Hyundais have been the preferred choice among car buyers in India right since the hugely popular Santro Xing. Even models like the Verna and Accent lured buyers to showrooms in a manner that shocked rivaling car manufacturers. Quality, fit and finish have progressed over the years, and today, Hyundai leads with its quality in most segments. Then of course, there’s the wide dealership network and Hyundai latest design language that seems to have attracted buyers across segments. We help you decide to pick the best ones.
1) Hyundai i20
The new i20 is, perhaps, the best looking car in its segment. It’s very sharply styled with good detailing, and the sporty stance can’t be ignored. At the front, it sports a glossy black grille, wing mirrors, a rear bumper and skirts. The huge grille is flanked by styling headlights and an aggressive nose. You do see some chrome around too, and the 16-inch wheels don’t look small. At the rear, the Z-shaped tail lights look stunning.
The interior is all-new, and the layout is tidier, with lesser switches and controls. However, it’s packed with a whole lot of equipment. The quality is great, and is by far, the best in its segment. Build quality is so good, it doesn’t leave one wanting for more. It comes with a host of features, like an all-digital instrument cluster, a wireless charging pad with cooling function, BlueLink connectivity, climate control, an air-purifier and a 10.25-inch touchscreen along with a 7-speaker Bose audio system.
The i20 is sold with different engine and gearbox options: a 1.2-litre, naturally-aspirated petrol and a 1.0-litre turbo petrol engine. For those looking for a diesel version, there’s a new 1.5-litre unit as well. The 1.2-litre motor gets the option of a manual and an iMT gearbox. However, it’s the 1.0-litre engine, with 118bhp on tap, feels really lively. It also accelerates quickly, and its 7-speed DCT gearbox makes it a hoot to drive.
2) Hyundai Verna
The new Verna facelift looks very desirable in its latest avatar, particularly with that wide, cascading grille that gets a gloss black look along with an attractive mesh design. The stylish wraparound headlights feature LEDs, and the sloping roofline looks great. And we also personally think the 16-inch, dual-tone alloys bode with the rest of the car. And while the tail lights look the same, the clusters are new. The rear bumper gets a gloss black diffuser and dual exhausts.
Inside the car, there are some bits that’ll have you think it’s new. It features an all-digital instrument cluster that gives the cabin a premium look. If you opt for the Turbo trim, you will get an all-black cabin with red highlights around. There’s a mix of hard and soft-touch plastics, both. Space is aplenty and the front seats feature a cooled function, while under-thigh support is good.
The Hyundai cars now come with a new 1.5-litre diesel and petrol engine, but the one we’re driving is the 1.0-litre, Kappa Turbo GDi, three-cylinder turbo-petrol engine that makes 118bhp and 172Nm of torque with the power being sent to the front wheels through a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox. And this is the only motor that comes coupled with paddle-shifters. The motor is refined, and surprisingly, doesn’t give out vibrations, being a three-cylinder unit. It surges ahead and reaches triple-digit figures in no time.
3) Hyundai Creta
The new Creta gets a very radical look. At the front, it sports slender DRLs that border the main headlights, which gives it a rather striking look from up-ahead. It has a huge grille and an upright bonnet, while the side profile includes flared wheel arches, giving it a masculine stance. Move to the back, and you’ll see a similar design language that is also found at the front. And the carved-out impressions on the tail section look fantastic.
You get comfortable inside quite easily and visibility out-front is good, thanks to the high seating. And what further gives it a modern air is the 7.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system, the ambient lighting with a lot of new design cues and orange highlights. It even features a modern, part-digital instrument cluster that just seems to bode well with the lovely, flat-bottomed steering.
This SUV is powered by a 1.4-litre Kappa Turbo GDi petrol engine that transmits power to the front wheels through a 7-speed, dual-clutch gearbox with paddle-shifters. Power delivery is linear, while the surge of power is rather addictive. And the gearbox shifts smoothly. Also, grab the latest info on the upcoming cars in India, only at autoX.