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    Which Variant of 2020 Hyundai Santro Petrol Is Most Value For Money?

    by Mahesh Yadav on Saturday, Jul 11 2020

    Read on to find out which variant of the 2020 Hyundai Santro petrol is the most value for money. Here we compare the prices of the 2020 Santro's petrol variants and the features to tell you which variant is the most Value For Money (#VFM). Then we will compare the engine specs, dimensions and fuel efficiency of the 2020 Hyundai Santro with its competitors and other petrol A-segment hatchbacks.

     

    2020 Hyundai Santro

    Instead of reading, if you prefer watching, then here’s our Hindi variant-wise breakdown video of the BS6 Hyundai Santro 2020:

     

    What Are The Pros And Cons Of Hyundai Santro Petrol?

    The pros or advantages of Santro petrol 2020 are:

    • Good list of features like rear AC vents, power mirrors, MID, touchscreen with smartphone connectivity and more
    • Refinement of a 4-cylinder and better torque (even with CNG) than 1.0-litre competitors
    • Comparable fuel efficiency/mileage figures

    The Hyundai Santro petrol 2020 has the following shortcomings or problems:

    • No passenger airbag option - even in Magna and Sportz variants
    • WagonR 1.2 is not that expensive in comparison and offers impressive performance, more space, better road presence and a strong resale value
    • The front styling and centrally-mounted power windows controls may take some getting used to

    What Is The Price Of 2020 Hyundai Santro?

    The 2020 Hyundai Santro’s prices range between Rs. 4.58 lakh and Rs. 6.26 lakh. The Santro is available in 4 variants - Era Executive, Magna, Sportz and Asta.

    The petrol engine with a manual transmission is available in all four variants with prices ranging between Rs. 4.58 lakh (Era) and Rs. 5.79 lakh (Asta). AMT automatic transmission is available in the top 3 variants with prices starting at Rs. 5.53 lakh (Magna) and topping out at Rs. 6.26 lakh (Asta). The upgrade to the AMT transmission costs around Rs. 50,000, which is fair in our opinion.

    There’s also CNG option in the middle two trims for an additional sum of around Rs. 80,000. The Santro CNG is available for an ex-showroom price of Rs. 5.84 lakh (Magna) and Rs. 6.2 lakh (Sportz).

    HYUNDAI SANTRO PRICES

    EX-SHOWROOM INDIA  | JULY 2020

    Variants

    Manual

    AMT

    CNG

    Era Executive

    Rs. 4,57,490

    -

    -

    Magna

    Rs. 5,03,990

    Rs. 5,52,990

    Rs. 5,84,790

    Sportz

    Rs. 5,40,490

    Rs. 5,98,490

    Rs. 6,20,290

    Asta

    Rs. 5,78,490

    Rs. 6,25,490

    -


    Is The Era Executive Variant Of 2020 Hyundai Santro Petrol Worth Buying?

    The Era Executive variant of the Hyundai Santro costs 4.58 lakh. The standard list of features of this trim are:

    • Driver airbag
    • ABS
    • Parking sensors
    • Front power windows
    • Folding rear seatback
    • MID
    • Manual AC and heater
    • Tachometer
    • Body-colour bumpers
    • Black door handles and mirrors
    • 13-inch 155-section tyres
    • Black front grille

    The Era variant is not worth buying because of its basic nature. But, if you want the Santro and don’t want to spend any further, only then you should buy the Santro Era. If you can afford to stretch your budget, then let’s see how the higher trims fare.

    HYUNDAI SANTRO | ERA EXECUTIVE VARIANT FEATURES

    Rs. 4,57,490 (MT) Ex-Showroom | JULY 2020

    Safety

    Functional

    Style

    Driver Airbag

    Front Power Windows

    Body Coloured Bumpers

    ABS w/ EBD

    Front & Rear Door Bottle Holders

    Black Door Handles & ORVMs

    Rear Parking Sensors

    Folding Rear Seat

    Dual-tone Beige-Black Interior

    Seatbelt Reminder

    MID w/ Fuel Consumption & Distance-to-empty

    Champagne Gold Interior Color Garnish

    High-Speed Alert

    Manual AC

    13-inch Wheels

    Child Safety Door Locks

    Gear Shift Indicator

     
     

    Tachometer

     
     

    Room Lamp

     


    Is The Magna Variant Of 2020 Hyundai Santro Petrol Worth Buying?

