THE ALL NEW HYUNDAI SANTRO The Perfect Family CompanionPosted On: May 28, 2019 By : AutoLife Team
We all have that one car which is more than just a means of transportation. Our first car for instance is more valuable than our dream car. The reason behind this is because of the memories we share with it which we embrace throughout our journey. Let’s take a trip through the memory lane back to the first car we owned which took a lot of hard work and sweat. The proud moments of driving with our parents, family and kids is something we will never forget.
That car becomes more than just a car, it becomes a part of the family. And, for many years Hyundai Santro has been that one car for many Nepalese people. A proper family hatchback which offered style, space, performance and economy ever since 1998. Fast forwarding to 2019, Hyundai has launched the new Santro to continue the legacy of a family companion. Let us dive in and look at what the all new Santro has to offer.
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Nearly after 20 years from its first iteration, Hyundai has launched the new Santro which escapes the previous tall boy design to a wider and shorter profile which in fact, comes toe to toe for new generation demands. The new Santro looks much more sporty and peppy yet it interestingly does not miss out on space. This is because the new Santro is 45 mm longer and 120 mm wider than the older car. The wheelbase of 2,400 mm is 20 mm longer too and the height is 30 mm lesser than the old car. And, if you have noticed from the pictures, the front is designed with sharp headlights & fog lights, rounded curved ends, the two accent creases and a smiling face wide black grille with chrome fringes that give this car a friendly and warm look.
Overall, the car is built on the K1 platform which follows, Hyundai’s new “Dynamic Tension” design language. This means the car is more sleek, sporty, efficient and most of all good looking. Moving on to the rear, it is well built and the car manages to keep it simple and real. The rear lights are well designed which is sculpted with the body of the car. Summarizing the exterior, Hyundai has managed to keep the exhaust hidden, which gives the overall car a seaming less neat look.
Inside the new Santro, you are greeted with user friendly features which give you overall command of the instruments of the car. The entire interior is designed in an unorthodox manner.
The steering wheel comes with all the multimedia control and the Hyundai logo on the steering wheel is blacked out; there’s no chrome badging. Although it seems a bit unprepared for, it does set Santro on to look different from all the other siblings with chrome badging. The entire interior is in better quality and better layout than most budget entry cars. As for the steering wheel, vents as well as the gearstick have been finished in a champagne gold color and you get a unique propeller A/C vents.
However, the biggest update inside the new car is the 7-inch infotainment system with a touchscreen that gets features like Voice Commands, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, FM, Bluetooth connectivity and GPS navigation. Sadly, the navigation system does not work in Nepalese road. All though Santro has updated everything inside and out, there are the AC control dials at the front which is something that Hyundai has kept from the past. Talking about the AC, Santro comes equipped with manual AC, with rear AC vents which handles cooling of the overall cabin brilliantly.
ENGINE AND PERFORMANCE
The overall performance of the Santro is powerful, smooth and refined. Under the hood, is a 4-cylinder, 1086cc petrol engine which produces 69 PS of power at 5500 RPM and 99 Nm torque at 4500 RPM. This indeed is impressive as compared to its competitors. A powerful engine means more vibration and with a small car producing this much power you would expect it to make for an uncomfortable drive experience but you’d be wrong to think so. The experience, from the ignition to the max revs, is pleasant as the vibration is zero to none; almost non-existent. Add this fact with full audio and at moments you might be confused if the car is still running or not.
Since, the car is producing its max power and torque at the early stage of the throttle, the acceleration feels very responsive and powerful. However, the mid-range is where the engine starts to grunt and provides linear acceleration till the redline. Cruising inside the city is a delight because of the dimension of the Santro and a smooth clutch. As we all know, Kathmandu is not an easy city to drive in but with the responsive 5-speed gearbox, the new Santro offers a hassle free drive.
The performance inside the city and on the highways are impressive, due to well-adjusted suspensions and 165/70 R14 Tires. On the off-road, the car manages to keep your troubles at bay thanks to 165mm ground clearance. All in all, the new Santro will meet your demand as everything is right on the engine and performance sector.
COMFORT AND HANDLING
Santro comes from the generation of tall boy hatchbacks. However, the new Santro shares this from its predecessor but not completely. The new Santro gets an extended width of 1645mm and the height has been reduced by 30mm at 1560mm. This change in dimensions have allowed for more room in the cabin delivering more comfort to the passengers. The overall length of 3610 mm means more legroom for the front seats but if the front seats are rolled back all the way, this will leave only a little room for the back seat passengers.
There is no doubt that more width insures corner stability and better driving dynamics. That said, the new Santro handles the roads pretty well even at high speed. Furthermore, the smooth steering and light clutch is easy on your body for everyday stop and go city drive. Therefore, making the Santro, a prefect city car to drive around. Highways and sharp corners is where you will find the drawback of a smooth steering wheel. The steering is precise but lacks feedback on the fast curves on the road. You might feel a bit weird at first that is until you get the hang of it. Once you get used to it, however, the car is as much of an ease to drive inside the city as well as on the twisty highways.
On the suspension part, the new Santro is equipped with McPherson Strut at the front and Coupled Torsion beam axle at the rear. This enables the car to perform and handle tough off roads, bumpy city roads and smooth corners. Now, on the highway, the 1645mm width of the car is where you will see the plus point; this makes the car well balanced and will give you the confidence to encounter sharp corners at high speeds.
Surely, the new generation Hyundai Santro has lived up to its expectation. The design is upgraded for the new generation, the engine is powerful and the car comes with all the essential technology we expect to have in a new generation car. In terms of safety, this car offers dual airbags as standard, ABS (Anti-lock braking system), EBD (Electronic Brake Distribution) and reverse camera and parking sensors. Something that’s completely out of the box is the power window controls at the base of the gearstick, but then it’s completely for the family convenience as said by Hyundai. The new Hyundai Santro comes in at a starting price of Rs. 24,96,000/- for the Magna variant and goes all the way up to Rs. 29,96,000/- for Asta. All in all, the new generation Santro does indeed carry on the legacy of the perfect family companion from Hyundai.