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The Exter, Hyundai’s latest micro SUV for the Indian market, is poised to be a formidable competitor to Tata Punch, which has already garnered significant popularity since its October 2021 launch, consistently recording monthly domestic sales figures of 10,000-11,000 units.

The Exter presents a difficult proposition for the Punch, not only because of its competitive pricing but also because of its extensive feature set. Let us go into detail in comparison of these two micro suvs.

Hyundai Exter vs Tata Punch- A Detailed Comparison of Micro SUVs

The dimensions of the Exter and Punch are similar; however, the Punch has a longer and wider frame, while the Exter is taller. Notably, the Korean SUV has a slightly longer wheelbase (2450mm) than its Indian rival (2445mm). The specific measurements are as follows:

Wheel Base2445mm2450mm
Ground Clearance187mm185mm

Hyundai Exter vs Tata Punch: Powertrain Specifications

The powertrain options for both vehicles are a critical aspect of the comparison. Both the Exter and the Punch are powered by 1.2-liter petrol engines. The Exter has a 4-cylinder engine that produces 82 bhp and 113.8 Nm of peak torque, while the Punch has a 3-cylinder engine that produces 86 bhp and 115 Nm of peak torque. Both engines are available with either a 5-speed manual or a 5-speed AMT transmission. The following are the engine specifications:

Hyundai Exter comes with 1197cc Kappa petrol/1197cc bi-fuel Kappa Petrol CNG engine powered 81.80hp at 6000 RPM with a maximum torque of 113.8Nm. The engines are mated to a 5-speed manual /AMT.

On the other hand, The tata Punch comes with a 1199cc Revetron petrol engine powered at @86.63bhp with 115Nm of peak torque. The mill is mated to a 5-speed Manual /AMT.

The Exter also comes with a CNG powertrain powered by the same 1.2-liter Kappa petrol engine, which produces 68 bhp and 95.2 Nm of torque while maintaining an impressive fuel economy of 27.1 km/kg. However, the Tata Punch does not currently offer a CNG variant.

Hyundai Exter vs Tata Punch: Features

In terms of features, the Hyundai Exter clearly outperforms the Tata Punch. The Korean crossover has several first-in-class features, including an electric sunroof, onboard navigation, OTA updates, a dashcam with dual cameras, a wireless charging pad, rear AC vents with power outlets, and paddle shifters in automatic variants.

Both vehicles support Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, but the Exter outperforms the Punch with over 92 embedded voice commands and over 60 connected car features via BlueLink.

Safety features also favor the Exter, which comes standard with 6 airbags across all variants, whereas the Punch only comes standard with 2 airbags. Furthermore, the Exter has extra safety features like electronic stability control, vehicle stability management, hill assist control, and a burglar alarm that the Punch does not have.

Hyundai Exter vs Tata Punch: Price Range

Hyundai Exter prices range from Rs 6.00 lakh to Rs 10.10 lakh for the top-spec trim, while Tata Punch prices range from Rs 6.00 lakh to Rs 9.52 lakh (all prices ex-showroom).

To delve deeper into the price comparison:

Hyundai Exter:
  • Petrol MT: Rs 5.99 lakh – Rs 9.42 lakh
  • Petrol AMT: Rs 7.97 lakh – Rs 10.10 lakh
  • -CNG: Rs 8.24 lakh – Rs 8.97 lakh
Tata Punch:
  • Petrol MT: Rs 5.99 lakh – Rs 8.92 lakh
  • Petrol AMT: Rs 7.49 lakh – Rs 9.52 lakh

While the base variants of both models are priced the same, the Exter’s top-end trims, particularly the AMT variants of the top-spec SX(O) Connect, are significantly more expensive than the Punch’s corresponding top-end trims. However, it is important to note that the Hyundai Exter justifies its premium with a plethora of feature-rich equipment that provides excellent value for money.

In conclusion, the Hyundai Exter emerges as a compelling option, offering a well-rounded package of style, features, and performance, positioning itself as a strong contender in the micro SUV segment against the popular Tata Punch.

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Mansoor Ali, a Feature Writer, embarked on his journey five years ago with, fueled by his enthusiasm for cars. Starting as an eager journalist, he quickly became a seasoned professional, expanding his expertise to cover both bikes and cars. (Full Bio)