2018 Hyundai Santro is offered in five variants and gets 3 years/1 lakh km standard warranty; comes with several segment-first features
Hyundai Motor India Limited (HMIL) took to the stage today to finally introduce the Santro for the domestic customers. Ending the long speculated price discussions, the reentry of the Santro nameplate further iterates the South Korean brand’s commitment towards India and to make a lasting impression in the budget volume space.
Priced between Rs. 3.89 lakh for the entry-level DLite, it goes all the way up to Rs. 5.46 lakh for the Sportz AMT trim. The CNG-equipped Santro is sold in two variants and they are priced Rs. 5.23 lakh and Rs. 5.64 lakh respectively for Magna and Sportz (all prices, ex-showroom). The most awaited launch of the year in many respects enters India to rival Maruti Suzuki Celerio, Tata Tiago and Renault Kwid.
Price Listing Of All-New Hyundai Santro:
|S.No||2018 Hyundai Santro Variants||Pricing (ex-showroom)|
|1.||DLite||Rs. 3.89 Lakh|
|2.||Era||Rs. 4.24 Lakh|
|3.||Magna||Rs. 4.57 Lakh|
|4.||Magna AMT||Rs. 5.18 Lakh|
|5.||Sportz||Rs. 4.99 Lakh|
|6.||Sportz AMT||Rs. 5.46 Lakh|
|7.||Asta||Rs. 5.45 Lakh|
|8.||Magna CNG||Rs. 5.23 Lakh|
|9.||Sportz CNG||Rs. 5.64 Lakh|
Moreover, it reignites the old rivalry with Maruti Suzuki Wagon R which is due a new generation in the coming months to make matters more interesting. The 2018 Santro stays true to the original model’s tallboy style and is endorsed as a contemporary family car.
The aforementioned introductory prices are applicable only for first 50,000 customers and the bookings are registered in quick succession as Hyundai reports pre-order of 23,500 units already. The new Hyundai Santro has an attractive visual appearance for its price tag sticking by the global design language adopted recently.
The upright Cascading front grille with a wide mouth covers the entire bumper with chrome accents while the fog lamps are placed on either side of it. The neatly sweptback headlamps are bridged by the edge of the bonnet and the windshield is not heavily raked. The side profile reminisces of old generation i10 and the rear end is compact with wheels pushed to the edges.
The tall pillars enable good road visibility and more importantly adequate headroom for the occupants. As with any typical Hyundai vehicle, the new Santro gains several first-in-segment features such as reverse parking camera and rear AC vents. The top-spec models get seven-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity, MirrorLink as well as voice commands.
The 2018 Hyundai Santro is available in seven colour choices such as Diana Green, Typhoon Silver, Stardust Grey, Polar white, Marina blue, Fiery red, and Imperial beige. Sold in five grades, the new hatchback is powered by a 1.1-litre, four-cylinder petrol engine that puts out 69 PS and 99 Nm torque and is connected to a standard five-speed manual transmission.
Customers can opt for Hyundai’s first-ever five-speed AMT and both have claimed mileage of 20.3 kmpl. The less powerful CNG version produces 59 PS and 84 Nm and is ARAI-certified to return 30.5 km/kg. Based on 63 percent high strength steel construction, the hatchback comes with 3 years/1 lakh km standard warranty with 3 years roadside assistance and is said to have lowest cost of maintenance.
The Santro AMT primarily targets entry-level customers going for Maruti Celerio AMT while the CNG version is for the people expecting high mileage and shying away from rising petrol costs. Hyundai has sold over 1.32 million units of the Santro in its two generations and over half a million units were exported since its inception in 1998 and until 2014. The new-gen model expects to replicate a similar success.