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Hyundai Xcent
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Customer Rating
: 3/5
Expert Rating
: 9/10
Warranty
: 2 Yrs / Unlimited Kms (Whichever is earlier)
Ex-showroom price in 
Delhi
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5.33 Lakhs-8.36 Lakhs

Strong Areas

  • Exemplary fit-finish
  • High quality interiors
  • Contemporary styling
  • Spacious and roomy cabin
  • Generously equipped cabin 

Weak Areas

  • Avg diesel engine
  • Familiar interiors
  • Costly top-end trim
  • Poor seat bolstering
  • Missing safety features
Hyundai Xcent
 

Expert Review Hyundai Xcent Facelift 2017

Hyundai has launched the new model of Xcent based on facelifted Grand i10 that was brought out earlier this year. It is priced between Rs 5.38 lakh and 8.41 lakh.


Hyundai Xcent Facelift with New Diesel Engine

Hyundai Xcent entered the sub compact sedan market 3 years ago and it has now got its mid-cycle update for 2017. Based on the hatchback Grand i10, the new edition of Xcent is comprehensively updated and it comes at a good time when the subcompact sedan segment is getting bigger with options aplenty. The closest competitor however will again be Maruti Suzuki Dzire that too is ready with its next generation model.

For its engines, the refreshed Xcent continues to have the 1.2 litre Kappa 4-cylinder petrol engine that generates 82 bhp at 6000 rpm and 114 Nm of torque at 4000 rpm. This is coupled with 5 speed manual and 4 speed automatic transmission. The ARAI certified fuel economy is 20.14 km / litre for the manual and 17.36 km/litre for the automatic model. 
 
What’s new under the hood is a 1.2 litre, 3 cylinder, U2 CRDi diesel engine with 74 bhp and 190 Nm of torque. It replaces the 1.1 litre motor (generating 72 bhp and 180 Nm of torque) of the original model. The new engine is also mated to 5 speed manual transmission. Its ARAI fuel efficiency is 25.4 km/litre. This review focuses on the performance review of Xcent with the new engine apart from the design and feature updates that the facelift brings.


The Exterior Makeover 

The basic silhouette of the car is unchanged but what gets noticed instantly is its new, bigger grille. This also gets a chrome border. The re-profiled headlamps have black inserts. Redesigned front bumper looks fresh and has bracket shaped LED daytime running lights (DRLs) engulfing the bigger fog lamps. 

On the lower end of the bumper is a belt of air inlets. It stretches across the width of the sedan and helps to direct air around the front wheels by using ‘air curtain’ and thus helps in enhancing aero efficiency.


With all these modifications the Xcent does look more attractive and also distinct from its hatchback sibling Grand i10. 

In its side profile you will notice new set of wheels – the 15 inch diamond cut alloys for the top end variant. These are covered by 175/60 R15 tyres. Apart from these bigger rims there are no other major modifications on the side of the car. Xcent measures 3995 mm in length and has a wheelbase of 2425 mm. 

At the rear too there are quite a few changes. The tail lights have been completely changed. They are bigger and look smarter than the ones on the old model. There is a chrome garnish stretching between these lights and right below it is the number plate. The base of the bumper is also wider now and tail section of Xcent looks more chiselled than before. On the rear end of the roof is a shark fin radio antenna available on the upper end trims. The boot volume capacity measures 407 litres.


Xcent’s body colour options include Sleek Silver, Polar White, Star Dust, Wine Red and Marina Blue. Its ground clearance is 165 mm.

Inside the Cabin 

In addition to the changes for the exterior, Hyundai has also worked to make the cabin feel different. The dual tone dashboard carries a new 7 inch touchscreen infotainment system for the top end variant. The unit has a user-friendly interface and for safety reasons it does not allow you to connect your phone via Bluetooth when the car is being driven. It does have Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity options along with MirrorLink. There are some other useful apps and overall functionality is efficient.

While the changes with regards to other aspects of the cabin are minimal, the finesse of Hyundai cars’ cabins has always been class-leading and the same holds true for facelifted Xcent. All surfaces and controls exude a high degree of quality. The steering wheel has been crafted ergonomically and its fine detailing reminds you of cars in a higher price bracket. 
 
