Kaun Banega Crorepati is one of the oldest television serials that is still going on. It is hosted by Mr Amitabh Bachchan, famous Bollywood actor. The serial is in its season 13 and it has got its first winner. It is Himani Bundela. She has won prize money of Rs. 1 Crore and a new Hyundai Aura compact sedan.
She said that she would like to open a coaching academy to train differently-abled children for competitive public service exams. She also wants to become the head of the department of the Handicap division. Her father got emotional when she was announced as a winner of the show. Her parents are really proud of her.
Aura is an evolution of the Xcent which was a success for Hyundai. It was launched last year and has been doing fairly well in the Indian market despite sedans not being in much demand. It is based on the Grand i10 Nios which is a hatchback.
Price and competitors
Aura starts at Rs. 5.99 lakhs ex-showroom and goes up to Rs. 9.36 lakhs ex-showroom. It is offered in five variants, namely E, S, SX, SX+, and SX(O). Aura competes against recently launched Honda Amaze Facelift, Tata Tigor, Ford Aspire and Maruti Suzuki Dzire.
Engine and gearbox
There are three engine options available with the Aura. There is a 1.2-litre naturally aspirated petrol, 1.2-litre diesel engine shared and a 1.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine that comes with direct injection. The engines are shared with other Hyundai vehicles like Grand i10 Nios and i20.
The naturally aspirated petrol engine produces 83 PS of max power and a peak torque output of 114 Nm. The diesel engine produces 75 PS of max power and 190 Nm of peak torque. Both the engines are offered with a 5-speed manual gearbox or a 5-speed AMT.
The naturally aspirated engine also comes with factory-fitted CNG. While running on CNG it produces 69 PS of max power. It is only offered with a 5-speed manual gearbox. As of now, no other manufacturer offers a factory-fitted CNG option with any of their compact sedans. However, Maruti Suzuki is working on a Dzire CNG and Tata Motors is preparing to launch Tigor CNG.
Finally, there is the turbocharged petrol engine which can be said as the highlight of Aura. The engine produces 100 PS of max power and a peak torque output of 172 Nm. This is the same engine that we get in i20, Venue and Verna but it has been detuned. Usually, it produces 120 PS of max power. The turbo petrol engine makes the Aura the most powerful compact sedan and it is offered with a 5-speed manual gearbox only.
The interior of the Aura looks much better than its competition. The dashboard looks modern and comes with a lot of features. The dashboard is bronze or a grey insert depending on the engine you opt for. It gets a cooled glovebox, automatic climate control, part digital instrument cluster, multi-function steering wheel wrapped in leather, cruise control, USB charging, rear defogger, 12V accessory outlet, push button to start/stop and much more. There is also an 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system that comes with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.