The compact sedan is one of the most important segments in India. Almost all the auto majors in India are jostling for space here. Maruti’s massively popular and updated Dzire, Ford’s Aspire, Tata’s recently launched style back the Tigor, Honda’s smart Amaze and Hyundai’s Xcent. Volkswagen was the last to enter the segment with their Ameo.
Considering the fierce competition Hyundai has launched an updated version of the Xcent recently in the Indian market.
Hyundai has put in a lot of effort to differentiate the Xcent from its hatchback sibling, the Grand i10. Especially head on the new Xcent has an altogether different design language. The big cascading chrome grille is the most stand out feature. The other elements include a restyled bumper with a distinct chin, horizontally laid out fog lamps with LED DRLs around. The side profile remains unchanged and gets new diamond cut 15-inch alloy wheels.
The old Xcent had a pair of small rear lamps. Hyundai has replaced it with much larger wrap around units that extend to the boot as well. The base of the bumper is widened to make the car look much bigger and mature than the outgoing model.
Changes in the interiors are minimal. The class leading fit and finish of the interior continues on this version as well.
The major change on the dashboard is the new 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system. The infotainment system has Android Auto and Apple CarPlay to connect your smartphone to it. The car has got decent legroom at the front as well as the rear. However, Xcent is a narrow car and seating three at the rear is little tight. The car also gets rear AC vents.
Dual airbags are standard across all the variants. All variants except the base variant get ABS as well. The car gets a reverse camera for easy and safe parking.
Engine and Performance
The diesel variant of the Xcent is powered by a 1.2 Liter U2 CRDi three-cylinder motor that generates 75hp @ 4000 rpm (2hp more than the old one) and 190Nm peak torque at 1750-2250 rpm range. The engine is mated to a five-speed manual transmission. Hyundai has also slightly tweaked the way power is dissipated from the engine. There is a nice surge of power in the 1500-2000 rpm, which is very useful in the city as well as for overtaking in the highways. The slick gearbox is a joy to use and complement the engine well. However, the power tapers around 3000 rpm, which means the power band for the diesel mill is pretty narrow. The new diesel Xcent breaches the 100kmph mark on the speedo in 15 seconds, which considerably less than the old one (18 seconds).
The 1.2 Liter Kappa dual VTVT petrol motor is carried over from the older model. This engine generates a peak power of 82hp @ 6000 rpm and 111Nm peak torque. The engine is available with a five-speed manual or a four-speed automatic transmission.
Handling and Ride Comfort
Hyundai has done some work on the suspension as well. The ride has become plusher. However, Hyundai has ensured sufficient stiffness to the springs which translate into decent handling and minimizes the bouncing effect on undulating surfaces.