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After so many teasers, spy shots and leaks, Hyundai has finally launched the much-awaited budget hatchback, the all-new Santro. The all-new Santro is priced between Rs 3.89 lakh and Rs 5.64 lakh (ex-showroom, pan India). The new Santro is available in five trims – D-Lite, Era (Rs 4.24 lakh), Magna (Rs 4.57-5.23 lakh), Sportz (Rs 4.99-5.64 lakh) and Asta (Rs 5.45 lakh). The Santro, is an entry level hatchback positioned between the Eon and Grand i10 in the company line-up.

The 2018 Hyundai Santro is the most silent car in the segment, as well as the one with most powerful AC.

Just like the original model that was launched in India exactly 20 years and one month ago, the new Santro continues to sport the same tall boy stance. It boasts of the Hyundai Fluidic Sculpture 2.0 design language with Hyundai’s signature cascading grille, chrome accents, new fog lamps and large swept back headlamps.

The bonnet sports a bold design with aggressive character lines and the Hyundai logo right in the middle. The rear though is not that great and bold. The rear of the car receives rear parking camera and two parking sensors in the middle of the bumper, wrap around tail lamps.

Other features include ORVMs (Outer Rear View Mirror) with electrical adjustment, remote keyless entry, front and rear power windows and rear wiper with washer and defogger.

Launched with seven exterior paint options, silver, white, grey, beige, blue, red and green, the new Santro is wider and taller at 1,645mm and 1,560mm, respectively than its competition, while being one of the shortest in length at 3,610mm.

The new Santro does not get alloy wheels, but does get wheel caps for the 14-inch steel wheels wrapped in 165/70 tyres on the higher-spec trims, Sportz and Asta (lower variants make do with 13-inch wheels shod in 155/80 tyres). The higher-spec models also sport body coloured bumpers, wing mirrors (with integrated turn indicators) and door handles.

On the inside, all models get a dual-tone beige and black cabin (the green-colour model gets an all-black interior). However, the higher variants get the option of green highlights as well. All trims also sport a tachometer in the instrument cluster, along with a 2.5-inch multi-info display.

In terms of safety, the hatch come with driver’s side airbag (the top-spec Asta gets a passenger side unit too), ABS with EBD and a driver’s seatbelt reminder. The CNG variants also get a fire extinguisher as standard.

If you are planning to buy the base D-Lite trim, then it is quite sparse in terms of features. It comes with only power steering, a folding rear bench and a remote opening boot and fuel lid on offer. The Era trim does get a segment-first in the form of rear AC vents.

However, the top-spec trim features rear parking sensors with a reversing camera, a rear wash/wipe, a 7.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, MirrorLink compatibility, steering-mounted controls and power adjustable wing mirrors.

Power comes from an updated version of Hyundai’s Epsilon engine. The 1,066cc, four-cylinder, three valves per cylinder engine produces 69hp and 99Nm while running on petrol and 59hp and 84Nm when running on CNG. The petrol versions get 5-speed manual and 5-speed AMT gearboxes while the CNG models only get 5-speed manual. ARAI rated fuel efficiency figures are 20.3kpl for the petrol-manual and petrol-AMT models while the CNG variants can go 30.5km on a kg of gas.

Variant-wise prices (ex-showroom, India)
Santro D-Lite Rs 3.89 lakh
Santro Era Rs 4.24 lakh
Santro Magna MT Rs 4.57 lakh
Santro Magna AMT Rs 5.18 lakh
Santro Magna CNG Rs 5.23 lakh
Santro Sportz MT Rs 4.99 lakh
Santro Sportz AMT Rs 5.46 lakh
Santro Sportz CNG Rs 5.64 lakh
Santro Asta Rs 5.45 lakh


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