Tall Boy Legend
Motown India|November 2018
Tall Boy Legend

The 2018 Hyundai Santro built on a new K1 platform still carries the legendary tall boy design.

P. Tharyan

But it is no more just the boxy shape. The car is a lot more contemporary in its looks. The car now comes in D-lite variant at the lower end and four other variants Era, Magna, Sportz and the top one being Asta. We got to drive the Asta and the variant below that, the Sportz. The Asta only comes with a 5-speed manual transmission and does not come with an automatic transmission, while the Sportz has an option of an AMT and a factory fitted CNG. We drove the Sportz AMT and the Asta MT. The car is powered by a petrol 1.1 litre four-cylinder engine.

EXTERIOR DESIGN AND FEATURES

The Santro now has a 3610mm length compared to 3565mm of the old Santro. The overall width is now 1645mm, compared to 1525mm of the old Santro. The overall height is now 1560mm, compared to 1590mm in the old model. Here the tall boy takes a wee bit of beating of 30mm. The wheel base is now 2400mm compared to 2380mm of the old Santro.

On the style front on the exterior, the car has now a very broad grill which the company calls the cascade design chrome front grille. It reminds you of Heath Ledger who play the role of Joker in the film The Dark Knight. Decently styled, swept back headlamps and uniquely positioned fog lamps give the car a pleasing front personality. There is a first-in-segment micro antenna.

The side profile of the car is quite sculpted with prominent wheel arches. As you go back, you get to see stylish tail lamps and dual tone rear bumper with reflectors. Very sporty indeed. The car sits on 165/70 R14 tyres with steel wheels and a hub cap. This profile is available only for the SportZ and Asta variants. The others get R13 tyres.

INTERIOR DESIGN AND FEATURES

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