Let’s take a comprehensive look at the design, features and price of the Hyundai Santro – The Iconic Hatchback and see whether it has what it takes to set another benchmark.
The Korean carmakers’ first offering to the Indian market was the Hyundai Santro. It was the car that made Hyundai popular and established them as a brand in India. The older Santro with its distinct tall-boy design caught the eyes of many people and sold like hot cakes. The new Santro has a lot of expectations to fulfil and perform better than the outgoing iconic hatchback.
Hyundai Santro is an entry-level hatchback that targets first-time buyers. With ample competition present in this segment, it is vital for the Korean automaker to offer a product that ticks all the right boxes. Let’s study deeply about the Hyundai Santro and see if it has what it takes.
The old Santro had a distinct tall-boy design language which was loved by the people. The new Santro however, gets a design revamp. The hatchback looks proportionate while retaining the tall-boy design. The front has wrap-around halogen headlamps which share a resemblance with the Hyundai Grand i10. The cascading grille looks large and houses the fog lamps. The tapered bumper gives some character to the overall front design of the vehicle.
From the sides, the Santro has ample shadow lines to increase the quirkiness. The 14-inch steel wheels look basic. The addition of alloys would’ve been a nice touch. Moreover, the door handles are from the previous era of cars and look outdated, contradicting the modern design of the vehicle. It gets flared out wheel arches which give it an aggressive appeal.
Talking about the rear, it looks rather simple. It gets halogen taillights which look a bit small. The bumper gets a blackened area which mimics a diffuser and houses the reflectors. These elements add a bit of oomph to the otherwise minimalistic rear. Overall, the Hyundai Santro looks like a typical hatchback that will appeal to Indian buyers.
Interior and Features
Hyundai Santro has a surprisingly well laid out interior for a car of this segment. The plastics used inside the cabin are hard but the materials feel solidly put together. The standard variants get a dual-tone dashboard design with gold inserts around the AC vents and the gear lever. The optional variant features an all-black interior with body-coloured inserts around a similar area. The eye-catching 7-inch touchscreen sits smartly in the middle of the console. The instrument cluster gets analogue dials for the speedometer and tachometer, along with a digital multi-information display and steering mounted audio controls. However, the powered window controls are placed behind the gear lever which is an ergonomic issue and takes time to get used to it. The seats offer satisfactory support and cushioning, although, adjustable headrests would’ve been a nice addition.
Hyundai has equipped the Santro with ample features to attract consumers to its offering. The list includes, rear AC vents, accessory power outlet, keyless entry, voice commands, 7-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, reverse parking camera with sensors, ABS with EBD, dual airbags, child safety locks, side and front impact beams, engine immobilizer, crash sensor, anti-theft device, impact sensing auto door unlock and pre-tensioners and force limiter seatbelts. Overall, the interior of the Hyundai Santro is a good place to be in, considering the price bracket. There are ample features to make the interior experience comfortable and pleasant which is a great thing to possess at this price range.
Performance and Ride Quality
Talking about the powertrain, the Hyundai Santro comes with 1.1-litre petrol engine which produces 68 bhp and 99 nm of torque. These figures might seem a bit low considering other cars in the competition, but the dynamics change in the real world. The engine is refined and is fairly easy to drive in stop-go traffic. However, it is not as frugal as its rivals. It comes with a 5-speed manual and an AMT transmission. The gear changes are slick and the AMT gearbox performs well with controlled jerks. The steering is light at city speeds but weighs up nicely as the car approaches triple-digit speeds. The light steering makes it a breeze to drive inside the city and feels consistent out on the highway. The overall performance is sufficient from the 1.1-litre engine and fits the Santro.
Rear comfort was one of the strong points of the older Santro. Rear seat space inside the car is satisfactory with sufficient kneeroom and headroom. Although, under-thigh is a bit lacking and might be a problem for taller passengers. The seat has great cushioning too. The Santro is not a very wide car, which means seating three adults at the rear is not a good idea. However, the rear AC vents go a long way in aiding comfort. The ride quality on the Santro is matured and it rides like a bigger car. It gobbles up the bumps and potholes rather nicely and has a composed ride. Overall, the Santro has balanced dynamics and comfort making it a strong option for anyone to consider.
Hyundai has equipped its hatchback with ample safety features. The list includes reverse parking camera with sensors, ABS with EBD, dual-airbags, child safety locks, side and front impact beams, engine immobilizer, crash sensor, anti-theft device, impact sensing auto door unlock and pretensioners and force limiter seatbelts.
Below is the variant wise price list for the Hyundai Santro.
|Era Executive||Rs 4.73 Lakhs|
|Magna||Rs 5.20 Lakhs|
|Sportz||Rs 5.56 Lakhs|
|Magna AMT||Rs 5.69 Lakhs|
|Asta||Rs 5.94 Lakhs|
|Sportz AMT||Rs 5.99 Lakhs|
|Asta AMT||Rs 6.41 Lakhs|
|Magna CNG||Rs 5.92 Lakhs|
|Sportz CNG||Rs 6.06 Lakhs|
The Hyundai Santro is already an established name in the Indian car market. The Santro with its typical hatchback styling, sought out interior and smooth powertrain becomes an enticing option for anyone looking to buy a hatchback. The Santro brings a much needed ‘Wow’ factor to the segment with its quirkiness and appealing interior. A person planning to buy a hatchback should definitely consider the offering by the Korean carmaker.