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Planning for All new Santro? Here are 20 unusual key points


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Yesterday, went to Lakshmi Hyundai, Madinaguda (Hyderabad) to check out the new Santro. Test drive car was not available. So posting some of my observations & related images after the first look of the car. Was in real hurry & took some casual snaps in my mobile. Excuse me for the quality of the images:-


1) Front is carrying the shape of Hyundai’s signature hexagonal grill. Clear resemblance to Grand i10.


2) Swept back headlamp, the bonnet gets crease lines just like the Grand i10.


3) Front wheel arches gets full cladding inside, whereas partial at the rear.






4)Hyundai kept its original tall boy design of Santro, no alloy even on the top end model, flap type door handle across the range.



5) Rear gets two parking sensors (not 4) & a camera



6) Either use the car key or a lever inside the cabin to open the boot/hatch. Oh! Taking about keys, Santro does not get engine start stop option.



7) Roof gets prominent ribs.



? Front & rear doors have got very decent & wide opening. So getting into the car should not be any issue.




9) Missing essential! No height adjustment for the front seats


10) All the doors can accommodate decent size bottle & couple of nick-knacks


11) You cannot fold the ORVM from the inside, though you can adjust it electronically. Front Headlamp gets height adjustment functioning. Could not find the option to shut those beautiful looking corner AC vents!


12) Steering wheel is carried over from Grand i10. Chrome bordering of Hyundai logo is missing though. It gets multiple functions including voice command!


13) Ugly looking screws are kept open in many places inside the cabin, did not expect from Hyundai!


14) Rear AC vents! And It gets chrome border, which looks nice & not looking overdone. Notice the Swatch Bharat tiny can beside the hand break, Santro gets it too!


15) My favorite! Cabin light is placed almost at the center. Helps to illuminate the cabin evenly


16) No Protruding type rear bumper! It is almost flat. Get ready for a bodywork even for a slightest of the touches at the rear from other vehicles.


17) Boot is decently sized. There is a bit of loading lip though.


18) Inside of the hatch gets beautiful cladding unlike other cars of even segment above! Nice job Hyundai.


19) Radio Antenna is placed at the front


20) Price list as on 24.10.2018. Yes, the price list is having “Handling Charges” which is not to be charged to the customer. Sure, It can be negotiated.






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On 10/27/2018 at 10:45 AM, sagar said:

Great report @Pralay. I still it’s a little over priced for the segment it belongs to.. ?

Yeah, top end on road 6.5 lakhs is way too much for Santro. I would take figo any day with this budget! Way more featured, looks great, service is good and more importantly for the drive!

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My first Car was Santro Xing (2007)

Driven it for  around 1.2 lakhs,

Costed me around 3.5 lakhs for the top end. 

Sold it for 1.8 lakhs 


Tall boy design and excellent low end torque from 1.1 engine, made it easy to drive in city conditions. 

It was very reliable, on a stock clutch till 1.2 lakh kilometers.


Once, I upgraded to Ford Fiesta 1.6,

I understood about the poor dynamics of Santro.


But for a first car, I would still prefer Hyundai any day.

They provide excellent quality in the entry level segments. 

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Santro used to be best hatch till Maruti launched Swift.


Swift was priced just 50k above Santro.

And it changed the Indian market dynamics.


On highways, Hyundai don't have a hatch to match swift in terms of mileage/performance. (around 2006)

My swift crossed 150k  and still runs like a hot hatch.

Push you get after turbo kick is phenomenal, around 2006, it used to crusie around 120 kmph, without any stress. 


New Santro is a joke, I will either buy a Grand i10  or Swift

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On 10/29/2018 at 11:27 AM, Ranger said:

But for a first car, I would still prefer Hyundai any day.

They provide excellent quality in the entry level segments. 


So true, no two sides of it. Especially interior. Its class apart from the competitors.

On 10/29/2018 at 3:42 PM, ksa171983 said:

Overpriced for a santro .. probably due to inflation and cost of parts nowadays?

Owned and sold a santro xing 2005 and i loved it .. best seats it had during that time in the entry level cars.

I am not sure of the price tag here which is a tad lower than grand i10.


Yeah. Its overpriced. Especially when better sibling, grand i10 is around.  However, New grand i10 is due for launch somewhere in 2019 with big in size and may be it will come with big in price too! So the pricing I guess. But one thing that disappoints me is that, now a days Maruti is offering Dual Airbags & ABS standard, but that not in case of Hyundai. They continues with old philosophy, pay more to get safety! Why Hyundai? Why? Forget safety, the low variant of the new Santro is missing AC!! Yes, in 2018!! And it seems they have given a logic that, Indians residing in Himalaya region never use AC.. come on Hyundai? Ain't you selling your Verna with validated seats in that region? Come on Hyundai. this is ridiculous to say the least. Next time around hope you will come up with better logic, if not with basic equipped car!! 

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3 hours ago, Pralay said:

But for a first car, I would still prefer Hyundai any day.

Agree completely ... their gear shift is so awesome ...


3 hours ago, Pralay said:

Forget safety, the low variant of the new Santro is missing AC!!

Lol are you serious ???? I can’t believe it honestly ??‍♂️??‍♂️...

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18 hours ago, Pralay said:

Forget safety, the low variant of the new Santro is missing AC!! Yes, in 2018!!


Can't believe it.

I agree to their Himalayan story to some extent, but it doesn't make sense.


Previous gen Santro has a lower variant without AC.

Many owners retrofitted(AC) at the service centre.


May be they are trying to compete with Alto in Himalayan region.

I'm sure Himalayan people would never pickup Santro over Alto.

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On ‎11‎/‎1‎/‎2018 at 10:11 AM, karthik said:


Given a choice, I would pickup Grand i10 over Santro.



 This is the same case even in case of Grand i10 as it only proves to be VFM from the mid variant, the lower variants do not provide some basic features.

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