Hyundai Xcent Facelift Performance & First Drive

Hyundai Xcent Overview

The new-generation Hyundai Xcent 2019 and Hyundai Grand i10 2019 are already under development. The new Hyundai Xcent 2019 should be coming in by 2019-20. Unkike its hatchback sibling the Grand i10, the Xcent is yet to make its mark. It has to become a phenominal success for Hyundai. The Hyundai Xcent 2019 will be coming next year. The company has announced the launch of eight new products in India till 2020, of which 5 will be new-generation vehicles. 5 new cars should be coming in next year with the Hyundai Xcent 2019 being a part of the new-generation of cars.

Hyundai will want this car to become an important part of its portfolio and take the fight to the doorstep of the Honda Amaze and Maruti Dzire who have been recently updated. We shall in the future do a comparison in which you can find out more.The current Xcent was launched at the 2014 Auto Expo and it got its facelift in 2017. The new car should have a all new platform which will be shared with Kia Motors. This new platform will be wider, offer longer wheelbase and will be more flexible. The Hyundai Xcent 2019 will offer more features and new, better performing engines too. This car is also going to be made keeping in mind the Hyundai Xcent 2019’s export to South America and other regions. View offers on Hyundai Cars from Hyundai dealers in Hyderabad at Autozhop.

Hyundai Xcent Exteriors

Hyundai, with the recent facelift of the Xcent, however, says it has gotten rid of many of these issues and has taken big strides in areas where the car needed a bit of propping up. For starters, it looks quite different from the Grand i10 when viewed from the front. A conscious decision to distance itself from the hatchback and give the car an identity of its own, the new nose is bold and very in-your-face. The bonnet hasn’t been re-profiled, but the bumper, grille and chin are completely changed.

The new ‘cascading grille’ is an evolution of Hyundai’s hexagonal grille, and according to designers in the company, has been inspired by the flow of molten metal. Alongside the grille are a pair of horizontally located fog lamps with LED surrounds. And the chin of the new Xcent also has air inlets in the bumper – these help channel air around the front wheels by using what is known as air curtain, thus improving aero efficiency. While the new grille clearly gives the car a strong identity, it also does look a bit over the top and a half size too big for the nose.

While there aren’t too many changes around the sides, apart from the larger new wheels, the rear of the car has also been thoroughly updated. The new tail-lights make the rear of the car look almost Audi-like and because the base of the bumper has been widened, the view from the back looks extremely muscular.

Hyundai Xcent Interiors

Considering the Xcent has the same wheelbase as the Grand i10, Hyundai hasn’t really made many changes to the interiors. The dashboard has a clean look with all the buttons feeling in place and easy to access. Hyundai has paid a great attention to detail and has plastered the car with a plethora of features that gives it a step up from the competition.The center console that houses the 2-Din audio system is fantastic. Apart from having a 1GB internal memory capable of storing at least a thousand songs the system allows you to stream music via aux, USB and best of all Bluetooth. The steering wheel gets audio as well as telephone controls so the driver can easily answer/reject calls and change the music plus increase/decrease volume without having to take his/her eyes of the road.

The Xcent also gets an electro-chromic mirror with an integrated rear-view parking camera and parking sensors. A Hyundai trademark now is adding a push start button to their vehicles along with a smart key and the Xcent doesn’t get left out either. The list goes on and on.Though the Xcent has borrowed a lot from the Grand i10, Hyundai has made sure that the changes made on the interiors are to satisfy the customer’s desire to buy a sedan. The air-conditioning gets a climate control system as well as an air ionizer that keeps the air fresh during circulation. The rear seat gets a central armrest with cup-holders. There is a large amount of storage space in the Xcent. All the little nooks and crannies have been utilized for storage. One noticeable difference is that the storage compartment in front of the gear shifter gets a push-lid to cover it up instead of being open like it was in the Grand i10.

