Launched earlier this year, Hyundai Aura is a replacement for Xcent and goes on to rival the likes of Maruti Dzire and Honda Amaze, Prices start at Rs 5.79 lakh for E 1.2 P MT model
Late last month, Hyundai Motor India Ltd (HMIL), the country’s second-largest-selling carmaker, introduced an all-new sub-4-metre compact sedan that came in as a replacement for the Xcent. Dubbed Hyundai Aura, the new model becomes a Maruti Dzire and Honda Amaze-rival that is on sale in a price range of Rs 5.79 lakh to Rs 9.22 lakh (ex-showroom). We brought to you the details of the top-end variants in a detailed review last month but a new video that has gone online details the entry-level, E variant, of the Grand i10 Nios-based offering.
Hyundai Aura is on sale in as many as four engine variants – 1.2-litre petrol, 1.2-litre Bi-fuel (CNG), 1.2-litre Diesel and 1.0-litre turbo-petrol. However, the entry-level version is available only in the base gasoline motor, which goes on to offer a maximum power of 83PS and a peak torque of 114Nm. The motor churns out an ARAI-claimed fuel mileage of 20.5 kmpl. There’s no option of an AMT on the base trim, which means the only transmission on offer is a 5-speed manual unit.
The Hyundai Aura E variant is a bare-basic, no-frills, model that helps the company offer the sub-Verna sedan at a pretty attractive price point. As can be seen in the video above, the entry-level model misses out on most of the exterior adornments but does offer a blacked-out C-pillar. That said, the B-pillar, door handles and the ORVMs remain devoid of the black treatment. It even misses out on the projector headlamps, DRLs and the wheelcover for the 14-inch steel wheels. However, the Hyundai Aura E does get a grey outline on the bold cascading grille.
Inside, the Hyundai Aura E misses out chrome-plated door handles but does get the bronze trim on the aircon vents. However, as expected, the double-din housing at the top of the dashboard misses out on any sort of audio system. The steering wheel isn’t a multi-function unit and even the AC gets manual controls, as automatic aircon is available only on the SX(O) trim.
The video host goes on to remark that the quality of the interior panels is top-notch in spite of the low-spec it is in. The entry-level variant also misses out on the digital speedo, central locking and push button start. Also, while the front doors get power windows, the rear windows need to be rolled up and down manually. The rear bench seat comes devoid of a centre-armrest. It is, however, worth mentioning here that the glove compartment comes with the cooling feature that can help you keep your water bottles and beverages chilled.
Thanks to the updated norms, the Hyundai Aura E comes with a handful of safety features, including ABS with EBD, dual front airbags, ISOFIX child seat mounts, speed-sensing door lock mechanism, impact-sensing door-unlock mechanism, high speed alert and front seat belt reminder.