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Hyundai Santro Vs Celerio vs WagonR vs Tiago vs GO: Spec Comparo


How does the new Hyundai Santro compare with the competition on paper?

Hyundai Santro vs Competition

Hyundai has resurrected the Santro nameplate and hopes to set a new benchmark in the mass-market hatchback segment as a whole. The 2018 Santro’s main rivals include the Maruti Suzuki Celerio, Maruti Suzuki WagonR, Tata Tiago and the Datsun GO. We crunched the numbers, and here’s what we found:

Dimensions

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

The Hyundai Santro is not the longest car in the segment. In fact, it takes the second-last spot ahead of the Celerio. It is the second widest in the class, which should mean squeezing in three people should be less of a hassle. The ‘Tall-Boy’ proportions of the Santro shine through when the height of all the cars here are compared. The WagonR tops the list followed by a tie between the Santro and the Celerio. Again, the Santro does not have the longest wheelbase in the comparison, the top spot is taken by the Datsun GO, which is based on the larger Nissan Micra hatchback. The Hyundai Santro lags behind the others when it comes to boot space as well, the larger GO and Tiago have better storage capacities.

The Santro is not the biggest car on paper but it’s not worse than the competition either. A side-by-side real-world test should settle the matter once and for all (stay tuned!)

Engine and Transmission

Powertrain 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 68PS 68PS 85PS 68PS
Torque 99Nm 90Nm 90Nm 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 23.1kmpl 20.51kmpl 23.84kmpl 19.83kmpl

The Tiago is the only car here to be offered with a diesel engine, hence we are not factoring in that engine in this comparison. Not all cars here offered with CNG/Dual-fuel options, hence we have not added the dual-fuel powertrains of the Santro, Celerio and WagonR in this comparison.

The Tata Tiago's petrol engine is also more powerful and torquier than the others, this is thanks to a larger capacity motor. The Hyundai is not the best in terms of performance or efficiency, but it should be a smooth one considering it is the only 4-cylinder unit here. It felt like one, read our first impressions here. The Datsun GO loses some brownie points for being the only car in the comparison to not feature an automatic transmission at all, but don't expect Datsun to offer one anytime soon anyway. 

Feature Highlights

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

It is surprising to see how the Datsun GO matches the Santro in terms of features available, missing out on rear A/C vents, auto-unlock door locks and a micro-antenna but offering alloy wheels and LED DRLs as a bonus. The Santro does justify the higher price it commands by offering features and a sense of premiumness not seen in this segment.

Safety

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, XZ/XZA 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

The Datsun GO steals the thunder from the Santro by offering almost every feature as standard across the range rather than limiting them to the higher trims. The Hyundai Santro is the only car here to be offered with a rear parking camera and that fact should be applauded. The Maruti siblings are showing their age, missing out on rear parking aids altogether. The Tata Tiago is specced in a top-heavy fashion as far as safety equipment goes, with most of the safety equipment offered as optional extras rather than as standard, rear parking sensors are only offered on the more expensive XT and XZ variants only.

Price

2018 Hyundai Santro Maruti Suzuki Celerio Maruti Suzuki WagonR Tata Tiago Datsun GO
D-Lite MT - Rs 3.90 lakh LXI - Rs 4.21 lakh LXI Rs 4.19 lakh XB - Rs 3.40 lakh D - Rs 3.29 lakh
Era MT - Rs 4.25 lakh LXI (O) - Rs 4.35 lakh VXI Rs 4.45 lakh XE - Rs 4.03 lakh A - Rs 3.99 lakh
Magna MT - Rs 4.58 lakh VXI - Rs 4.55 lakh LXI (O) Rs 4.51 lakh XE (O) - Rs 4.26 lakh A (O) - Rs 4.29 lakh
Sportz MT - Rs 5.00 lakh VXI (O) - Rs 4.70 lakh LXI CNG Rs 4.73 lakh XM - Rs 4.35 lakh T - Rs 4.49 lakh
Magna AMT - Rs 5.19 lakh ZXI - Rs 4.80 lakh VXI+ Rs 4.73 lakh XM (O) - Rs 4.57 lakh T (O) - Rs 4.89 lakh
Magna CNG - Rs 5.24 lakh VXI AMT - Rs 4.98 lakh VXI (O) Rs 4.77 lakh XT - Rs 4.68 lakh  
Asta MT - Rs 5.46 lakh VXI AMT (O) - Rs 5.13 lakh LXI (O) CNG Rs 4.92 lakh XT (O) - Rs 4.89 lakh  
Sportz AMT - Rs 5.47 lakh VXI CNG - Rs 5.17 lakh VXI+ (O) Rs 4.92 lakh XTA - Rs 5.04 lakh  
Sportz CNG - Rs 5.65 lakh ZXI AMT - 5.23 lakh VXI AMT Rs 4.92 lakh XZ W/O Alloy - Rs 5.11 lakh  
  ZXI (O) - Rs 5.28 lakh VXI+ AMT Rs 5.20 lakh XZ - Rs 5.22 lakh  
  VXI CNG (O) - Rs 5.32 lakh VXI (O) AMT Rs 5.24 lakh XZA - Rs 5.63 lakh  
  ZXI AMT (O) - Rs 5.40 lakh VXI+ (O) AMT Rs 5.39 lakh    

The Datsun GO may seem the most value for money offering here, considering it offers almost everything the Santro does but for a much less price. Of course, the quality is in no way a match for the Santro, but if you were in the market for a fully loaded hatchback - the Datsun GO makes a lot of sense. The Hyundai Santro, meanwhile, is well equipped but misses out on AMT/CNG variants in the top of the line fully loaded Asta trim. Forcing customers to choose between convenience, safety equipment and fancy features is a habit Hyundai has to give up.

By Hyundai's own admission, 34 per cent of all customers seeking a new Santro booked an AMT variant - and many of those people (an estimated 8000 people) would not mind paying extra Rs 50,000 for safety and convenience. You can check out the complete analysis of the Hyundai Santro's pre-launch booking numbers here.

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