Hyundai gives a new dimension to the compact sedan space with its premium notion. Check out the details in this review.
The uniquely styled compact sedan from the South Korean carmaker, the Aura rose to popularity with its radical exterior design and various segment-best features. Despite being a part of the crowded sub-4m sedan space, the Hyundai Aura has been successful in creating its niche by offering a host of choices in the engine and transmission division. Launched in the year Jan 2020, the Aura shares many similarities with the Grand i10 Nios hatchback. Based on the sibling Grand i10 Nios, the Hyundai Aura is offered in as many as five trim levels namely E, S, SX, SX+, and SX (O) and six vibrant shades.
So let’s have a detailed understanding about the unique elements Aura offers in the highly competitive compact sedan category in the country.
Hyundai Aura Price
Hyundai Aura sedan retails between Rs 5.97 lakh and Rs 9.35 lakh. The Aura sedan is available in majorly five variants namely E, S, SX, SX+, and SX (O), which are further divided into 12 variants. The Aura petrol starts with the E variant at Rs 5.97 lakh and goes up to Rs 8.71 lakh for the SX Plus Turbo. While the diesel opens at Rs 7.90 lakh for the S and stretches up to Rs 9.35 lakh for S Plus AMT trim. Similarly, the sole CNG-choice S trim comes at Rs 7.56 lakh. All the prices given are of ex-showroom, New Delhi.
Hyundai Aura Engine & Performance
The Aura is presented in three powertrain choices namely 1.2L petrol, 1.2L diesel and 1.0L turbocharged petrol. While there’s a bi-fuel option too in the petrol-CNG form with one of its variant. The 1.2L Kappa dual petrol engine gives out 83PS of maximum power at 6000 rpm and 114Nm of peak torque at 4000 rpm. Whereas, the 1.2L U2 CRDi diesel produces maximum power of 75PS at 4000 rpm and top torque of 190Nm at 1750-2250 rpm. These two engines are sourced from the younger sibling Grand i10 Nios and are mated to a choice of 5-speed manual transmission and smart auto AMT gearbox choice.
The third engine in the list is a Hyundai Venue borrowed 1.0L turbocharged GDI petrol engine that outpours 100PS of highest power at 6000 rpm and 172Nm of peak torque at 1500-4000 rpm. This potent turbo engine is coupled to a 5-speed MT. Further, the 1.2L petrol engine is also furnished with a factory-fitted CNG kit for optimum fuel savings.
Hyundai Aura Exterior & Dimension
The dominating front of the Hyundai sedan is done with an intelligently designed hexagonal chrome grille, sharp twin boomerang-shaped LED DRLs and aggressive-looking swept-back projector headlamps. The sides are astutely managed just like the Grand i10 Nios, while the chunky C-pillar and roofline slope meeting the boot is comprehensively pulled off.
Aspects like the chrome door-handles and the shark fin antenna display premium attribute. One vital thing at the side profile that complements the overall design with its sharpness is the 15-inch diamond cut alloys. Moreover, the rear is kept simple with LED taillights and chrome adornment alongside the company logo on the boot lid. To stand out from the regular trims the sportier Turbo variant seizes a rich glossy grille at the front with a black finish. Moreover, to showcase its identity there is a small ‘Turbo’ badge in red at the grille corner just around the DRLs.
The Aura sedan stretches 3995mm in length, 1680mm in width, and is 1520mm tall, while the wheelbase stands at 2450mm. And not to forget the massive 402L boot space capacity, which is second-best after the segment best 420L of the Honda Amaze sedan.
Hyundai Aura Interiors & Features
Just like its outside resemblance to Grand i10 Nios, inside too feels familiar. The space is adequate for four adults and the theme looks fresh. Moreover, the dual-tone upholstery feel is premium, while the equipment list is unending and occupants will never be tired even on long journeys.
Similar to the Nios, Aura also features a honeycomb-like feel on the dashboard, door pad and gear lever. Whereas, on the Turbo trim there is a different colour theme in the form of full black with red accents, just like the one seen in Nios Sportz dual-tone trim. The 8.0-inch touchscreen display is marvellous and segment best, while the half-digital new design instrument and 5.3-inch digital MID are impressive.
Other feature highlights of the cabin comprise of infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto with multiple connectivity choices, steering mounted controls, climate control, driver seat height adjust, leather wrapped steering wheel and gear knob, Arkamys sound system, Bluetooth and USB connectivity, cruise control, wireless charging, cooled glove box, keyless entry, smart key with push-button start and stop, front and rear speakers, manual AC, auto temperature control, rear AC vents, front and rear power windows, electric folding mirrors, power outlet at front and rear and more.
Hyundai Aura Safety
The Aura is equipped with many class leading safety elements that are adequate for the protection of the occupants in the urban environment. And these include driver and passenger airbag, ABS with EBD, driver & passenger seat belt reminder, speed sensing auto door lock, central locking, rear defogger, day and night IRVM, parking assist, rear parking sensors, rear camera with display on audio, and many more.
Hyundai Aura Mileage
Whether it is petrol or diesel, the engines presented by the second largest car maker in India are refined as well as frugal in nature. Thus, the Hyundai Aura sedan too follows the suit and brings an engine that offers segment best fuel efficiency. The 1.2L petrol engine delivers 20.5 kmpl and 20.1 kmpl with its manual and AMT offerings respectively. While the 1.2L diesel unit offers a certified efficiency of 25.35 kmpl with manual and 25.40 kmpl with AMT. Likewise, the 1.0L turbocharged petrol entity with its sole MT gearbox hands out a verified mileage of 20.5 kmpl.
Hyundai Aura Rivals
With facets like wireless charging, projector fog lamps, cruise control in the feature list and varied engine/gearbox choices across the trim levels, Aura cannot be ignored. It may appear slightly expensive than its rivals but the equipment, cabin quality and other options it offers a value for money affair. Besides the refined petrol and diesel motor, the choice of petrol-CNG makes it an incredible package. Further, with all the bells the whistles, the Aura sedan is also offered with an exclusive warranty program, which lets you opt between 3 years or 1,00,000 km, 4 years or 50,000 km or 5 years or 40,000 km.