With the success of the Honda Amaze and Maruti Suzuki Swift Dzire, the compact sedan segment now constitutes a major chunk of the mid-size sedan sales in India and Hyundai wanted a large slice of the action. Enter the Hyundai Xcent. Based on the Grand i10 hatch, the Xcent is Hyundai compact sedan offering and is offered in two engines and a manual and automatic option. The Hyundai Xcent is available in three variants. Compared with its rivals, the Xcent looks more premium and offers more features plus a better interior, which is a major plus point. With an efficient diesel engine, the Xcent ticks all the boxes for a compact midsize sedan.
The Hyundai Xcent gets two engine options and they include a 1.1 U2 diesel and a 1.2 Kappa petrol engine from the Grand i10 hatch. The diesel, which is expected to be the best-seller in the range, has 70 bhp power output and the petrol has 81 bhp. Fuel economy is important and the Xcent diesel achieves an ARAI rated efficiency of 24.4 kmpl while the petrol manual achieves 19.1 kmpl with the petrol automatic getting 16.9 kmpl. You get a 5-speed manual for the diesel/petrol while the petrol only gets the automatic option. The diesel is smooth and, in the city, you will not feel any turbo-lag at all and it’s our pick of the Xcent range. The Hyundai Xcent has a McPherson Strut front suspension and a coupled torsion beam axle rear suspension. It features 14 inch and 15 inch alloys.
Safety features are also quite good on the new Xcent. Depending on the variant, the car gets features such as airbags for both front passengers, anti-lock braking system (ABS), rear parking sensors and rear parking camera with ECM display, keyless entry, and engine immobiliser, central locking and a rear defogger.