Hyundai Exter vs Tata Punch – Which SUV Should You Buy?
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The Hyundai Exter micro-SUV has finally been launched in India, with prices ranging between Rs 6 lakh and Rs 10.09 lakh (introductory, ex-showroom India). The Exter goes up against the already-established Tata Punch. So here we have compared both these offerings to see which model offers the best value.
|Hyundai Exter||Tata Punch|
|Engine||1.2-litre petrol||1.2-litre petrol|
|No of Cylinders||4||3|
|Gearbox||5-speed MT / AMT||5-speed MT / AMT|
|Claimed Mileage||19.4 kmpl (petrol-manual), 19.2 kmpl (petrol-AMT), 27.1 km/kg (CNG)||18.97 km/l (Manual), 18.82km/l (AMT), 26.99 km/kg (CNG)|
- Both the Hyundai Exter and Tata Punch come with a 1.2-litre naturally aspirated petrol engine; however, the Korean SUV has a more sophisticated 4-cylinder unit which we have already seen in the Grand i10 Nios and Aura. This engine is known for its reliability and butter-smooth operations. On the other hand, the Punch’s 3-cylinder unit has NVH issues.
- Both the SUVs get manual and AMT transmission choices.
- The Exter CNG offers an impressive fuel efficiency of 27.1 km/kg, while the Punch CNG claims 26.99 km/kg.
- Unlike Exter which gets a huge single CNG tank in the boot, the Punch CNG benefits from the carmaker’s twin-cylinder technology that provides useable luggage space.
|Hyundai Exter||Tata Punch|
|Boot Capacity||TBU||366 litres (as per ISO V215)|
Dimension-wise, the Tata Punch is slightly longer and wider than the Hyundai Exter. However, the difference isn’t significant enough. Both the SUVs also share almost similar length of wheelbase.
|Features||Hyundai Exter||Tata Punch|
|Sunroof||✅ (Single-pane)||✅ (Single-pane)|
|Dash-Camera||✅ (Dual Dashcam)||❌|
|Apple Carplay and Android Auto||✅||✅|
|Connected Car Tech||✅||✅|
|Wireless Smartphone Charger||✅||❌|
|Premium Sound System||❌||✅ (Harman Sound System)|
|Instrument Cluster||Digital||Semi-digital with 7-inch TFT|
|Auto Climate Control||✅||✅|
|Rear AC Vents||✅||❌|
|Steering Mounted Controls||✅||✅|
|Height Adjustable Driver Seat||✅||✅|
|Keyless Entry With Push Button Start||✅||✅|
|Front Armrest||❌||✅ (Individual type)|
|Rear Parking Camera||✅||✅|
|No of Airbags||6 (standard)||2|
|Hill Hold Assist||✅||❌|
|Seat Belt Reminder For All Seats||✅||❌|
|3-Point Seat Belts For All||✅||❌|
|Tyre Pressure Monitoring System||✅||❌|
Both the Hyundai Exter and Tata Punch are well-loaded. However, the Exter has an edge with its plethora of additional comfort, safety and convenience offerings, surpassing the Punch in terms of features.
|Hyundai Exter||Petrol: Rs 6 – 9.99 lakh|
CNG: Rs 8.24 – 8.97 lakh
|Tata Punch||Petrol: Rs 6 – 10.10 lakh|
CNG: Rs 7.10 – 9.68 lakh
On paper, the Hyundai Exter appears highly promising and competitive. Compared to the Punch, the Exter boasts tons of additional features and more sophisticated engine options with higher fuel efficiency. It is definitely worth exploring before making a final decision.