Some days ago, Hyundai finally unveiled the most awaited hatchback- the Santro in the Indian market. This will replace the ongoing Eon and it will be placed below the Grand i10. In the Indian market, the New Hyundai Santro will compete against the Maruti Suzuki Celerio and the Tata Tiago, hence we get to you the on-paper comparison between these hatchbacks.
Hyundai has offered the new Santro with the same tall boy design. But as we compare the new Santro with the Celerio and Tiago, it is shorter in length but the height and width is the highest. In terms of the wheelbase, the Celerio has the longest wheelbase of all. With the highest width and height, the new Santro excels in headroom and shoulder room making the cabin a bit roomy.
Engine and Transmission:
Powering the New Hyundai Santro is the updated 1.1-litre Epsilon petrol engine. The 1086cc four-cylinder engine produces 69 horsepower and 99Nm of torque. Hyundai is also providing it with a factory fitted CNG kit and with it, the new Santro produces 59 horsepower and 84Nm of twist. This makes the only car in the competition with four-cylinder mill while both the Celerio and Tiago gets a three-cylinder pot. With this, the updated version of this engine will produce more power and torque figures compared with the previous model Santro.
Under the hood of the Celerio is the 1.0-litre petrol mill and it also comes with a factory fitted CNG kit. Whereas the Tiago is powered with 1.2 litre petrol mill which makes it on top of the chart with the Santro behind it. Here the Tiago is the only car which doesn’t get a factory fitted CNG kit but it is the only car which gets an optional diesel powertrain. Although Maruti Suzuki used to offer the Celerio with a diesel engine which has now been discounted from a few years. All the three competitors come coupled with a five-speed manual gearbox and an optional five-speed AMT unit, although the Tiago Diesel misses out on the automatic gearbox.
Modern Features and Technology:
Hyundai has equipped the Santro with first in segment features such as a 7.0-inch touchscreen infotainment unit which is compatible with Android Auto and Apple Carplay, in addition to this it also gets rear AC vents and a reverse camera. The Tiago is also well equipped with electrically adjustable and foldable ORVM’s and adjustable headrests. In comparison with the Tiago and the new Santro the Celerio falls shorts in terms of modern features and technology.
In terms of safety, all the three models are on the same level in most of the variants. Features such as ABS, rear defogger, rear wipers, seat belts and pretensioners are common among the three. Whereas the Celerio misses out on rear parking sensors and the new Santro only gets driver side airbag.