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December 15, 2014: After a lot of rumors about Santro's departure from India, Hyundai India has officially confirmed the existence of Santro in the their current product portfolio. In an exclusive conversation with us, BS Seo, MD and CEO, Hyundai India, quoted that 'Santro is a part of our portfolio and is available at all dealerships for sale' as of now. Though, he mentioned that the car is suffering from decrease in demand, courtesy stiff competition and these discontinuation rumors up to a certain extent as well. The hatchback comes equipped with a 1.1-litre, 4-cylinder petrol mill, good for 62 bhp.
HMIL (Hyundai Motor India Limited), is the second largest automobile manufacturer in the country and has a lot of splendid vehicles in their stable. Among these, Hyundai Santro Xing is the popular compact hatchback, which was first launched way back in the year 1998 and since then it has been doing an outstanding business for the company. Because of its budget friendly price range, it is competing against the likes of Chevrolet Spark, Datson GO, Maruti Suzuki Alto K10, Nissan Micra Active and others in this segment. This model series is available in both petrol and LPG fuel options for the buyers to choose from. The manufacturer is selling this hatchback in three trim levels, which are Non AC, GL Plus and GLS. These are powered by a 1.1-litre petrol/bi-fuel engine under the hood, which comes with a displacement capacity of 1086cc. In both petrol and LPG mode, it can churn out a maximum power of 62.1bhp in combination with a torque output of 96.1Nm. This power plant is cleverly mated with a five speed manual transmission gear box, which sends the engine power to its front wheels. The braking and suspension mechanism of this hatchback are quite proficient. Its front and rear wheels are further fitted with ventilated disc and self adjusting drum brakes respectively. Meanwhile, the front axle is assembled with a McPherson strut, while its rear has a torsion beam type of mechanism. Its exteriors are fitted with a number of striking features, which are a bold radiator grille, a bright headlight cluster, body colored bumpers, door handles, windscreen with a couple of intermittent wipers, body colored OVRMs and many other such aspects. Its wheel arches are further fitted with a robust set of steel wheels that are covered with full wheel covers. At present,the company is selling this model series in quite a few exterior paint options for the buyers to choose from. At the same time, it comes with a comfortable internal cabin, that can easily accommodate five passengers. It is incorporated with well cushioned seats, which are covered with premium fabric upholstery. Its dual tone dashboard is equipped with a three spoke steering wheel, a glove box and an instrument panel, which has quite a few important notifications for the convenience of its driver. It has an efficient air conditioning unit, which cools the cabin quickly. In terms of safety, this model series is bestowed with rear doors with child safety locks, dual side impact beams, an engine immobilizer for preventing the vehicle from any unauthorized entry and so on. On the whole, it is a perfect vehicle with a lot of comfort features, good engine performance and reasonable price range. The company is offering this hatchback with a standard warranty of 2-years or unlimited Kilometers. The customers can also avail an extended warranty at an additional cost paid to the authorized dealer.
The designers have done up the exteriors of this Hyundai Santro Xing hatchback series very stylishly. It has an aerodynamic body structure along with a lustrous design. The frontage has a bold and aggressive appearance with a perforated radiator grille, which is fitted with a few body colored slats. It is embedded with a prominent company's emblem in the center. This grille is flanked by a sleek headlight cluster that gets clear lens headlamps and side turn indicator. Just below this, there is a body colored bumper for GL Plus and GLS variants, which are accompanied by detachable black molding. Whereas, the entry level trim gets black garnished bumper. It has a large air intake section for cooling the engine. While the air dam of its GLS trim is flanked by a pair of round shaped fog lamps. The front windscreen is made of laminated glass, which gives a wide view to the driver. It is integrated with a pair of intermittent wipers as well. Its slanting forward bonnet has a couple of visible character lines, which gives it an elegant look. Coming to the side profile, it is elegantly designed with waistline moldings and flared up wheel arches. These have been fitted with a sturdy set of steel wheels and further covered with high performance tubeless radial tyres. The wheels of its top end trim are fitted with full wheel covers for enhancing the look of its side profile. The entry level variant get only driver side outside rear view mirror, while other trims have both side ORVMs, which are painted in body color and are internally adjustable. The door handles of Non AC trim are painted in black color, while other variants are fitted with body colored door handles. The rear end is designed with a body colored bumper, which has been fitted with a couple of reflectors. It has a bright tail lamp cluster that is equipped with reverse light and indicator. The expressive boot lid is fitted with a thick body colored slat and is embossed with variant badging. The windshield is made of tinted glass and is integrated with a high mounted stop lamp. The top end variants are equipped with a defogger along with wash and wipe function. Apart from these, it also has an antenna mounted on the roof for better reception of FM Radio and a sporty roof rail for top end trim. All these features put together gives this compact hatchback a decent appearance.
