Hyundai Exter vs Tata Punch – Which SUV You Should Buy? Exter or Punch?

Hyundai Exter goes one-on-one with the Tata Punch!

Hyundai Motors India has officially launched the Exter SUV which competes with Tata Punch, and so we thought, why not we do a detailed comparison of the Exter against the Punch and find out if it’s worth buying over the Punch. Let’s find out shall we!

Hyundai Exter vs Tata Punch – Design

From the outside, the Exter has flat bonnet with a big Hyundai logo on it and the three-tier design nose. It has H-shaped LED DRLs that are connected via a black strip and the headlamps are square shape that are halogen projector headlights. Then there is the body cladding finished in matte black all over the car to contribute towards the Exter’s looks. Moving to the side, you’ll realize the SUV has boxy shape. The doors seems to be big enough to accommodate easy in’s and out’s of the SUV. The alloy wheels, roof rails, A and B-pillars has the dual-tone treatment, and the SUV is equipped with 15-inch alloy wheels. At the rear, it has an upright tailgate with the rear windshield slightly tilted, shark fin antenna at the top, small roof-spoiler, flat and tall rear bumper with dual-tone finished. The taillamps has an H-shaped in them with a big black panel and big 2D Hyundai logo at the center.

The front of the Punch has blacked out element with three tri-arrow holes 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, and non-functional roof rails for design purpose. 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.

From the inside, the Hyundai Exter has an 8-inch infotainment system with two round dials on left and right of the system, and four buttons both the sides above the dials to control the infotainment system. The Exter comes with dual-tone dashboard theme option with round AC vents at the sides, and rectangular AC vents below the infotainment system. The Exter has a three-spoke multi-function steering wheel with digital instrument cluster, automatic climate control below the AC vents, single-pane sunroof on top, and dual dashcams – one behind the IRVM, and the other on the rear windshield. Moving to the rear, the seats are split in 60:40 ratio with the center passenger getting no headrest, rear AC vents, and it’ll have 6-speaker sound system.

As for the Punch, it has 7-inch infotainment system above the rectangular AC vents with dual-tone dashboard theme option as well. The Punch has a Semi-Digital infotainment system with three-spoke multi-function steering wheel, blue accents around the AC vents, and pedals finished in black. It has one USB charging pin at the front and not at the rear. However, moving to the rear, the seats are split in 60:40 ratio and has 6-speaker Harman sound system.

So, from the outside, the Punch looks way better than the Exter as it’s got polarising design at friend which some may like it, and some may not. From the inside, however, the Exter is much likeable than the Punch as even though the Punch looks spacious from the inside, the Exter just excels in design and comfort-wise.

Hyundai Exter vs Tata Punch – Dimensions

Hyundai ExterTata Punch
Ground Clearance185mm187mm
Boot Space391 litres366 litres
Fuel Tank Capacity37 litres – Petrol
60 litres – CNG
37 litres

In Dimensions, the Hyundai Exter measures 3815mm in length, 1710mm in width, and 1631mm in height. The Tata Punch on the hand measures 3827mm in length which is 12mm longer, 1742mm in width which is 32mm wider, and 1615mm in height which is 16mm shorter. The Exter has a ground clearance of 185mm, and wheelbase of 2450mm where as the Punch has a wheelbase of 2445mm, that is 5mm shorter, and ground clearance of 187mm that is 2mm higher. The Exter comes with a boot space of 391 litres where as the Punch comes with 366 litres boot space which is 25 litres small. Lastly, the Exter got a Petrol fuel tank of 37 litres which is the same for the Punch, and the Exter additionally, comes with CNG fuel option with CNG Cylinder of 60 litres. Only downside is that it sits in your boot eating almost all the storage space.

