Hyundai has just launched its first entrant in the compact sedan segment, the Grand-i10-based Xcent, at a starting price of Rs 4.66 lakh for the base petrol trim.
It is available in three variants – Base, S and SX – and in six colours. The Base trim is priced at Rs 4.66 lakh for the petrol, while the diesel costs Rs 5.56 lakh. The S petrol costs Rs 5.32 lakh, and the S (O) petrol is priced at Rs 5.57 lakh, while the S diesel costs Rs 6.23 lakh and the S (O) diesel is priced at Rs 6.98 lakh.
The Hyundai Xcent gets the same 1.2-litre petrol and 1.1-litre diesel engines as the Grand i10, which is important, as both the Maruti and the Honda have capable petrol and diesel powerplants. The petrols first – all three displace 1.2 litres, all have four cylinders, all are equipped with variable valve timing, and all can be had with the option of an automatic gearbox, apart from the standard five-speed manual. Hyundai’s punchy 1.2-litre Kappa2 engine makes 82bhp and 11.6kgm of torque, which is a shade shy of the Dzire’s K12 engine, which produces 86bhp and the same amount of torque. Honda’s 1.2 i-VTEC engine makes more power at 88bhp, but marginally less torque at 11.11kgm. Additionally, while the Xcent and Dzire use four-speed automatic gearboxes, the Amaze uses a five-speed automatic.