Hyundai Xcent 1.2L Kappa Petrol: 3,500km Long Term Review
I’ve been living the life of a commuter this past month. Travel was restricted from home to office most of the time and a short highway stint for midnight dhaba food on the occasional weekend. Plenty of city driving has given me a fair idea of the Xcent, a car that is meant for the urban commuter. The petrol Xcent is going to be used as that precisely and so it’s important that of all its strong suits, the Xcent excels at being a city runabout particularly.
The more I drive it through congested roads in Delhi NCR and hunt for those tight parking spots, the more I appreciate the Xcent. Its light inert steering gets a bit too annoying at high speeds but with the kind of maneuverability it offers when I want to weave through sluggish traffic, it’s highly appreciated. Commuting in my books should consume the least energy as possible – an automatic or a light clutch, light steering, meaty low and mid-range in the power band and compact dimensions are the perfect combination. The Xcent delivers on each of these attributes and so has impressed me a lot in its first month.
The reverse parking camera isn’t just one extra feature you get in an Xcent over other compact sedans, but the necessary feature for those of you who find it difficult to park a car. It’s a tough job to deftly park a car in small spots but the ease with which you can do it with a camera as your third eye at the back is something you’d love to get used to.