Hyundai Xcent 2020 Review: Prices, Specs, Offers, Variant and Pics

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By Rahul Hans - Automotive Journalist Apr 04 2020 Share this blog

A star in itself, the new Hyundai Xcent is here with new features and better performance. Entering the market as a sub-compact sedan, the Xcent managed to be in the top list of commercial cars in the country. What makes this car special? What will you get in the new model? Is it a steal? And a ton of questions is to be answered in this review of the new generation Xcent.

A perfect blend of style, comfort, quality, and safety defines the most renowned subcompact sedan. Hyundai has mastered the art of manufacturing subcompact sedans with intriguing design and optimum performance levels. Let us dive deep into the finer details of the Hyundai Xcent.

2020 hyundai xcent side view

With the rise of subcompact vehicle demand, the Xcent stands firm and has dug deep into the market achieving multi-bagger targets. Since its launch, the Hyundai Xcent is breaking records in the subcompact sedan segment. With huge commercial benefits, the car is bagging a huge demand in the taxi business. 

What will impress you?

  • Spacious cabin
  • Updated interior features and infotainment system
  • Flagship 1.2 Liter Kappa Petrol Engine for optimized performance
  • Comfortable seating arrangement with additional supports
  • Optimized designed body structure for better aerodynamic advantage

What Won’t?

  • Limited safety features
  • Lack of premium features like sunroof, premium audio system, and connectivity features

What’s New in the Hyundai Xcent?

  • Aerodynamically active body design
  • BS6 compliant powertrain options
  • Cascade Design Grille giving a bold look
  • Stylish headlamps with fog lights
  • Newly designed R15 diamond cut alloy wheels which are lighter and more stylish

What are the various variants and features available for 2020 Xcent?

The Hyundai Xcent follows the same nomenclature that Hyundai follows for its sedans, i.e. E, S, SX and SX (O). There are 4 primary variants, each for Petrol and Diesel. One can opt for the Petrol Automatic variant, which is available only with the mid-S variant. Expectedly, the base variant E is barebones and is targeted towards the fleet segment. The car is priced between Rs.5.81 lakh to Rs. 8.75 lakh(Ex-Showroom Delhi).





SX (O)

Ex-Showroom Price (Petrol)

Rs. 5,81,078

Rs. 6,43,769

Rs. 7,05,546

Rs. 7,82,346

Ex-Showroom Price (Petrol AT)


Rs. 7,33,734



Ex-Showroom Price (Diesel)

Rs. 6,73,261

Rs. 7,42,033

Rs. 7,98,558

Rs. 8,75,358


Dual Front Airbags

All the features in E added/replaced and:

All the features in S added/replaced and:

All the features in SX added/replaced and:

Reverse Parking Sensors

Analogue Tachometer

Reverse Parking Camera

Stylish Diamond-Cut Alloy Wheels

Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS)

Rear AC Vents

Anti-Glare IRVM

Automatic Climate Control

Electronic Brake-Force Distribution (EBD)

Rear Armrest

Tilt-Adjustable Steering Wheel

Chrome-Tipped Exterior Door Handles

Engine Immobilizer

Body Coloured ORVM’s

Twin 12-V Power Outlets

Keyless Entry with Push-Button Start

Manual AC

Body Coloured Exterior Door Handles

Height-Adjustable Driver’s Seat

Auto-Dimming IRVM

Cooled Glove Box

Silver Finished Interior Door Handles

Single Tone Alloy Wheels

Electrically Adjustable and Retractable ORVM’s

Internally Adjustable ORVM’s

Electrically Adjustable ORVM’s

Rear Defogger

Map Pockets 

Front Fog Lights

Daytime Running Lights (DRL’s)

Front Cabin Light

Front and Rear Cabin Lights

7.0-Inch Touchscreen Infotainment System

Onwards the S variant, you start to get some niceties in the form of a tachometer, gear position indicator, rear armrest, and a chrome-tipped gear lever.  The prices mentioned above are for solid colours and Hyundai also offers a metallic palette as well which are priced a flat up Rs. 4000 more.

