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Hyundai Santro Launched, Prices Start At Rs 3.90 Lakh


A little over two decades since we saw the original Santro, we get an all-new one!

Santro Lead

Hyundai’s Santro has officially made a comeback. The little hatchback has been wowing us with its ease of use, frugality and practicality over the years. This time around, Hyundai seems to have upped the ante with what’s on offer. But before we get to that, here’s a quick look at the prices:

Manual

D-Lite - Rs 3.90 lakh
Era - Rs 4.25 lakh
Magna - Rs 4.58 lakh
Sportz - Rs 5.00 lakh
Asta - Rs 5.46 lakh

AMT

Magna - Rs 5.19 lakh
Sportz - Rs 5.47 lakh

CNG

Magna - Rs 5.24 lakh
Sportz - Rs 5.65 lakh

Shahrukh Santro

For its next innings, the Santro has definitely come in well prepared. In terms of the way it looks, it’s unmistakably Hyundai. Built on the K1 platform, the new Santro uses 63 per cent of high strength and advanced high strength steel for enhanced structural rigidity and safety. You might see traces of the old i10 here and there, but every single panel on the car is brand new. It retains its ‘tallboy’ identity and stands quite tall. The new Santro is now available in seven colour options, including two new colours: Imperial Beige and Diana Green.

Dimensions 2018 Hyundai Santro Maruti Suzuki Celerio Maruti Suzuki WagonR Tata Tiago Datsun Go
Length 3610mm 3695mm 3599mm/ 3636mm 3746mm 3788mm
Width 1645mm 1600mm 1495mm/ 1475mm 1647mm 1636mm
Height 1560mm 1560mm 1700mm/ 1670mm 1535mm 1507mm
Wheelbase 2400mm 2425mm 2400mm 2400mm 2450mm
Boot Space 235-litres 235-litres 180-litres 242-litres 265-litres

What’s more, it’s packing in a bucketload of features too. For instance, the top-spec Asta variant gets features such as a touchscreen infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, a reverse camera, rear AC vents as well as steering-mounted audio controls. On the safety front, anti-lock brakes and a single driver airbag is standard across the range. It’s only the range-topping Asta variant that gets a passenger airbag.


Santro colours

Features aside, the cabin genuinely is a happy place to be in. The fit and finish, and quality of materials used is something we’ve seen in cars a category above. There’s some interesting detailing here too, including tri-star detailing on the AC vents, and also a centre console that mimics the shape of an elephant’s head.

Features 2018 Hyundai Santro Maruti Suzuki Celerio Maruti Suzuki WagonR Tata Tiago Datsun Go
LED DRLs NA NA NA NA On T and T (O) only
Alloy Wheels NA Na NA On XZ/XZA only On T, T (O) only
Audio system Magna, Sportz & Asta only Only on ZXi, ZXi (O) On VXi,VXi+ only On XT/XTA only On T, T (O) only
Touchscreen 7-inch NA NA NA 7-inch
Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, Mirrorlink Sportz, Asta only NA NA NA On T, T (O) only
Rear A/C vents All except D-Lite NA NA NA NA
Rear power windows Magna, Sportz & Asta only VXi/VXi (O), ZXi/ZXi (O) only All except base LXi All except base E variant All except D, A
Electrically adjustable ORVMs Sportz, Asta only ZXi/ZXI (O) only All except base LXi On XT/XTA only All except base D variant

And Hyundai seems to have really thought about most things. There’s a depression on the top of the dashboard - for you to dock your beloved idols and pictures. Thoughtful!

Santro Dash

For the Santro, Hyundai has brought its 1.1-litre Epsilon engine back from the dead. Unlike its rivals that feature a 3-cylinder motor, the Santro gets a 4-cylinder unit. You get to choose between petrol and CNG-powered Santros, and Hyundai is offering a 5-speed AMT as well.

Powertrain (petrol/CNG) 2018 Hyundai Santro Maruti Suzuki Celerio Maruti Suzuki WagonR Tata Tiago Datsun Go
Engine Capacity 1.1-litre 1.0-litre 1.0-litre 1.2-litre 1.2-litre
Cylinders 4 3 3 3 3
Power 69PS/58PS 68PS/59PS 68PS/59PS 85PS 68PS
Torque 99Nm/84Nm 90Nm/78Nm 90Nm/77Nm 114Nm 104Nm
Transmission 5-speed MT/AMT 5-speed MT/AMT 5-speed MT/AMT 5-speed MT/AMT 5-speed MT
Fuel-Efficiency (ARAI/Claimed) 20.3kmpl/30.48kmpkg 23.1kmpl/31.76kmpkg 20.51kmpl/26.6kmpkg 23.84kmpl 19.83kmpl

Sadly, a CNG-AMT combo is not available straight out of the factory. As far as the numbers are concerned, the Santro’s engine makes 69PS/99Nm with petrol power and 59PS/84Nm with CNG. Fuel efficiency is rated at 20.3kmpl for the petrol and 30.48km/kg for the CNG versions.

CNG Santro

After-sales support continues to be strong with the Santro and Hyundai is offering a standard warranty of 3-year/100,000 km along with 3 Years Road-Side Assistance.

Safety features 2018 Hyundai Santro Maruti Suzuki Celerio Maruti Suzuki WagonR Tata Tiago Datsun Go
ABS Standard On (O) variants (O) variants On XZ/XZA only Standard
Driver Airbag Standard Standard VXi+, otherwise (O) variants Standard on XZ/XZA, optional otherwise Standard
Front Passenger Airbag Only on Asta On (O) variants (O) variants Standard on XZ/XZA, optional otherwise Standard
Rear Parking Sensors Only on Asta NA NA On XT/XTA only Standard
Rear Parking Camera Only on Asta NA NA NA NA
Central Locking On Magna, Sportz and Asta On VXi and ZXi Standard Not on base XE variant Standard

What do you think of the new Santro? Think it has what it takes to trouble the Tata Tiago and the Maruti Celerio? Let us know in the comments section below. And, stay tuned to ZigWheels for more on the new Hyundai Santro.

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