Hyundai recently launched the Aura sub-compact sedan in India, which is based on the Grand i10 NIOS. Priced from ₹5.8 lakh, the newly-launched car butts head with the Honda Amaze, Ameo, the underrated Ford Aspire, and the segment leader Maruti Suzuki. This raises a question — Is the Hyundai Aura worth buying?
To answer this question, we need to take a deeper look at some of the aspects that you would look at when buying a car. Them being, design, features, performance, mileage, safety, service network, and most importantly, a good overall package, meaning, the best bang for your buck.
The Hyundai Aura is based on the Grand i10 NIOS and the design heavily emphasises this. The front fascia is similar, along with the boomerang DRLs, which the Aura gets dual units. The projector headlights are carried forward and so is the grille. When looked at from the side, the Aura looks stubby — not the best feature. For those who emphasise on design, this is a turn-off.
Instead, what one should be looking at is either a Volkswagen Ameo or even the Maruti Suzuki Dzire, as these cars are by far the best-looking sub-compact sedan in India. The Tata Tigor is also an option, however, if you have the Ameo in mind, the Tigor is in the opposite end of the scale.
The Aura gets a host of features — an 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Android and Apple connectivity, wireless charging, automatic temperature control, multi-functional steering wheel, cruise control, and more. However, most of these features are present in the top-spec versions.
Competitors such as the Ford Aspire and the Honda Amaze also get most of these features and the question you need to ask yourself is — how many of these features do you use regularly? Also, if it is only features that interest you, consider the Dzire, Maruti compact sedan has by far the best interior in this segment.
The Aura gets four engine choices — two kinds of petrol, one diesel, and CNG. First up is a 1.2-litre petrol motor that makes 82 bhp and 113 Nm of torque, while the second petrol option is a 1.0-litre turbocharged engine that produces 99 bhp and 172 Nm of torque.
The diesel mill is also a 1.2-litre unit making 74 bhp and 190 Nm of torque, while the CNG option makes the least power at 68 bhp and 95 Nm. All variants get an optional AMT gearbox, while the turbo-petrol unit is offered with a manual only.
Performance criteria — if this is what your primary want is, the turbocharged Aura is a tempting option, however, the Aspire takes the win here hands down. Ford offers the Aspire petrol with a 95 bhp petrol engine and a 99 bhp diesel engine. However, if you want more, there is also a 121 bhp version of the Aspire, or you can pick the Ameo with the 109 bhp engine that comes with a DSG.
This is the most important factor, mileage. The Hyundai Aura’s petrol engines (both) return 20.5 km/l, while the diesel variant returns 25.3 km/l. Consider the Dzire (P- 21.1 km/l and D- 28.4 km/l), Aspire (P- 20.4 km/l and D- 26.1 km/l), and Amaze (P- 19.5 km/l and D- 27.4 km/l), as they offer the same or better mileage (diesel trims) compared to the Aura. If mileage is crucial, Maruti Suzuki is the way to go.
The sensible buyer, but looking at the wrong model. The Aura gets safety equipment in the form of dual airbags, ABS with EBD, seat belt reminders for driver and passenger, rear parking sensors, speed alert system, and ISOFIX child seat anchors. However, the Aura does not have a safety rating like its competitors, some of them which excel at this.
Take for example the Aspire, which has a 3-star rating or the Tata Tigor, which was recently awarded 4 stars. So if you want a safe car, you ought to be looking at the stables of Tata or Ford.
Hyundai has a well-spread service network in the country, however, the crown goes to Maruti Suzuki — hands down. Although these cars don’t break down that easily, timely service is a factor to think of and those unexpected little niggles that only an authorised service centre can sort out.
So is the Hyundai Aura worth buying?
The Aura is not a bad choice, however, the Maruti Suzuki Dzire outshines the Hyundai in most aspects, while the Amaze and Tigor also make a stand. The winner, what we suggest that makes a good overall package in the sub-compact sedan segment is the Ford Aspire, an underrated vehicle that has never let down those who own one. If you still think the Hyundai Aura is worth buying, let us know in the comments.
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