Hyundai Exter vs Tata Punch – Powertrain

Hyundai ExterTata Punch
Engine1.2-litre Kappa Engine1.2-litre Revoltron Engine
Power81.8 bhp117.74 bhp
Torque113.8 Nm115 Nm
Transmission5-speed MT, 5-speed AMT5-speed MT, 5-speed AT
Fuel Efficiency19.4 kmpl – MT
19.2 kmpl – AMT
20.9 kmpl

In Powertrains, both the SUV comes with a normal petrol engine. The Exter is powered by the 1.2-litre Kappa Engine which is a petrol engine producing 81.8 bhp and 113.8 Nm of torque paired to 5-speed Manual with 19.4 kmpl fuel economy, and 5-speed Automatic with 19.2 kmpl fuel economy. The Punch however is powered by the 1.2-litre Revoltron Engine which is a normal petrol engine producing 117.74 bhp and 115 Nm of torque paired to 5-speed Manual and Automatic Gearbox with 20.9 kmpl fuel economy.

Hyundai ExterTata Punch
Engine1.2-litre Bi-Fuel (CNG)
Power67.72 bhp
Torque95.2 Nm
Transmission5-speed MT
Fuel Efficiency27.10 km/kg

Other than the normal Petrol Powertrain, the Exter also comes with CNG Fuel as well which Tata Punch will also get sometime in the future. The Exter sports the 1.2-litre Bi-Fuel engine producing 67.72 bhp and 95.2 Nm of torque, comes with 5-speed Manual only with 27.10 km/kg fuel efficiency.

Hyundai Exter vs Tata Punch – Features

FeaturesHyundai ExterTata Punch
HeadlampsHalogen ProjectorHalogen Projector
Wheel Size and Type15-inch alloy wheels16-inch alloy wheels
Auto Power WindowYesYes
Seat UpholsteryFabricFabric
Rear AC ventsYes
Instrument Cluster4.2-inch Semi-Digital
Infotainment System8-inch7-inch
Android Auto/Apple CarplayWiredWired
Voice CommandsYesYes
Wireless Charging PadYes
Height Adjustable Driver SeatYesYes
Auto-Dimming IRVMYes
Cooled GloveboxYes

In Features, the Punch misses out on Cooled Glovebox, Wireless Charging Pad, Sunroof, rear AC vents, and big infotainment system. These features are present in the Hyundai Exter making it better than the Punch.

Safety FeaturesHyundai ExterTata Punch
AirbagsSix AirbagsTwo Airbags
CameraReverse-Parking CameraReverse-Parking Camera
Parking SensorRear Front
ABS with EBDYesYes
Traction ControlYesYes
Cruise ControlYesYes
Auto headlampsYesYes
Hill AssistYes
Disc BrakesFront DiscFront Disc

In Safety, the Punch misses out on Hill Assist, and Tyre-Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS). However, it’s worth noting that the Punch has 5-star Global NCAP safety rating, while the Exter hasn’t been tested yet, but in safety features, it’s better than the Punch.

Hyundai Exter vs Tata Punch – Price and Warranty

ModelPrice (ex-showroom)
Hyundai ExterRs. 6 lakh – Rs. 10 lakh
Tata PunchRs. 6 lakh – Rs. 9.52 lakh

The Hyundai Exter starts at Rs. 6 lakh for the base variant ‘EX’ and goes up to Rs. 10 lakh for the top variant, ‘SX (O) Connect AMT.’ The Tata Punch also starts at Rs. 6 lakh for the base variant ‘Pure’, and goes up to Rs. 9.52 lakh for the top variant, ‘Creative AMT IRA DT.’

As for the warranty, the Hyundai Exter has a warranty period of 3 years/1,00,000 km that can be extended up to 7 years/1,00,000 km, and Tata offers 3 years/1,00,000 km warranty period for the Punch and can be extended for additional 3 year/1,25,000 km.

Hyundai Exter vs Tata Punch – Verdict

In the end, the decision to buy which SUV depends totally on you, however, it is recommended to go for the Exter SUV as it comes with loads of features, good engine and fuel efficiency, spacious for 4 people, and is affordable. The Tata Punch also comes with decent amount of features, better fuel efficiency in Petrol than Exter, powerful engine, and the pricing is the same as Exter. So, if you’re looking for an affordable SUV with loads of features, then you should go for the Exter, otherwise, you can go ahead for the Punch given it’s slightly bigger in dimension than the Exter. So, which one are you going to choose?

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