Hyundai Xcent
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: 1/5
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: 2 Yrs / Unlimited Kms (Whichever is earlier)
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5.81 Lakhs-8.75 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

Hyundai Xcent Expert Review, Xcent First Drive Review

Hyundai’s Xcent will take on Amaze and Dzire in the sub 4 metre sedan segment. 




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Hyundai is preparing to contend Maruti Suzuki on all fronts and has already launched its sub four metre sedan to take on the Dzire. It will also lock horns with Honda Amaze and Tata Indigo eCS in the same segment. 
The first things that strikes about this new compact sedan is its name – the Xcent name is back - and it is spelled in a differently because this new car is designed for ‘generation X’. Revealed at the Auto Expo 2014 and launched a month later in March, the Xcent is based on Grand i10 platform and is practically a saloon version of the same car. It comes with 1.2 litre petrol and 1.1 litre diesel engines that are also used in the hatchback. These are mated to 5 speed manual transmission though Hyundai is also offering the petrol car with 4 speed automatic gearbox. 
                                         Hyundai Xcent Expert Review
How strongly does the new compact sedan stand in its segment? Will it wean away some prospective buyers from the popular Dzire and Amaze? Only time can tell. But here’s a comprehensive analysis of the looks, features and performance of the new Hyundai for a better idea of its ‘X factor’:
The silhouette and design of Xcent show that it is the latest iteration of Hyundai’s fluidic design principle as was last seen in the Grand i10. With backswept, smoked out headlamps and prominent, hexagonal centre air dam, it closely resembles its hatchback sibling from the front. Chrome bezel fog lamps are housed neatly on a broad bumper. The Xcent does look smart and it seems that the saloon was already planned by Hyundai when they released the smaller Grand i10.
                                       Hyundai Xcent Rear Parking Sensor
On the sides you see a bigger glass area (than Grand i10) and the top end variant has chrome door handles. Once again, there is a black plastic cladding on the door panels. The Xcent gets 14 inch alloy wheels on top variants but also has the option of 15 inch diamond cut alloys.  Hyundai designers have worked well to give it good proportions. The roof flows seamlessly into the trunk and in front the short nose balances the design of the silhouette. 
With the addition of the trunk, the tail lamps also get a new design. The rear bumper is nicely sculpted and carries reflector strips. 
In terms of dimensions, the compact sedan has the same wheelbase of 2425 mm as the Grand i10. This is tad shorter than Dzire’s but is longer than Honda Amaze’s wheelbase of 2405 mm. The Xcent measures 3995 mm in length but at 1660 mm it is not as wide as its rivals. While Amaze has a width of 1680 mm, Swift Dzire is wider with 1695 mm. The boot has a capacity of 407 litres. 
Inside the two tone cabin, there are not many changes from the Grand i10. The gear lever is still mounted towards the dashboard. Quality of materials remains good. Instrument cluster has a simple design with clearly readable dials. Black surfaced speedometer has white numbers and blue back illumination.
                                        Hyundai Xcent Dash board
The cubby-hole behind the gear lever comes with a lid and even the base variant gets a cooled glovebox. Being a Hyundai, the Xcent is well loaded with comfort equipment and a few features in this compact sedan are first-in-class elements. It has rear AC vents, a smart push button start, rear parking sensors and electrochromic rear view mirror. Top end trim has automatic climate control. The music system comes with USB port, Aux input and 1 GB of internal storage. Bluetooth connectivity and steering wheel mounted audio controls are provided. ORVMs are auto folding and have side indicator light strips. 
There is a defogger for the rear glass in upper segment models. So, like a typical Hyundai product, the Xcent is well packed with features that ‘gen X’ loves. 
The front seats shared with the Grand i10 are comfortable and adjustable. There is adequate headroom and shoulder room. At the rear, the seat though designed for three would be more comfortable for two adults because of the protruding centre console with rear AC vents. A foldable armrest with cup holders has also been provided in the centre. Headrests are adjustable and this adds to the comfort. With wide opening doors, ingress and exit is also simple. 
                                    Hyundai Xcent Seat
Along with basic safety sets ups, dual airbags and ABS are also provided on the top end versions. As a compact saloon in the sub 4 metre category, the Xcent looks attractive and does have a long list of features. 
