Buy a pre-owned 2018-2020 Hyundai Santro

Posted on Dec. 2021 09:00:00

The Santro has long been a popular choice when it comes to well-equipped and practical small sedans. We help you buy a used one.

GOOD FOR: Space, easy to drive

WARNING : AMT gearbox, wear of the suspensions

New Santro, being reliable and practical, appears to be a good option for a second-hand purchase. However, here are a few things to note before making the purchase.

The original Santro was one of the most popular cars in India and it was renowned for its space, practicality and ease of driving. Hyundai re-launched the Santro nameplate with the launch of this new model in October 2018.

The new Santro is powered by an updated version of the Epsilon engine from the old Santro Xing. The 1,066cc four-cylinder – three valves per cylinder – is capable of producing 69hp and 99Nm when running on gasoline and 59hp and 84Nm when fueled with CNG. The petrol versions get either a 5-speed manual or a 5-speed AMT gearbox, while the CNG models only get the first.

The energy efficiency figures of the Santro evaluated by the ARAI are 20.3 kpl for the gasoline-manual and gasoline-AMT models. In our fuel-efficient races, the manual gasoline Santro delivered 12.69 kpl in the city and 19.12 kpl on the highway. AMT, meanwhile, returned 11 kpl and 18.6 kpl in our city and highway test loops, respectively. Santro CNG variants can travel 30.5 km on one kg of gas (ARAI).

The new Santro launched in five versions – D-Lite, Era, Magna, Sportz and Asta. However, only the manual petrol version was available in all five options at launch. The AMT and CNG petrol models could only be available in the mid-size Magna and Sportz versions.

However, Hyundai later introduced a top-of-the-range Asta AMT to Santro’s lineup. In terms of features, the top-of-the-line Asta comes with a 7-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, rear air vents, fog lights, electrically adjustable mirrors, remote locking, a Rear windscreen washer / wiper with defogger, steering wheel controls. , 14-inch steel wheels with wheel covers and power windows all around. Safety features of the Santro Asta include dual airbags, ABS, rear parking sensors, rear view camera and front seat belts with pretensioner and load limiter.

The interior performs well in terms of appearance and quality; Dana Green Santros gets an all-black theme.

Since it launched in nine different configurations, choosing the right one for you can be tricky. If you want a car that’s cheaper to drive and greener than a regular hatchback, the Santro CNG is for you. Otherwise, if you mostly run on congested city roads, gasoline-AMT is absolutely the one for you. The gasoline manual works well too, but the AMT gives you that added convenience for only a marginal difference in fuel economy.

In terms of variations, it is better to go for one of the top three versions. The base D-Lite and Era are really simple and only have a few features. If you are on a budget, it is better to go with the Magna or Sportz finish. The Sportz trim, in particular, offers all the features you would need, like the 7-inch touchscreen and electrically adjustable mirrors, among others. However, if budget is not an issue, it is better to go for the high-end Asta variants as they offer all the perks.

The Santro is a reliable car and is backed by Hyundai’s extensive service network in India. Spare parts are relatively inexpensive and easily accessible, which should provide buyers with peace of mind.

Buyer, beware …

Wear of the suspensions

Take a test drive and check if the car crashes excessively through potholes or makes squeaks. This is a sign of wear of the suspension bushes, which will need to be replaced.

AMT gearbox

During a test drive, also check to see if the car comes off the line smoothly and the AMT gearbox shifts smoothly. AMTs are susceptible to early clutch wear and some Santro owners have experienced this issue so it is best to test it before purchasing.


Before proceeding with the purchase, it is recommended to inspect the underbody of the car. The Santro doesn’t come with a lot of underbody protection from the factory, so it’s best to make sure there’s no damage or rust underneath.

Also worth knowing

While it’s rare, some owners have experienced issues with the Santro’s touchscreen, so it’s best to make sure it’s working properly. Other things, it is always advisable to check the condition of consumable parts like tires, brake pads and filters before making the purchase.

How much to spend

Rs 3.5 to 5.5 lakh

Paying between Rs 3.5 lakh and 5.5 lakh for a used Santro, depending on the engine-gearbox, trim level and mileage, is good value for money. The second-hand market demand for Santros is not high, so you have some negotiating room.

Would you like to buy a used Santro? Or would you choose something else? Let us know in the comments below.

Hyundai Santro specifications
Years of production 2018-present
New condition Rs 3.89 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi)
Motor 4 cylinders, 1066cc, gasoline
To be able to 69hp / 59hp (CNG)
Couple 99Nm / 84Nm (CNG)
Start space 235 liters

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