The sub-4 meter compact sedan segment is witnessing frenetic action in India. The strongest competitor thus far to the market leader Maruti Swift Dzire has been the Honda Amaze, which was launched last year. Hyundai India, the country’s second largest car maker has now taken a stab at the compact sedan segment with the Xcent. By pricing the Xcent’s base variant significantly lower than both the Dzire and the Amaze, Hyundai has created a splash in the market. While the coming months will indicate whether Hyundai’s pricing strategy for the Xcent has hit bull’s eye, CarToq pits the Xcent Petrol’s top end SX(O) variant with the Amaze VX i-VTEC and the Dzire ZXi in a feature and spec comparo.
Looks wise, the latest entrant to the compact sedan space definitely looks like a hatchback with a boot attached. Based on the Grand i10 hatchback platform and measuring just under 4 meters in length, the Xcent is a compact sedan with little room for a well defined boot. The Xcent’s boot is stubby but looks a little better integrated than that of the Dzire while the Amaze sports the best integrated boot. However, some clever packaging on the boot’s innards has meant that the Xcent’s 407 liter boot capacity leads that of the Amaze (400 liters) and the Dzire (316 liters).
Engine and Transmission
The Xcent is powered by a 1.2 liter-4 cylinder Kappa petrol engine that has acquitted itself quite well in the Hyundai i10 and Grand i10 hatchbacks. This motor is an eager revver and outputs 81 Bhp of peak power and 114 Nm of peak torque. The power and torque figures compare well to similar outputs of the Dzire (85 Bhp-114 Nm) and the Amaze (86 Bhp-109 Nm), give or take a few Bhp/Nm. While all three cars get five speed manual gearboxes, the Xcent leads the Amaze when it comes to the ARAI certified fuel efficiency stakes. The car manages 19.1 Kmpl, identical to the Dzire’s mileage but better than the Amaze’s (18 Kmpl).
In terms of features, the Xcent has the segment well covered and is the pack leader here. The car adds a bunch of segment leading features such as the push button start, reverse parking sensors and camera, center armrest with cup holders, 1 GB built-in capacity on the stereo, Bluetooth music streaming and phone connect, iPod compatibility, automatically folding wing mirrors, digital gear shift indicator, rear AC vents and a leather wrapped steering wheel. For the price it is offered at, the Xcent stands head and shoulders above its competition. Airbags and ABS are standard on the SX (O) variant.
While the base variant of the Xcent is a stunner in terms of pricing, the advantage peters out as one moves up the variant chain. Though the price advantage all but disappears with the SX (O) variant of the Xcent, the significantly higher amount of kit offered on the car means that the Xcent plays the value card quite well. The Xcent’s SX (O) variant is priced at 6.47 lakh rupees, ex-showroom Delhi, with the Maruti Dzire undercutting it at 6.32 lakh rupees while the Amaze is significantly pricier at 6.86 lakh rupees.
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