Hyundai stepped into the car market of India with original Santro in 1998, and till then it has launched multiple capable cars. Santro, one of the favorites of the innumerable Indian family, has changed a lot over the years. However, with the launch of all new Santro, Hyundai has revamped the car after a long interval of three years.
New Hyundai Santro is longer, wider and laced with all the more features that the last generation model. The feature-rich Santro is a product that can offer better value than its present-day competitors. Needless to say, expectations are high from all new Santro, and in many aspects, it didn’t fail to impress. Let’s see what you get in this package.
Looks wider, but can’t be said the biggest car in its segment. However, the design is distinctive as compared to other modern Hyundai models and is remarkable for its Fluidic design language. The new Hyundai Santro also features alloy wheels on the top-spec variants.
There are top two variants – Asta and Sportz, both of which look largely the same on the outside. Though the new Santro is not the biggest car in its segment, it can’t be said the smaller either. Undoutedly, it is the widest, standing next to Grand i10. It looks particularly wide at the rear due to the black plastic cladding on both sides of the license plate. It looks modern and even after Hyundai’s signature cascading grille, the front design of the vehicle is distinctive in comparison to other Hyundai cars.
The new Santro creates a new benchmark for overall interior design and quality as it features a black cabin with youthful green inserts and seatbelts. Seating is relatively lower as compared to the older version. The quality of plastic, switchgear and every element of inside the cabin is remarkable, and you can instantly feel the well-built premium feel. AC is powerful and comes with a propeller-like design with vents on both the ends of the dashboard. It features a 5-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Android auto and Apple CarPlay.
For the new version, Santro has the old 1.1-liter Epsilon engine that makes 69PS of maximum power and 99Nm peak torque which is one of the most competent with its rivals. The AMT complements the engine’s character very well. One of the smoothest AMTS, driving it is a breeze for the first time automatic car buyers. A factory-fitted CNG kit is another perk which is available on Magna and Sportz variants. Running on CNG, Santro’s 1.1-liter engine can run the vehicle at 59PS of max power and 84Nm of peak torque. Hyundai claims that the Santro CNG gives a mileage of 30.48 Km/Kg.
So, if you are within city limits, driving calmly, you can drive at around 50 kmph in the fourth gear. Doing the same in 5th, you will realize to shift down and trying to do the same speed in third gear would make the vehicle pick up the pace at roughly the same way. Drive calmly to keep the pace of the car smooth. Out on the highways, expect the engines to cruise rather than change pace. The Santro can run 100 kmph all day in top gear, without much effort. Picking the pace will need you to drop a gear, but the best part it dropping gears is a delight. The clutch is light, and manual transmission’s shifts are short.
New Santro comes with ABS provided with EBD and a standard driver-side airbag, unlike its older version.
The Final Verdict
As a package, the new Santro is a mixed bag of features. It will surprise you with the interior quality and sorted mechanicals. While the older model was more value for money, the newer version offers a premium driving experience, at a price. If you do not mind spending more for quality, the all-new Santro is the perfect buy.