GoMechanic got its hands on the all-new 2020 Hyundai Aura for a full day. Without wasting any time, we got to work checking out all the features, engine specifications, safety equipment and then some. Ladies and gentlemen here is an in-depth and personal review of Hyundai’s answer to the Maruti Suzuki Dzire; the Aura.

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The Aura is a sub-4-meter sedan competing against the likes of the Maruti Suzuki Dzire, Honda Amaze, Ford Figo Aspire, Volkswagen Ameo and the Tata Tigor in India. The Hyundai Aura was launched in India on 21st January 2020 with prices starting at Rs. 5.80 lakh to Rs. 9.22 lakh (Ex-Showroom, Delhi).

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The Hyundai Aura is a direct replacement for the now ageing Hyundai Xcent (as was the Grand i10 Nios for the old Grand i10). But fret not! new Hyundai Aura will not be your next OLA or UBER ride as the Hyundai Xcent will still be on sale to cab and fleet drivers.

Hyundai Aura Variants

The Hyundai Aura comes in a total of 12 variant across Petrol, Diesel and CNG line-up:

Car Model Engine Transmission Fuel Type
Aura E 1186cc Inline 4-cyl Manual Petrol
Aura S 1186cc Inline 4-cyl Manual Petrol
Aura S AMT 1186cc Inline 4-cyl AMT Petrol
Aura S CNG 1186cc Inline 4cyl Manual Petrol+CNG
Aura SX 1197cc Inline 4-cyl Manual Petrol
Aura S Diesel 1186cc Inline 4-cyl Manual Diesel
Aura SX (O) 1197cc Inline 4-cyl Manual Petrol
Aura SX Plus AMT 1186cc Inline 4-cyl AMT Petrol
Aura S AMT Diesel 1186cc Inline 4-cyl AMT Diesel
Aura SX Plus Turbo 998cc 4-cyl Turbocharged Manual Petrol
Aura SX (O) Diesel 1186cc Inline 4-cyl Manual Diesel
Aura SX Plus AMT Diesel 1186cc Inline 4-cyl AMT Diesel

Hyundai Aura Colour Options

Hyundai Aura Front Right Profile
Hyundai Aura Front Right Profile | Hyundai Aura Review

The Hyundai Aura comes in 6 colours options:

  • Vintage Brown
  • Alpha Blue
  • Fiery Red
  • Titan Grey
  • Typhoon Silver
  • Polar White

Hyundai Aura Design and Dimensions

The Hyundai Aura is basically an extended Hyundai Grand i10 Nios. Like almost all cars in this segment are; The Dzire (Swift), Tigor(Tiago) or Aspire(Figo). The Aura follows the same philosophy of the older Grand i10 and the Xcent sedan. No rocket science here.

Hyundai Aura Driving Position | Hyundai Aura Review
Hyundai Aura Driving Position | Hyundai Aura Review
Car Dimensions Hyundai Aura
Length 3,995 mm
Width 1,680 mm
Height 1,520 mm
Wheelbase 2,450 mm

The car gets a decent boot space with a total capacity of 402 litres, against Maruti Dzire’s 378 litres. The Aura can very easily seat 5 passengers inside the cabin.

Hyundai Aura Rear Leg Space
Hyundai Aura Rear Leg Space | Hyundai Aura Review

We found the leg space and thigh support in the rear to be adequate however, for anyone above 5’10” might find the headspace to be a tad bit cramped. The seat is fabric and offers a plush and comfortable ride.

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The Hyundai Aura get fixed headrests upfront whereas the Maruti Dzire offers adjustable ones.

Hyundai Aura Rear AC
Hyundai Aura Rear AC | Hyundai Aura Review

You also get dedicated AC vents for the rear passenger and an armrest and headrests (may vary across variants) if seating 4 passengers.

Hyundai Aura Front Disc Brakes
Hyundai Aura Front Disc Brakes | Hyundai Aura Review

The Hyundai Aura gets disc brakes up front with drum brakes doing duty at the back. The braking on the Aura is responsive and confident.

Hyundai Aura Tyres_Rim
Hyundai Aura Tyres/Rim | Hyundai Aura Review

The Aura runs on with 175/60 R15 MRF ZVTS EcoTred tyres wrapped around diamond-cut polished 15-inch alloy wheels (same as the Maruti Suzuki Dzire).

