The Santro’s lastly again and it’s the primary small automotive from Hyundai in our fleet in a very long time – round 5 years after the Grand i10 diesel (January to June 2014) and 7 years for the reason that Eon (March to September 2012). Our Santro is completed within the funky Diana Inexperienced shade and comes with all-black interiors and colour-coded bits on the dashboard, which really seems higher than the widespread, dual-tone black-beige theme. The brand new Santro is unquestionably extra upmarket than the unique one and, as identified in our road test, it is extra of an i10-level hatchback now. Hyundai has loaded the top-spec automotive with all of the bells and whistles. You get steering-mounted audio controls, rear wash and wipe, a tachometer, all 4 energy home windows and the works, in addition to a 7.Zero-inch touchscreen infotainment system that’s a part of the usual fitment listing nowadays.
Entering into the Santro, I didn’t just like the lift-type handles on the door; their high quality and functioning are fairly slick however they appear outdated. Hyundai additionally name this Santro a tall-boy hatch, however I discovered the entrance seats to be positioned a tad low; there is no such thing as a top adjustment right here. Additionally, the seats are a bit slim and really feel one measurement small, particularly for me, as I’m coming from a Tata Tigor, which will get a significantly giant entrance seat (so does the Tiago). The seatback on the Santro is one-piece – which implies you get a hard and fast headrest – and it has thick bolstering on its sides; this setup will work nicely for drivers with a shorter body however I discovered it to be a bit uncomfortable. The headrests are additionally a bit smaller than these within the Maruti Celerio which has the same front-seat setup. The cushioning, nonetheless, appears excellent.
Although the parking area inside my condominium advanced is a bit tight, the Santro’s compact dimensions and lightweight steering make wheeling it in a breeze. I haven’t but taken the automotive out for a protracted drive and it’s solely been run within the metropolis, the place its clutch and steering really feel tremendous mild.
The high-set gear lever can also be very handy to make use of. Whereas the positioning is identical because the Grand i10 and the now-discontinued i10, shifts aren’t as slick and really feel very mechanical. Nonetheless, that doesn’t have an effect on the driving expertise a lot, when you get used to it. General, the switchgear feels fairly premium and a few of it’s shared with bigger and costlier Hyundai fashions, and that could be a good factor.
Hyundai has positioned the ability window switches centrally, in between the seats. The buttons are positioned on the identical stage and are distinctively marked, however they aren’t embossed – this makes it troublesome to find the proper one with out shifting your gaze under. Additionally, the switches aren’t backlit; I confronted some bother finding them when driving at night time.
The 1.Zero-litre engine is sort of refined for its class. There’s virtually no vibrations at idle and it’s not that arduous to overlook that the engine is definitely operating. The Santro received’t race off the road however there may be sufficient efficiency on faucet to maintain up with the move of visitors, overtake when wanted, and cruise fortunately at metropolis speeds. I had an opportunity to take the automotive briefly onto the freeway and it doesn’t really feel that burdened within the 80-100kph band, with 5 on board; nonetheless, there’s some engine noise that enters the cabin should you rev it tougher.
The Santro has been with us for round a month and we’ve clocked barely greater than three,500km on it. In my day by day commute of round 30km, which incorporates a number of bumper-to-bumper visitors, the Santro delivers a good gasoline economic system determine of round 12.5kpl; I feel it’s going to go up because the automotive clocks extra kilometres.
I’ve bought an intercity journey that’s anticipated to occur quickly. And that may give me extra time with the automotive and in addition let me fiddle round with its options, just like the infotainment system that will get Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, which I’ve tried solely briefly to date. Extra on that and the way the automotive performs whereas munching extra kilometres in my subsequent report.