Hyundai Motor India Ltd. had launched the ‘Santro’ hatch way back in the year 1999, but with a re-bagged Hyundai Autos version. It forayed in to the Indian car segment with Santro which was then considered as a fitting rival for Maruti Suzuki Zen. The Santro is known to give tough competition to the different brand leaders in the segment like the Wagon R and Maruti 800 and has presently emerged to be the most well known ‘B’ segment hatchback in India. In 2003, the Santro was bestowed with a complete revamp and a fresh look and had been renamed as the Xing. Presently, Santro is said to have come up with facelift of the vehicle and a new engine, the 1.1 eRLX Epilson. Considering Santro for ownership is a wise decision especially for those interested in the small car segment. This is because of the affordability and style that the vehicle brings in. Moreover, the new Hyundai Santro Xing has been termed to be just an outstanding package that comprises of superior technology, well equipped, roomy interiors, along with a reliability stamp. The new Santro has really taken the world by storm with its launch and has been able to make a good impression on the buyers. This vehicle with its boxy, curvy shape is said to sit tall and undoubtedly has become the hot favorite, while being convenient in the small family vehicle segment. The manufacturer of this vehicle has come out with 10 different variants that include non-metallic and metallic. These are GLS, GL Plus, GLS LPG, Non AC and GL Plus LPG. The manufacturers had tried their best to keep pace with the growing expectations of the Hyundai lovers, while rubbing shoulders with Suzuki Estilo of Maruti. This vehicle is set to move a long way and trudge the right direction. This vehicle, Hyundai Santro Xing is available in 8 wonderful and exciting colors such as Black Diamond, Crystal White, Electric Red, Sleek Silver, Silky Beige, Dark Grey, Sparkle Blue and Berry Red.
Hyundai has been in India for quite some time and boasts of successfully tapping the Indian automotive industry segment. The Santro Xing hatchback is considered to be a ‘celebration edition on the successful completion of 15 years recently, which has caught the imagination of the buyers. Hyundai presently occupies the second spot in the Indian automotive market and is a completely owned ancillary of Hyundai Motor Company that is rather a transnational auto giant being based in Seoul. This manufacturer has been credited with launching with some fine cars that has been a hit with the Indian consumers. There are couple of huge manufacturing facilities present in the country that boasts of having a combined capability to produce 6,30,000 vehicle in a year. The company through its vehicles has been able to satisfy thousands of customers, who are proud owners and enjoying their ride. The Xing hatchback is one such well liked and admired vehicle that is launched from the factory of Hyundai. Although the engine is still the same like the previous versions, the safety and comfort features provided in the latest version is advanced. There is the petrol and LPG variant engine and reports are that this model has had immense success with its launch that is evident from the huge sales that Hyundai dealers have been enjoying. Hyundai has made several changes both interior and exterior for revamping its existing models and to give a better, sophisticated look. The changes made are undoubtedly charming and has given the car a refined look and approach. Besides the cosmetic changes, several impressive features also have been given, while the name has also been changed. So will this ‘celebration edition’ of Hyundai Santro Xing live up to the expectations of small car lovers in India? The experts of Ecardlr strap on the safety belts of this car to find more…
This Hyundai Santro Xing celebration edition arrives with impressive graphics on the body, rear flaunts some stunning garnish with chrome, LED display equipped parking sensors, brand new floor mats and an Audio system by Blaupunkt, which makes this tall boy, an owner’s choice.
The new Hyundai Santro Xing is said to sport an extensive redesign having more contemporary and international appearance along with the flowing aerodynamics bodylines. Front fascia boasts of new elegant grille and the chrome inserts stylish rounded headlamps having integrated indicators including redesigned front fenders that do give a cool look. Also, the rear end has been given a revamped bright tail lights, sporty rear spoiler and body colored bumper to give a chic look. The doors are dressed with grab handles that are pull type and wheels are covered with full wheel cover to give out a posh look. It also flaunts a wonderful rear spoiler to provide much better aerodynamics.
Its manufacturer has made the exteriors of Hyundai Santro Xing quite pretty, to give this vehicle a charming and refreshing look. The hatchback’s front façade boasts of subtly designed body color front radiator grille, having the company’s badge on it. There are huge head lights that are radiant clear lens and halogen lamps, with the side turn blinkers, power it also. It ensures the driver with better and clear visibility especially in the dark. This car’s bonnet is designed neatly and the front body colored bumpers does add immense beauty. The front windshield is tinted and has couple of intermittent wipers having enough speed settings for giving the driver clear vision at the time of rains.
The rear end is fitted with huge wind shield with bright clear les cluster tail lamp that has stop lamps with reversing lights and side turn blinkers. Besides this, there is tinted glass provided for all windows and a detachable bumper insert mouldings. The classy Xing has sporty rear spoiler with high mounted stop lamps and black colored thick waist line mouldings present on both sides for avoiding any type of damage, even of minor nature to the car.
The interiors of Hyndai Santro Xing has been revamped to look plush and comes with a brown beige interior that is quite similar to i20. The car does feature the latest silver finish center, storage areas for storing knick knacks and rotary control for air conditioner. The instrument cluster, dash and central console has given the vehicle a must smarter look along with better designed vents and sport dials. The rear parcel tray that is freshly designed is among the additional features that are present in this car. Tallboy design present offers the occupants ample leg, elbow and head space, seats being supportive, offering firm back and thigh support, head restraints for the rear and front seats for additional passenger safety. The standard interior features also include blower speed, air conditioning, power steering, heater, power windows, washer and rear wiper, washer and intermittent wiper, defogger. The safety features present on the car includes crumple zones, high torsion impacting bars and child locks.
