Hyundai has recently launched the much-awaited Micro SUV - the Exter, in India. In the compact segment, the newly launched SUV faces fierce competition from the Tata Punch, which has enjoyed success in the Indian market since its launch in October 2021, as evidenced by its consistently growing sales. Although the newly released small SUV from Hyundai is the least expensive car in the lineup, it still comes equipped with a smart electric sunroof, an integrated dashcam with twin cameras, six airbags, and many other industry-first technologies. The price of Tata Motors' entire PV line will increase by 0.6% from July 17 onwards. It is still unclear whether the increased prices will impact the popularity of the homegrown carmaker's products, including the Punch, or not. But before that, Let's see how this recently launched SUV from Hyundai Stable stacks up against the current segment holder, the Tata Punch SUV on different parameters.
Hyundai Exter vs Tata Punch: Engine
Speaking of the engine, the Exter offers two options: 1.2-litre Kappa Petrol and a 1.2-litre bi-fuel Kappa Petrol CNG. The maximum output of a 1.2-litre Kappa petrol, 4-cylinder normally-aspirated (NA) engine is 82bhp at 6,000rpm and 113.8Nm at 4,000rpm, whereas the top output of a 1.2-litre Kappa petrol, Bi-Fuel with CNG option, is 68bhp and 95.2Nm. In contrast to the petrol engine's choice of a five-speed manual or an AMT automated gearbox, the CNG version gets only a manual gearbox.
On the other hand, the Tata Punch is powered by a 1.2-litre Revotron petrol engine, which kicks out 86.63bhp at 6000rpm and 115Nm at 3250rpm. It is accessible with both a 5-speed manual and an automatic option. In terms of mileage, the Exter offers 19.4/19.2km/l for MT/AMT, whereas the Punch provides 18.97km/l.
Hyundai Exter vs Tata Punch: Dimensions
Both SUVs are nearly the same in terms of dimensions. Despite this, the Punch is wider (1742mm) and longer (3827mm) than the Exter. The Hyundai SUV, however, is taller than its counterpart at 1631mm. Further, the newly launched Exter SUV has a wheelbase of 2,450mm-longest in its category, while the Punch features 2445mm of wheelbase.
Hyundai Exter vs Tata Punch: Features
Features-wise, the Exter has several amenities, which are the first for the segment. Both its ICE and CNG editions come with a sunroof, making it the first vehicle in the category to have this feature. Further, the cabin gets Type C USB fast chargers and other first-in-segment characteristics like footwell illumination, a wireless charging mat, and rear AC vents with power outlets. The Tata Punch has a 7-inch infotainment screen, while the Exter gets an 8-inch display. However, the Punch sports a 7-inch instrument cluster, compared to the Exter, which features only a 4.2-inch one.
Hyundai Exter vs Tata Punch: Price
The Exter has five variants: EX, S, SX, SX (O), and SX (O) Connect. In India, the prices of the petrol MT versions of the SUV range from Rs 5.99 lakh to Rs 9.42 lakh. The petrol automatic models, meanwhile, are available with pricing, ranging between Rs 7.97 lakh to Rs 10.10 lakh. The Exter is accessible in a CNG powertrain too, and models featuring this unit come with a price tag, ranging between Rs 8.24 lakh and Rs 8.97 lakh. All prices ex-showroom.
Moving to the Tata Punch, the prices of the petrol MT models fall within a price bracket of Rs 5.99 lakh and Rs 8.92 lakh. Whereas, the cost of the petrol AMT variants ranges between Rs 7.49 lakh and Rs 9.52 lakh. All are ex-showroom figures.