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History - Hyundai first came to India in the year 1998 with its iconic car The Santro, which was an instantaneous hit in the Indian market. It did not take Hyundai more than a few months to become the second-largest automobile manufacturer and the largest automobile exporter in India. Hyundai is known for its reliability, built quality, and low maintenance costs.
Engine Options - The new line of Santro’s brings the same reliability and trust of Hyundai with a modern touch. It packs in a 1086cc engine which produces a maximum power output of 68bhp @5500rpm and a maximum torque of 99nm @4500rpm and it is available in both petrol and CNG variants.
Transmission options - It comes with a manual and an AMT automatic transmission which has pretty accurate gear shifts.
Safety features - It comes with driver and passenger airbags (only available in top variants) and a global NCAP rating of two stars which is not a strong point of the Santro.
Exterior and Interior features - Halogen bulbs are provided for headlamps and tail section and fog lamps come only with the top variants. No sunroof is available in any of the variants and it is not a downside considering the price point at which it is sold.
Special features - It comes with rear seat a/c vents which is an awesome feature that is not present in any of its competitors at this price range. It also has parking sensors at the back for easy parking in tight situations or dark conditions. It comes with a big touch screen infotainment system loaded with features such as Bluetooth connectivity, voice commands, and much more and the 4 built-in speakers produce great quality sound.
Mileage and driving experience - The company claimed mileage is 20kmpl but users get around 15-17kmpl in city traffic conditions. It packs in a very engaging driving experience for a beginner car driver with ample space for a family to travel comfortably.
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Hyundai’s beloved family car gets an upgrade with the arrival of BS6 emission norms. The Hyundai Santro comes with the best-in-class features and the Hyundai trust which it has maintained pretty well.
Variants - It is available in nine different variants with two different fueling systems, Petrol and CNG, and also comes in automatic and manual transmission. The top feature of the new Santro is the number of features it has packed at such a price point making comfort and luxury affordable to the common people of the country. It is an easy-to-drive car which makes it the first choice of most first-time car owners in the country.
Features - The new BS6 Santro comes with rear parking sensors, passenger airbags, multi-functional steering wheel, rear a/c vents which, by the way, no brands provide at this price point, and much more. It also comes with an AMT automatic gearbox for those who want a hassle-free drive without constant gear changing in tough traffic situations.
Pricing - The ex-showroom price of the Hyundai Santro ranges from Rs 4.73 lakhs to Rs 6.5 Lakhs which is pretty decent when comparing the features it provides to its competitors in the same segment.
Rivals - The competitors in this segment are not so far behind in features and reliability, the direct competitors are Maruti WagonR, Tata Tiago, Maruti Celerio, Renault Kwid, and also Maruti Swift which even though is a bit pricey than the Santro can be considered as a strong competition.
The advantage that the new Santro has over its competitors is the fact that it comes equipped with useful features which are quite essential like the rear AC vents, which are not present in any of its competitors. Although it may seem like a very small feature from a usability point of view, it is a big deal. The steering attached controls which come in handy while driving to pick up calls or toggle the music without taking the hands off of the steering wheel. Also the parking cameras, super handy in tough situations where you don’t have a companion to give directions. Not to mention the Hyundai brand name and the quality that is assured with it and the low cost of maintenance which add to the total worth of the car.
The disadvantage of the Santro is its not adjustable driving seat and its suspension setup. The height of the driver’s seat is non-adjustable and the placement of the steering wheel is a bit on the lower side making it difficult for tall people to enjoy a comfortable drive. The rear suspension of the Santro does not provide good support to the rear seat passengers. It is set on a stiffer side and every little bump on the road can be felt by the people in the rear seat. It does not provide much comfort on long drives both to the driver and the passengers.
The Petrol Sportz AMT would be our recommendation to people who are looking to buy the new Hyundai Santro. It is a bit pricey than its manual transmission variant but the extra cost adds to the overall ride feel of the vehicle. The AMT gearbox is very precise and even though the fuel economy of the AMT is slightly lower than the manual, it is in no way going to increase your cost of running by a huge margin. The AMT provides a smooth clutch-free drive and also the 7-inch infotainment system that comes along with it adds to the fun. And even though the looks of the new Santro may not be at par with its former version and may be considered as inspired by the Hyundai i10, it has its own distinct characteristics to give its competitors a run for their money. To sum up, the Hyundai Santro is a brilliant effort from Hyundai to up the compact hatchback game in India by providing a quality drive at an affordable price range. The new Santro is the perfect choice for a family about to purchase their first car and do not want to compromise on the performance and looks are looking for some decent mileage and an affordable maintenance cost.
Body Type Hatchback
Fuel Type Petrol
ARAI Mileage 17.92 kmpl
City Mileage 13.45 kmpl
Seating Capacity 5