The Hyundai Xcent might have marked a throwback to the original Accent but it’s a very different product. But it’s immensely capable at what it does and proves to be a great alternative to the Maruti Suzuki Dzire. It’s based on the Hyundai Grand i10, so it continues with all the goodness from that car — and then some.
It might be a Grand i10 with a boot, but the Xcent does manage to have its own identity — and not just at the rear. The front appearance might take some getting used to mainly because of that gaping-wide grille and air dam combination. But it can never go unnoticed. The profile is clean and far from what the original sub-four-metre sedans’ were. The rear is where the Xcent’s newfound character lies. It’s got the charm of a full-sized sedan, especially with the facelift’s wider and less stubby tail lamps.
Hyundais are known for good cabins and the Xcent’s is no different. Apart from the standard kit that includes (variant-specific) climate control, steering-mounted audio controls, a touchscreen infotainment system, it also offers a good amount of space for five adults. The dual-tone interior scheme ensures the interior doesn’t look boring while the fairly decent sized glasshouse is responsible for fewer blind spots. The inclusion of a rear AC vent, rear armrest, push- button start, and a 407-litre boot shows that Hyundai takes features and its customer demands seriously. Dual airbags and ABS are standard on all versions.
The engines range on the Hyundai Xcent comprises an 83 PS 1.2-litre petrol unit and a 75 PS 1.2-litre diesel. The former is torquey and works well with the Xcent. But the latter is a revelation. It’s far better than the previous Hyundai had in the segment. It’s also rich in torque and is an able performer for long-distance drives. A 5-speed manual gearbox is standard on both, but if you fancy an AT on the Xcent, there’s a 4-speed automatic available as an option on the petrol-engined version.
At about a lakh more expensive than the Grand i10, the Hyundai Xcent is priced at Rs 5.61 lakh onwards. That’s for the petrol version, while the diesel retails for Rs 6.53 lakh onwards. The top-spec diesel-engined model has priced at Rs 8.61 lakh. That’s a good pricing for a product that’s more than just a Dzire alternative! It handles most everyday tasks well, and if you’re looking at a less common family sedan in the segment, the Dzire deserves a look.
The competition is fierce ,to say the least. The Maruti Suzuki Dzire benefits from things like the optional diesel AMT variant, while the Amaze now offers a diesel CVT. The Ford Aspire has larger engines and is more engaging to drive, while the Ameo is in a different league in terms of build quality.