The Hyundai Exter is the newest player in the Micro SUV market. The model faces competition from a variety of vehicles, including the recently released Fronx by Maruti Suzuki. The Fronx sells at Rs 7.47 lakh onwards, while the Exter has a starting price of 5.99 lakh in India. Both prices are ex-showroom. Given that both SUVs fall within the affordable price range, we have contrasted them on several different aspects to help clients decide which SUV is the best option for them. These two models include several common features like ISOFIX seat anchors, automated headlights, tilt steering, touchscreen infotainment with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, LED tail lights, and more. Here is a detailed comparison of the newly introduced SUVs in terms of engine, price, and other attributes.
Hyundai Exter vs Maruti Suzuki Fronx: Powertrain
Hyundai offers the Exter with a choice of two engines: 1.2-litre Kappa Petrol and a 1.2-litre bi-fuel Kappa Petrol CNG. The former petrol motor generates 82bhp at 6,000rpm and 113.8Nm at 4,000rpm, whereas the latter CNG configuration delivers 68bhp and 95.2Nm. In contrast to the petrol motor's option of a five-speed manual or an AMT automated gearbox, the CNG model receives only a manual transmission.
The Fronx SUV initially was offered, with a choice of two engines: a 1.0-litre Boosterjet turbo-petrol engine with 99bhp and 147.6Nm and a 1.2-litre naturally aspirated petrol engine with 89bhp and 113Nm. However, recently the carmaker introduced the S-CNG version of the SUV, offered across two variants - Sigma and Delta. The new Fronx S-CNG houses a 1.2-litre K-Series DualJet, Dual VVT petrol engine with a factory-installed CNG kit, which produces 98.5Nm of maximum torque and 76bhp of maximum power when mated to a 5-speed manual gearbox.
Hyundai Exter vs Maruti Suzuki Fronx: Dimensions
The Fronx is 180mm longer, 55mm wider, and has a 70mm larger wheelbase than the Exter. The Exter, on the other hand, is 81mm taller than the Maruti Suzuki's all-new SUV. Here are the dimensions of both SUVs:
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Hyundai Exter vs Maruti Suzuki Fronx: Design
The Fronx SUV's appearance has a sizable hexagonal grille divided by a chrome bar, sleeker-looking LED headlights with DRLS, a front bumper with faux skid plates in a grey colour, and 16-inch precision-cut dual-tone alloy wheels. The Exter, on the other hand, has projector headlights, an H-shaped LED daytime running light, and a black mesh radiator grille up front. The SUV has diamond-cut alloy wheels and a black coating on the side. The back profile includes the integrated roof spoiler, a shark-fin antenna, a rear wiper, and H-shaped LED taillamps.
Inside, the Exter includes an 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Hyundai's BlueLink-connected car technology, Apple CarPlay & Android Auto connectivity, a wireless charger, a digital instrument cluster, a voice-activated electric sunroof, cruise control, and more. In contrast to the Exter, the Fronx gets a 9.0-inch HD Smart Play Pro+ infotainment system with wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity. Other notable features of the Maruti Suzuki model include a 360-degree camera, cruise control, a flat-bottom steering wheel, a HUD unit, an ARKAMYS sound system, Suzuki Connect with 40+ connected car features, and more.
Hyundai Exter vs Maruti Suzuki Fronx: Features
As far as features are concerned, the Hyundai Exter comes packed with keyless entry with push-button start/stop, Cooled glove box, rear AC vents, height adjustable driver’s seat, and more. The Fronx SUV has a 60:40 rear seat back split, adjustable front headrests, wireless Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, and other amenities.
Hyundai Exter vs Maruti Suzuki Fronx: Price
EX, S, SX, SX (O), and SX (O) Connect are five different models of the Exter. The petrol manual transmission editions of the SUV in India are priced between Rs 5.99 lakh and Rs 9.42 lakh. Meanwhile, petrol automatic variants range from Rs 7.97 lakh to Rs 10.10 lakh. The Micro SUV is also available with a CNG powertrain, and versions with this unit are priced between Rs. 8.24 lakh and Rs. 8.97 lakh. All are ex-showroom figures.
The Maruti Suzuki Fronx has five variants - Sigma, Delta, Delta+, Zeta, and Alpha. In India, the base Sigma model costs Rs 7.47 lakh, while the top-spec Alpha turbo version commands Rs 13.14 lakh. Both prices are ex-showroom. Prices for the Maruti Suzuki Fronx CNG range from Rs 8.42 lakh for the entry-level Sigma model to Rs 9.28 lakh for the top-of-the-line Delta trim.