2018 Hyundai Santro: 5 First Impressions
- Oct 9, 2018
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We’ve talked a lot about the new Hyundai Santro’s price, how it compares on paper with the competition and how it actually feels like if you take a very quick test drive. Now, let the photos do the talking (if you can ignore the long captions).
Let’s take a 360-degree look at the new Santro in its most ‘youthful’ colour - Diana Green
The Santro has hints of different cars from Hyundai’s current and past lineups, but everything combines to create a unique fascia. Highlights include the high-set fog lamps, which are a signature design feature of newer Hyundai SUVs, the large ‘Cascade’ grille and headlights which seem to be stretched versions of the ones on the discontinued i10.
The ‘Tall-Boy’ design is not as obvious on the new Santro as it was on its namesake predecessor. Hyundai has used a raised engine cover, creases over the wheel arches and a kink on the rear window to hide the tall design effectively.
Different angles, different colours. There are 7 colours to choose from Diana Green, Typhoon Silver, Fiery Red, Imperial Beige, Marina Blue, Polar White and Star Dust (Grey).
These are the new headlamps. No LED DRLs here.
A closer look at the gaping ‘Cascade’ grille and high-set fog lamps
The ORVMs get integrated indicators on the more expensive Sportz and Asta variants only.
The Santro does not get alloy wheels on any variant. The larger 14-inch wheels with the full wheel covers are only available on the Sportz and Asta variant. Other variants make do with 13-inch units and centre hub caps.
There’s nothing special to note here, just plain and simple, large taillamps. These ones are actually similar to the inverted pizza slice ones on the original Santro (not the Xing).
See that boxy thing below the Hyundai badge? That’s the rearview camera. Yes! The Hyundai Santro is the first car in the segment to be offered with this feature. Also pictured here are the two rear parking sensors placed above the number plate holder.
There is a sense of familiarity here, especially if you have sat in the Grand i10 before. We know that it feels like a car from two segments above - check out our first impressions here.
The highlight of the dashboard is the 7-inch touchscreen with Android Auto, Apple CarPlay and Mirrorlink smartphone connectivity.
The instrument cluster features a three-pod design, housing two analogue dials for the engine rpm and vehicle speed and the third housing a digital information display.
The power window switches have been moved to the lower centre console, behind the gear level.
The A/C vents inspired by the ones on Mercedes Benz cars gives the interiors an upmarket and premium feel. Unfortunately, Hyundai hasn’t equipped the base-spec D-Lite variant with an A/C.
There’s a place on the dash to keep your favourite idol too
The Santro gets first-in-class rear A/C vents for added comfort
The new Hyundai Santro has been designed to carry a small family comfortably
However, the 235-litre boot space may not be large enough to accommodate all of their luggage.
While the driver-side airbag is standard across the range, a passenger airbag is only available on the top-of-the-line Asta. ABS+EBD are offered as standard.
Engine and Transmission
The Hyundai Santro is powered by a 1.1-litre, 4-cylinder petrol/dual-fuel motor. It develops 69PS/99Nm when fed with petrol and 58PS/84Nm when fed with CNG. Claimed fuel-efficiency is 20.3kmpl on petrol, 3048kmpkg on CNG.
The Hyundai Santro is one of three cars in the segment to be offered with a factory-fitted CNG kit. Check out the other two here.
This can be paired either with a 5-speed manual or a 5-speed AMT. Interestingly, the AMT can be had with only the Magna and the Sportz variants and not the top-spec Asta. This ‘Smart’ Auto is the first AMT made by Hyundai ever. Even though it's Hyundai's first, it has been tuned excellently to match the engine's capabilities.
Want to know more about the new Santro? We will be getting our hands on it soon! Stay tuned for the exhaustive detailed review here on ZigWheels.com.
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