Discover everything that the forthcoming Hyundai Exter micro SUV does better than the uber-popular Tata Punch, as per the official reveals
Hyundai India is all set to make a grand entry into the micro SUV segment with its highly anticipated Exter. Positioned below the popular Venue in Hyundai’s lineup, the Exter is gearing up to rival the Tata Punch head-on. As we approach the Exter’s launch date, Hyundai has provided us with intriguing details about its features and capabilities.
Here, we explore seven aspects where the Hyundai Exter outperforms the Tata Punch, setting itself apart as a formidable contender in the Indian market.
1. More Safety Equipment
The Exter takes a significant lead in safety with its comprehensive standard safety kit, including six airbags, ABS with EBD, electronic stability control, hill start assist, and rear parking sensors. In comparison, the Tata Punch offers only dual airbags and doesn’t get hill start assist, It does get ABS with EBD, electronic stability control, and rear parking sensors.
Hyundai has catered to the Indian market’s love for sunroofs by equipping the Exter with a single-pane sunroof. While Tata showcased a Punch with a sunroof at the Auto Expo 2023, its official availability is yet to be confirmed, giving the Exter an edge.
3. Factory-Fit Dash Camera
A noteworthy feature of the Exter is its factory-fitted dash camera, providing an added layer of security. With cameras for both the front windshield and the rear, this feature offers peace of mind in case of accidents, thefts, or any untoward incidents, by providing proof of the incident for police/insurance officers.
4. Wireless Phone Charging
The Exter embraces modern technology with a wireless phone charging feature, catering to the tech-savvy audience. Tata’s little crossover doesn’t get it; honestly, it is one of its biggest criticisms. The Hyundai has its Tata Rival beat in sheer technological prowess!
5. Larger HD Touchscreen
The Exter elevates the in-car entertainment experience with an 8-inch HD touchscreen display, surpassing the 7-inch touchscreen found in the Tata Punch. This larger screen provides a more immersive interface for navigation, multimedia, and connectivity features.
6. Fully-Digital Instrument Console
Hyundai has equipped the Exter with a fully-digital instrument console, featuring a 4.2-inch MID (Multi-Information Display) surrounded by LCD digital readouts for speed and RPM. In contrast, the Tata Punch offers a semi-digital instrument console, with a 4.2-inch MID and an analogue speedometer. This gives the Exter a more futuristic and advanced feel.
7. Multiple Engine Options
Hyundai has done the smart thing and provided two engine options on the Exter – a 1.2-litre NA petrol engine, and the same engine with a CNG kit. The Punch only gets a single engine option – a 1.2-litre NA petrol motor. That said, Tata is expected to launch a CNG version of the Punch soon, so Hyundai may lose this advantage soon!