Hyundai Motor India is all geared up for the launch of the brand-new Exter micro SUV. The upcoming Exter will be the brand's smallest sport utility vehicle. Recently, the company also started accepting pre-orders for the model, for which the prices will be revealed on July 10. The Exter is powered by a 1.2-litre four-cylinder normally aspirated (NA) petrol engine with 82bhp of maximum power and 114Nm of peak torque. For reference, the 1.2-litre petrol engine in the Tata Punch produces 85bhp and 113Nm, but it only has three cylinders. Further, both cars get an AMT and a 5-speed manual gearbox. Let’s take a look at how the new Hyundai Exter will fare against the Tata Punch, its fiercest opponent, in terms of features.
With its extensive standard safety package, which includes six airbags, ABS with EBD, electronic stability control (ESC), hill start assist, and rear parking sensors, the Exter significantly outperforms the competition in terms of safety. The Tata Punch, on the other hand, only has twin airbags and doesn't have hill start assist. However, it does include electronic stability control, rear parking sensors, and ABS with EBD.
While the Exter gets an 8-inch HD touchscreen display, the Tata Punch comes with a 7-inch touchscreen. The bigger screen in the Exter offers a more immersive in-cabin experience.
Factory-installed Dash Camera for Added Safety
The Exter comes with a factory-installed dash camera for an extra level of security. This device provides security in the event of accidents, thefts, or other unfavourable situations by giving police and insurance officers evidence of the incident. It has cameras for both the front windscreen and the rear.
Digital Instrument Panel
the new Exter from Hyundai features a fully digital instrument console, complemented by a 4.2-inch MID (Multi-Information Display) alongside LCD digital readouts for speed and RPM. In contrast, the Tata Punch offers a semi-digital instrument panel, combining a 4.2-inch MID with an analogue speedometer. This distinction positions the Hyundai Exter as a more advanced and contemporary option in terms of instrument display technology.
Wireless Charging and Sunroof
The Exter also gets the wireless phone charging capability, something that is missing in Tata Motor's small crossover. Needless to say that features like this will appeal to those who are tech-savvy and expect their cars to have the latest technology.
Capitalizing on the increasing popularity of sunroofs in the Indian market, Hyundai has equipped the Exter with a single-pane sunroof. This demonstrates the South Korean automaker's understanding of the consumer demand for this feature. On the other hand, Tata showcased a Punch with a sunroof at the 2023 Auto Expo, but its official availability has yet to be confirmed, giving Hyundai's Exter the upper hand in offering this sought-after feature to customers.