Review – Hyundai Xcent Petrol

Posted on: Apr 1, 2014 - 2:11pm IST

This review covers the Hyundai Xcent petrol manual. You can check out the information pertaining to the looks, interiors and features along with our review of the Xcent diesel here.

Exterior Differences:

Hyundai Xcent Review petrol badge
Save for this badge, there are no other exterior differences.

Save for the VTVT badge below the driver side wing mirror, the Xcent petrol cannot be differentiated from the Xcent diesel on the outside.


Hyundai Xcent Review petrol engine
1.2-liter petrol engine is carried over from the Grand i10.

The Xcent petrol is powered by the same 1.2-liter four-cylinder Kappa2 engine as the Grand i10. With Hyundai’s Dual VTVT technology, the engine produces 83 PS at 6,000 rpm and 11.6 kgm of torque at 4,000 rpm. The Xcent petrol is available with a 5-speed manual or a 4-speed automatic transmission.

NVH levels of this petrol are on par with the competition.

The Drive:

First things first, this 1.2-liter four-cylinder is no Honda i-VTEC. It lacks the excitement and power you get in the Amaze. While the Hyundai makes more torque than the Honda on paper, the added twisting force is not reflected in the drive.

Hyundai Xcent Review petrol revs
Engine performance is satisfactory.

Instead, the Xcent petrol, much like its oil-burning twin, likes to take things easy and relaxed. Instead of building the revs, the Xcent suggests you shift at the right rpm and enjoy a relaxed drive. Again, it seems Hyundai have optimized this engine for city use. Adding to the comfort of a city car is the light clutch and smooth gearbox.

Overall, the Xcent’s petrol engine falls short in comparison to the Amaze and Dzire.

Fuel Efficiency:

The Xcent petrol manual claims to offer 19.1 km/l according to the ARAI tests. We predict the real world efficiency to be in the range of 11-13 km/l in city use.


Hyundai Xcent Review petrol front
The Xcent duo strike a brilliant value proposition at the end of the day.

The Xcent manual starts at INR 4.66 lakhs and goes up to INR 6.47 lakhs, the Dzire is priced from INR 4.85-6.31 lakhs and the Amaze from INR 4.99-6.64 lakhs. Just like the diesel variant, the petrol Xcent delivers good value with base prices undercutting the competition, while the top-end ensures your money’s worth.


Hyundai Xcent vs Honda Amaze vs Maruti Dzire petrol spec

Again, if engine performance is your priority, we suggest you look at the Honda. But as an overall complete family sedan, its the Xcent petrol which gets our vote thanks to its feature rich cabin, well appointed interiors and competitive price tag.

Hyundai Xcent Petrol – Image Gallery

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6 thoughts on “Review – Hyundai Xcent Petrol

  1. deepak says:

    Hi, Siddarth.
    second gen 1.2 kappa Xcent is only used in grand i10. others use the first gen . Santro has 1.1 eRLX engine same with initial models of I10. i20 has also old engine in petrol and diesel as of now.
    I tested xcent and Amaze and found riding quality and comfort more in xcent. Amaze engine had little more punch but it was noisy. I am not including the features now. In once a while Highway driving and daily city driving … the comfort, NVH and features is all u need if other car in comparson isnt scoring high on mileage.

  2. Ricky says:

    Hi , I have shortlist ed xcent petrol and punting diesel and pulse diesel as all fall in price bracket of 6 lacs. I am inclined towards xcent petrol. My usage is max 1000 kms per month. Pls advice .

  3. saheb tewary says:

    Hello Friends ,, Please suggest me about Xcent petrol engine
    i booked this car but now i m confused and worry about the performences of petrol engine ,,,,, please help me out.

  4. George says:

    The petrol car is much better than Dzire and scores over Amaze on various other factors.. Remember the 1.2 Kappa engine has got several awards last year

    1. .siddharth shekhawat says:

      Hi George ….can this 1.2 litre kappa engine competed with Suzuki’s 1.2 litre vvt .and the problem with Hyundai in petrol engine dept is that they circulates the same engine in their Avery car ..ths same eng ine is available in santro ..i10 ..i20..
      I10 grand ..and now in xcent ..

      1. Avaneesh says:

        as you posted about using same engine for different cars please note this
        Fiats 1.3 Multijet is used in linea ,punto,vista,ritz,swift,ertiga,SX4,Manza,beat ,sail and fiat 500
        Renault”s 1.5 K9k is used in seven cars produced by nissan renault and mahindra
        so it doesnt matter as every producer makes small tweeks to engine in his evry car to maximise FE, or performence

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