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Hyundai Santro Xing OverviewThe Santro Xing was launched by Hyundai in India in 2003 - five years after the Korean manufacturer's first model, the Santro, made its debut in the Indian car market. The car was an instant hit with its peppy engine, light steering, and a whole-lot-better headroom than its sole competitor of the time, the Maruti Suzuki Zen. When the Santro Xing came out it was not just a facelift, but a proper upgrade of the earlier car. The Xing was not merely a suffix; Hyundai had actually added zing to its nifty car's performance and features.
This B-segment hatch is now also offered with factory-fitted LPG/CNG kits which makes it more desirable especially in metro cities where CNG filling stations are not in scarcity. The Santro Xing is running in its eleventh year but the company still manages to sell more than 3000 units a month on an average.
Hyundai Santro Xing ExteriorHyundai made several changes to the exterior of the car with the Xing. The face of the car features a small but attractive body-coloured grill with the company’s logo in the middle. The Xing features clear lens headlamps with the turn indicators integrated in the headlight assembly while the ones on the fender, below and the A-pillar, are also retained. The top variant comes with fog lamps while the lower versions' front bumper have the provision to fit them too.
There is sufficient glass area all around which ensures excellent visibility. Body-coloured bumpers, rear-view mirrors, and door handles on the upper variants make the appearance seem quite cohesive. The hatch gets 13-inch steel rims shod with 155/70 section tubeless radial tyres. Black plastic strips run across the sides and on bumpers to prevent the car from minor scratches. The rear taillight assembly gets the vertical design treatment while a high mounted brake light adds to the safety aspect.
Hyundai Santro Xing InteriorInside the cabin, the dual-tone interior in beige and brown shades provides a relaxing and clam effect. The seats are wide, though better padding would have helped, especially during long drives.
This 5-seater comes with ample amount of storage space where one can put small knick-knacks, and a rear parcel tray is also provided to protect the contents of the boot from prying eyes.
Even in the LPG variant, the Toroidal LPG tank is designed and placed in such a way that it does not eat up much of the boot-space. The car comes loaded with features like a powerful A/C, decent music system with USB and AUX connectivity, power steering, front power windows, and a tripmeter to name a few.
Hyundai Santro Xing Engine & TransmissionThe Santro Xing is powered by Hyundai's tried-and-tested 1.1-litre, 4-cylinder, eRLX petrol engine that puts out a maximum power of 62.1 bhp at 5,500rpm and peak torque of 96.1 Nm at 3,000 rpm. The engine features Active Intelligence Technology that further includes three mechanisms: RHiA (Rotary Head Intelligent Valve Actuator) which controls the Rotary Head movement.
DPiL (Differentially Programmed Intelligent Injection) that provides the optimum amount of fuel in the combustion bay; and RTiL (Real Time Intelligent Ignition system) that helps in lowering the emission. Altogether, the active intelligent-drive system helps the engine to dissipate the power in a linear form while maintaining an admirable fuel economy figure. Power is sent to the front wheels through a five-speed manual gearbox.
Hyundai Santro Xing MileageThe Santro Xing's 1.1-litre, 4-cylinder engine comes with MPFI (multi-point fuel injection) technology which does not trade fuel efficiency for performance. The ARAI certified fuel economy figure for the petrol model is 17.9 km/l, however, don't expect to achieve that figure in bumper-to-bumper city traffic where the car will still give, a very respectable,13.7km/l. On highways, the car will return 16-18 km/l if driven sanely. As mentioned earlier, the car comes with alternative fuel options too. The LPG variant provides 11.88 km/kg while the CNG model delivers an economy of 20 km/kg (both figures are ARAI Certified). In the real world, these figures come down to 8.44km/kg and 11.88km/kg, respectively.
Hyundai Santro Xing Braking and SafetyIn terms of safety, brakes of the vehicle form the most crucial and important aspect. Hyundai has equipped the Santro Xing with ventilated disc brakes at the front while the rear wheels still come with drum brakes. It is high time that all manufacturers make it customary to provide disc brakes at the rear too. Thankfully, the body of the car incorporates dual side-impact beams that should minimize the effect of the impact from a side collision. Other safety features include central locking, child safety lock, and immobilizer while the two most crucial safety features of them all, ABS (Anti-lock Braking System) and Airbags, are missing.
Hyundai Santro Xing Performance and HandlingThe Xing does the 0-100 sprint in 16.2 seconds and goes on till 141 km/h before running out of steam. The five-speed manual transmission is smooth and provides hassle-free shifts. The car remains stable even at three-digit speeds, but the steering which is effortless in city traffic makes the handling twitchy on highways. The front suspension of the Xing comprises McPherson Strut with Coil Springs while the rear suspension gets a Torsion Beam Axle and Coil Springs.
What do we think about Hyundai Santro Xing?The Hyundai Santro and Santro Xing have played an important role in establishing the roots of the company in Indian car market. It's majorly due to the Santro that Hyundai became a household name, which until then seemed to be the sole prerogative of Maruti. There are still who just can't miss the value-for-money proposition the Santro Xing is - a fantastic service network comes as an added bonus. It still remains an honest-to-goodness car, though we really urge Hyundai to offer ABS, airbags, and rear power windows, at least as optional extras.
Hyundai Santro Xing CompetitorsThe car hardly had any competition in its heydays but now it has loads of it. It not only faces serious threat from the new entrants like the Datsun GO, it even has to battle it out with its own cousin - the Eon. Of course, the perennial competition with the Maruti Suzuki Wagon R has also gotten tougher with the latter's upgraded models. Plus, the Chevrolet Spark gives it tough competition in the value-for-money stakes.
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