Which trim should you go for among this vibrant lot?

Keeping in mind the green revolution and rise of electric vehicles we will recommend you the petrol variant of the new Hyundai Xcent in a broader fashion. Under trim selection, the SX model with a manual transmission gearbox is a good choice. This particular model is equipped with all the top interior features as well as loaded with the flagship 1.2 Liter Kappa VTVT engine for maximum power.

Hyundai Xcent Discount Offers (April)

According to Hyundai, there are currently three offers available on the Xcent. For CarHP Special Offers, check your local prices here:



Ex-Showroom Price(New Delhi)

All Variants

Rs 1 Lakh Benefits including Exchange at Dealer End

Rs. 5.81–8.75 Lakh

*Offers valid only on pending BS4 stock.

Also Read,

How does the Xcent's arch-rival fare?

Can persistence help Honda Amaze win over the Xcent?

What are the powertrain options available for Hyundai Xcent?

The Engine powering Hyundai Xcent is one of the most renowned 1.2 Liter Kappa VTVT powerhouse churning out over 83 bhp and 114 Nm of Torque. Clubbed with a five-speed manual transmission or an Automatic Transmission option, gear shifts are smooth and swift. The Kappa engine comes with all the Petrol versions of the car.

The other Engine options are the 1.2 Liter U2 CRDi for the Diesel variants. It is also clubbed with a five-speed Manual Transmission gearbox for smooth and fast shifts at all speeds. Another special feature of the Engine is the DOHC system for better performance output. The Diesel version makes out about 6 hp more than the Petrol Engine.

2020 hyundai xcent engine

Hyundai has come a long way when it comes to Engine performance optimization. Maximum power output is attained at 6000 rpm and the best Torque capabilities are seen at around 4000 revs per minute. The early kick-in of Torque eases out driving at busy city traffic without many gearshifts. The spec sheet below gives you a detailed comparison of Engine performance with competitors like Dzire and Honda Amaze.


Hyundai Xcent

Honda Amaze

Maruti Suzuki Dzire

Ford Aspire

Price (Ex-Showroom) 

Rs. 5.81 Lakh

Rs. 5.95 Lakh

Rs. 5.82 Lakh

Rs. 5.99 Lakh

Engine (Petrol)

1.2-litre Kappa VTVT four-cylinder

1.2-litre i-VTEC four-cylinder

1.2-litre K12B VVT four-cylinder

1.2-litre Dragon three-cylinder

Engine (Diesel)

1.2-litre U2 CRDi three-cylinder

1.5-litre i-DTEC four-cylinder

1.3-litre DDis 190 four-cylinder

1.5-litre TDCi four-cylinder

Transmission (Petrol)

5 Speed Manual/4-Speed Automatic

5 Speed Manual/CVT

5 Speed Manual/5-Speed AMT

5 Speed Manual

Transmission (Diesel)

5 Speed Manual

5-Speed Manual/CVT

5-Speed Manual/5-Speed AMT

5-Speed Manual


83 bhp @6000RPM

89 bhp @6000RPM

82 bhp @6000RPM

95 bhp @6300RPM


115 Nm @4000RPM

110 Nm @4000RPM

113 Nm @4200RPM

120 Nm @4250RPM

As you can interpret from the above spec-sheet, Ford Aspire delivers maximum power of 95 bhp @ 6300 rpm and maximum torque output at 120 Nm @ 4250 rpm and the minimum power come from the Maruti Suzuki Dzire. Optimum power output is delivered by Hyundai Xcent at 83 bhp and 115 Nm of Twisting moment.

How quick is the 2020 Xcent from 0-100?

