You might have read the news that come April 2019, all the cars in India are required to have dual airbags, ABS and rear parking sensors as standard. A few manufacturers who had launched their vehicles without these as standard are now reconsidering their decision. The Korean carmaker is now offering ABS along with EBD as standard on the Hyundai Xcent. The Hyundai Xcent facelift that was launched earlier last year had dual airbags as standard but ABS was optional. It makes sense given that its closest competitors, the Maruti Dzire and Honda Amaze had ABS and dual airbags standard. EBD however isn’t available. Prices of the Hyundai Xcent start from Rs 5.52 lakh – Rs 8.63 lakh, ex-Mumbai.
This is a welcome addition by Hyundai. Rear parking sensors though are only available from the second trim onward. Hyundai has also rejigged its line up. The Hyundai Xcent now doesn’t have the E+ trim. The variant line-up now reads E, S, SX and SX (O). Hyundai offers the Xcent with a 83PS/115Nm petrol and 75PS/190Nm diesel engines. Both measure 1,200cc and are available with 5-speed manual transmissions. The petrol also gets a 4-speed automatic as optional.
In this highly competitive compact sedan segment, the one with standout features, good space and lower price sells well. At launch, the Hyundai Xcent was considered to be the best alternative to the Maruti Swift Dzire. However, with the advent of fresher competition, the Xcent started falling behind. It was with the facelift last year that Hyundai came back into the game. However, the Dzire too got a generation change and is now the highest selling car in India. The Hyundai Xcent competes with the Tata Tigor, Volkswagen Ameo and Ford Aspire apart from the aforementioned cars.