Hyundai Xcent Diesel Model Review in Detail

Hyundai Xcent is a stylish, high-tech family sedan car that offers urban styling and superior mileage. It is giving stiff competition to its segment Swift Dzire and Honda Amaze. It is available in both variants petrol and diesel. The Hyundai Xcent comes with fitted advanced safety features and disc and drum breaking system. The stability and handling is best part on it. The Diesel variants available in the range of Rs.5.7 6.9Lakh. In this post we are gonna explain about Hyundai Xcent Diesel Model Review in Detail.

Interiors

Hyundai Xcent interior

Hyundai Xcent interior

In terms of equipment, the Xcent is much like any other Hyundai. That means top-spec cars are particularly well equipped, with features like a reversing camera, rear parking sensors, keyless entry and go, automatic climate control, auto folding mirrors, steering-mounted controls, an audio player with 1GB of onboard storage, aux and USB compatibility, Bluetooth and an electrochromic rear view mirror. Syncing the system with your phone is pretty straightforward and gives you the option to copy your phone’s contacts into the head unit. We had no problems using the Bluetooth telephone function, although  the sound quality from the car’s four speakers is just average. Built on the same hatchback platform, the car is premium, stylish and classy and offers comfortable ride. The interior looks luxurious and plush thanks to the dual color cabin with beige and black. Generous legs-pace and head-space, multiple storage options and more boot-space make the car stand apart. Quality plastic and materials are used inside and the dashboard is perfectly designed. The seats are wrapped in leather or premium fabric.

The Hyundai Xcent is equipped with a side range of features such as music system with steering mounted controls, , Aux-In interface, smart key access with push button start/stop function, electrically adjustable wing mirrors and powerful AC. The Xcent comes with a dual-DIN audio system with a CD player. It can also be connected to your mobile phone or portable audio player through aux, USB or Bluetooth. In addition to this, the system also features 1GB of internal storage to let you store about 150 songs in MP3 format.  The front dual airbags protect the passengers from injuries in the event of head-on collision. The top end variants offer ABS with EBD. Rear AC vent and ECM display and automatic temperature control (FATC) are among other key features. On the plus side, there is a good deal of legroom and the foldable centre armrest is well positioned too.

Incidentally, the center armrest comes with two cupholders, in addition to the two cupholders up front, one-litre bottle holders on each of the doors and the large (and cooled) glovebox. Even luggage space is very impressive, with the well-shaped 407-litre boot taking in large suitcases with great ease. Much like the Grand i10, the Xcent will impress you the moment you set foot inside. Modern Hyundai cabins are high on quality and here too you’ll find the general level of fit and finish to be of a very good standard. Those behind the wheel, in particular, will love how the chunky steering and smartly detailed gear lever feel as good to hold as they are to look at. It’s a well laid out cabin too. The two-tone dashboard, identical to the one in the Grand i10, places all audio and air-con controls within easy reach. A welcome inclusion on the Xcent is an automatic climate control system that works well enough to maintain a cool temperature in the cabin. What’s also nice is that each of the round vents up front can be individually opened or closed to direct air flow as per your liking.

However, the rear air-con vent (a first in this segment) isn’t particularly effective and in our view is a bit of a waste as it unnecessarily robs space from the middle passenger. Rear occupants, on the other hand, will appreciate the safety and comfort the adjustable headrests come with, but might find the seat base a tad short. Also, compared to the Grand i10, the Xcent’s rear seat back has been reclined a few degrees too far to compensate for the loss in headroom owing to the angle of the rear windscreen. The cabin’s average width also means the Xcent’s rear seat is best suited to two passengers.  The Xcent offers a fair amount of adjustability for the driver, so long as you opt for the middle or top-spec versions. Steering rake and seat height adjustment make it easy to find a comfortable driving position. The front seats, though slightly narrow and a tad on the firm side, are supportive enough. However, a cause for concern is that the fixed headrests are too short and unlikely to provide adequate protection from whiplash in the event of a rear collision.

Exteriors

Hyundai Xcent HD pic

Hyundai Xcent HD pic

 

In the front, the same radiator front grille with thin chrome bar is flanked by headlamp clusters. The body colored bumper sports fog lamps on the sides and a big black air dam in the middle. The flat wheel arches and the alloy wheels enhance the beauty of the side profile. The car looks altogether different from the i10 hatchback thanks to the addition of the boot. The exterior of the car looks modern and sporty with its fluid styling. The compact sedan gets its styling cues from the i10 hatchback. The bold front, sleek side and elegant rear profile is accentuated with wrap round lamps and chrome surround hexagonal grille and diamond-cut alloy wheels.

Handling

Hyundai Xcent Steering

Hyundai Xcent Steering

As for the electrically assisted steering, it isn’t what you’d call lifeless and weighs up enough to give you confidence at high speeds. But venture out on to a twisty course and you’ll be able to tell that the Xcent’s basic underpinnings are nice and stiff, and that it’s the inconsistent steering feel which is the weak link. Within the confines of a city, though, you’ll be more than happy with the minimal effort required to twirl the light steering and ease the Xcent into, say, a tight parking spot. The small turning circle and hatchback-like dimensions help here in a big way. To give you an idea of the progress Hyundai has made in the ride and handling department over the years, here’s a fact. The Xcent tackles the bumps better and generally feels more surefooted than the more expensive Verna did at launch back in 2011. No, the Xcent still doesn’t ace this section of the test,

Out on the highway, the Xcent feels adequately planted, but the overall ride isn’t as flat as we’d have liked. The vertical motion is more pronounced at the back especially when the car is not loaded up. but as Hyundai go, it’s a big step in the right direction. Both our test cars were the fully specced models with the optional ABS system. While stopping power was good, the brakes on the petrol car felt rather grabby at low speeds.

