The Hyundai Xcent (2014) has been out there for around 4 years now. At the time of its initial launch, though the subcompact sedan segment was relatively newer, the presence of the Maruti Suzuki Swift Dzire (Maruti Suzuki Dzire now) and the Honda Amaze had already taken up quite a large amount of the market share. Hence, to make an entry into this market was a little difficult.
The Hyundai Xcent is born out of the same flesh as the Hyundai Grand i10, just like Dzire did from the Swift hatchback.
Despite the fact that the Xcent never managed to get complete dominance over the market, it succeeded in getting a large portion of the road to itself even as the Dzire and Amaze continued to excel.
The Tata Zest and Volkswagen Ameo was introduced after the Xcent but still, could not manage to take away what the Xcent had already gained.
The car has recently received a much-needed facelift. The New Hyundai Xcent 2018 prices in India start from just Rs. 5.5 lakhs and extends up to Rs. 8.5 lakhs for the top end trim.
The new Hyundai Xcent has received a pretty decent number of aesthetic updates to make it look much more modern. Almost all of the changes have been restricted to the front and rear portion only.
The highlights in the front section come from the large hexagonal grille with sweptback headlamps on the two sides. You will love the design, even more, when you get a little lower and notice that the conventionally round-shaped fog lamps are no longer present. Instead, they are horizontally elongated and houses a strip of LED DRLs on them. Quite attractive, right?
The side profile remains to be the same as before. However, when you get to the rear section of the car, you will notice that the old tail lights design has been done away with. The Xcent now comes with a wraparound tail lights cluster that splits at the boot door to complete the overall attractiveness.
Just like the exteriors, the interiors of the 2018 Hyundai Xcent has also received a wide range of updates. The interiors are now much more urban. The entire inside wears a dual tone colour combination of black and beige. The top end trims have a leather-wrapped steering wheel as well. The dashboard wears blue illumination all over, giving it a very sporty feel.
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The infotainment system has a touchscreen display that is built with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connectivity. The steering wheel is mounted with control buttons for music, Bluetooth and voice recognition.
The Xcent offers ample legroom and headroom on both the rows even for taller passengers. There are plenty of storage all around including a door map pocket on all the doors. It has an exceptionally large boot space of 407-liters, which is only second to the new Tata Tigor.
Engine and Transmission:
The 2018 Hyundai Xcent is offered in both fuel type options. For the diesel variants, there is a 1.2-litre U2 diesel engine which is tuned to makes a highest power of 74 bhp at 4,000 revolutions per minute and a peak torque of 90 Nm at 1,750 to 2,250 revolutions per minute. This engine is coupled with a 5-speed manual transmission gearbox.
The petrol engine option is powered by a 1.2-litre Kappa engine that makes a good power of 83 bhp at 6,000 revolutions per minute and a decent torque of 114 Nm at 4,000 revolutions per minute. The power is transmitted to the wheels via a 5-speed manual transmission gearbox. Moreover, there is an optional 4-speed automatic transmission gearbox, but this is available only for the “S” trim.
The Hyundai Xcent very impressive in its mileage as well. The manual petrol variant delivers a fuel efficiency of 19.1 kms per litre while The New Hyundai Xcent offers a long mileage of 18.7 kms per litre. On the other hand, the diesel engine, as always, returns with an impressive mileage of 25.4 kms per litre.
The Hyundai Xcent Top model is undoubtedly a great value-for-money subcompact sedan. Keeping its legacy intact, the facelifted car is enough capable to keep the competition on against its competitors. It is indeed, very feature-rich and very much in line with the current trend in the technological affairs.
The features have been almost flawlessly carried forward from the previous generation to the current generation.
Overall, the Hyundai Xcent is a very good option to consider among the top subcompact sedans in India.