2017 Hyundai Xcent SX (O) CRDi longterm review: Wrap up
Farewells are usually emotional especially when you are parting ways with someone you had a strong connection with. I feel the same emotion as I wave my Xcent goodbye. It has always been up to the task, whether it's taking me to the office, shopping with family or an outing with friends. Never has the Xcent let me down. The car would spring to life even after I'd return to it after being away on assignments for days together. I have also developed a fondness for the 1.2-litre diesel motor that debuted in the Xcent with this facelift. Be it during peak hour commutes or the weekend getaways, or even when loaded with four people and their bags, the engine performed really well in all scenarios. The efficiency numbers too did not fluctuate much. The only area where it can still improve is the steering feel, that lacks precision.
Yes, I am nitpicking because there is not much to dislike, except for the way the front end looks. Even after spending so much time, I have still not come to terms with it. However, one can ignore it by looking at the practicality aspect. Every inch inside the cabin has been used judiciously. And we never ran out of places to store anything. Two of my favourite features have to be CarPlay connectivity and keyless entry. In fact, I got so used to the latter, I want it for my house as well!
Spacious cabin, comfortable seats and tons of storage options makes the Xcent a delight to live with
The Xcent has to be serviced at an interval of 10,000km. Apart from one periodic servicing, the Xcent never visited the dealership. The last service at 10,000km was billed at Rs 1,734 where only the engine oil and the air filter were replaced. In next servicing due at 20,000km, the fuel filter, air filter and the climate control air filter will be replaced at Rs 3,464. Interestingly, labour charges are only applied post 30,000km onwards.
The 1.2l diesel unit in the Xcent is a reliable workhorse
While I always managed to keep the Xcent spotless, it was my first trip to the new office's parking where I accidentally scratched the wheel arch. Never thought I'd say this about the Xcent, but I shall miss it for sure.
Acquired in May 2017 | Total mileage 15,900km | Last report at 13,350km | Fuel 182 litres | Economy 14kmpl
Starts Rs 5.73 Lakhs