The overall length is 3565mm along with a total width of 1525mm, which also includes external rear view mirrors. It has a height of 1590mm that is quite decent. It has a large wheelbase of 2380mm, which offers a spacious internal cabin and ample leg space for all occupants. This hatchback comes with a minimum ground clearance of 172mm, which is rather good for this segment. Its steering wheel supports a minimum turning radius of 4.4 meters. It has a large centrally mounted fuel tank that can hold up to 35 litres of fuel in it, which is pretty good even for longer drives.
The internal cabin of this Hyundai Santro Xing model series is quite spacious and blessed with some practical and utility based features. The dashboard is equipped with quite a few aspects like AC vents, a 3-spoke steering wheel, instrument panel and a voluminous glove box . The seating arrangement is very relaxing with well cushioned seats and liberal inside space, which can easily accommodate five passengers. These seats provide ample leg room along with shoulder and head space. The seats are covered with premium fabric upholstery, which is giving the interiors a refined look. All these seats are integrated with adjustable head restraints for better comfort to its occupants. The interiors are designed in a dual tone color scheme with coffee beige and brown combination. It has a power steering system, which is very responsive and makes handling convenient. The door trims of top end variant comes with fabric insert. The center stack bezel and AC vents have glossy metallic paint on it, which adds to its overall appeal. This hatchback is incorporated with a lot of storage spaces like a high volume glove box, cup and bottle holders, front seat back pockets and door map pockets. There is a large boot compartment along with a space under the rear seat. The boot space can be increased by folding rear seats. Its illuminated instrument panel features a low fuel warning lamp, an electronic tripmeter, an odometer, digital clock, door ajar and driver seat belt warning notifications.
The car maker has equipped this compact hatchback with a lot of convenience features that will certainly entice the customers. The inventory of these aspects includes interior courtesy lamp, driver sun visor with ticket holder, a day and night internal rear view mirror and rear seat with double foldable facility. It has a 12V power socket in center console for charging mobiles and other electronic devices. Apart from the entry level trim, it is bestowed with an efficient HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning) unit, which cools the entire cabin very quickly. Then the GLS variant has also all four power windows with driver side auto down function, internally adjustable external rear view mirrors, rear defogger and remote keyless entry. The company has given its top end trim a 1-DIN music system with four speakers (two in the front and two rear) that enhances the ambiance of internal cabin. This music system supports CD/MP3 player, USB interface and Aux-in port. It also has remote fuel lid and tail gate opener, integrated rear seat head restraints, an ashtray, rear parcel shelf for easy access, front map lamp and driver side front door map pockets. All these features put together will ensure a memorable driving experience for all the passengers in this hatchback.
This hatch is bestowed with a huge cabin space that provides seating for at least five passengers. It offers ample head space and shoulder room to its occupants, which is quite good. The leg space is also sufficient owing to its large wheelbase of 2450mm. Furthermore, It has a boot space of 218 litres, which can be further increased by folding rear seat. The headroom as well as shoulder space is also sufficient, which is an advantage.
The 1.1-litre petrol engine is cleverly mated with a five speed manual transmission gear box, which allows the hatchback to attain a maximum speed in the range of 14 to 145 Kmph. At the same time, it can cross the speed barrier of 100 Kmph in close to 16.2 seconds . While LPG variants can accelerate from zero to 100 Kmph in about 15 seconds and it can attain a maximum speed in the range of 135 to 150 Kmph.
