Hyundai Aura: Features That Set It Apart From The Competition
The Hyundai Aura comes loaded with features that are bound to make the competition feel a bit under-equipped
In recent years, the sub-4 meter sedan has evolved into one of the most popular and highly competitive segments in India. Hyundai launched the Aura sedan in Jan 2020 and in a short span of six months, the car has emerged as a leader in this class. What makes the car truly special is that it offers the best of both the worlds, technology and practicality in a segment marred with compromises.
Here’s how the Hyundai Aura is leading the pack of compact sedans by offering the perfect blend of technology, features and comfort at an attractive price tag:
Premium Styling Outside
Projector headlamps and daytime running LEDs are the norm in compact cars today but the Hyundai Aura takes it up a notch by not only offering LED DRLs and projector headlamps but also projector fog lamps which are a segment first. Projector fog lamps have a longer range of illumination which is an added advantage when driving in heavy fog and other low visibility conditions.
Besides the features mentioned above, the front profile of the Hyundai Aura also comes with air curtains for front wheels. This feature has been largely restricted to high-end sports cars in the last decade and the Hyundai Aura is the first car in its category to get it. This helps in aiding the aerodynamics of the car while driving at higher speeds, which, in turn, aids in increasing fuel efficiency.
Luxurious Touches Inside
Most cars offer either an all-black or dual-tone black and beige interior theme. The Hyundai Aura, on the other hand, comes in an exclusive dual-tone black and light grey theme with a satin brown finish on the dashboard and centre console. What is also exclusive to the Hyundai Aura is the leather-wrapped gear knob.
The centre console looks rather modern with the largest-in-segment 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system. It is also packed with all modern smartphone connectivity options including Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
The Hyundai Aura has been equipped with a segment-first wireless smartphone charger, which eliminates the clutter of cables in the front console. It also gets a cooled glove box with an integrated AC vent inside. This will surely come handy to store food and keep beverages cool in those hot summer months.
Range of Engine Options
Apart from the conventional powertrain options -- naturally aspirated petrol engine and a diesel unit with 5-speed manual gearboxes -- the Hyundai Aura also comes with two other options that none of its competitors offer.
First is the turbo-petrol engine that only Hyundai is offering in this segment. The 1.0-litre three-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine makes 100PS of power and 17.5kg.m of torque, mated to a 5-speed manual gearbox. These figures make it the most powerful petrol-powered sub-4 meter sedan sold in India today.
Second is the diesel automatic powertrain which is a 1.2-litre three-cylinder unit that makes 75PS of power and 19.4kg.m of torque, mated to a 5-speed AMT gearbox.
Taking Safety a Notch Higher
The Korean carmaker has always prioritised safety and that can be seen with the Aura as well. Besides dual airbags, ABS and rear parking sensors that come in standard across all the variants, the Hyundai Aura also features emergency stop signal as standard, which flashes the rear tail lamps during sudden braking.
While a reverse parking camera is quite common these days, the Hyundai Aura provides an added advantage with a driver rearview monitor. This allows the infotainment screen to display the rear view without engaging the reverse gear.
The Hyundai Aura has arrived with all guns blazing and manages to edge over its competitors by offering segment-first technology and safety features. Given that all these features have been retained from cars a segment above, the Hyundai Aura is only going to redefine the compact sedan segment with its premium appeal.
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