Engine, Transmission and Performance 
1.1 litre Diesel 
The 1120 cc, 3 cylinder diesel engine is quite audible at idling. But it feels smoother on being revved a little. At low revs a turbo lag is felt and it does not feel very responsive. This smaller engine cannot match the punchy nature of the one in Swift Dzire. The better part of performance comes only in mid range where the engine feels the strongest. But the 2000 rpm punch is missing. We wish Hyundai had customised this sedan a little more to fit in i20’s 1.4 CRDI.  
                                                        Hyundai Xcent Petrol Engine                                            
Power delivery is straight and linear and the peak power of 71 bhp comes at 4000 rpm. After this the motor shows signs of exhaustion and there is no point revving it hard to the redline. Actually, you will often come across situations on the highways where the punny 1.1 U2 runs out of breath. Overtaking fast vehicles requires planning, particularly on bi-lane highways. Downshifting it to third gear does not always work very well for that power output. 
According to Hyundai, some changes in the ECU and a new electronically regulated wastegate (for the turbocharger) have increased the power by 1bhp and torque by 2.1 kgm over the hatch Grand i10. But this difference is not immediately evident. The peak torque of 18.3 kgm comes at 1750-2500 rpm. 
In terms of refinement the humming and drumming of 1.1L diesel engine is felt but it is not as vocal or coarse as the diesel motor of its rival Amaze. 
The clutch feels light, the gearbox is slick and has well defined gates. With precise shifts it is easy to drive the Xcent within the city. There is more torque available in the lower rev range and so you don’t need to change gears very frequently. Driving this car in a relaxed manner on highways is also enjoyable. 
1.2 litre Petrol (Manual)
Refinement of the 1197 cc engine is impressive and there is hardly any vibration or noise at idle. The engine continues to be smooth as you rev it up and its gets vocal only past 5000 rpm. Thanks to light controls and smooth gear shifts this version of Xcent is also easy to drive in city traffic. 
                                              Xcent Diesel Engine
The Kappa petrol engine feels peppier than its diesel counterpart. This is also a tech rich motor that is equipped with variable valve timing (VTVT) and drive-by-wire throttle. The very first drive gives you a feel that the engine is more powerful. Tapping on the throttle makes the sedan move forward smartly. Throttle responses continue to be quick and crisp and the Xcent becomes enjoyable to drive on the highways. The peak torque of 11.6 kgm is available at 4000 rpm. 
This engine is rev friendly and feels very eager on highways. Unlike the diesel, overtaking is a simple job with quick downshift. There is ample mid-range punch. Driving enthusiasts will enjoy the petrol Xcent on open highways. 
Ride and Handling 
Xcent’s suspension layout is same as with Grand i10 and therefore comprises independent McPherson strut layout upfront and non independent torsion beam axle at the rear. The four shock absorbers are gas charged. Hyundai had closely focused on ride comfort while designing the platform for Xcent (and Grand i10) and the ride quality is compliant within the city. Most of the road undulations are absorbed with a silent thud and the jerks do not disturb much in the cabin. The high speed ride is planted but comparing the two variants, the ride quality of diesel powered Xcent is better than the petrol one. 
Handling feels safe and predictable. There is little body roll when you turn it hard around the corners but not enough to cause any nervousness. With a fairly strong bite, the brakes do a nice job and the ABS also feels well calibrated. The steering feel is similar to Grand i10 and you can maneuver this sedan quite simply into lanes and on U turns. 
Fuel Efficiency 
Hyundai claims a fuel efficiency of 24.4 km/litre with the diesel variant of Xcent. Actual road tests give figures of 16.5 km/litre in the city and 20.5 km/litre on highways. The petrol (manual gearbox) car has a fuel economy range of 12.5 to 17.5 km/litre. 
The reasonably priced Hyundai Xcent can be a good competitor for the Honda Amaze. But it might not be able to contend very strongly against the Dzire in terms of performance particularly because of the smaller diesel engine. For those who look forward to a feature laden cabin, this sub 4 metre sedan will be an enjoyable purchase. 
The petrol trims cost between Rs 4.66 lakh (Base, manual) and Rs 7.22 lakh (Top end automatic) while the range for diesel starts at Rs 5.56 lakh and goes up to Rs 7.38 lakh (all prices ex showroom Delhi). 
Comfort:  4/5
Refinement: 3.5/5
Safety: 3.5/5 
Ride: 4/5
Handling: 3.5/5
Value for Money: 3.5/5

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