    The Magna variant of the Hyundai Santro costs Rs. 5.04 lakh - Rs. 46,500 more than the Era Executive variant. The Magna AMT costs an additional Rs. 49,000 while the Santro Magna CNG kit adds Rs. 81,000. The ex-showroom price of the Magna AMT stands at Rs. 5.53 lakh while the Santro Magna CNG costs Rs. 5.85 lakh. The additional features of the Santro Magna variant over the Era are:

    • Central locking
    • Music system
    • Steering-mounted controls
    • Rear AC vents
    • Rear power windows
    • Body-colour door handles and outside mirrors
    • Silver front grille surround
    • Optional black cabin (with green body colour only)

    The Magna variant adds plenty of useful features to add to the experience but the asking price for this variant is just a bit more than what it should be. You should buy the Santro Magna MT variant only if you don’t want to spend any more money and you’re not concerned with the poor value it offers. For the buyers interested in CNG or AMT transmission, this is the most affordable option. The Santro Magna is not worth buying in our opinion because of poor value. You should instead consider a higher variant.

    HYUNDAI SANTRO MAGNA | FEATURES OVER ERA

    Rs. 5,03,990 (MT) | Rs. 5,52,990 (AMT) | Rs. 5,84,790 (CNG) Ex-Showroom | JULY 2020

    Safety

    Entertainment

    Functional

    Style

    Central Locking

    Audio System w/ Front 2 Speakers

    Rear AC Vents

    Body Coloured Door Handles & ORVMs

    Speed Sensing Auto Door Lock

    AM/FM, USB &  Bluetooth Connectivity

    Power Outlet

    Silver Front Grille Surround

    Impact Sensing Auto Door Unlock

    Hyundai iblue (Audio Remote Application)

    Rear Power Windows

    Black Interior w/ Green Exterior Colour

    Fire Extinguisher
    (CNG Only)

    Steering-mounted Audio Controls

    Ticket Holder

     -  -

    Rear Parcel Tray 

    (CNG Only)


    Is The Sportz Variant Of 2020 Hyundai Santro Petrol Worth Buying?

    The Sportz variant of the Santro costs Rs. 5.41 lakh with the manual transmission, Rs. 5.99 lakh with the AMT automatic and Rs. 6.2 lakh with the CNG kit. The Sportz MT and CNG are Rs. 36,500 more expensive than the Magna MT and CNT. The Sportz AMT is Rs. 45,500 more expensive than the Magna AMT. Part of that higher cost difference goes towards the 3 additional features that are available in the Sportz AMT:

    • Passenger airbag
    • Front seatbelt pre-tensioners
    • Rear parking camera

    Rs. 9,000 is acceptable for these features. Let’s see what’s extra in the Sportz variant over the Magna:

    • Fog lamps
    • Day/night inside mirror
    • Remote central locking
    • Electrically-adjustable outside mirrors
    • Parcel tray
    • 14-inch wheels with 165-section tyres
    • Touchscreen infotainment
    • Android Auto
    • Apple Carplay

    The Sportz variant is adding a lot of features for a reasonable asking price. It more than justifies the price jump from the Magna trim. The Sportz variant even justifies the price jump over the Era variant. The Santro Sportz trim is definitely worth buying - especially if you’re considering the AMT transmission. It costs an additional Rs. 58,000 over the Sportz MT but the extra safety features greatly eliminate the need to spend any further.

    HYUNDAI SANTRO SPORTZ | FEATURES OVER MAGNA

    Rs. 5,40,490 (MT) | Rs. 5,98,490 (AMT) | Rs. 6,20,290 (CNG) |  Ex-Showroom | JULY 2020

    Safety

    Entertainment

    Functional

    Style

    Front seatbelt pre-tensioner (AMT Only)

    7-inch Touchscreen Infotainment System

    Remote central locking

    14-inch Wheels w/ Wheel Covers

    Passenger Airbag (AMT Only)

    Android Auto & Apple Carplay

    Electrically Adjustable ORVMs

    Turn Indicators on ORVMs

    Rear Camera (AMT Only)

    Android Auto & Apple CarPlay

    Rear Parcel Tray

    Fog Lamps

    Voice Recognition

     -

    Day/Night IRVM

    Rear Speakers

     -


    Is The Asta Variant Of 2020 Hyundai Santro Petrol Worth Buying?

