We try to list out the benefits and drawbacks of Hyundai Exter SUV so that your decision-making becomes easier…
Hyundai has launched the new Exter in India. The i10-based SUV is now rising to acceptance in the domestic market. The manufacturer has priced it quite competitively, in the 6-10 lakh bracket. Here are 8 good things…
Hyundai Exter Pros
- Good Pricing: Ex-showroom prices of the base-spec Exter EX is remarkably appealing, and the pricing for the upper variants is reasonable too. Prices in general, place this vehicle comfortably between the i10 and Venue. Safety tech like six airbags are offered across the variants. These safety kit levels set a new precedent for vehicles priced below Rs.10 lakh.
- Decent Safety Kit: In addition to the standard 6 airbags on the base Exter variant, the EX (O) and S(O) models provide extra safety measures such as electronic stability control (ESC) and hill start assist. These additional features come at a minimal price increase, making them a worthwhile investment for enhanced safety.
- Good Powertrain Choices: The Exter offers a set of sweet, juicy powertrains. You get a 1.2L Kappa NA petrol engine that can be mated to a 5MT or 5AMT, and a more frugal CNG – MT combination, to choose from. The NA Petrol engine packs ample punch, is smooth and refined and doesn’t fall behind short in fuel efficiency. Both the powertrains come straight from the i10 NIOS and are thus familiar to the Indian crowd.
- Long List Of Features, Including Segment Firsts: Like every other modern Hyundai car, the Exter also comes packed with features. Almost all pieces of equipment from the i10 are retained, along with a few segment-first newbies like an integrated dash camera, cruise control, rear AC vents, digital instrument cluster, single pane sunroof, and paddle shifters for the AMT.
- Ground Clearance: Exter comes with a good ground clearance of 185mm. While this number might not rank high among those of its competitors, everyday usability will surely benefit from it. Tata Punch, Exter’s prime rival has a ground clearance of 187mm, Nissan Magnite and Renault Kiger both have an even higher 205mm. Citroen C3, however, has a lesser ground clearance of 180 mm.
- Boot Capacity: The Exter has a fairly large boot that can accommodate 391L. This is great by segment standards. In fact, it is the second biggest boot after the Kiger’s 405L. (The CNG variant has a significantly smaller boot). Tata Punch has a 366L boot while the Magnite gets 336L. Citroen C3 has a much smaller 315L boot.
- Likeable cabin room and ergonomics: The Exter has a cabin that offers ample space, feels comfortable to be in, and is very ergonomic to live with. All major controls fall easily into reach and most of them feel nice to touch and see as well.
- Good Fuel Efficiency: Both the 1.2 petrol and CNG powertrains deliver good fuel efficiency figures by segment standards. Hyundai claims 19.4kmpl and 19.2kmpl for the petrol manual and AMT, while the CNG returns up to 27.1kmpkg. If we are to take reference from the Grand i10 NIOS, the real-life numbers shouldn’t be too far from these. The petrol MT should deliver somewhere close to 16kpl, and the AMT around 12 kpl, in most average road-traffic scenarios.
Hyundai Exter Cons
Here are 6 things we felt the Exter misses out on or could have done better with:
- Missing Features: Despite being feature-packed in general, Hyundai Exter comes with a bunch of interesting miss-outs! There are no split folding rear seats, foglamps, adjustable front headrests, and front and rear armrests. While it could be too much to expect in the segment, the Exter does not have a wireless CarPlay/ Android Auto, while the Magnite and Kiger already have this feature.
- Compromised Boot Space On The CNG: The Exter’s 60L CNG tank eats fairly into the boot space. This is primarily because of the tank design. Hyundai could try the trick of packing the gas into multiple smaller cylinders instead of a single large cylinder, like what Tata’s done with the Altroz iCNG, to overcome this problem.
- Price Overlap With The Venue: Some of Exter’s higher variants have a price overlap with the lower and base variants of Venue. The Venue’s larger dimensions and the same 1.2L petrol engine could lure some buyers away from the Exter.
- Missing Diesel Engine: Not everyone would agree, but the Exter misses a diesel engine. If it could have come with the Venue’s 1.5 diesel, there’d have been a greater appeal to this micro-SUV.
- Could have come with a better audio system.
- The rear seats could have had better under-thigh support.