Hyundai Exter vs Tata Punch – Which is the better option?

Hyundai has unveiled the design sketch of the upcoming Exter and therefore it only makes sense to compare the Exter against the Tata Punch to see which one would be a better option.

Hyundai Exter vs Tata Punch – Exterior and Interior

Hyundai Motors India unveiled a design render of the Exter which features H-shaped LED DRLs with round-shaped projector headlamps and the parametric pattern front face. The bumpers on the Exter as seen in the render, will be finished in faux skid silver plate. If you didn’t know, the upcoming Exter is build on the Hyundai’s Grand i10 Nios platform, K1, which was first introduced in 2008 with the second-gen Hyundai Santro.

The front of the Punch has blacked out element that connects with the LED DRLs and Tata logo at the center. Below that is the tri-arrow grille that connects with the fog lamps and projector headlamps above them that are obviously halogen. At the side, there is slight cuts to have that punch look with 16-inch alloy wheels. At the rear, there is the tri-arrow treatment in the taillamps as well which are of course going to be LEDs and faux black skid plate.

Hyundai Exter has two-spoke multi-function steering wheel while the punch has three-spoke multi-function steering wheel. The Hyundai Exter has digital instrument cluster while the Punch has semi-digital instrument cluster. The Exter has 8-inch infotainment system while the Punch has 7-inch infotainment system with controls for the HVAC below. The Exter will have ambient lighting which the Punch doesn’t have.

Hyundai Exter vs Tata Punch – Dimensions

Hyundai ExterTata Punch
Boot Space301 litres366 litres
Fuel Tank Capacity35 litres37 litres

As you can see at the dimensions, the Exter has a length of 3595mm which is 232mm shorter than the Punch’s length of 3827mm. The Exter has a width of 1595mm which is 147mm less than the 1742mm width of Tata Punch. The Exter has a height of 1575mm while the Punch has 1615mm with 40mm difference. The wheelbase of the Exter will be 2400mm which is 45mm shorter than the 2445mm wheelbase of Punch. The Exter will have a boot space of 301 litres which is 65 litres less than the Punch’s 366 litres boot space. Lastly, the Exter will have 35 litres fuel tank while the Punch will have 37 litres fuel tank.

Hyundai Exter vs Tata Punch – Engine Options

Engine1.2-litre Kappa Engine1.0-litre turbo petrol1.2-litre Bi-Fuel
Power81.8 bhp120 bhp67.72 bhp
Torque113.8 Nm172 Nm95.2 Nm
Transmission5-speed MT, 5-speed AT5-speed MT, 7-speed DCT5-speed MT
Fuel Efficiency20.1 km/l18 km/l

The Hyundai Exter comes with a 1.2-litre petrol engine produces 81.8 bhp and 113.8 Nm of torque paired to a 5-speed Manual Transmission, and 5-speed Automatic Transmission with expected fuel efficiency of 20.1 km/l. It’ll also get one additional petrol engine which is 1.0-litre turbo petrol engine that puts out 120 bhp and 172 Nm of torque paired to 5-speed Manual Transmission and 7-speed DCT Transmission and expected fuel efficiency of 18 km/l.

The Exter could get a CNG option after it has launch, which will be the 1.2-litre Bi-Fuel which produces 67.72 bhp and 95 Nm of torque with 5-speed Manual Transmission only and no Automatic Transmission.

Engine1.2-litre Revoltron Engine
Power117.74 bhp
Torque115 Nm
Transmission5-speed MT, 5-speed AT
Fuel Efficiency20.9 km/l
Tata Punch Engine Options

The Tata Punch on the other hand, has the 1.2-litre Revoltron petrol engine that puts out 117.74 bhp and 115 Nm of torque paired a 5-speed Manual Transmission and 5-speed Automatic Transmission with a fuel efficiency of 20.9 km/l.

Hyundai Exter vs Tata Punch – Features

FeaturesHyundai ExterTata Punch
Wheel size & Tyre15-inch, alloy wheels16-inch, alloy wheels
Auto Power WindowYesYes
Seat upholsteryFabricFabric
ACAuto ACAuto AC
Rear AC ventYes
Instrument clusterDigitalSemi-digital
Infotainment System8-inch7-inch
Android Auto, Apple CarPlayYesYes
Sound System6-speaker Arkamy’s sound system6-speaker Harman sound system
Cooled GloveboxYesYes
Height adjustable driver seatYesYes

As you can see the only feature Tata Punch misses out is the rear AC vents and full digital instrument cluster.

Safety FeaturesHyundai ExterTata Punch
Airbags6 airbags2 Airbags
CameraReverse Parking cameraReverse Parking camera
Traction controlYes
Auto HeadlampsYesYes
ABS with EBDYesYes
Hill Start AssistYesYes
All 4 Disc brakesFront DiscFront Disc

As you can see at the safety features, the Exter misses out on Traction Control feature but not the Tata Punch.

Hyundai Exter vs Tata Punch – Price

ModelPrice (On-road)
Hyundai ExterExpected Rs. 6 lakh
Tata PunchRs. 7.09 lakh – Rs. 10.99 lakh

No official update on the pricing of the Exter, only name and design sketch has been revealed by Hyundai, but however, more information about the car will be revealed in the coming days. As for the Tata Punch, it literally 30 variants on offer as the starting price is Rs. 7.09 (on-road) for the ‘Pure’ variant and goes all the way up to Rs. 10.99 lakh for the ‘Creative IRA’ with Automatic Transmission and Dual tone option. 

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