    The Asta variant of the Santro costs Rs. 5.79 lakh with manual transmission and Rs. 6.26 lakh with the AMT automatic. The price jump from the Asta to Sportz variant is Rs. 38,000 for the MT and Rs. 27,000 for the AMT. The Asta automatic transmission is about Rs. 47,000 more expensive than the manual. The additional features of the Asta variant are:

    • Rear defogger
    • Rear washer wiper
    • Rear parking camera (Available in Sportz AMT)
    • Passenger airbag (Available in Sportz AMT)
    • Front seatbelts with pre-tensioner (Available in Sportz AMT)
    • Passenger vanity mirror

    Almost all of the Asta’s features are safety-focused but the asking price is a bit high. So, the Asta variant is not a great option for value-conscious buyers. Since you’re getting some of these high-value features in the Sportz AMT, you should instead consider that variant even if you only occasionally drive in the city traffic. The Sportz AMT along with these safety features is a better value-for-money option than the Asta MT or AMT.

    At this price, the Asta MT and AMT variants are not worth buying for value-conscious buyers.

    HYUNDAI SANTRO ASTA| FEATURES OVER SPORTZ

    Rs. 5,78,490 (MT) | Rs. 6,25,490 (AMT) |  Ex-Showroom | JULY 2020

    Safety

    Functional

    Rear Washer & Wiper

    Passenger Vanity Mirror

    Rear Defogger

    Rear Parking Camera

    Passenger Airbag

    Front Seat Belt Pretensioner w/ Load Limiter


    Which Variant Of The 2020 Hyundai Santro Petrol Offers The Most Value For Money?

    The Sportz variant of the Santro is the best value for money, especially with the AMT automatic transmission. Sportz AMT gets some of the Asta’s safety features. Let’s sum up the list once again.

    The Era variant is too basic with respect to features. So, we’d not suggest buying this option unless you’re limited by the budget and want a Hyundai car. The upgrade to Magna is also not recommended as it’s overpriced considering the additional features. Consider this variant only if you don’t want to spend any further. Although the Santro Magna variant is a poor value for money, it has a very balanced set of features for a good ownership experience.

    The Sportz variant is our top recommendation as it is the best value for money variant considering the additional features and the price difference over the base variant. The Sportz AMT plucks some features from the safety-focused Asta variant to find a better balance of cost and safety. With the AMT transmission, the Santro Sportz is our top pick. But, even without it, the Sportz is just a better value-for-money option in the Santro’s lineup compared to the other 3 trims.

    The Asta variant is a bit too expensive considering the asking price its additional features. This is again not worth buying unless you absolutely want the safety features of the Asta variant and don’t mind paying the asking price.

    HYUNDAI SANTRO | VARIANT-WISE RECOMMENDATION

    Variant

    Price (ex-showroom)

    Recommendation

    ERA EXEC

    Rs. 4,57,490

    Not recommended due to limited features - buy only if you don’t want to spend any further



    MAGNA

    MT - Rs. 5,03,990


    Not recommended due to low value for money - although it has a good balance of features. Buy only if you don’t want to spend any further.

    AMT - Rs. 5,52,990

    CNG - Rs. 5,84,790



    SPORTZ

    MT - Rs. 5,40,490


    Top Recommended - Best value for money (especially with AMT)

    AMT - Rs. 5,98,490

    CNG - Rs. 6,20,290


    ASTA

    MT - Rs. 5,78,490

    Not Recommended due to low value for money - consider the Sportz AMT variant instead

    AMT - Rs. 6,25,490


    What Are The Engine Specifications Of The 2020 Hyundai Santro Petrol?

    The Santro’s 1.1-litre petrol engine has one advantage over the other cars - its 4-cylinder engine. 4-cylinder engines are naturally smoother than 3-cylinders. The WagonR is the only car that offers a 1.2-litre 4-cylinder engine as an option, which is borrowed from the B2 segment cars like the Swift and Dzire. This bigger engine outclasses everything in this segment with much better power and torque output. Santro’s 1.1-litre engine finds a nice balance between adequate performance and refinement. The Santro’s peak torque output stands at 99Nm - bang in between the Maruti’s 1.0’s and 1.2-litre’s figures.

    In the case of the fuel efficiency, the Santro’s 20kmpl+ figure is commendable but lowest in this comparison. Even the WagonR’s torquier 1.2-litre engine beats it despite bigger displacement and better performance.

