In the ever-evolving landscape of compact SUVs, the sub-four metre category stands as an appealing option for those looking to upgrade from hatchbacks or compact sedans to more spacious and dimensionally larger vehicles. Today, we delve into a head-to-head comparison between two contenders in this segment – the recently launched Hyundai Exter and the underrated Nissan Magnite.
Exter and Magnite – A Brief Overview
The Nissan Magnite made its debut in the Indian market in December 2020, starting at an introductory price of Rs. 4.99 lakh (ex-showroom). Positioned as a compact SUV, the Magnite proved to be a smart choice for buyers seeking a bigger vehicle without breaking the bank. Interestingly, it played a crucial role in sustaining the Nissan brand in India during a year where it was the sole model available.
On the other side, Hyundai’s response to this growing segment is the new Hyundai Exter. Bridging the gap between the Grand i10 Nios and the Venue SUV, the Exter shares its platform and powertrain with the Nios hatchback. To stand out in Hyundai’s diverse lineup, the Exter focuses on enhanced space, features, and a captivating design targeted towards the youth.
Variant Lineup and Pricing
Diving into the available options, the Hyundai Exter boasts a range of seven variants, including EX, EX (O), S, S (O), SX, SX (O), and SX (O) Connect. Meanwhile, the Nissan Magnite offers three trims – XE, XL, and XV – along with multiple variants like Turbo, Premium, Executive, Red Edition, and Geza Edition.
For those interested in the pricing, both SUVs kick off at the same ex-showroom price of Rs. 6 lakh. However, the Hyundai Exter’s price ceiling rests at Rs. 10.10 lakh, while the Nissan Magnite reaches up to Rs. 10.86 lakh for its top-tier variant.
Sizing Up the Dimensions
Comparing the physical dimensions, the Nissan Magnite gains an edge with its greater length, width, wheelbase, and ground clearance. Nevertheless, the Hyundai Exter claims the advantage in height and offers superior boot space.
When it comes to features and equipment, the Hyundai Exter arrives with an eight-inch touchscreen infotainment system, an all-digital instrument cluster, automatic climate control, cruise control, a wireless charger, and steering-mounted controls. Safety-wise, it sets a high standard with six airbags, TPMS, a dual dash camera, an electric sunroof, footwell lighting, metal pedals, and paddle shifters.
The Nissan Magnite, although slightly older than the Exter, doesn’t lag behind in the features department. Boasting an eight-inch instrument cluster, a six-speaker setup, steering-mounted controls, automatic climate control, and a digital instrument cluster, the Magnite also offers key features like a keyless start/stop button, rear defogger, rear wiper with washer, and a 360-degree surround camera.
Power Under the Hood
Digging into the mechanical aspects, the Hyundai Exter offers two powertrain choices – a 1.2-litre NA petrol and a 1.2-litre petrol-CNG option. The former delivers 82bhp and 114Nm of torque, mated to either a five-speed manual or an AMT unit. The CNG version produces 68bhp and 95Nm of peak torque, coupled with a manual gearbox. The Exter’s ARAI-claimed mileage ranges from 19.4kmpl for the manual version to 19.2kmpl for the automatic, and an impressive 27.1km/kg for the CNG variant.
Meanwhile, the Nissan Magnite, with its recent BS6 Phase 2 update, equips itself with a 1.0-litre NA petrol engine and a more robust 1.0-litre turbo petrol engine. The naturally aspirated petrol motor churns out 71bhp and 96Nm of torque, while the turbo-petrol engine ups the ante with 99bhp and 152Nm of peak torque. Transmission options include a five-speed manual and a CVT unit for a versatile driving experience.
In conclusion, both the Hyundai Exter Vs Nissan Magnite offer compelling propositions in the sub-four metre SUV segment. The Exter leans on Hyundai’s reputation for feature-rich vehicles and a youthful design, while the Magnite carves its path with a well-rounded set of features and potent powertrain options. Your choice depends on your preferences and priorities – whether it’s space, features, or performance that takes the lead.