1. New Hyundai Xcent: Car review; not in the ‘fluidic’ league yet

New Hyundai Xcent: Car review; not in the ‘fluidic’ league yet

The Fluidic Sculpture design philosophy has changed the way the world looks at Hyundai cars. But the same design hasn’t been able to make the Xcent a head-turner like other company cars.

By: | Published: May 1, 2017 3:27 AM
Hyundai Motor Company, Fluidic Sculpture, Hyundai vehicles, Xcent, Grand i10, VTVT, Hyundai Xcent The Fluidic Sculpture design philosophy has changed the way the world looks at Hyundai cars. But the same design hasn’t been able to make the Xcent a head-turner like other company cars.

In 2007, Hyundai Motor Company incorporated a design platform that brought consistency among the brand’s models. Called Fluidic Sculpture, it gave Hyundai vehicles better aerodynamic levels and a sleeker appearance, among other changes. It has done wonders for the company globally, including in India, where products such as Verna and Elite i20 became popular largely on the strength of design. However, even an amazing design language as the Fluidic Sculpture couldn’t really make the Xcent—the sub-four-metre sedan based on the Grand i10—stand out.

Hyundai India has now launched the All New Xcent, giving it much-needed design improvements and equipment. We drive it.

Exterior
The company’s signature cascade grille with horizontal chrome slats gives the car a wider stance. Top variants get LED DRLs and fog lamps. Sweptback headlamps, wraparound tail-lights, pull-type door handles and a shark-fin-type antenna give it a futuristic styling. A functional change is wheel air curtains next to DRLs. The boot, however, still looks like an after-thought.

Interiors
The car offers the first-in-segment 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system with smartphone connectivity—Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and MirrorLink. There is a voice-recognition button on the steering wheel. A smartphone holder with charging port makes life easy. The 407-litres of boot space is more than what Maruti will offer in the new Dzire (376 litres).

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Safety
Dual airbags for front passengers are standard, but ABS and parking assist are offered only in top-end variants. While there is an impact-sensing auto door unlock, the car doesn’t get speed-sensing auto door locks.

Engines
The petrol is 1.2-litre Kappa Dual VTVT (82bhp of power and mileage of 20.14kpl for manual and 17.36kpl for automatic). The diesel has been thoroughly reworked. This 1.2-litre U2 CRDi engine produces a power of 74bhp and is among the most fuel-efficient in India with a rated mileage of 25.4kpl. Ride quality is very good on city roads, but at high speeds the steering starts to feel too light for comfort.

Verdict
It’s priced Rs 5.38 lakh (petrol) and Rs 6.28 lakh (diesel)—the petrol automatic is priced Rs 7.1 lakh. Almost all compact sedans, but for the relatively cheaper Tata Tigor, are available in an almost similar price band. Hyundai has given the Xcent much-needed equipment, but on the design front it’s still not a head-turner. Buy it only if you are a Hyundai fan. Else, the new Dzire, which looks promising, is round the corner.

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    Nohid Chougle
    May 9, 2017 at 7:12 pm
    ‘fluidic’ doesnot necessarily implies in looks of the car, look at the reduction in drag they achieved, that designing.. "The aerodynamic design of the new Xcent together with unique Wheel Air curtains help to achieve low Cofficient of Drag (Cd) and ensure stable ride" The car stands out with the well design tail-lamps, have a look at those during night time, The author seems to have love towards maruti, which has manged to provide lipstick on its new dzire. further, compare to tigor, the xcent is far rich in providing luxury fee , Tata managed a good Design but it feels cheap inside
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