    HYUNDAI SANTRO vs COMPETITION

    PETROL ENGINE SPECS

     

    Santro 

    WagonR 1.0

    Celerio

    WagonR 1.2

    Displacement

    1.1-litre

    1.0-litre

    1.0-litre

    1.2-litre

    Cylinder

    4

    3

    3

    4

    Power

    69PS @ 5500rpm

    68PS @ 5500rpm

    68PS @ 5500rpm

    83PS @ 6000rpm

    Torque

    99Nm @ 4500rpm

    90Nm @ 3500rpm

    90Nm @ 3500rpm

    113Nm @ 4200rpm

    Transmission

    5MT & AMT

    5MT & AMT

    5MT & AMT

    5MT & AMT

    Claimed FE

    20.3kmpl

    21.79kmpl

    21.63kmpl

    20.52kmpl


    While running on CNG, the Santro produces a comparable power of 60PS narrowly beating its rivals. But the peak torque output of the Santro is noticeably better at 85Nm. Again, its fuel efficiency/mileage on CNG is a bit lower than the Celerio and WagonR CNG but close enough to not sway your buying decision.

    HYUNDAI SANTRO vs COMPETITION

    CNG ENGINE SPECS

     

    Santro 

    WagonR 1.0

    Celerio

    Displacement

    1.1-litre

    1.0-litre

    1.0-litre

    Cylinder

    4

    3

    3

    Power

    60PS @ 5500rpm

    59PS @ 5500rpm

    59PS @ 5500rpm

    Torque

    85Nm @ 4500rpm

    78Nm @ 3500rpm

    78Nm @ 3500rpm

    Transmission

    5MT

    5MT

    5MT

    Claimed FE

    29.1kmpkg

    32.52kmpkg

    30.47kmpkg


    What Are The Dimensions Of The 2020 Hyundai Santro?

    The Hyundai Santro measures 3610mm long, 1645mm wide and 1560mm tall. It’s the widest car in the A hatchback segment but its wheelbase is the shortest at 2400mm. The Santro’s boot space is comparable with the Celerio’s but it can’t beat the WagonR’s 341-litre storage capacity. That boxy tall boy car is in a league of its own.

    Ground clearance, tyre sizes and fuel tank capacities of all three cars are similar and there’s nothing notable here.

    HYUNDAI SANTRO  VS COMPETITION

    DIMENSION COMPARISON

     

    Santro

    Celerio

    WagonR 

    Length

    3610 mm

    3695 mm

    3655 mm

    Width

    1645 mm

    1600 mm

    1620 mm

    Height

    1560 mm

    1560 mm

    1675 mm

    Wheelbase

    2400 mm

    2425 mm

    2435 mm

    Ground Clearance

    165mm

    165mm

    165mm

    Boot space

    235-lt

    235-lt

    341-lt

    Fuel Tank

    35-lt

    35-lt

    32-lt

    Tyre Size

    155 / 80 R13

    165 / 70 R14

    155 / 80 R13

    165 / 70 R14

    155 / 80 R13

    165 / 70 R14


    What Are The Colour Options Of The 2020 Hyundai Santro?

    The 2020 Santro is available in the following 7 colour options:

    • Silver
    • White
    • Grey
    • Red
    • Green (Optional black cabin with green inserts)
    • Blue
    • Beige/Cream

    Note: Here is a quick look at our length-based segmentation of cars to give you an idea of how we are classifying cars based on their size.

    CLASSIFICATION OF CARS

    SEGMENT

    SUB-SEGMENT

    LENGTH

    EXAMPLE

    A Segment

    A

    < 3699mm

    Alto, Kwid (exception), Santro, Celerio

           

    B Segment

    B1

    3700-3850mm

    Ignis, GO, Nios, Swift, Tiago, Kwid

    B2

    3850-3999mm

    Altroz, Baleno, Dzire, Amaze, Nexon, Brezza

           

    C Segment

    C

    4000-4499mm

    Ciaz, City, Rapid, Creta, Seltos, Compass, T-Roc, Ertiga

           

    D Segment

    D

    4500-4750mm

    Octavia, XUV500, Elantra, Civic, Harrier, Hector, Innova, Kodiaq, CR-V

           

    D+ Segment

    D+

    4750+mm

    Fortuner, Superb, Endeavour, Camry, Carnival

    ABOUT THE AUTHOR

    Mahesh is a fan of compact, quirky and underrated vehicles that punch above their weight. Multix, Nano, Strom R3 and Navi are his favorites.

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