its rear in particular, even without being loaded – does wallow more than we would like. Not that it feels unstable or loose, but it lacks the planted feel of some of its competitors. It’s the same story when it comes to handling bends. The Xcent doesn’t feel sharp or nicely balanced to take on switchbacks at speed – the mute steering doesn’t help here either – but it isn’t wayward or scary in any way. It’s just not very interesting to drive quickly. View offers on Hyundai Cars from Hyundai dealers in Hyderabad at Autozhop
Hyundai Xcent Safety
2017 Hyundai Xcent comes with disc brakes at the front and drum brakes at the rear. The company has offered dual front airbags as standard fitment across the entire variant line-up of the new sedan. In addition, several premium features such as Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), Impact Sensing Auto Door Unlock, Keyless entry with Smart Key, Rear Parking Sensors, Rear Camera with display on audio, Central Locking, etc. are available with the top-end variants. Though, it looks bleaker than the preceding model, which had ABS as standard safety feature. Also, the other sedans in the segment come equipped with more safety features than Xcent.
Hyundai Xcent Price
Hyundai Xcent Ex-Showroom Price in India ranges from 5,43,574/- (Xcent E Petrol) to 8,48,948/- (Xcent SX Diesel Optional). Get best offers for Hyundai Xcent from Hyundai Dealers in India
Hyundai Xcent Verdict
The Hyundai Xcent certainly has loads of features to woo customers to the brand. Like most Hyundai models, the Xcent seems like a no-brainer when choosing between compact, value-for-money sedans. The build quality and feel is much better than the corresponding Maruti Suzuki.The 4-speed automatic is an issue but seems well suited for the engine underneath. The Honda Amaze is a better drive though, courtesy of that extra ratio.Tags: Hyundai