The Hyundai Aura, following the theme of ‘Vibrance of Positivity’ and ‘Spirit to Go the Distance’, features the latest of the South Korean automaker’s design philosophy — Sensuous Sportiness.
Starting with the design, the Hyundai Aura showcases a sharp styling approach accentuated with the Twin Boomerang LED DRLs and elongated tail lamps. There is a subtle usage of satin elements. The overall result is questionable in terms of general aesthetics. The car rides on 15-inch diamond-cut alloy wheels.
Coming to the inside, the compact-sedan offers a lot to have an edge over its competitors. The 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system supports both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, along with the Arkamys premium audio. Wireless charging is available in higher variants. The instrument console takes shape around a 5.3-inch display that incorporated a host of data and information. In fact, the new Hyundai Aura boasts of 12 segment-first features.
The new Hyundai Aura sedan will come with three BS6-compliant engine choices: 1.2-litre NA petrol, 1.2-litre diesel and 1.0-litre turbo petrol. The 1.2-litre Kappa petrol motor is the same unit powering the Grand i10 Nios and makes 82bhp and 114Nm.
The 1.2-litre diesel mill is good for 74bhp and 190Nm of torque. The 1.0-litre turbo petrol engine is the same unit found in the Venue compact-SUV, but detuned to make 100bhp and 172Nm. Transmission choices include a 5-speed manual or its respective AMT.
Hyundai India’s ‘Wonder Warranty’ program is aimed to give Aura buyers complete peace of mind via three choices: 3 years/1 lakh km; 4 years/50,000km or 5 years/40,000km with road-side assistance. The company also claims that the Hyundai Aura provides the best interior space and luggage capacity compared to its rivals.
The sub-four-metre compact-sedan segment is exclusive only to a few markets in the world and India is definitely the major name in this regard. The average Indian car buyer has close to zero concern about good automotive aesthetics and that is the major reason why odd-looking compact-sedans sell like hot cakes in the country. Hyundai has tried its best to make the Aura, a stunning-looking small sedan, but we shall let you be the critic.
Once launched (sometime in early-2020), the Hyundai Aura will lock horns with the Honda Amaze, Ford Aspire and of course, the segment-leading Maruti Suzuki Dzire. Hyundai India already sells the BS4 Xcent compact-sedan (based on the previous-generation Grand i10) and is expected to discontinue it with time.