The Hyundai Eon is a very good entry level small car and is high on quality and practicality. The only problem with the Hyundai Eon is its unenthusiastic engine, which is just about average to do the job in the city. The Hyundai Eon is powered by a 814cc, 3-cylinder petrol engine which produces 55 BHP of peak power at 5500 RPM and 76.5 Nm of peak torque at 4000 RPM. This engine feels underpowered on the highways. Hyundai offers another small car which is similarly priced as the Eon. The Santro Xing is quite outdated by now and there have been no significant facelifts in a long time now.
The Hyundai Eon manages to sell close to 8000 units a month, while the Santro Xing does around 4000 units a month. The Eon is priced between Rs. Rs. 3.28 lakhs (for the base D-Lite) to Rs. 4.48 lakhs (for the top end Sportz). The Santro Xing is priced between Rs. 3.48 lakhs (for the base Non-AC variant) to Rs. 4.63 lakhs (for the top end GLS LPG variant). While the Santro is available in petrol, LPG and CNG options, the Eon is available in petrol and LPG only. Both cars cannibalize each other as their pricing overlaps.
Now a source informs us that Hyundai is planning to phase out the Santro Xing as the car has seen a sales decline in recent times. The company will replace the Santro Xing with a more power version of the Eon. Thus those who are looking for power can opt for the 1.1-litre Eon, while the rest can go for the 800cc version. The 1.1-litre in the Eon is expected to produce 64 BHP of peak power at 5500 RPM and 111 Nm of peak torque at 4000 RPM. There is no confirmation on when Hyundai will replace the Santro Xing with the Eon 1.1 but the Korean automaker is contemplating such a move!