Hyundai could rake pretty good sales numbers with the Grand i10 and Xcent duo. The compact sedan segment is a fiercely fought battle and the Maruti’s Dzire is the undisputed leader in this segment. Despite its ungainly looks and a boot that looks like an afterthought, it rules the roost in the CS segment in India. Maruti is all set to bring in their comprehensively updated and better-looking Dzire this month. Anticipating the same Hyundai launched their updated Xcent.
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The car adopts the signature newly acquired Hyundai face. The front end is dominated by the new large grille. The grille is chrome lined to give an up-market feel and to leverage the fetish for chrome in India. This is complemented with a new set of fog lamps flanked with LED DRLs. Also, the front bumper gets a new lease of life. The side profile remains the same. However, the rear has also undergone some significant style upgrades. The integration of the boot of the 2017 model looks far better than the older model. The new taillights along with the new rear bumper give the car a more upmarket and mature look.
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The interiors are also given mild tweaks. A new 7-inch touchscreen finds its way into the top SX and SX (O) variant, which is equipped with MirroLink, Apple CarPlay and voice recognition. Also, the screen act as an output device for the reverse camera. The fit and finish remain top-class.
This time Hyundai has not limited the updates just to the cosmetics. The major change is under the hood. The 1.2-liter which was recently added to the Grand i10 replaces the 1.1 litre 3-cylinder engine powering the old car. The engine offers 3hp more power and makes the Xcent and a great car to drive inside the city with more than sufficient low-end torque.
The car also performs decently on the highways with a more linear delivery of power. However, compared to more powerful cars like the 100hp Ford Aspire and 109hp Volkswagen Ameo the Xcent is relatively underpowered. This makes it more of a city car compared to the competition.