The Hyundai Santro has been selling like hot cakes ever since the bookings commenced. The car touched 15,000 bookings figure even before the official launch which goes on to show the brilliant buyer response the car has received. Now, the car has outsold the popular entry level hatchback Renault Kwid by a big margin in January. The difference between the sales number is almost the double of total sales of Kwid, which again reflects how popular the Santro has become. Hyundai chose the Santro name for their new hatchback after an online poll which resulted in maximum votes for this name.
Talking about sales, Hyundai sold 8,000 units of the Santro in the month of January this year. Compared to this, Renault saw just 4,712 units of the car being sold in the same time period. The reason behind this can be attributed to the fact that the Santro is quite a good package overall. It has got one of the best interiors in its class, which has become a regular for Hyundai. Also, after sales and service network of Hyundai is way bigger and stronger than Renault which is quite an important factor for the buyers.
Talking about the Santro, it comes with a long list of features and comes with many segment first features. The top end Sportz and Asta variants of the Santro come with a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connectivity along with Bluetooth and Mirror Link. It also gets rear AC-vents, which are again the first-in-segment feature. The cabin itself is dual-tone and comes with a black and beige shade. compared to the previous generation model, the new Santro has grown in the size and provides a bigger interior space too.
Safety-wise, the Santro offers features like dual front airbags, ABS, EBD, seatbelt reminder, speed alert, reverse parking sensors and speed-sensing door lock. The standard features include driver-side airbag with ABS. Interestingly, Hyundai also offers a special variant of the Santro which will be offered in Diana Green shade. This special variant of the Santro gets colour-coordinated interiors with green garnishing all over.
The Hyundai Santro gets powered by a 1.1-litre petrol engine that churns out 68 Bhp of power along with 99 Nm of torque. The engine comes mated to either a 5-speed manual gearbox or a 5- speed AMT gearbox. The car returns an ARAI certified fuel efficiency figure of 20.3 km/l, which is decent if not the best in segment. There is also a CNG variant on offer which though is low on power but offers a great fuel economy of 30.48 km/kg.
The Hyundai Santro rivals the likes of Maruti Suzuki WagonR, Renault Kwid and the Tata Tiago in its price range. Among them all, the WagonR is currently the best selling car and also got a generation update last month.