Hyundai Aura First Drive Review: Eyeing The Maruti Dzire���s Pie.

New Delhi:-With three engine options to pick from and plenty of features, the Hyundai Aura hopes to make an impression.

The Hyundai Aura is looking to take a big chunk out of the Maruti Suzuki Dzire’s market share in the compact sedan segment. This sedan version of the Hyundai Grand i10 Nios has loaded itself up with features that it hopes can lure buyers. Of course, the prices are competitive too.

What sets the Hyundai Aura apart from the Hyundai Grand i10 Nios on which it’s based are subtle styling elements in front like the double boomerang-shaped DRLs, a completely new lower bumper and more premium looking grille. But what’s really different is the rear.

The rear of the Hyundai Aura has been stylishly turned out. But it seems a bit overdone and draws mixed reactions. The boot can swallow 402 litres of luggage. That’s about two litres more than a Honda Amaze, which is enough for four suitcases.

Being a compact sedan, the rear seat has been given special attention. It gets a drop-down armrest with two cupholders and rear AC vents. The seat itself is raised a bit for better under-thigh support, a decent amount of legroom and adequate headroom for average-sized adults.

Hyundai has loaded the Aura with features. You get a rear-view monitor & reverse camera, an 8-inch infotainment system with Android Auto & Apple CarPlay, wireless phone charging and keyless start. The top petrol variant also gets cruise control

The clutch is light. Gearshifts are nice and easy. And the steering of course is typically Hyundai. Light. If you’ve driven any of the other Hyundai cars you know what I’m talking about.

In all, the Hyundai Aura comes in 10 variants with a 1.2-litre diesel engine, a 1.2-litre petrol engine and a 1-litre turbo-petrol. You get an option of an AMT as well as 5-speed manual. Prices range between Rs 5.8 lakh ex-showroom for the base petrol going up to Rs 9.04 lakh for the top-spec diesel variant. The design may get mixed emotions, but then that’s going to be the single deciding factor for this car.