Hyundai Xcent: Looking back at the old times!

We all appreciate the convenience of a ride-hailing service. But there are some disadvantages that stand against the hugely popular service. The most prominent one being the car itself being treated as a fleet rather than a private vehicle.

This, in itself, has proven to be quite a disadvantage for many vehicles with the Hyundai Xcent being one of them. Sure, the Hyundai Xcent gained some traction at first. However, the availability of the compact Hyundai for fleet only reduced the desirability of this sedan, and to a good extent.

Therefore, Hyundai took the decision to axe out the Xcent nameplate, as it forayed an all-new compact sedan, the Aura, in the Indian market. The Aura, as Hyundai confirmed, will not be sold to fleet buyers, as the Xcent will continue to be on sale for that matter. The Xcent, then, is soon to be axed out for the private buyers. However, you can grab an Xcent, as of now, with huge discounts. So, why should you? Well, here’s why.


Starting with the way it looks. I must say, the Xcent looks quite similar to its hatch sibling, the Grand i10. But then again, the new Aura, too, looks identical to the Grand i10 Nios. As for the dimensions, it measures 3,995mm in length, 1,660mm in width, and 1,520mm in height. It has a wheelbase of 2,425mm and a ground clearance of 165mm. Moreover, it has a fuel tank capacity of 43-litres and a boot space capacity of 407-litres.

Under the hood, the Xcent continues to be powered with BS-IV spec engines. The entry-level engine is the 1.2-litre four-cylinder naturally-aspirated petrol, good for 82bhp and 114Nm of torque. As of now, it still comes mated to a 4-speed torque converter automatic as an option while a 5-speed manual is a standard fit.

As for the diesel, it’s also the same 1.2-litre three-cylinder oil burner, which is capable of churning out 74bhp and 190Nm of torque. Unlike the petrol engine, this one only came mated to a 5-speed manual gearbox. In the coming weeks, Hyundai is expected to axe out the petrol-automatic and diesel-manual iterations of the Xcent. Hyundai might have done that already, probably by the time you’re reading this.


Since mileage is always a concern for an Indian buyer, let’s talk about how fuel-efficient were all the variants of the Xcent. Starting with the most frugal, it’s the diesel automatic, good for 24.4km/l. The petrol-manual and petrol-automatic, on the other hand, were capable of delivering 19.1km/l and 16.1km/l, respectively.


The notions with Hyundai are very clear. If it’s a Hyundai, it will be loaded with a number of features. The Xcent, despite being old, has a healthy equipment list. The top-spec SX (O) variant you see above comes with 15-inch diamond-cut alloy wheels, LED DRLs, and passive entry sensor for the driver on the exterior front.

The interior of the Xcent is a nice place to be. The steering wheel feels nice to hold, and it’s wrapped with soft leather. It also has controls for both the infotainment screen and the MID. Speaking of the infotainment screen, it is a 7.0-inch touchscreen unit with both Apple Carplay and Android Auto, apart from the usual features. There’s also push-button start, climate control, cooled glovebox, and electronically foldable and retractable ORVMs.


The Xcent, as of early-2020, comes in five shades, namely, Fiery Red, Polar White, Alpha Blue, Typhoon Silver, and Titan Grey. Sufficed to say, the Xcent looks handsome in all the available shades.


All the details regarding the Hyundai Xcent, namely, the engine, specifications, variant wise equipment, colours, dimensions, interiors, and exterior details are extensively covered in the brochure.

Variants and Prices

As of early-2020, the Hyundai Xcent is available in nine variants, with four variants for the petrol-manual, one variant for the petrol-AT and four variants for the diesel-manual. The prices start at Rs. 5.81 lakhs for the E variant going all the way up to Rs. 8.75 lakhs for the SX (O) CRDi variant (both prices ex-showroom, Delhi). For the variant-wise on-road prices, visit us at autoX.

For more on the Hyundai Xcent, be sure to tune in to autoX.  Also, grab the latest info on the new cars, only at autoX.


As a mechanical engineer turned blogger, Charlie provides readers with a technical, yet accessible look into the world of automotive engineering and design. His insightful posts make complex car technologies understandable.