With the introduction of the BS 6 compliant diesel engine, the brand has become one of the first in the Indian automotive market to commit to diesel for the small car segment
Hyundai has been at the forefront of driving change in the Indian auto market. The Korean auto major has been behind the development and launch of many new innovative products that have created segments and become benchmarks in these segments. While the Indian automotive industry continues to be dominated by Japanese stalwart Maruti Suzuki, it is Hyundai that has been driving the challenge right to the doorstep of the opposition.
While the Maruti Suzuki Dzire has been one of the brand’s best-selling products, the Hyundai Xcent was a formidable adversary. Hyundai has renewed its offensive in the compact sedan segment with the launch of the all-new Aura. This sub-compact sedan boasts of segment leading technology and innovation that has the makings of champion. To sample this new product from Hyundai, Auto Tech Review flew in to India’s cleanest city, Indore, to drive the new Hyundai Aura and bring you this review.
The all new Hyundai Aura is modeled on the previously launched Hyundai Grand i10 Nios hatchback. But Hyundai has not just simply created a sedan out of the hatchback variant, it has given subtle styling differentiators, added more tech but most importantly introduced two new powertrain options that make it a really big deal. The Korean auto major had previously introduced its 1.0 l GDI powertrain on the Hyundai Venue compact SUV. With this, the company has been able to establish cause for expansion of this engine option in other product models. Auto Tech Review had previously broken the story on Hyundai working on a turbocharged GDI engine for its upcoming products the Grand i10 Nios and Aura sedan. And now Hyundai has officially rolled out the 1.0 l turbo GDI on the all new Aura, with the expectation to soon be launched on the Grand i10 Nios as well.
Another big commitment that this brand has made to the Indian automotive industry is the launch of its BS 6 compliant 1.2 l diesel engine, that is offered with both a 5-speed manual as well as an AMT transmission option. With the introduction of the BS 6 compliant diesel engine, the brand has become one of the first in the Indian automotive market to commit to diesel for the small car segment. Hyundai has also been able to achieve a price increase of approximately Rs 17,000 that is far below what was previously anticipated by other industry players.
STAND-UP AND DELIVER
It is not often that you get to see OEMs moving out of their comfort zones, to deliver technological innovation to its customers. While there is a heavy cost involved, these OEMs also assume a massive amount of risk. Hyundai continues to surpass expectations with their attitude of standing up and delivering new technology. Here products like the Aura with its 1.0 l GDI turbo petrol stand a chance to create benchmarks in the Industry.
We drove both the diesel as well as the 1.0 l GDI petrol manual variant options of the all new Aura. While the 1.2 l diesel was a punchy performer, it was the 1.0 l GDI with its high revving sporty performance that really stole the show. The 1.0 l GDI engine is rated to deliver a premium 100 PS of power at 6,000 rpm and 171 Nm of torque at 1,500 – 4,000 rpm. The forced induction on this motor is able to offer a mind boggling pickup which might I add is quite sensitive and will take some getting used to for drivers that have not driven turbo petrol motors. The engine still sports a very linear climb up the power band that is not abrupt but surprisingly smooth. While the rev band is tall and redlining the engine was fun, in city traffic, if you drive this engine hard you may end up shifting between second and third gears rather often. That said, on highways, the 1.0 l GDI will not fail to amuse you, the engine keeps begging to be pushed harder and does not let you down once you do.
The 1.2 l diesel on the other hand has a very dutiful nature. It does its job well and when married to the 5-speed manual, this motor is able to offer smooth and reliable performance. The diesel offers 75 PS of power at 4,000 rpm and 190 Nm of torque from 1,750 to 2,250 rpm. The performance is robust and the meat of the power in this engine lies in the middle of the power band. Post 4,000 rpm this engine does not have much to offer. The 5-speed manual is smooth and glitch free, the clutch action is on the lighter side and the gear box offers short throws. The diesel was able to deliver a mileage of 16 km/l in the city and on highways, while we are able to extract a mileage of 17 km/l from the 1.0 l GDI engine.
BREAKING THE MONOTONY
Imagine heading up to the mountains after living in a polluted city for years, you simple can’t resist taking those deep breaths. Well for those of you who are simply bored of the mundane black & beige interior tones, simply cut character lines of the dashboard and door trims, the Hyundai Aura will come as a breath of fresh air.
Yes this design language has been seen on the Grand i10 Nios previously, but it still remains fresh and appealing. Hyundai Motor India has aligned the design scheme of the Aura and the Nios with its global design language. But not just that, the company has also offered new colour options for the upholstery including a creamy white, that may get dirty fast but still is very modish to behold.
The cabin of the Aura is loaded to the brim with tech. Segment leading features include a Qi enabled wireless charging system, cruise control, automatic airconditioning, rear ac vents, a 20.25 cm touch screen display with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connectivity, Hyundai iBlue mobile application, cooled glove box, push button ignition, keyless entry and a lot more.
The seating in the Aura is also generous. It offers a reasonably good bolstering with enough space to accommodate large adults. The back and lumbar support for the driver is good and with height & tilt steering adjustment, getting into a comfortable driving position is easy. The rear bench is flat and offers a reasonably comfortable occupancy three adults. The seats squabs in the rear could have been extended for improved comfort. Boot space on this sedan measures 402 l which is quite generous and offers adequate storage space for even long travel luggage.
GAME, SET, MATCH!
With all the right moves, Hyundai has managed to get it spot on with the Aura as a product. We felt the design of the tail section could have been improved on, but the overall dimensions are appealing. At a starting price of Rs 5.79 lakhs the Aura offers a lot of bang for your buck. With its many features, powertrain options and comfort, the Aura is capable of making short work of the competition.