2017 Hyundai Xcent Facelift Review
Car Tested: 2017 Hyundai Xcent; Road Test No. 815; Test Location: Mumbai
Price OTR Mumbai: Rs. 6.49 – 10.31 lakhs
The Hyundai Xcent constantly proves itself to be well-packaged compact sedan
Hyundai’s first offering for the compact sedan segment in India was the Accent Viva which was launched very long back. As the market hadn’t matured properly then, the Accent Viva didn’t sell in good numbers despite the regular Accent selling really well back then. The Korean automaker then introduced the Xcent in 2014, which is based on the Grand i10 and this compact sedan has been a good seller for Hyundai. The vehicle has now got a mid-life facelift following the Grand i10 so let us find out what additional things does the Xcent now offer.
Motor Quest: The Hyundai Xcent has good demand with private buyers and excellent demand with the commercial fleet segment. To differentiate between these two, Hyundai will offer the facelifted Xcent only to private buyers while fleet operators will get the older Xcent in a stripped down version.
Exteriors – While the Grand i10 facelift got minor changes to the exteriors, the Xcent gets pretty big changes. The most obvious change here is the new hexagonal grille which intends to make the Xcent look like a mini version of the Elantra. You also get a new bumper. The updated front fascia is a hit or miss design and it looks quirky at best. The side profile remains unchanged save for the new diamond cut alloys while at the rear you get a tweaked bumper and a more mature looking set of tail lamps. All in all, the Xcent looks fresher now and much different than the outgoing model.
Interiors – Not many changes have been made to the interiors of the Xcent. Just like the Grand i10, it gets a new touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and MirrorLink. The touch interface is smooth and the sound quality from the speakers is good, but what could have been better is the quality of the rear view camera which doesn’t feel up to the mark and the display ends up showing a hazy picture, especially in the dark. The infotainment system also gets voice recognition and navigation, both of which work well. Other equipment includes dual front airbags as standard, rear power socket, rear AC vents, push button start, rear defogger, cooled glovebox and a leather-wrapped steering wheel.
The interior has good quality materials with excellent finish all around
The cabin of the Xcent feels narrow. The front seats have decent comfort and support but a size larger seats would have been appreciated. The knee room and head space at the rear is good too but again the narrow width limits some space on the inside and passengers end up sitting too close to each other. The windows are pretty large though and they end up giving an airy feel to the car. The quality inside the cabin continues to remain excellent and it has a feel-good factor to it too.