The most prominent feature of the new Santro is the seven-inch touchscreen infotainment system. Borrowed from the Grand i10, the touchscreen system supports Android Auto, Apple CarPlay and Mirrorlink, which is a segment first. The fit and finish of the dual-tone black-beige dashboard feel like it belongs to a car that is at least a segment or two higher.
The Mercedes-Benz styled air vents look great but somehow don’t match the rest of the cabin’s design. The rubberised buttons and plastic knobs feel nice to touch. The analogue/digital instrument cluster is informative and easy to read. The steering-mounted controls are sleek and non-intrusive.
The equipment list on the top-spec Asta trim boasts of many first-in-segment features such as rear camera, electric ORVMs with turn-indicators, a comprehensive trip computer, USB and 12V ports. We couldn’t find AUX input though. On the flip side, a nice set of factory-fitted alloy wheels will make the Santro so much more enticing.
The Santro, being a global product, is compatible with all the crash norms. Each trim is equipped with ABS with EBD and a driver-side airbag as standard. The top-spec trim also gets passenger airbag, central locking, rear defogger, keyless entry, speed sensing and impact sensing auto-door locks.
Weirdly though, Hyundai has omitted a chrome finish for the steering wheel logo and on the gear lever. Also, the air-con slider switch below the HVAC controls feels old and basic, especially for such a modern car.