Mind-boggling acceleration is witnessed in the new Hyundai Xcent. The new design is aerodynamically active fitted with a cascade style front grille. Agile acceleration during steep corners helps in better handling of the car. The car sprints a 0-100 kmph in about 13 seconds for the petrol version and 3 seconds slower for the diesel version. The new line-up is much lighter that means greater power to weight ratio. The precise gearshift is a breeze with the short ratio 5-speed gearbox.

2020 hyundai xcent acceleration 0-100

The car is designed to tackle the hustle and bustle of the city. It delivers maximum torque output at around 4000 rpm which means minimum gearshifts for impressive acceleration. With a good balance of power to weight, Hyundai Xcent manages to overcome its performance handicap.


Hyundai Xcent Petrol

Maruti Suzuki Dzire

Honda Amaze

Ford Aspire

0-100 Kmph

13.28 sec

11.6 sec

12.5 sec

13.5 sec


1.2L Kappa VTVT Petrol Naturally aspirated

1.2 Liter Inline-4 SOHC Naturally Aspirated

1.2 Liter K-series 4 cylinder Petrol VVT

1.2 Liter 3 cylinder Inline DOHC Ti-VCT Petrol Naturally Aspirated

Even with the most power output, the Ford Aspire is 0.5 seconds slower than the Hyundai Xcent. Maruti Suzuki Dzire takes the hot seat with the quickest acceleration, all thanks to its strict diet. The last spot is taken by Ford Aspire which should have better speed with the most powerful engine but is let down due to its kerb weight.

How well-established are the driving dynamics?

Hyundai Xcent manages to offer great handling and ride comfort. The electrically assisted steering column helps in better control of the car at high speeds. Good ride comfort is ensured by a comfy seating arrangement and good steering response. The lighter chassis offered in the Xcent makes agile acceleration possible. Also, improved handling capability is presented by re-tuned McPherson strut-type suspension and stylish body design.

2020 hyundai xcent cornering

The rear Axle Beam type suspension system ensures minimal roll for better control during steep corners. Apart from the mechanical advancements, the steering wheel has a good grip with leather wrapping. Adequate ground clearance helps to tackle tough road conditions with ease.

Hyundai Xcent offers great manoeuvring capabilities during long ride stints ultimately improving ride quality. The spacious cabin is an add-on for better ride quality with ample supports and extensions. Overall, you can expect a best-in-segment handling capability.

How well-modulated are the brakes?

With high performance ventilated disc brakes in the front accompanied by drum brakes in the rear, the car gets ample braking power to stop the vehicle effectively even at high speeds. The braking system also gets an Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS) as well as Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD) for effective braking at all speeds and conditions.

2020 hyundai xcent disc brakes

The braking distance is pretty impressive when compared with its rivals. With the light redesigned chassis, the braking performance of the car is improved to a whole new level. The lightest car of the segment with optimum braking performance defines the commercial car of the year.


Hyundai Xcent Petrol

Maruti Suzuki Dzire

Honda Amaze

Ford Aspire

Front Brakes

Ventilated Disc

Ventilated Disc

Ventilated Disc

Ventilated Disc

Rear Brakes





Kerb Weight 

958 kgs

985 kgs

1040 kgs

1103 kgs

The whole new design is the primary reason behind the optimized overall performance capabilities. Overall, you can expect a pretty decent braking capability from the all-new Hyundai Xcent Petrol. The competition follows suit and Maruti Suzuki Dzire has the second most chilled out braking setup due to lower kerb weight. Honda and Ford tend to take the heavy route forward.

Is the Hyundai Xcent's powertrain on a healthy diet?

One of the main reasons for huge commercial demand is this car’s unmatched fuel efficiency. When tested by ARAI, the new Hyundai Xcent slotted in at 19.1 km which is pretty impressive keeping in mind it's high-performance engine and kerb weight. High power to weight ratio enables the car to gain more soothing mileage figures.