Potholes and the like are dispatched with some firmness from the suspension, but still, it’s never to the point of being uncomfortable. In most scenarios, the ride feels like an improvement over the Grand i10. Perhaps that’s down to the stiffer rear setup on the Xcent, or possibly the switch to larger 15-inch wheels and tyres. However, suspension travel is quite limited and the car does tend to thud on big bumps. Excellent sound insulation helps maintain the calm in the cabin, with the workings of the suspension never intrusively audible.

Performance

Hyundai Xcent engine

Hyundai Xcent engine

In terms of outright performance, the Xcent diesel is seriously off the pace compared to the Amaze and Dzire. 0-100kph comes up in a lazy 18.61 seconds. It’s slower through the gears as well but what the numbers hide is the linearity with which the Xcent diesel gathers pace. The petrol variant is powered by the 1.2 liter Kappa Dual VTVT engine with a displacing capacity of 1197 cc and it is capable of generating a maximum power of 82 bhp at 6000 rpm and a peak torque of 114 NM at 4000 rpm. The diesel variant comes fitted with 1.1 litre engine and it generates a maximum power of 70 bhp and a peak torque of 160 Nm. The car has got decent acceleration and it touches the 100 kmph mark in 16 seconds.

The responsive nature of the engine also lets you occasionally get by in a higher gear than usual. Not that gear changes call for much effort – the light clutch and slick-shifting five-speed gearbox ensure that. To be honest, in the confines of a city, there’s little more you’d want from your car. The Xcent’s 1.1-litre diesel engine immediately puts it at a displacement disadvantage to its nearest rivals, the Honda Amaze and Maruti Swift Dzire. The fact is, the Xcent’s relatively small engine bay cannot accommodate a much larger engine to begin with. That ruled out the use of the 1.4 CRDi motor from the i20, and instead what you get here is the same three-cylinder U2 CRDi unit that made its debut under the hood of the Grand i10. However, the engine has been tweaked for use on the Xcent, with revised ECU mapping and the addition of electronic control for the turbo’s wastegate for longer sustained boost. The result is a flatter torque curve with a 13 percent improvement in torque and a 1bhp increment in power to 71bhp. When in the mood for some fun, the Xcent petrol doesn’t disappoint either.

The wide spread of torque provides ample power right up till 5,000rpm. Performance, indeed, is far better than just being acceptable for this class of car. 0-100kph takes 14.23 seconds, with the car topping out at 172kph. You’d also like this motor for its refinement – it’s smooth, quiet and a match for the best in this class. There is some gearbox whine though. There’s nothing to gain by holding gear, so it’s advisable to short shift and keep the engine in the mid-range. Shuffling through the gears, though, poses no problem. The five-speed gearbox is smooth and the clutch light by diesel car standards. And for a three-cylinder diesel engine, refinement levels are fairly good. There is some patter from the engine and vibes at low engine speeds, but things smoothen out as you build speed. The engine does get quite noisy as you rev hard, but like we said, there’s no point venturing into the upper reaches of the rev band.

The Xcent petrol is similar to the diesel version in the way it grants you easy access to power at low speeds. Variable valve timing and drive-by-wire on the 1.2-litre, four-cylinder Kappa 2 motor help bottom-end responses and make the car feel peppy and light on its feet. What’s nice is that you can see the benefits of these improvements in the real world. There’s very little of the turbo lag you’d typically expect from such a small-capacity diesel motor. Progress is smooth right from the get go and the gradual build up of power makes the Xcent diesel a very friendly car to drive in the city. Things stay that way till about 3,800rpm, after which the power simply falls off a cliff. This is best (or rather worst) experienced when attempting to overtake at highway speeds.

Efficiency & Mileage Review

Hyundai Xcent test drive

Hyundai Xcent test drive

 

It comes with seven different variants. Four are in patrol engine and three are in diesel engine. Both the engines are mated to a five-speed manual transmission and the petrol variant also comes with a four-speed automatic transmission. The diesel one delivers a superior mileage of 24 kmpl.

Hyundai Xcent Base 1.1 CRDi (1120 cc, Diesel, Manual), 24.4 kmpl on highway and 21.2kmpl in city.

Hyundai Xcent S 1.1 CRDi (1120 cc, Diesel, Manual), 24.4 kmpl on highway and 21.2kmpl in city.

Hyundai Xcent S 1.1 CRDi (O) (1120 cc, Diesel, Manual), 24.4 kmpl on highway and 21.2kmpl in city.

Hyundai Xcent SX 1.1 CRDi (1120 cc, Diesel, Manual), 24.4 kmpl on highway and 21.2kmpl in city.

Hyundai Xcent SX 1.1 CRDi (O) (1120 cc, Diesel, Manual), 24.4 kmpl on highway and 21.2kmpl in city.

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