As said above, this Hyundai Santro Xing hatchback is available with both petrol and LPG fuel options for the buyers to choose from. Its petrol variants are powered by a 1.1-litre mill that has been equipped with four cylinders and sixteen valves using double overhead camshaft based valve configuration. This engine can displace 1086cc and can churn out a maximum power of 62.1bhp at 5500rpm in combination with a peak torque output of 96.1Nm at 3000rpm . It is skillfully mated with a five speed manual transmission gear box, which sends the engine power to its front wheels and allows the hatchback to deliver good acceleration and pick up. This petrol motor is incorporated with a multi point fuel injection supply system that has the ability to generate decent fuel economy. On the other hand, the LPG variants are fitted with the same 1.1-litre engine and can generate the same 62.1bhp at 5500rpm along with a torque of 96.1Nm at 3000rpm.
The 1.1-litre petrol engine is incorporated with a multi point fuel injection supply system, which allows the hatchback to deliver 17.92 Kmpl on the bigger roads. At the same time, it can generate 13.45 Kmpl in the city traffic that is rather good for this segment. On the other hand, the LPG variants have the ability to produce 10 Km/kg within the city limits and 13.45 Km/kg on the highways , which is quite good for this segment and it is approved by ARAI (Automotive Research Association of India).
Both LPG and petrol engines have the ability to generate a maximum power of 62.1bhp at 5500rpm in combination with 96.1Nm of peak torque output at 3000rpm, which is good for Indian road conditions.
The company has equipped the GLS trim with a sophisticated audio unit, which helps in enhancing the in-cabin entertainment. It supports Aux-in port, USB interface, CD/MP3 player, radio with AM/FM tuner and four speakers (two front and two rear). The base variant lack air conditioner and music system but the owners can add these aspects at an additional cost. At the same time, the buyers can also decorate the car with stylish body decals, illuminated sill plates, roof rails, alloy wheels and sporty rear spoiler. Apart from these, the buyers can also customize the interiors with leather seats, floor mats, scuff plates, door visors, spoilers and several other aspects. At the same time, owners can also choose from additional aspects like mud guard, body graphics, protective cladding and many other such aspects.
The company has given this model series a proficient braking and reliable suspension mechanism , which keeps it well balanced and stable at all times. Its front axle is assembled with a McPherson strut, while the rear comes fitted with torsion beam axle type of mechanism. This front and rear axles are further accompanied by coil springs. The entry level variant comes with manual steering system, which supports 4.4 meters. At the same time, other variants get an energy absorbing steering system, which is collapsible and makes the handling rather comfortable. On the other hand, the front wheels are equipped with a set of ventilated disc brakes. Whereas the rear wheels are fitted with a conventional set of self adjusting drum brakes.
The company has given this vehicle a safe cage body structure with side impact beams that adds to the safety of its occupants in case of any collision. The advanced engine immobilizer safeguards it from theft and unauthorized entry. Apart from these, the GL and GLS variant also gets some standard protective aspects like remote central locking with a keyless entry and a day/night internal rear view mirror. It also has seat belts for all passengers along with driver seat belt reminder notification on instrument panel. In addition to these, the company has enhances the safety quotient of this car with key-in reminder notification on instrument panel, a dual horn, rear doors with child protection locks and a centrally located high mount stop lamp. Both its rear doors have child safety locks, which give additional security to the children sitting behind. Then top end variant is bestowed with a defogger and front fog lamps that adds to the visibility and further adds to the safety quotient.
The wheel arches of this Hyundai Santro Xing hatchback series are fitted with a sturdy set of 13-inch steel wheels, which are further covered with 155/70 R13 sized tubeless radial tyres , which offers a superior grip on any road conditions. The rims of its top end variant are further equipped with full wheel covers. The company has also given a full size spare wheel, which is affixed in the boot compartment with all other tools required for changing a flat tyre. It is a standard feature across all the variants.
1. Spacious internal cabin with enough leg room for all occupants.
2. Lots of utility based comfort features.
3. Cost of ownership is quite affordable.
4. Good engine performance with satisfying acceleration and pick up.
5. Service network is rather impressive.
1. Exterior appearance is outdated.
2. Quality of interior plastic is cheap.
3. Fuel efficiency is not up to the mark.
4. Many more safety features can be added.
5. No power steering and power windows in base trim.