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Hyundai Aura Exterior

Hyundai Aura DRLs
Hyundai Aura DRLs | Hyundai Aura Review

On the face, the Aura gets a hexagonal grille and the twin set of LED “Boomerang” DRLs (as opposed to a single set on the Grand i10). The car also gets a projector-halogen setup, however, an LED unit would’ve worked great. On the bumper, you can find a pair of fog lamps or side lamps (halogen) neatly integrated within a triangular housing.

Hyundai Aura Fog Lamps
Hyundai Aura Fog Lamps | Hyundai Aura Review

The Hyundai Aura gets an all-halogen projector setup, even on the top variant. The Maruti Dzire, on the contrary, offers a LED projector unit with automatic headlamp function.

Hyundai Aura Headlights
Hyundai Aura Headlights | Hyundai Aura Review

The rear profile of the car is where things start to get interesting. Hyundai has tried to give the Aura a coupe-ish look with the black C-pillar. The design is purely subjective to one’s opinion but we found it a bit out-of-proportion.

Hyundai Aura Rear Right Profile
Hyundai Aura Rear Right Profile | Hyundai Aura Review

Moving further, we get to see z-shaped LED wrap-around tail lamps with the 3D outer lens with a strip of chrome running across the boot lid. Here you can also observe the A U R A lettering, similar to that on the Hyundai Venue. The rear bumper is well-sculpted housing the number plate, rear camera and the two parking sensors.

Hyundai Aura Interior

Hyundai Aura Dashboard
Hyundai Aura Dashboard | Hyundai Aura Review

The interior of the Hyundai Aura is the same as seen on the Grand i10 Nios. Starting from the driver side, the car gets a multi-function steering wheel with media and Bluetooth telephony along with Cruise Control. The car gets a hexagonal-shaped “crash pad” on the passenger side.

Hyundai Aura Centre Console
Hyundai Aura Centre Console | Hyundai Aura Review

On the centre, you get an 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. Below the infotainment system is the automatic climate control and a load of new features such as two USB charging ports, wireless Qi charging for mobile phones and a rear-view camera. The rear-view camera is not adaptive and can be switched on even when the car is moving forward.

Hyundai Aura Wireless Charger
Hyundai Aura Wireless Charger | Hyundai Aura Review

The Hyundai Aura also gets a Start/Stop button. Additional features include electrically adjustable and folding ORVMS (Outside Rear View Mirrors), keyless entry, high-speed alert, speed sensing door lock and impact sensing door unlock function.

Hyundai Aura Start_Stop Button
Hyundai Aura Start/Stop Button | Hyundai Aura Review

The Hyundai Aura has got a nice soft-touch steering wheel with all the media controls neatly integrated to it. We especially like the Aura’s better fit and finish as compared to the Maruti Swift Dzire.

Hyundai Aura Air Vent
Hyundai Aura Air Vent | Hyundai Aura Review

The Air conditioner on the Hyundai Aura is at par with the Dzire and cools in no time. However, the month being January with the mercury at 11-degree celsius, it’s not a fair test.

Hyundai Aura Engine

Hyundai Aura 1.2 Kappa Petrol Engine
Hyundai Aura 1.2 Kappa Petrol Engine | Hyundai Aura Review

This is where the Hyundai Aura trumps the Maruti Dzire. The Aura gets a total of 3 engine options. All these engines are BS6 compliant.

Specifications 1.2-litre Kappa Petrol 1.2-litre U2 CRDi Diesel 1.0-litre Turbo GDI Petrol
Displacement 1,197 cc 1,186 cc 998 cc
Max Power (BHP) 82 bhp @ 6,000 rpm 74 bhp @ 4,000 rpm 98 bhp @ 6,000 rpm
Max Torque (NM) 114 Nm @ 4,000 rpm 190 Nm @ 1,750 – 2,250 rpm 171 Nm @ 4,000 rpm
Transmission 5-speed MT/AMT 5 speed Manual/AMT 5 speed Manual
ARAI Mileage 20.5 kmpl 25.35 kmpl 20.5 kmpl

It is to be noted that the 1.0-litre Petrol Turbocharged GDI engine in the Hyundai Aura only comes with a 5-speed manual gearbox.

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Hyundai Aura Gear Lever
Hyundai Aura Gear Lever | Hyundai Aura Review

Hyundai Aura Drivability

In terms of ride quality, there is no such difference between the Hyundai Aura and the Maruti Suzuki Dzire. The Aura offers a plush and comfortable ride quality. The suspension is tuned to sit on a softer side especially during high-speed highway runs.

