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3.9 Lakhs-5.65 Lakhs

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  • Engine is Very Good
  • AC Best in Class
  • Music System Best in Class

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Hyundai Santro
 
 

Hyundai Santro Expert Review, Old vs New

Hyundai decided to come back with its bestselling model- the Santro. The 2018 Hyundai Santro comes equipped with some first in segment features to woo the new age Indian Customer.


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1998 was the year when Hyundai brought in a revolutionary hatchback into the market and captured the attention of the middle class Indian who wants the most features at the least price. It was the first Tall Boy In India to compete   with Maruti in sales, trust and value for money.
 

Hyundai Santro Expert Review, Old Santro Xing vs Santro

By the time it was discontinued in 2015, Santro was already the leading model of the Hyundai stable and poised to get an edge over Wagon R- the leader of the hatchback pack in sales.

It was a go-to car for the budget friendly Indian and was taken off the roads only because newer models of the Hyundai, like the Grand i10 and Elite i20 took the reigns from it and further changed the game.

So when the new Santro was re-launched in early 2018, car critics and buyers were both abuzz with excitement and anticipation both as to how Hyundai could make the wonderful Santro go from good to better given how cut-throat the competition is in this segment.

The triple slat front grille of the old car makes way for the signature Hyundai 'cascading' grille. It is further accentuated by the chrome surround.  The front profile gets further pumped up with the wide stance thanks to sharing the same platform as the Grand i10. Flanked on either sides are the upswept headlamps replacing the rectangular ones, possibly keeping in with the sporty avatar that all hatchbacks are falling back on these days.

The previous front and rear wheel arches continue in this one too, far more prominent and stylised, topped off with a kink at the bottom of the rear window.

The 235 L Boot Space is stubby in design , somewhat lifted off the now - discontinued Maruti Suzuki
A-Star.

With the foldable rear seat, the space increases manifold - perfect for those family trips. In addition, the Boot Space is independent of the space designated for the space tyre, thus a lot of that free space can be made avail of when required.

The styling quotient is of prime importance to the people at Hyundai and this attitude cuts across all cars and models.

The Santro gets a makeover of vibrant arches and lines; the V lines on the bonnet are accompanied by the Z character lines cutting across from the fender over to the front. These add just the right amount of pizazz to the whole look- sharp, modern and functional.

The rear bumper is two toned- the sharp contrast popping out to good effect; they come with integrated reflectors.

The ORVM are body coloured; embedded in are the turn indicators. The turn indicators are sleek to look at.

The R14 tyres do not come in alloy even in the top Asta variant but what Hyundai makes up for in are the Wheel Covers. These are sporty enough to make the car stand out from the crowd.

What it does in the spectrum of style, it also does so in terms of convenience and functionality. The rear screen wiper and washer as also the defogger makes it all the more hassle free for owners in places with erratic weather conditions as these functions come quite in handy and that too in the nick of time.

The Head Room is not compromised for the New Santro inspite it being shorter than the old one. It looks deceptively small from outside but is spacious and comfortable enough for almost everyone of all shapes and sizes.

The front seats cocoon you nicely and the side bolsters helps keep the driver in position.

If it is indeed a 6foot person at the driver's wheel who decides to push his seat back- only then could anyone in the back seat face discomfort and have to squeeze in to fit. The rear seats albeit not split seats are upwards inclined for extra comfort in posture as also offers decent thigh support.

The Santro packs in as many functions and features as possible, given the fact that a hatchback wasn't expected to have any back when Santro used to rule the roads. So, instead of the simple single-DIN audio unit with AUX and USB connectivity, the new Santro gets a 7-inch touchscreen unit with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Bluetooth, Mirrorlink and AUX-in connectivity. The 7- inch display is first in segment , so are the rear AC vents which adds to the rear seating comfort.

The voice recognition system comes into action once the mobile device gets connected.

A smarter user interface for the Multimedia platform is brought on board through he introduction of the Hyundai iblue- that connects to the infotainment system via Bluetooth.

The style quotient has been upped in the interiors with the option of both a Champagne Gold and Diana Green insert. The latter is available in the Sporty Premium Black variant.

The power and Torque figures have gone up from 63PS and 98Nm to 69PS and 99Nm respectively, what with the  1.1-litre E-Epsilon engine having gone massive transformation. 

The extra cylinder in comparison to the segment competitors which are all 3-cylinder make, gives that slight edge to the Santro and the cherry on the top is definitely the in-house developed 5Speed AMT. Hyundai gives it all  make the car engine refined to the finest.

Santro, even at  its height of popularity was lacking the pertinent safety features like Airbags , EBD or ABS.

The features on offer back then included the front and rear seat belts as also keyless  entry, speed sensitive door lock and engine immobilizer.

The new 2018 Santro ups the ante with the much needed introduction of the front dual airbags, ABS with EBD, Rear Parking Camera with Sensors and Fog Lamps as well.

Although the entry level variants seem to give the safety features a miss, the Santro with all its updated features does seem like a worthwhile investment.

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