hyundai aura: Hyundai Aura driven: The better loaded compact sedan

NEW DELHI: Hyundai Aura had everything going its way. A feature-packed car in a rather unexciting segment, Aura is priced competitively, promoted handsomely, comes with an array of engine-gearbox configurations, and importantly better packaged than the model it ‘almost’ replaces.

That said, the only factor that abruptly worked against Hyundai Aura was the time of arrival. From demand to liquidity, coronavirus ripped everything apart, leaving the carmakers and buyers in equal despair. Ahead of the lockdown, we spent a few days with the petrol-manual version of Aura, which surely impressed us with mileage and in-car technology over its rivals.

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In the era of BS6, Aura’s inherent strength lies in catering to the needs of all. Whether you are looking for petrol or diesel, manual or automatic, Hyundai has an Aura for you. In fact, our personal favourite is the enthusiastic, range-topping turbo petrol with a 5-way manual transmission.

However, going by popular choices, Aura’s 1.2-litre petrol and diesel should set the ball rolling for Hyundai. The petrol-manual engine, which was our testing car, also powers the Grand i10 Nios in the same state of tune.

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Without any surprises, the power delivery is linear and the gear shifts are delicately smooth. A total of 83 PS and 113 Nm available on the counter, the BS6-ready, petrol engine solidly expresses itself in the mid-range. The peppy engine is a slouch in the beginning but kicks in a good punch as you go past 2,500 rpm.

The ride quality is somewhat bouncy but damping ensures the passengers don’t feel uncomfortable. The suspension set up seems to counter the road unevenness better with the car fully packed. The handling is sharp, thanks to a light steering wheel darting into a curve is as seamless as possible.

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Aura led a corporate life with us. Our usual ferry to the office, Aura was mostly driven within the city limits. The petrol engine shines when it comes to mileage. A solid 21+ kmpl return makes it a formidable choice.

If you are a young, cheerful, party-goer and working individual, the Aura will shine through its looks whenever you drive it. Considering Hyundai Accent a reference, the new Aura is a paradigm shift inside-out.

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The front and back, especially the grille and tailgate, are as modern as Hyundai has developed to date. The ‘AURA’ in chrome blocks on the boot lid is much like the Venue and Creta. The tail lamps finished in ‘Z’-shape with chrome wrap will remind you of the 2019 Elantra while the shape of grille flanked by twin boomerang DRLs can be best interpreted through the Grand i10 Nios. If you choose the top-end Asta variant, the machine-cut, R15 alloy wheels will accentuate the car’s sophistication.

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The most exhaustive tale in Aura’s story should be the features. Step into the car, whether its a turbo or not, the interiors offer a premium feel. Particularly the dash, which is finished in brown and black with wavy, honeycomb pattern, along with the 8-inch, slick infotainment system wrapped in piano black look very contemporary and upmarket.

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A slight niggle to a few, however, would be a partial resemblance with the Grand i10 Nios’s dashboard with that of Aura. The seats are sufficiently spacious, albeit without adjustable front headrests. Features like cooled glovebox, eco-coating facility in air conditioning, wireless charging, double USB ports in the dash and Arkamys sound system put the Aura at a higher creature comfort pedestal over the rival.

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The second-row space is appropriate for two grown-ups, with ample cushioning and legroom. At 1,680 mm, Aura measures 55 mm lesser in width than Maruti Suzuki Swift Dzire.

So, between Rs 5.8 lakh and Rs 9.25 lakh (ex-showroom), Hyundai showcases the world of Aura is various trims, levels and engines. Hyundai Aura is an attractive buy for those you are looking for a compact sedan for personal use, with all the goods and comforts for their family and friends.

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