The gear lever stick also draws attention. Carrying a combination of chrome, leather and Plexiglas finish it is pleasing to use. Other good quality features of this sedan’s interior include the changed fabric upholstery, automatic climate control, cooling of glove box, seat height adjustment for driver’s seat and electrical adjustment for the outside rear view mirrors (ORVMs).


On the instrument console the dials have clear fonts but when you flip through them you still don’t get the Distance to Empty counter that could have been a valuable addition for the facelift. The door pockets are spacious for water bottles and cup holder in front of gear lever is also practical to use. 

At the rear the seat has adequate legroom but three adults will not be very comfortable on the small width. Also the backrest is reclined more than what would have been comfortable. On the brighter side there is a rear AC vent which keeps the rear seat occupants cool in sultry weather. The seat base is also placed at a good height. There is a broad centre armrest with 2 cup holders.

For safety Xcent gets dual front airbags in all its variants as standard. A bummer is that the base trim does not get ABS – and it was there in the pre-facelift model.


Engine, Transmission and Performance 

The new 1.2 litre diesel engine of Xcent is a major part of its facelift and with this we tested the performance of the updated sub compact sedan. The oil burner has 2 bhp and 10 Nm torque more than the previous motor.

On starting the engine it settles into a lumpy idling which reminds us of it being a 3 cylinder unit. Even the gear lever vibrates and you can feel the pedals shaking as you put your foot there. So the refinement is not as good as with the petrol powered model but the cabin insulation is still better than the pre–facelift diesel Xcent.

As you accelerate from standstill, the engine spools up well and there is an extra lump of urge coming through when you go over 1800 rpm. A practical way to drive this car in the city is to use the gearbox and keep the motor above 2000 rpm. Then there is no lag. The peak torque also kicks in and there is ample power to utilise. Xcent feels effortless to drive in this stage and this is an improvement over the car with the smaller diesel engine. Gear changing is easy – you will readily find the slots and the light clutch makes city driving unproblematic.

On the highways too the performance is better than before. The time for accelerating from 0 to 100 km/hour is now 15.58 seconds as against 18.61 seconds by previous model. You can hit the sweet spot in the powerband but it does not last for long and gets over beyond 3500 rpm. After this the car does not accelerate as smoothly as you would want and it gets bit noisier. It is not really meant for enthusiastic driving.

Fuel Economy 

Hyundai claims that the facelifted Xcent diesel has a fuel efficiency of 25.4 km per litre. This is admirable considering that the sedan is energetic on the go, right off the line.

Ride and Handling

The Korean car maker has been working to improve the ride and handling qualities of its vehicles and the new Xcent does show upon these efforts. This sub 4 meter sedan has a satisfying ride quality and it can deal with small to medium potholes on the road without disturbing cabin occupants. The suspension set up is not soft but not even too firm and soaks up undulations on the tarmac and does not cause vertical movement on the seat. The sound insulation is also good and you do not really hear wheel thumping over the rough patches. It is just the sharper bumps and edges that may catch the car unawares and result in a sudden whack when the tyres go over them.

Handling is fine. It can be best described as safe and predictable. The steering is very light to use at slow speeds and pretty accurate. It is breeze to drive the Xcent in the city. What the enthusiasts won’t like is the lack of feedback. You need to maintain a form hand on high speeds on open roads.

Xcent has a comfort oriented suspension and it is not a corner carver. There is some boy roll during hard cornering.

Braking is another strong point of Hyundai cars and Xcent’s brakes work as you will expect with regards to pedal feel and ability. Some users will find the bit rather sharp but it is easy to get used to. In emergency braking test, this sedan stopped without causing any drama.

Verdict 

When it originally came, the Hyundai Xcent was a good overall package with contemporary looks and generous set of cabin features. The 407 litres boot was also a practical attribute. After the first facelift it gets a better diesel engine and improved external appearance. It is nice to drive and sit it. The price range for the petrol is 5.38 lakh to 7.01 lakh and for the diesel it is 6.28 lakh to 8.41 lakh (prices ex showroom Delhi). This means that the car has got expensive (except for the base trim) but it is still a good bargain for the package offered.

If you are mulling over a purchase from the sub 4 meter sedan segment, Xcent is a nice option but do compare the cost and benefits against the closet competitor – the new Maruti Suzuki Dzire 2017. 

Comfort: 3.5/5
Refinement: 3.5/5
Safety: 3/5
Ride: 3.5/5
Handling: 3.5/5
Value for Money: 3.5/5

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