The Hyundai Aura looks similar to the Grand i10 Nios, and is evenly matched in terms of features, safety and powertrain.
The Hyundai Aura is to the Grand i10 Nios, what the Xcent was to the Grand i10. It’s is the subcompact sedan version of the Grand i10 Nios and a successor to the Xcent, which is still available in the fleet market. Now it is not a lot different to look at compared to the Grand i10 Nios, and even is quite evenly matched on the features, safety and powertrains fronts. It rivals the likes of the Maruti Suzuki Dzire, Honda Amaze and Ford Aspire in the sub-four metre sedan space. Here are the highlights.
The Hyundai Aura is completely similar to the Grand i10 Nios, right down to the hexagonal grille and the twin set of LEDs flanked on the inside. The projector headlights are the same unit as well. Apart from that, the car gets a few creases on the bonnet and the profile, adding more character to the look of the car. The rear too sees significant changes with the boot lid now getting a sculpted look and the z-shaped wrap-around tail lamps with the 3D outer lens add to the overall design of the car. But we aren’t exactly fans of how the way it looks. The chrome element on the boot is a bit of overkill and the tail lamps too don’t quite sit well with the overall design of the car. The Hyundai Aura is 3,995 mm long, stands 1,680 mm wide and 1,520 mm tall. It has a wheelbase of 2450 mm and boot space stands at 402 litres.
The interior of the Aura is exactly the same as that of the Grand i10 Nios albeit with a different colour scheme. The turbo has the same crash pad on the passenger side which ups the premium feel. The dual tone grey interior with splashes of red adds a sense of sportiness inside.
It gets an 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system which comes with smartphone connectivity. Hyundai has done well to offer a bucket load of features on the Aura. These include features such as two USB charging ports, wireless charging for mobile phones and a rear-view monitor. It is the same as the reversing camera, except, it can be switched on even when the car is moving forward.
The Aura also gets a bunch of standard safety features which include dual airbags, high strength steel body, rear parking sensors and anti-lock brakes with electronic brake force distribution and seat-belt pre-tensioners as well.
Hyundai is offering a 1.2-litre petrol and diesel engines along with a 5-speed manual and AMT gearbox options. The 1.2-litre petrol makes 82 bhp and 114 Nm and comes with a 5-speed manual gearbox as also a 5-step AMT as well. The 1.2 litre diesel makes 74 bhp and 190 Nm of torque. Of Course, the sportier 1.0-litre Turbo GDi engine is there as well, belting out 98 bhp and 171 Nm of peak torque and comes mated to a five-speed manual transmission as standard.