There is no shortage of features in the interiors of the Xcent. It feels like a class above the rest on the inside. One place where we feel Hyundai could have been a little more generous is on the trip display screen. The digital display shows two trip meters; average driving time and average speed. Hyundai could have added a distance to empty gauge as well as fuel economy meter as well, especially when they say that both the petrol and diesel are very fuel-efficient cars. So being able to see how good your fuel consumption is would allow for a sense of satisfaction to the driver as well have a gauge of what fuel mileage is being achieved.The boot in the Xcent is a whopping 407 liters and can easily accommodate two large suitcases as well as a few other smaller bags. This allows for a large carrying capacity. By equipping the Xcent with the biggest boot in the segment, Hyundai dethrones the Amaze when it comes to boot size.For Hyundai Xcent check

Hyundai Xcent Performance

Better more refined 1.2-litre engines are to be expected. The Hyundai Xcent 2019 will have diesel and petrol options with both manual and automatic gearboxes on offer. With the Santro we know there will be the AMT gearbox making its way into the Hyundai stable but will it be used on the Hyundai Xcent 2019? We don’t know yet. The engines will be better and more refined than the current generation.

What also makes a huge difference is that this car is so much better to drive. Let’s start with the engine, which at 1,186cc is now higher in both capacity and power. It now makes 75hp (up 3hp) and 190Nm of torque from as low as 1,750rpm. Start the engine and it settles into a lumpy idle, so reminiscent of a three-pot motor. The gear lever shakes, there are some vibrations coming up from the floor and place your feet on the pedals, and you can feel the pulses of the engine here too. It’s not as smooth as a petrol three-cylinder for sure, but insulation seems to be better than on the earlier car. And put your foot down on the accelerator and the engine spools up extremely quickly, an extra dollop of urge coming through as soon as you cross 2,000rpm. As a result, the best way to drive this car is to use the extremely accurate gearbox and keep the motor on the ball, above 2,000rpm.

Hyundai Xcent Rideing

Drive the Xcent in this manner and performance is quite strong and effortless, a huge improvement over the earlier car. Even flat-out performance is much better. 0-100, for example, now only takes 15.58sec as against 18.61sec for the earlier car, and the new car is also a couple of seconds quicker in gear. The sweet spot in the powerband, however, is quite narrow, and it’s all over by 3,500rpm. After this, the Xcent does not accelerate quite as strongly or as smoothly, with a bit of a rattle also emanating from under the bonnet.

Hyundai has also improved bump absorption and ride quality. There’s a fair amount of suppleness in the suspension, bad patches are ridden over with consummate ease and acoustic isolation is so good you hardly ever hear the wheels thumping over rough ground. Only sharp bumps and ridges tend to catch the car out, the occasional ‘whack’ heard when riding over them. Even the steering and handling is nicer. The former is now lighter to use, smoother in operation and more accurate. And grip from the chassis is now so good, the Xcent is actually quite fun to drive around corners.

Hyundai Xcent Safety

The Hyundai Xcent has three trims Base, S and SX. The 2-DIN audio system is available from S model, along with Bluetooth and four speakers. There is also metal-finish door handles on the inside, rear AC vents, electrically adjustable mirrors, reverse parking sensor on the mid-variant. The top-of-the-line gets push start and stop, reverse parking camera, electrically folding mirrors, dual airbags and ABS.

Hyundai Xcent Price in Mumbai

Hyundai Xcent On-Road Price in Mumbai ranges from 6,17,764 to 9,83,409 for variants Xcent E Petrol and Xcent SX Diesel Optional respectively. Hyundai Xcent is available in 11 variants and 5 colours. Below are details of Hyundai Xcent variants price in Mumbai. Check for Xcent price in Mumbai at Carzprice.

Hyundai Xcent Round Up

With its updated looks, improved engine and more mature ride and handling, the facelifted Hyundai Xcent is a big step forward over the earlier car. It is nicer to drive, nicer to sit in, and even comes with a practical 407-litre boot. If you are in the market for compact sedan, make sure you take a long hard look at this one.

In a market that is always looking for more bank for buck, the Xcent is a perfect addition by Hyundai, especially in a rapidly growing segment. Being uber feature laden, spacious and comfortable with good fuel efficiency, the Xcent does delivery in every category. This makes it a very desirable car for the amount of money paid. Some may say that the Honda Amaze has a better build quality but for better build quality those customers would be sacrificing additional features such as Bluetooth and push start etc.

If you are looking at a family sedan that is at par with the market value, the Xcent is the car for you. With a great service team backing you up, there is not too much to worry about when it comes to getting a Hyundai. The Xcent will be a fair player in the sub-four meter mid-sized sedan segment along side it’s rivals, the Swift Dzire and Honda Amaze.