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Hyundai Xcent is the best family car; beats Dzire, Amaze

Last updated on: April 02, 2014 16:46 IST

Image: Hyundai Xcent.
Photographs: Courtesy, Hyundai

We got Hyundai Xcent petrol manual for review. Let’s look at how it fares.

Exterior Differences

Save for the VTVT badge below the driver side wing mirror, the Xcent petrol cannot be differentiated from the Xcent diesel on the outside.

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Hyundai Xcent is the best family car; beats Dzire, Amaze

Image: Hyundai Xcent.
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Engine

The Xcent petrol is powered by the same 1.2-litre four-cylinder Kappa2 engine as the Grand i10.

With Hyundai’s Dual VTVT technology, the engine produces 83 PS at 6,000 rpm and 11.6 kgm of torque at 4,000 rpm.

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The Xcent petrol is available with a 5-speed manual or a 4-speed automatic transmission.

Noise, vibration, and harshness (NVH) levels of this petrol are on par with the competition.

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The Drive

First things first, this 1.2-litre four-cylinder is no Honda i-VTEC. It lacks the excitement and power you get in the Amaze.

While the Hyundai makes more torque than the Honda on paper, the added twisting force is not reflected in the drive.

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Instead, the Xcent petrol, much like its oil-burning twin, likes to take things easy and relaxed.

Instead of building the revs, the Xcent suggests you shift at the right rpm and enjoy a relaxed drive.

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Image: Hyundai Xcent interior.
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Again, it seems Hyundai have optimised this engine for city use. Adding to the comfort of a city car is the light clutch and smooth gearbox.

Overall, the Xcent’s petrol engine falls short in comparison to the Amaze and Dzire.

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Image: Hyundai Xcent interior.
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Fuel Efficiency

The Xcent petrol manual claims to offer 19.1 kmpl according to the ARAI tests.

We predict the real world efficiency to be in the range of 11-13 km/l in city use.

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Image: Hyundai Xcent at Indian Auto Expo.
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Price

The Xcent manual starts at Rs 466,000 and goes up to Rs 647,000, the Dzire is priced from Rs 485,000 - Rs 631,000 and the Amaze from Rs 499,000 - Rs 664,000.

Just like the diesel variant, the petrol Xcent delivers good value with base prices undercutting the competition, while the top-end ensures your money’s worth.

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Image: Chart showing comparison between Xcent and its major competitors.

Verdict

Again, if engine performance is your priority, we suggest you look at the Honda.

But as an overall complete family sedan, it’s the Xcent petrol which gets our vote thanks to its feature rich cabin, well appointed interiors and competitive price tag.

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