Discover the key differences between the Hyundai Exter and Tata Punch – design, features, dimensions, powertrain, and price compared here
Hyundai Motor India Limited (HMIL) recently launched its new micro-SUVs – Hyundai Exter – in the Indian market. Its biggest rival here is the Tata Punch, which has been selling like hotcakes domestically, thanks to its affordable pricing, dashing design, and of course, top-notch safety. While they share some similarities, there are distinct differences between the two vehicles that potential buyers should consider.
Here, we highlight the biggest differences between the top-spec trims of the newly-launched Hyundai Exter and Tata Punch micro-SUVs.
Both the Hyundai Exter and Tata Punch feature split headlamp designs, although the execution is completely different. The Hyundai gets H-shaped DRLs with projector lamps in square holders below. The rectangular front grille adds to the boxy theme. The Tata, on the other hand, is inspired by the Harrier and looks much sleeker and sharper.
Also, Exter comes with 15-inch alloy wheels, while the Punch get 16-inch alloy wheels. As a result, the latter looks a lot more muscular. The choice between a boxier design (Exter) and a sharper appearance (Punch) comes down to personal preference.
2. Features and equipment
Both micro-SUVs get touchscreen infotainment systems, with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and connected car tech. However, the Tata’s touchscreen is a 7-inch unit, while the one on the Hyundai is an 8-inch unit. Other premium features include climate control, a cooled glove box, keyless entry and go, reverse parking camera, ISOFIX child seat mounts, etc.
However, Hyundai Exter has a few additional features over Tata Puch, like a factory-fitted dashcam, footwell lighting, paddle shifters, a wireless charging pad, six airbags, and a single-pane sunroof. On the other hand, Tata Punch gets a larger 7-inch display in the instrument console, as opposed to the 4.2-inch MID in the Hyundai.
3. Dimensions and Boot Space
Both these vehicles are noticeably smaller than four metres in length, with the Tata being a little longer at 3,825mm over the Hyundai’s 3,815mm. It is also noticeably wider, although the height is practically the same between the two. That said, the Exter has a longer wheelbase.
|Dimensions||Hyundai Exter||Tata Punch|
|Length||3,815 mm||3,827 mm|
|Width||1,710 mm||1,742 mm|
|Height||1,613 mm||1,615 mm|
|Wheelbase||2,450 mm||2,445 mm|
|Boot Capacity||391 litres||366 litres|
Interestingly, the boot space is also bigger on the Exter at 391 litres, as opposed to 366 litres in the Punch. We cannot comment on the interior space at the moment, but we expect the little Hyundai to be just as spacious as its Tata rival if not more.
4. Powertrain Options
The Tata Punch is powered by a 1.2-litre, naturally-aspirated petrol engine producing 84.4 bhp and 113 Nm of torque. It offers a choice between a 5-speed manual gearbox and a 5-speed AMT unit.
The Hyundai Exter also features a 1.2-litre, naturally-aspirated petrol engine but with slightly lower power figures of 81.8 bhp and 114 Nm of torque. It provides the same transmission options as the Punch – a 5-speed MT and a 5-speed AMT.
Hyundai Exter’s top-end “SX(O) Connect” trim level with a manual gearbox is priced at Rs. 9.32 lakh, while with the AMT, the price tag rises to Rs. 10.0 lakh. Tata Punch is more affordable in comparison, with its top-spec “Creative iRA” trim priced at Rs. 8.92 lakh for the manual variant and Rs. 9.52 lakh for the AMT variant. For both micro-SUVs, the dual-tone paint scheme costs Rs. 10,000 extra.
All prices mentioned are ex-showroom, New Delhi