Hyundai Xcent

Posted on December 2, 2014 in Auto, Car

The Hyundai Xcent was launched in India in March 2014. With the recent launches of midsize sedans from other manufacturers, Hyundai did not want to be left out in this segment. With the Xcent, Hyundai has entered this segment and is giving a stiff competition to the likes of Honda Amaze and Maruti Dzire.

Xcent takes over from its predecessor as Hyundai’s new entry-level sedan. The New Hyundai Xcent is based on the Grand i10 hatch and the front is identical to that of the Grand i10 other than the thin chrome surround on the air dam. The Xcent has a contemporary design with pull-type chrome door handles, a blackened B-Pillar, pulled back headlamps, chrome ringed fog lamps, and a large hexagonal grille with a chrome surround. The other features include ORVMs with integrated blinkers, black molding at the bottom of the doors, and wrap around tail lamps. Hyundai has performed a decent job of integrating the boot which is 407 L. The electric boot release button is found under the logo at the rear. Hyundai has toned down the fluidic styling.

The interiors of the Xcent have best-in-class fit and finish and wear a colour combination of black and beige. The feature list also has a couple of segment-firsts. The top SX (O) trim is equipped with dual airbags, ABS, reverse mirror, reverse parking sensors, electrically folding mirrors, gearshift suggestion tool, rear air-con, cooled glove box and 1 GB of on-board memory for your MP3s. Headroom is generous and under-thigh and lateral support are satisfactory.

The higher variant have 15” alloys running on 175/60 R15 rubber which is an 8 spoke rim diamond cut one. Lesser trims get 14″ alloys running on thin 165/65 R14 patch rubber.

The Hyundai Xcent is available with petrol and diesel options.

The diesel unit is a three-cylinder 1.1 L U2 CRDi engine with a maximum power of 71 bhp @ 4000 rpm and peak torque of 180 Nm @ 1750 rpm and is mated to 5-speed manual transmission system. The U2 CRDi engine on the Xcent has been tweaked around to offer more power and torque. This includes an electronically controlled turbocharger which makes it much more precise and increases the overall torque by 13%. The power delivery is extremely linear, the acceleration smooth, and the engine noise absolutely cut out from inside the cabin.

The 4-cylinder 1.2 L Kappa dual VTVT petrol engine has a displacement capacity of 1197cc and generates 82 bhp @ 6000 rpm and has 114 Nm of peak torque @ 4000 rpm and mated with either 5-speed manual or 4-speed automatic transmission gearbox.

The Xcent comes in the price range of Rs. 4.65 to 7.38 lakh.

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How Many Kilometres Before a Car Service?

Posted on November 29, 2014 in Auto, Car

It is always better to prevent your car from breaking down than it is to fix it. It is therefore a good idea to follow the recommendation given in the car manual for your car on when to service your car. If you keep a check on the oil and the filters on a regular basis then you can reduce the chances of breakdowns plus your engine will last longer.

If your driving consists of a lot of short trips around town it will always be hard on the motor oil. The oil keeps the engine running smooth but it also protects the engine and makes sure all the various parts are being greased. To help the oil do the job you need to add various additives to the oil so you get better quality oil that is able to resist the elements better. If you shop around then you will find that there are a variety of different additives which can help decrease the use of oil in older cars and will also assist in the wear of the engine.

For short trips you probably need to service your car and have an oil change more often than if you are mostly driving on a highway. It is recommended by the car dealers and mechanics that you have the oil and the filter change between 3,000 to 7,500 kilometers. But it really depends on how the vehicle is driven.

You will find that there are different opinions on how often you should maintain and service your car. But if you do a research on the recommendation of how often a service should be done then you will find that the general advice for oil and filter change should be done every 3,000 kilometers or every six months.

Servicing and maintaining your car is vital both for safe driving and if you want to prolong the life of your car. Times goes quickly and before you know it a month has gone by, so put a cross on your calendar when your next service is due that way you have a better chance to remember to get it done.

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