The steering on the Hyundai Aura is extremely light and is a boon to use during choc-a-bloc city traffic. Though, we would have appreciated better feedback from the very-numb steering The car also performs brilliantly during hard and sudden braking.

Hyundai Aura Safety Features

Hyundai Aura Steering Wheel 2
Hyundai Aura Steering Wheel | Hyundai Aura Review

For safety, Hyundai has equipped the Aura with dual airbags, with ABS and EBD, with seatbelt reminder and ISOFIX child seat mounts from the base variant. You also get a rear-view camera with 2 sensors on higher variants.

Hyundai Aura Review | Is it better than the Maruti Swift?

In more than one ways… Yes, the Hyundai Aura is better than the Maruti Suzuki Dzire.

Hyundai Aura Side Profile
Hyundai Aura Side Profile | Hyundai Aura Review

The Hyundai Aura offers multiple engine options, which are all BS6 compliant. From the 1.2 Kappa Petrol, 1.2 UR CRDi and the 1.0 Turbo GDI are BS6 compliant. The 1.0-litre TGDI petrol engine is the same as found on the Hyundai Venue, just in a milder state of tune.

Hyundai Aura Rear Profile 2 (Doors Open)
Hyundai Aura Rear Profile 2 (Doors Open) | Hyundai Aura Review

Maruti offers the Dzire with two engine options; 1.2 litre BS6 compliant K-Series petrol engine and a Fiat-sourced 1.3-litres DDiS BS4 diesel engine. Maruti has officially confirmed the discontinuation of the 1,3-litre diesel unit.

Hyundai Aura Rear Profile (Doors Open)
Hyundai Aura Rear Profile (Doors Open) | Hyundai Aura Review

Hyundai also offers a company fitted CNG unit on the Hyundai Aura S variant only which you don’t get on the Maruti Dzire.

In terms of quality, the Hyundai Aura surpasses the Maruti Suzuki Dzire with more premium and rich elements. Whereas on the Dzire, you will find a few cost-cutting bits here and there.

Hyundai Aura Infotainment System
Hyundai Aura Infotainment System | Hyundai Aura Review

The touchscreen on the Hyundai Aura also feels more upmarket with a nice UI and responsive touch. The one on the Dzire though looks like an aftermarket afterthought. Maruti has updated almost all its existing cars with SmartPlay Studio, however, the Dzire has not been updated and still uses the now-defunct SmartPlay system.

Hyundai Aura Car Review
Hyundai Aura Car Review

In conclusion, if you are looking for a utilitarian and refined diesel sedan car, you can go for the Hyundai Aura Diesel.

If performance is the thing for you, we highly suggest the 1.0-litre turbocharged Hyundai Aura as your next car.

For petrol buyers, you should definitely go for the Maruti Dzire, as the K-Series engine is miles ahead in terms of fuel efficiency and refinement that the Aura’s Kappa Petrol Engine.

For CNG lovers, Hyundai offers the Aura S as the only model with a factory-fitted CNG kit. Maruti lags behind in this department.

13 COMMENTS

    • Hi Soumya,
      You have made the right choice. Hyundai Aura is better than the Maruti Suzuki Dzire in every aspect, be it the safety or the engine or the comfort. Stay tuned!

    • Hi Sridhar
      Considering the fact that Aura is a compact sedan, you will get decent bootspace with CNG. Space will be more than a hatch but you won’t be able to store any major item.

  1. I too bought Aura car. It is really amazing. But inky thing I found is it is directly starting on CNG, which I learnt that it should ideally start on petrol and then switch to CNG. Did any one face the same issue?

    • Hi Ashwin,
      You are absolutely right! The engine must start on petrol and then switch to CNG. Switching on CNG can damage the engine beyond repairs. It is highly advised that you get the car checked. You can always trust GoMechanic for any car-related problems. Download the app from the Playstore or book a service using the website link:
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      Stay tuned!

  2. I too bought Aura car. It is really amazing. But inky thing I found is it is directly starting on CNG, which I learnt that it should ideally start on petrol and then switch to CNG. Did any one face the same issue?

  3. Hi! I like Aura very much as far as driving comfort, interiors and boot is concerned. But I am worried about its safety. Is it a good car from safety aspects?

    • Hi Ankur
      The Hyundai Aura has not been tested by any of the NCAP associations. Therefore, we can’t comment anything on that. However, we can surely tell you that Tigor (its rival) has got a 4-star NCAP rating. This might help you choose the best for yourself. Good Luck!

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