New Hyundai Santro is compared with main rivals like Tata Tiago, Maruti Suzuki’s Wagon R and Celerio to find out which has the best package
The all-new Hyundai Santro has come back with a bang as it had officially entered the Indian market yesterday with much anticipation after being phased out in 2014 – the original model debuted exactly two decades ago. Priced at Rs. 3.89 lakh for the base Dlite variant, it goes up to Rs. 5.45 lakh for the top-end Asta and only first 50,000 customers are applicable for the introductory prices.
The CNG option sold in Magna and Sportz trims carries price tag of Rs. 5.18 lakh and Rs 5.23 lakh respectively while the AMT Sportz is quoted at Rs 5.48 lakh and the CNG Sportz at Rs. 5.64 lakh (all prices, ex-showroom). Sold in a total of five variants, the new Santro rivals some of the big guns in the entry-level space such as Maruti Suzuki Wagon R, Maruti Suzuki Celerio and Tata Tiago.
Let us take a look at the basic comparisons between the four models and see which comes out on top:
The new Santro comes equipped with a 1.1-litre, four-cylinder petrol engine that makes 69 PS of maximum power and 99 Nm of peak torque, and it can be had in either a five-speed manual or a five-speed AMT with 20.3 kmpl rated fuel economy. The CNG variant develops 59 PS and 84 Nm and is ARAI-certified to have 30.5 km/kg fuel efficiency.
In comparison, the Tiago is the most powerful with 85 PS and 114 Nm and offers five-speed MT and AMT choices just as the other three. It should also be noted that the Tata entry-level hatchback has the highest rated fuel economy of 23.84 kmpl. As an added advantage, the Tiago also renders option of diesel powertrain while Santro, Celerio and Wagon R do stick with a single powertrain.
The 2018 Santro offers a number of segment-first features such as reverse parking camera and rear AC vents. Top-spec variants get a seven-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connectivity which the other three competitors does not have. Moreover, the driver airbag and reverse parking sensors are standard as similar to the Celerio.
Both features are not part of the standard package in the Tiago and Wagon R. None of the hatchbacks in this comparison provide passenger front airbag as optional barring the Wagon R. ABS (Anti-lock Braking System) is also a standard feature in the new Santro while others does not have it, if not chosen from Wagon R’s option list.
All the four cars ride on 14-inch wheels in the high-end variants but Celerio and Santro won’t offer alloy wheels. The Tiago is easily the longer vehicle among the four and wider as well with Santro coming just 2 mm short in the latter department. However, the tall-riding Wagon R still has the more height while Celerio edges others with 25 mm longer wheelbase – identical for Santro, Wagon R and Tiago at 2,400 mm.
The new Santro offers the best-in-class standard warranty at 3-year/1 lakh km and, on the other hand, both Celerio and Wagon R has it at 2 yr/40,000 km and Tiago at 2 yr/75,000 km. Over to the all-important pricing, the Tiago has the most affordable petrol base end of them all at Rs. 3.39 lakh – nearly Rs. 50,000 cheaper than that of Santro.
Unlike the other three, Tata does not sell CNG option in the Tiago. In a similar fashion, the new Santro, Celerio and Wagon R are retailed in two CNG variants each. The Wagon R costs Rs. 4.85 lakh and Rs. 5.04 lakh, Celerio at Rs. 5.30 lakh and Rs. 5.45 lakh, new Santro at Rs. 5.18 lakh and Rs. 5.23 lakh. The Wagon R has the cheapest CNG package and the Santro is a little pricier comparatively.
The Tiago has a solid petrol range and thus it expands to as much as 11 trims. The new Santro and Celerio are almost similar in petrol MT top-end prices while Wagon R is the cheapest of all.
While being a little expensive than its rivals, the new Santro does enable a good feature package.