The air conditioner of Hyundai Santro Xing is powerful enough to cool the whole cabin quickly. There is present an odometer, tripmeter for assisting the driver, low-fuel warning lamp for alerting if fuel level is low and requires refilling, a highly responsive power steering and one that assists in maneuvering the hatchback efficiently. There are also front power windows, boot lid release and remote fuel lid for extra comfort, along with other remarkable features that are really eye catching.
HEART OF THE MATTER
Hyundai Santro Xing has been provided with a new engine, which is the eRLX Epsilon, thereby displacing the 1086 cc, which outputs torque of 96 Nm @ 4000 rpm and 5500 revs for 62 bhp. The eRLX ‘active intelligence’ technology of Hyundai is said to power the engine for improving the vehicle’s mileage and performance and is also Euro IV compliant. The standard transmission is considered to be 5 speed manual having overdrive that is responsive and quick. There is an automatic 4 speed gearbox option present on GLS variant, which according to the experts is best suited for the urban commuters. It does deal with the hassles of having to change the gears on a frequent basis in the growing city traffic. This hatchback does feature ventilated discs present in the front, including a drums that are self adjusting in the rear. It has an excellent throttle response and low end torque that helps the Xing to deliver fabulous fuel economy that is sure to leave everyone astounded, which is about 14.45 kmpl for city and 17.92 kmpl for the highway for its petrol mill. This makes this hatchback the most fuel efficient one in the small hatchback segment as its mileage is highly beneficial to drive on Indian roads.
This hatchback, Hyundai Santro Xing’s 1.1 liter petrol mill is equipped with Single Overhead Cam Shaft or SOHC and multi point fuel injection system that enhances its acceleration and its pick up on the road while offering a relaxing and comfortable driving experience to its occupants. This modish car of Hyundai is rightly teamed up with manual gearbox of 5 speed which further adds up to its overall performance. The innovative Rotary Head Intelligent Valve Actuator or RHiA technology improves the power of the engine, offer fuel economy and contributes to its performance. The hatchback also boasts of a DPil or Differently Programmed Intelligent injection which offers fuel to the engine based on the road conditions to drive while it’s Real Time Intelligent Ignition System or RTiL offers very low rate of emissions.
The petrol variant is fitted with 1.1 L engine that provides a wonderful performance and also termed to be quite reliable. Another variant is available, which gives the owner option to use both LPG and petrol, with the engine of the dual fuel hatchback being the same e-RLX 1.1L. It is fuel efficient and does have torque and apt power that is suitable for the harsh Indian road condition. This explains why both the petrol mill or petrol plus PLG engines are able to deliver a high speed of 141 kmph. We found that the ability of this small car with a peppy engine to touch the mark of 1 to 100 kmph from a standing position in just 16.2 seconds was very impressive.
This vehicle, Hyundai Santro Xing is very much agile and boasts of excellent handling. The short wheelbase along with turning radius does make it very much ideal to have swift maneuvers. At the time of cornering, it displays a lean body. But, if it is driven with punch, the person behind the wheel can experience some measure of the road’s feel. Besides the remarkable engine, the hatchback is bestowed with sturdy suspension mechanism present along with robust braking mechanism. The hatchbacks front brakes are fitted with new ventilated discs. Xing’s suspension system helps the car to be stable and better balanced on any type of road conditions.
The car exhibits a new feature McPherson Strut suspension that is of world class in the front along with three link offset coil springs present in the rear that often evens out bumps present on the Indian roads. The rear axle is fitted with torsion beam axle with coil spring for balancing the hatchback and makes it steady in the worst road conditions.
The wide tyres that the car has been fitted with adds the driver with immense confidence, especially while trying to negotiate with the slippery surfaces. Moreover, the suspension aggregates does remain very much the same, however, changes need to be made to front-rear suspension damping along with huge anti-roll bar for enhancing the handling and ride further.
Hyundai Santro Xing also includes practical and impressive functions like the child lock safety rear door for increased protection for children and toddlers. Dual-side impact beams would minimize to sides of the vehicle if there is an unfortunate crash. Also, the front and the rear seats are fitted with seat belts of very high quality for enhanced protection. There is collapsible power steering column, which is also energy absorbing and assists to maneuver the vehicle with great ease. It comes with night and day rear view mirror, keyless entry for extra security of the hatchback, central locking system, self locking doors, which add safety quotient and to keep this car secure from the car lifters, with an engine immobilser for further safeguarding the car from all types of unauthorized entry, engine start, including several more critical features present for its security and safety.
The wheel arches are finely carved out and fitted with sturdy 13” steel rim set and equipped with the tubeless radial tyres having size of 155/70 R13 to provide better grip on the Indian road conditions, while being covered with full wheel covers that are stylish.
The Santro ‘Xing Celebration’ editions are made available to the public at a very affordable rate and this is just for limited period of time. The rate for Hyundai Santro Xing GL Plus variant is Rs. 3.81 L (ex-showroom price, Delhi). The latest features present on the Xing includes stylish body graphics, rear parking sensors having LED display, chrome garnish present at the rear, rear sun blind, new floor mats, Blaupunkt Audio System, etc. that makes the Xing a full featured rich car. This adorable hatchback does feature several notable safety aspects that ensure appropriate security and protection of the occupants, including the vehicle.
Overall, the Hyundai Santro Xing is spacious and the manufacturer presently is enjoying better sales with each passing day. In short, the car is a wonderful buy for those, who have a small budget and wish to have a vehicle that would not only be stylish, but also provide immense comfort, convenience, better mileage and excellent performance on the road. We would like to conclude that this tall boy from Hyundai is sure to stand a stiff competition to its well known competitors in Indian car market.