Hyundai is India’s second largest car manufacturer in India. The manufacturer has a variety of products in their portfolio. Hyundai already had Xcent in the sub-4 meter compact sedan segment which competes with cars like Maruti Dzire, Honda Amaze, Tata Tigor in the segment. Last year, they launched another compact sedan Aura which was positioned above the Hyundai Xcent. It is offered a premium version of Xcent that we have in the market. One year after the launch, Hyundai has now decided to make some changes to the features that the car was offering. The brochure for the same is already leaked and Hyundai has also listed it on the website.
As mentioned above, Hyundai Aura is actually based on the Hyundai Grand i10 Nios hatchback which got launched in the market before Aura. Just like Xcent which is based on Grand i10, Aura was also an extended version of the Grand i10 Nios which is a premium version of regular i10. Hyundai Aura 2021 is available in five trims. There are E, S, SX, SX+ and SX(O) trims on offer. In terms of design, no changes have been done to the sedan. Except for the base E trim, every other trim comes with a boot mounted spoiler.
Hyundai is also offering 15 inch gun metal grey finish steel rims in the S trim with AMT gearbox. The base E variant now gets a smaller 13 inch spare wheel. Earlier it used to come with a 14 inch spare wheel. In terms of features, Hyundai is offering a 2 DIN audio system with the S variant. The higher variants like SX, SX+ and SX(O) variants get an 8 inch touchscreen infotainment screen that supports Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. Features like Automatic climate control, wireless phone charger are only available with SX+ and SX(O) trims.
Just like any other Hyundai car in the market, the Aura sedan has a premium look to it. It gets twin boomerang shaped LED DRLs which are neatly placed inside the wide grille. The rear also gets a very unique design which some might find interesting. The higher variants offer a dual tone machine cut alloy wheels. On the inside, Hyundai offers decent list of features. It is similar to the interiors that we have seen in Grand i10 Nios. It has patterns on the dashboard and higher variants offer features like Cruise control, rear AC vents, semi digital instrument cluster and so on.
Hyundai has not made any changes to the engine and gearbox of the Aura sedan. It is still offered with three engine options. There is one diesel and two petrol engine options on offer. The petrol engines used in the sedan is a 1.2 litre naturally aspirated engine using 82 Bhp and 113 Nm of peak torque. The 1.0 litre, three cylinder, turbocharged petrol engine generates 99 Bhp and 172 Nm of torque. The diesel engine on offer is a 1.2 litre unit that generates 74 Bhp and 190 Nm of peak torque. The 1.2 litre petrol engine is also offered with a factory fitted CNG option. Except for the 1.0 litre turbo petrol engine, Hyundai offers manual and AMT gearbox options with Aura.