22nd December 2023: The Hyundai Exeter compact SUV has secured the prestigious Car of the Year title from ICOTY. Launched in India this year, the sub-compact SUV stands out for its compelling features and powerful performance at a competitive price. Hyundai has further strengthened its position by earning the Car of the Year Award for another electric model, the Hyundai Ioniq 5, while the Hyundai Exeter clinched the Model of the Year 2024 accolade. Notable contenders like the Maruti Suzuki Jimny, Honda Elevate, and Toyota Innova Highcross were also in the running.
Competing with renowned models such as Maruti Suzuki Jimny, Honda Elevate, Toyota Innova Highcross, Citroen C3 Aircross, Hyundai Verna, MG Comet, and Mahindra XUV400, the Hyundai Exeter emerged victorious, securing the esteemed title of Car of the Year.
In terms of pricing, the Hyundai Exeter ranges from Rs 6 lakh to Rs 10.15 lakh ex-showroom Delhi in the Indian market. The model has witnessed significant demand, with over 1 lakh units booked recently. Available in five variants – EX, S, SX, SX O, SX O CONNECT – and seven color options, the Hyundai Exeter showcases a range of features, making it a compelling choice for consumers.
Equipped with a semi-digital instrument cluster, an 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system, and over 60 connected car technologies, the Hyundai Exeter offers a high-tech driving experience. Additional features include Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility, wireless mobile charging, cruise control, automatic AC control, a single-pane sunroof, rain-sensing wipers, dual dash cam camera, and premium leather seats. Safety features encompass six airbags, electronic stability control, ABS with EBD, a tire pressure monitoring system, rear parking sensor with a camera, and ISOFIX child seat anchors.
Powering the Hyundai Exeter is a 1.2-liter naturally aspirated petrol engine, generating 83 bhp and 114 Nm of torque, available with a five-speed manual and five-speed AMT transmission. The CNG version of the same engine produces 69 bhp and 95 Nm of torque, exclusively paired with a five-speed manual transmission. Hyundai claims impressive mileage figures of 19.4 kmpl with the manual transmission, 19.2 kmpl with the automatic transmission, and a range of 27.1 km for the CNG version. In the Indian market, the Hyundai Exeter competes directly with models like the Tata Punch, Maruti Suzuki Ignis, Renault Kiger, Citroen C3, and Maruti Fronx.