The Hyundai Grand i10 Nios created a lot of hoopla when it was launched, and now Hyundai has unveiled its sedan version – the Aura, its next model for the volume-making compact sedan segment in India. The Aura replaces the Hyundai Xcent sedan and sits between the Grand i10 Nios and Hyundai i20. This new model will certainly contribute towards increasing the market share of Hyundai in our market. We list out a few points, pointing out why you should buy the new Aura.
Based on same platform as Grand i10 Nios
The Aura will take on the likes of Maruti’s Dzire, Ford’s Aspire and Honda’s Amaze. Hyundai’s Aura will also come under the sub-four-metre category to make the most of tax benefits for cars that measure under four metres and have a sub-1200cc petrol engine. However, dimensionally, the Aura is larger than the Xcent. The new Aura is sure to lure a lot of buyers to this segment. The Xcent and Aura are similar up to the B-pillar. The cabin is full of details – like the dashboard, seats and controls that are similar to the ones seen on its hatchback sibling. And above all, you can separate the two by looking at the vastly different tail section of the Aura.
Smallest BS6 diesel engine; a turbo petrol offered too
Most buyers in search of good mileage will consider buying the BS6-compliant 1.2-litre, four-cylinder diesel engine that happens to be the smallest one on offer in India. This engine produces 73bhp and 190Nm of torque, paired either to a 5-speed manual or a an AMT gearbox. The Hyundai Aura is sold with two engines: a BS6-compliant 1.2-litre, four-cylinder, naturally-aspirated engine that also does duty in the Grand i10 Nios. It makes 81bhp and 114Nm of torque. And there is also a nice, sporty 1.0-litre, three-cylinder turbo petrol on offer with 98bhp on tap and 172Nm of torque. The petrol models get a 5-speed manual while the 1.2-litre model gets the option of an AMT.
It is feature-packed
It gets a whole lot of features like reverse camera, 15-inch diamond-cut alloy wheels, chrome door handles, shark-fin antenna, metal-finish interior door handles, 5.3-inch digital speedometer with MID, 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay support, Arkamys premium sound system, voice recognition, front and rear power outlets, passenger vanity mirror, gloss-black radiator, grille surround, projector headlights, black interior with red inserts, honeycomb dashboard patter, finished in grey, dark grey interior door handle, wireless phone charger, automatic climate control and eco-coating technology. The cabin is well built and the quality of plastics is perhaps the best in this segment. The lower variants get a black, grey and brown colour theme while the turbo version gets an all-black theme with red highlights around. The front and rear seats offer good support and there is sufficient legroom at the rear.
Very competitive pricing
The Aura’s prices range from ₹ 5.8 – ₹ 9.23 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). There’s no doubt that the pricing is very competitive, putting it right next to the Maruti Dzire, Tata Tigor, Ford Aspire and Honda Amaze. It comes across as a very attractive proposition for it offers a lot of equipment and gets new BS6-compliant petrol and diesel engines with manual and automatic transmission options. Also, grab the latest info on the upcoming cars, only at autoX.