The sub 4 metre sedan segment of the car market in India saw a new contender when ‘Xcent’ ushered out of Hyundai’s gates in 12 March 2014. Based on Grand i10’s platform this new car carries much of its smaller sibling’s style and design. It simply looks like a Grand i10 with a boot. Indeed the way its rear blends with rest of the car’s body, it feels that the Xcent was envisaged as a compact sedan derived from the Grand i10. It is also inspired by Hyundai’s fluidic design philosophy. In the market, this new Hyundai car takes on Maruti Dzire and Honda Amaze.
Launched with two engine options – 1.1 litre diesel and 1.2 litre petrol – the Xcent comes in three variants for each category viz. Base, S, SX. Both the engines have been coupled with 5 speed manual transmission. There are optional feature-upgrade versions with S and SX trims and buyers can also go for petrol driven 4 speed Automatic version that comes with S (O) and SX (O) versions. So the car does cater to a wide budget range.
While the U2 CRDi diesel engine churns out 72 PS @ 4000 rpm and has a peak torque of 18.4 kgm @ 1750-2500 rpm, the 1.2 litre Kappa Dual VTVT petrol motor has 83 PS of power @ 6000 rpm and 11.6 kgm torque @ 4000 rpm.
Swept back headlamps are close replicas of Grand i10’s units and the hexagonal radiator grille is lined with chrome. Round fog lamps are also adorned with chrome bezels. Fluidic design cues can be seen on the door panels and the top SX trim comes with 14 inch alloy wheels as standard. Hyundai does offer 15 inch diamond alloys as option. The high end variant sports chrome door handles for that extra flair and has LED side turn indicators on its body coloured ORVMs. With a roof antenna and Grand i10 like tail lamps on the boot, the Xcent again reminds you of its design similarities with the hatchback. The boot lid carries chrome garnish and the rear bumper looks well chiselled.
Hyundai Xcent has wheelbase of 2425 mm, the same as Grand i10 and its cabin design too is an imitation of the smaller car’s interior. So in the characteristics Hyundai style, you get good levels of refinement and a bunch of equipment. The black and beige cabin has smart instrument panel and centre fascia display. Mid and top segment variants get 2 DIN integrated audio system with radio, CD/MP3 player along with 1 GB internal memory. They do have Aux-in, USB ports and Bluetooth connectivity. Audio and Bluetooth controls mount the three spoke steering wheel wrapped in leather. While there is a manual AC/heater for base and S trims, the top end version comes with automatic climate control.
Other exclusive attributes with the high end trim include rear view camera, keyless entry, push button start/stop, and air bags for driver & front passenger. Ample legroom at front and back makes the Xcent a practical 5 seater, family car.
There is a choice of six colours for Hyundai’s sub four metre sedan and the price ranges between Rs 4.66 lakhs (Base, Petrol) and Rs 7.38 lakhs (SX – O, Diesel). The Automatic versions cost Rs. 6.28 lakh (S) and Rs. 7.19 lakh (SX).
Xcent may be a fairly new rival for the already popular Dzire and Amaze but considering the success of Grand i10 in Indian market, it has the potential to give serious competition to its Japanese competitors.