Hyundai Xcent Petrol

Maruti Suzuki Dzire

Honda Amaze

Ford Aspire






Fuel Tank Capacity(L) 










With decent mileage and the largest fuel tank, the Hyundai Xcent offers over 800 km range. Other rivals like Dzire have better efficiency but due to a smaller tank, it offers less range of 785 km only. The leader of the segment is Ford Aspire with an above 20 kmpl mileage and a maximum travel range of over 850 km.

How has Hyundai carved a sedan out of the Grand i10's silhouette?

Hyundai Xcent has a bold look with curvy body structure but lacks in sportive abilities. The shape and size of the car are optimum with standards for the subcompact range. Cascade styled front grille adds on to an agile look.

2020 hyundai xcent rear third quarter view

 Like all other sub-four meters offerings, the Xcent is also based off its hatchback brother, Grand i10. The car could have been more aggressive for maximum design utilization but Hyundai went for a more subtle approach which has rather worked out. The automaker has sure learnt from its competition.


Hyundai Xcent Petrol

Maruti Suzuki Dzire

Honda Amaze

Ford Aspire

Kerb weight(kg)


985 kg


















Ground clearance(mm) 










Interpreting the above spec sheet, we can clearly distinguish the Xcent’s ample ground clearance and optimum height for rough road condition tackling. The wheelbase of Xcent is the lowest in the segment which plays an important part in improved stability of the car. Though, the rear Axle Bar type suspension system offers great stability and handling to the car. The car is spacious inside with a sub-4-meter standard length.

Exterior Features

Some of the highlighted exterior features of the new Hyundai Xcent are:

  • Cascade styled front grille.
  • Aerodynamically active body design.
  • Redesigned headlamps with LED DRLs.
  • Side Cladding
  • Roofrail lines.
  • Chrome accents in the front and sides.
  • Rear parking camera.
  • R15 Diamond cut alloy wheels.

How spacious is the cabin of the Hyundai Xcent?

One of the most highlighted features of the new Xcent is its genteel interiors. The car comes with spacious interiors with ample legroom and headroom for a comfortable ride. The seats are wrapped in premium leather upholstery for maximum comfort during long ride stints. Also, added extensions and cushioning help in maintaining a relaxed position for a long time.

The dashboard design is stylish with a detailed analogue-type instrument cluster. With the multimedia system mounted in the centre, you can enjoy your favourite track on the go. The cabin can comfortably accommodate five people. The rear seats have access to a foldable armrest with cup-holders for maximum comfort.


Hyundai Xcent Petrol

Maruti Suzuki Dzire

Honda Amaze

Ford Aspire

Passenger Capacity





Multiple adjustments available in the driver seat ensures a relaxed driving position at all times. With good material selection and added comfort, the car is ideal for long commutes without any discomfort.

Interior Features

Some of the highlighted interior features are:

  • Automatic climate control
  • Tilt and telescopic steering for better handling
  • Deep glove box to optimize storage capacity
  • Leather-wrapped upholstery
  • Multiple adjustment driver seats
  • Extended support including headrest, armrest, and lumbar support

How feature-laden is the infotainment system?

The latest version of the Hyundai Xcent come up with the latest tech advancements and infotainment system. Starting with a faster user interface to a smartphone integration system, it has got it all. Now stream your fav music anytime anywhere with fast Apple CarPlay and Android Auto built-in.

2020 hyundai xcent infotainment system

The accurate navigation system helps in finding the quickest route to your destination. Also, satellite radio keeps you updated with local happenings. The various feature on offer are listed below.

Some of the highlighted infotainment features are:

  • 7-inch User interface screen
  • Smartphone integration via Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
  • Bluetooth and Satellite Radio
  • Accurate navigation system with live traffic updates
  • 4-speaker audio system which can be upgraded
  • Dual USB ports with audio jack output
  • Faster response time and an interactive infotainment system

How spacious is the boot in Hyundai Xcent?

