Thursday, May 14, 2020

Hyundai Santro: Zippy Tallboy


The Santro is no ordinary name in the Indian car market, for it has a lot of history behind it. The original Santro, aptly coined the 'tall boy design', sold 1.32 million units for 16 years in our market. This little hatchback was also the Korean brand's first model to be sold here, hence it has marked an impression in the minds of so many buyers. It was known for its cute design, spacious cabin which was also of good quality, making it a great value-for-money product. Eventually, Hyundai stopped production of the car and the model was succeeded by the i10 and later on, the Grand i10 – cars that offered better quality, peppier engines and more space. However, after a period of four years, Hyundai have revived the 'Santro' name by launching a new car that promises to be much more than what the original was. 


The Santro shares some similarities with the Grand i10. At the front, it gets the 'cascading' grille, flanked by swept-back headlamps. The fog lamps are high-set and the grille appears pretty wide. Along the sides, you'll notice some wave-like creases at the front and rear. Then there's the shoulder line that takes a dip towards the rear glass. At the back, it boasts of simplistic tail lamps, a faux diffuser on the lower half of the bumper that also sports reflectors. In terms of dimensions, the Santro is 3610mm in length, 1645mm in width and 1560mm in height. The wheelbase stretches across at 2400mm. It gets the same Epsilon engine from the old Santro Xing. Refinement levels are very good, be it at idle or while on the go. The engine is responsive, and not much of shifting of the gears has to be done, making it a rather effortless drive experience. Even the clutch is nice and light. Also, the AMT gearbox is quick to respond. Bad roads are dealt with very easily. In terms of specifications, it gets a 1086cc, 4-cylinder engine that produces 68bhp and 99Nm of torque. Paired to the engine is a 5-speed manual or an AMT gearbox. The engine is BSVI compliant. Also, the base-spec trim weighs in at 897kgs.


The Hyundai Santro has a fuel tank capacity of 35 litres. In terms of mileage, the manual model is capable of returning 20.03kmpl by ARAI, for the petrol model, in BSVI guise.


Inside, it gets a beige-and-black dashboard theme, and fit and finish levels, as you'd expect, are really good. In the middle of the dashboard lies a 7.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system that functions smoothly. There are certain bits that seem borrowed from the i10. The seats at the front have fixed headrests and offer good support. Visibility all-round is good as well, and there is ample legroom and shoulder room at the rear. It also gets rear AC vents. Features include dual-tone black and beige interiors, rear AC vents, steering mounted controls, Hyundai iblue app, keyless entry, a 7.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Android Auto, Apple CarPlay and MirrorLink, voice recognition, front and rear speakers, power adjustable wing mirrors, rear parking sensors and reverse camera. On the safety front, it is equipped with dual front airbags and ABS with EBD.


The Hyundai Santro is sold in eight shades: Star Dust, Fiery Red, Imperial Beige, Diana Green, Marina Blue, Polar White, Typhoon Silver and Aqua Teal. The paint quality and finish for all the shades is excellent. We particularly found the Diana Green to be the most striking of all colours, but the one that's sure to be a hit among Indian car buyers is Imperial Beige. 


All the details regarding the Hyundai Santro – namely, the engine, specifications, variant-wise equipment, colours, dimensions, interiors and exterior details are extensively covered in the company's model brochure. 

Variants and Prices

As of early 2020, the Hyundai Santro is available in ten variants for the diesel-manual model. The price for the base Era Executive variant is ₹ 4.3 lakh, the price for the Magna variant is ₹ 4.82 lakh, the price for the Sportz variant is ₹ 5.13 lakh, the price for the Sportz SE variant is ₹ 5.17 lakh, the price for the Magna AMT variant is 5.31 lakh, the price for the Magna CNG variant is ₹ 5.48 lakh, the price for the Asta variant is ₹ 5.56 lakh, the price for the Sportz AMT variant is ₹ 5.71 lakh, the price for the Sportz CNG variant is ₹ 5.79 lakh and the price for the Sportz AMT SE variant is ₹ 5.75 lakh (all prices ex-showroom, Delhi). The variant-wise on-road prices are available at autoX. 

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Author: verified_user