The micro-SUV segment in the Indian automotive market has witnessed fierce competition, with automakers striving to offer the best-in-class features and performance. Previously, Tata Motors’ Punch dominated this segment until Hyundai’s Exter arrived. The launch of Exter is expected to challenge Punch’s dominance. However, it also provides buyers with more options. If you are one of those buyers interested in this segment, here is an in-depth comparison of both vehicles, highlighting their impressive specifications and innovative features.
Design and Exterior
The Tata Punch features a bold and muscular design, characterized by a high bonnet line, prominent Tata grille, and a signature split headlamp design. The car is equipped with sleek LED headlamps at the top and projector headlamps below. Additionally, it boasts dynamic character lines, a strong shoulder line, flared wheel arches, and a roof-mounted spoiler, further enhancing its rugged appeal. On the other hand, the Hyundai Exter exhibits a modern and aerodynamic design language, showcasing a cascading grille, a similar split headlamp design with H-shaped LED DRLs on top, and projector headlights below. The Exter also includes thick side claddings to enhance its rugged appearance, complementing its sculpted body. Its stylish 15-inch alloy wheels and roof rails add to the overall appeal.
In terms of dimensions, the Tata Punch measures 3827mm in length, 1742mm in width, and 1615mm in height, with a wheelbase of 2445mm. It offers a ground clearance of 190mm. Comparatively, the Hyundai Exter measures around 3815mm in length, 1710mm in width, and 1631mm in height, with a wheelbase of 2450mm. The Exter provides a ground clearance of 160mm.
Interior and Features
The Tata Punch boasts a well-crafted cabin with a dual-tone color scheme and premium upholstery. It offers comfortable seating for five passengers and comes equipped with a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system, smartphone connectivity, steering-mounted controls, automatic climate control, and keyless entry. On the other hand, the Hyundai Exter features a more modern and technologically advanced cabin, providing ample legroom and premium materials. It offers a 10.25-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, wireless charging, automatic climate control, ventilated seats, and a panoramic sunroof. Additionally, it is equipped with a digital instrument cluster. The Exter also includes an in-built dashcam from the factory, positioned beside the rearview mirror on the windshield.
Both vehicles prioritize safety. The Tata Punch is equipped with dual airbags, ABS with EBD, rear parking sensors, and a rearview camera. The Hyundai Exter offers dual airbags, ABS with EBD, rear parking sensors with a camera, electronic stability control, and hill-start assist. Moreover, the Exter incorporates Hyundai’s Blue Link connected car technology, enhancing safety features and convenience.
Price and Variants
The Tata Punch is available in 26 variants, with prices ranging from Rs. 6 lakh to Rs. 9.52 lakh (ex-showroom). On the other hand, Hyundai is offering 5 variants for its smallest SUV, across 11 trims. The Hyundai Exter starts from approximately Rs. 6 lakh and goes up to Rs. 10 lakh (ex-showroom).