Under the subcompact sedan segment, you may not expect much boot space. You might have heard that an SUV can carry high loads and are much more spacious. With the new Xcent, you can now expect much larger trunk capacity and storage options.

2020 hyundai xcent cargo space

The new model is spacious than ever with several small-item storage options, all thanks to the increased wheelbase. The spare tyre along with emergency toolkit is neatly tucked below the soft-touch cargo floor mat.


Hyundai Xcent Petrol

Maruti Suzuki Dzire

Honda Amaze

Ford Aspire

Boot Capacity(L) 





Several small-item storage options like a deep glove box, cup holders, door sleeves, etc. make the Xcent much more spacious than the number stated. The least trunk capacity is witnessed by Ford Aspire standing at 359 litres of storage volume due to its compact form factor.

What are the safety features on offer in the 2020 Hyundai Xcent?

With the rising competitiveness in safety features and scrutinized government regulations, safety now plays a major point while deciding which car to go for. A car with more number of safety features is much more desirable in today’s road conditions and traffic. More importantly, driver assistance systems are looked at as a major advantage. With active features like ABS which is now almost compulsory for a subcompact sedan and dual airbags, EBD, Engine mobilizer, and ISOFIX child mount seats are a standard in the segment.

2020 hyundai xcent safety

Structural rigidity is still a question in most subcompact cars which are dependent on accident type and impact. Rear parking camera with dynamic lines enabled in the new Xcent help in better visibility and perfect parking of the car. 

Few safety features of the new Xcent are:

  • Dual airbags
  • ABS and EBD for better stability
  • Rear Parking Camera with dynamic guidelines
  • Driver seat belt reminder
  • Speed-sensing door lock

How does this compact sedan fare against its long-found competitors?

Hyundai Xcent vs Maruti Suzuki Dzire

A direct face-off to the Xcent is the Dzire by Suzuki. Once a leader of the segment, the Dzire is equipped with a 1.2 Liter Inline-4 SOHC Engine which churns out about 89 bhp, 6 hp more than the Xcent. Apart from performance, Dzire has also got a spacious cabin with decent material selection and a simple design statement.

hyundai xcent vs maruti suzuki dzire

The exterior of the car looks very much similar to the Swift, the hatchback version of the car with not s stylish curves. The car is designed well with great stability and handling. The positive points of the car are superior performance and reliable built quality. The only aspect where the car lags are its design. The car looks sluggish when compared with the sportive type design style of Hyundai Xcent.

Hyundai Xcent vs Honda Amaze

Another tough competitor of the Hyundai Xcent is the Honda Amaze. Juggling the market since its launch, the Amaze is the definition of style and reliability. With Honda’s superior performance by the 1.2 Liter K-series Engine, it still misses out the performance characteristics of Xcent due to more curb weight.

hyundai xcent vs honda amaze

The interior is genteel with very comfortable seats and the latest infotainment system. The ride quality of the car is improved with agile handling and fast gearshifts. The exterior of the car is also sportive with dynamic lines throughout the body, giving a more active aerodynamic presence. Comparing with Xcent, the car lags in performance aspect with the Xcent producing 83 bhp @6000 rpm compared with Amaze’s 82 hp.

So, will the Xcent be able to steal the throne from Maruti Suzuki Dzire?

Hyundai has managed in producing an ideal subcompact sedan packed with exciting features and superior performance. With the latest upgrades, the car is now more stylish, powerful, and better handling abilities. The Cascade styled front grille topped with R15 Diamond Cut Alloy Wheels makes the car disrupt the segment with its superiority in every aspect.

It also has enough boot space for long ride stints and is featured with advanced safety features. The interior of the car is genteel with maximum comfort. The car is also suitable for long commutes which are rarely seen in this segment of subcompact sedan. Fuel Efficiency is one of the greatest pros of the car with unmatched efficiency at all speeds. Overall, a ride full of joy can be expected from the all-new Hyundai Xcent petrol.