“The legend returns” is what they are saying. 20 years back, many families in India stepped into a lifestyle where cars were a necessity than a luxury. That’s when Hyundai Santro was launched, needless to say it attracted all nuclear families, with its tall-boy design and added features, something that was unseen in cars that came from the Maruti stable.
Years later, when it attempted a comeback, old customers and most car enthusiasts had a host of questions in mind.
Does it still possess the tall-boy charm?
Will it attract buyers enough, especially with the number of various models being launched every day in the market?
Simple and Elegant
After 4 years since the company stopped production of the old Santro, the car was re-launched in an all new avatar that created the same excitement as it created 20 years before. Interestingly, the company did not do away with the tall boy stance on this model and now, it is wider too, providing a roomier cabin inside. New Santro is built on all-new design philosophy. A huge smiling bumper upfront and the one on the rear are both simple and neat.
The side profile adds to the family look of the car with Boomerang shaped curves on the front door which resembles the ears of an Elephant while the 14 inch steel wheels with wheel cups add a more retro feel to it.
External dimensions on New Santro measure length 3595mm, width 1595mm, height 1485mm respectively.
This is the only car in the segment that receives a four cylinder engine where its direct rivals the Maruti Celerio and Tata Tigor are three cylinder units. That explains the smoothness in driving compared to its competitors. However, the power figures though not close to the others, still manages to nimble around the city and cruising at decent speeds in the Highways. The power figures are 69PS and 99Nm respectively, and the mileage is expected to be around 20kmpl. It also comes with an optional company fitted CNG kit for higher mileage with reduced 59PS of power.
The new Santro also introduced the new indigenously developed AMT unit and it seems to be better than the rivals AMT units. The manual transmission also fits perfectly for the engine with smooth shifts.
Driving around the city is quite effortless.
Features & Safety:
The new Santro has some class leading features inside the cabin.It gets a touch screen infotainment system with Apple Car-play and Android Auto which we have never seen in this segment before. Yet another cool feature is that there are rear AC vents too. Other features like reverse camera with guidelines are offered on top end variants.
Hyundai Santro receives ABS and driver airbag as standard safety features across all variants while the top end model gets passenger airbag and retentional seat belts as well. Hyundai claims that the new Santro is made of 63% high strength steel and would be the class leader in terms of safety.
New Hyundai Santro still has the tall boy charm and would definitely bring customers queuing in its showroom.
Hyundai has been making good cars now and it all begun with the introduction of Santro, so it promises to keep the car as special as possible. This car was launched out as a special model with impressive prices and features. Its success in the country is quite evident by the number of bookings the company has accepted till date. Almost 38,500 units have been booked in 40 days and the numbers are still counting, because of its aggressive pricing cheaper than its competitions starting at 3.9 lakh.
If you are looking for a small family hatch with some contemporary features, then New Hyundai Santro definitely tops the list.