After four months of being in the market, the Hyundai Exter SUV has amassed over 1 lakh bookings. In October this year, the carmaker reported receiving more than 75,000 bookings for its entry-level SUV. Hyundai which launched the Exter in July 2023, sold over 8,500 units of the Exter in the domestic market during September, and all of this is indicative of its growing popularity among car buyers. Having said that, the Indian arm of the South Korean carmaker has already ramped up its production capacity from 6,000 to 8,000 units a month, with production expected to further increase sometime in 2024.
Positioned as a rival to the likes of the Tata Punch, Nissan Magnite, and Renault Kiger, the Hyundai Exter is priced between Rs 6 lakh and Rs 10.15 lakh (ex-showroom). The SUV is equipped with a 1.2-litre Kappa 4-cylinder normally aspirated petrol engine, which produces 82bhp at 6,000rpm and 113.8Nm of peak torque at 4,000rpm. For transmission, it gets either a 5-speed manual or a 5-speed automatic transmission option.
In CNG mode, the Exter makes 68bhp and 95.2Nm. The CNG version gets a manual gearbox for transmission duties. Except for the entry-level EX variant, all other petrol units are offered with both MT and AMT gearboxes, while the CNG option is available with both mid-spec variants – S and SX. Speaking of variants, this offering from the Korean carmaker can be had in 7 different avatars: EX, EX (O), S, S(O), SX, SX(O), and SX(O) Connect.
Hyundai Exter SUV: Mileage
The Exter SUV is claimed to have an ARAI-certified mileage of 19.4km/l for the manual and 19.2km/l for the automatic variant. As for the factory-fitted CNG unit, the SUV yields a fuel economy of 27.1km/kg.
Hyundai Exter SUV: Safety Equipment
The Tata Punch-rivalling Exter comes with an extensive list of safety features, including 6 airbags, a burglar alarm, electronic stability control (ESC), vehicle stability management, three-point seat belts and reminders for all five seats, hill assist control, ABS with EBD, rear parking camera, automatic headlamps, child seat anchor (ISOFIX), rear defogger, Day & Night IRVM (with Bluelink controls), etc.
When compared to the Hyundai SUV, the Punch currently gets a 7.0-inch part-digital instrument cluster (only available in the Creative trim), Android Auto/Apple CarPlay connectivity, a sunroof, 16-inch wheels, auto headlamps, rain-sensing wipers, Harman speakers, and Traction Pro. In terms of safety, the Exter rival offers dual front airbags, a reverse camera, ISOFIX child seat anchorages, seatbelt warning, and rear parking sensors.
Hyundai Exter Rival to Get Digital Instrument Cluster as Standard
What's more, the Tata Punch will soon join the ranks of the Hyundai Exter, Tata Nexon, Tiago, and Tigor with its upcoming digital instrument cluster. As reported earlier, all trims of the Punch, save for the Creative, will be available with a 4.0-inch digital screen. The top-spec Creative trim, on the other hand, can be had with the same semi-digital instrument cluster seen previously in the Harrier and Safari pre-facelifts.
Hyundai Exter SUV: Market Rivals
In the sub-4m entry-SUV sub-segment, the Exter has a close rival in the form of the Tata Punch. In addition, the Exter also takes on the Maruti Suzuki Ignis, Nissan Magnite, Renault Kiger, Citroen C3, and the Maruti Suzuki Fronx.
Currently, Hyundai has an extended network of 1,354 sales zones and 1, 531 service centres across the country. The carmaker's comprehensive product portfolio consists of 13 distinct models, including the Hyundai Aura, Exter, Venue, Verna, and the Creta.