Ed’s Take: Hyundai has always packed their interiors with loads of features and the XCent isn’t any different. The quality, fit and finish is good and it feels plush on the inside.
The interiors of the XCent are stylish and even the fit and finish is at par. The look and feel of the plastic is good too. The Hyundai XCent gets several features like keyless entry, Bluetooth connectivity, push start stop button, chiller glove box and even rear AC vents. This is the first hatchback in this segment to get AC vents for rear passengers. This helps to cool the interiors faster. The interiors of the XCent are stylish and spacious. Though many would have expected a touchscreen system in it, but it would have increased the cost. The interiors are same like the XCent.
The XCent front row seats have fixed head rests, which is something we aren’t really a fan off. The rear seat space offered by Hyundai on the XCent is good too. It has a lot of space for three Indian adults to sit in comfort. Only if the adults are too tall or healthy, that is when it will be a bit of extra squeeze.
Era: Era is the base model for the Grand i10 and it gets features like immobiliser, chrome radiator grille, body coloured bumpers, dual tone interiors, tachometer, digital clock, AC, tinted glass, front power windows and electronic power steering.
Magna: Magna gets additional features like central locking, front fog lamps, day and night rear view mirror, keyless entry, body coloured handles and mirrors, rear power windows, auto down for driver’s window, electrically adjustable ORVMs and rear AC vents.
Sportz: This variant gets smart key, chrome on door handles, turn indicator on ORVMs, 2 DIN music system, push start and stop and electrically folding ORVMs.
Asta: The Asta is the top of the line, and it gets driver and co-driver airbag as optional fitment, diamond cut alloys, leather wrapped steering wheel, steering mounted audio controls, Bluetooth, driver’s seat height adjustment and rear headrest adjustment.
Maruti Suzuki Swift has been one of the best sellers for the company and now the refreshed model comes with silver accents and new seat upholstery. The all-black interiors look neat but it may repel anyone looking for an airy interior.
The Swift's front seats are the best in the business and the driver seat comes with a height adjuster. Other premium features on the list include push start button, electric retractable ORVMs with turn indicators, new alloy wheels, premium upholstery, reverse parking sensor, speed based auto volume and Bluetooth connectivity, audio switch in steering wheel and Electromagnetic back door opener.
LXi - The petrol base variant 3-point ELR seatbelts, high mounted stop lamp, sporty wrap around door trims, parcel shelf, sun visor, body coloured bumper, manual internally adjustable ORVMs, 14-inch steel wheel with centre cap, 60:40 split rear seats, tilt steering, remote fuel lid opener and back door opener, and manual air conditioner.
LXi (O)/LDi - The LXi (O)/LDi variants get security alarm system, silver accents on trims, front door power windows, driver side power window-auto down function, central door locking and keyless entry.
VXi/VDi - The mid variants VXi/VDi get day/night IRVM, passenger side vanity mirror, silver accents on steering wheel, inside chrome door handles, body coloured door handles, electric adjustable ORVMs, ORVM mounted side indicator, front and rear fog lamps, blacked out A and B pillars, 14-inch steel wheels with full wheel cap, front and rear power windows, tachometer, stereo with radio and CD player with USB and Aux-in support. The VDI variant gets the ABS with EBD option.
ZXi/ZDi - The top end ZXI/ZDI variants get reverse parking sensors, driver and passenger airbags, ABS with EBD, brake assist, 15-inch alloy wheels, push button engine start, electro-magnetic back-door opener, rear window defogger, rear wiper and washer, front seat belt shoulder adjuster, automatic air conditioner, outside temperature display, Bluetooth connectivity and steering mounted audio controls.
Ed’s Take: Hyundai has got the powertrain perfect. The new diesel is a gem of a mill and it is perfect for city driving, without the hassle of continuous shifting for drivability.
Hyundai XCent will be available with two engine options. First being the 1.2-litre Kappa 2 engine with VTVT that will churn about 79bhp of power and 112Nm of maximum torque. This engine is the same one that already powers the i10 and the i20. The power produced by this engine is sufficient and this has been a good engine for city and highway driving. The gearing for this engine is spot on for majorly city and somewhat highway driving. This engine has a variable valve timing that improves performance without hampering any fuel efficiency. There is some amount of struggle in the lower power band of this engine. This engine will be offered with a five-speed manual and a four-speed automatic transmission.
The other engine on offer in the XCent is the 1.1-litre U2 diesel engine on this. This engine produces 68bhp of power and 160nm of maximum torque. The power delivery is fairly linear and there is hardly any turbo lag. But once you cross 3500rpm, the engine struggles to produce power just like most of the short stroke mills. To improve drivability, this engine comes mated to a five-speed manual transmission that has short gearing. This enhances the drivability in city making it easier to pull when even the cog is lugged in a higher slot. It is only the fifth gear that is overdrive, for better highway fuel efficiency.
Maruti Suzuki has retained the same petrol and diesel engines as before, but has made some tweaks to improve its overall fuel efficiency. The petrol variants are equipped with a 1.2-litre engine while the diesel variants are powered by the famous 1.3-litre Multijet engine. Both engines are peppy and finely refined.
Maruti Suzuki Swift petrol engine makes a maximum power of 84.3 PS at 6000 rpm and a maximum torque of 115 Nm at 4000 rpm and comes fitted with 5-speed manual transmission. The Swift Petrol comes with a 9.67 % improvement and a fuel efficiency of 20.4 kmpl.
Maruti Suzuki Swift diesel is fitted with a 1.3-litre diesel engine making a maximum power of 75 PS at 4000 rpm and a maximum torque of 190 Nm at 2000 rpm. Here too the diesel variants get only the 5-speed manual transmission. The Swift Diesel's fuel efficiency has been increased by 10% at 25.2 kmpl.
Ed’s take: The ride of the XCent is well sorted, however it is the handling that is good for city driving. The steering wheel feel is better than the i20 and Verna, but it isn’t that exciting.
The ride on the XCent is supple and the suspension does a good job of ironing out most of the bumps. The front has McPherson struts while we assume the rear to have multi-link struts. The ride on the XCent is good and that is what it has been built for. The occupants aren’t just comfortable but also are happy to have a good ride.
The handling on the other hand isn’t brilliant. Now, the XCent has been designed for city driving, so handling within the city speed limits is just fine. If you push it beyond, it understood that it won’t that great as it isn’t meant for that. The steering wheel is definitely a lot more responsive than the Eon and i20 and doesn’t feel slack or dead at any given time.
Maruti Suzuki Swift has always been a fun car to drive with a great steering. The feedback from the steering is among the best in its class and the car's suspension is tuned for great handling.
The Swift gets McPherson struts to the front and torsion beam to the rear. The car gets around the corners and turns with amazing confidence and holds its ground.