2024 Hyundai Exter: Is this compact SUV the best bang for your buck?

2024 Hyundai Exter. Photo:  Hyundai Nepal
2024 Hyundai Exter. Photo: Hyundai Nepal

Hyundai has been successful in Nepal in all areas, especially the compact SUV area. Recently, it launched its new compact SUV, the Hyundai Exter in Nepal. The compact SUV, which won the Indian Car of the Year 2024, was seen first during the NADA Auto Show 2023.

With the compact SUV market seemingly increasing in Nepal, the competition has increased quite a bit with a range of options from different car brands. The car competes with other cars in the same segment like the Nissan Magnite, Maruti Suzuki Fronx, Tata Punch, Citroen C3 and the Tata Tiago in Nepal.

With some of the first-in-segment features, the Hyundai Exter has already got a lot of appreciation in the Nepali market. The car is available in three variants which differ in features and few specs.

Let us see what the compact SUV offers in terms of specs.

Specifications of Hyundai Exter

DimensionsLength: 3,815mm
Width: 1,710mm
Height: 1,631 mm
Kerb weight999 kg
Wheelbase2,450 mm
Ground Clearance 185mm
Fuel tank37 litres
Engine1.2 litre Kappa Dual VTVT Petrol, 4-cylinder
Engine capacity1197 cc
Maximum power61 kW @ 6000 rpm
Maximum torque 113.8 Nm @ 4000 rpm
Emission standardBS6
Top speed150 kmph
Transmission type5-Speed Manual / Smart Auto AMT
Drive trainFWD
SuspensionFront: McPherson strut
Rear: Coupled torsion beam axle
BrakesFront: Disc
Rear: Drum
Tyres165/70 R14 steel (EX)

165/70 R14 Full wheel cover (S)

175/65 R15 Dual tone styled steel wheel (SX)
Boot space391 litres
ColoursCosmic Blue | Alas White | Ranger Khaki | Starry Night | Fiery Red | Titan Grey
PriceEX: Rs 3,496,000
S: Rs 4,096,000
SX: Rs 4,496,000



The Hyundai Exter has a unique modern design with a parametric design front grille and wide front skid plate. The striking and signature feature is the H-shaped LED DRLs which look similar to the 2024 Hyundai Santa FE.

2024 Hyundai Exter H-shaped DRLs. Photo:  Hyundai Nepal
Photo: Hyundai Nepal

The Santa FE is a full-fledged SUV with modern features and comfort. The projector bi-function headlamps are situated just below the DRLs. With a unique front end, the Exter has attracted many people.

2024 Hyundai Exter front. Photo:  Hyundai Nepal
Photo: Hyundai Nepal

Front the side, it has striking lines and sports doors. The wheel design differs according to the variant. The EX variant has 14-inch steel wheels, the S variant has a full-wheel cover whereas the SX variant has dual-tone styled diamond cut alloy wheels. The roof extends to the back with a sporty spoiler. The dual-tone black colour options available make the car look very sporty and elegant. It also has black roof rails.

2024 Hyundai Exter side. Photo:  Hyundai Nepal
Photo: Hyundai Nepal

Coming to the rear, the Hyundai Exter has dynamic unique styling. The signature H-shaped LED taillamps give a unique look contemplating the front. The indicators are halogen which are situated just below the taillamp. The rear skid plate is silver in colour and also carries a sporty look.

2024 Hyundai Exter taillamp. Photo:  Hyundai Nepal
Photo: Hyundai Nepal


Coming to the interior, the Hyundai Exter has a spacious interior with a focus on space and comfort. The sporty black interiors are available in three colour styles; Light Sage, Cosmic Blue, or Silver. The front has a modern and simple design on the front dash.

2024 Hyundai Exter interior. Photo:  Hyundai Nepal
Photo: Hyundai Nepal

The steering wheel is round and comfortable with buttons for modes, volume call, ok and cancel. Just in front is the digital instrument cluster which has a simple and modern UI which displays information such as speed, rpm, tyre pressure, fuel, range, time and trip meter.

2024 Hyundai Exter interior. Photo:  Hyundai Nepal
Photo: Hyundai Nepal

The Hyundai Exter has an 8-inch infotainment system which is modern and simple easy-to-use UI. It has support for both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The higher trim options also have voice recognition and Home to Car with Alexa. The infotainment system displays information for navigation, music, audio, calls and car information.

2024 Hyundai Exter interior footwell lighting. Photo:  Hyundai Nepal
Photo: Hyundai Nepal

The Hyundai Exter has foot lighting which enhances the interior look. Coming to the centre console, the AC vents are black-coloured and are situated just below the infotainment system. The climate control buttons and knobs are situated just below the AC vents. There is one USB-C and one USB-A with a wireless charging pad to charge up devices and smartphones. The gearbox differs according to the transmission either manual or automatic.

2024 Hyundai Exter centre console. Photo:  Hyundai Nepal
Photo: Hyundai Nepal

The seats on the Hyundai Exter are comfortable. The front seats are slightly sporty with a bucket seat-type design. The rear seats can carry three passengers and are comfortable with enough headroom and legroom. The seats have options for either fabric or fabric and leather. The rear passengers also have AC vents which can be operated from the front.

2024 Hyundai Exter seats. Photo:  Hyundai Nepal
Photo: Hyundai Nepal

The Hyundai Exter even though being a compact SUV has a sunroof which is smart electric. The boot space is decent with space for about 391 litres.

2024 Hyundai Exter sunroof. Photo:  Hyundai Nepal
Photo: Hyundai Nepal


The Hyundai EXTER is powered by a 1.2-litre Kappa Dual VTVT petrol engine with a 4-cylinder setup with an engine capacity of 1197 cc. It offers a maximum power output of 61 kW at 6000 rpm and a peak torque of 113.8 Nm at 4000 rpm. With the BS6 emission standard, this car ensures cleaner and more environmentally friendly driving. It has a top speed of 150 kmph providing a balanced mix of power and efficiency. Its transmission options include a 5-speed manual gearbox or a Smart Auto AMT coupled with a front-wheel-drive (FWD) system.

2024 Hyundai Exter engine. Photo:  Hyundai Nepal
Photo: Hyundai Nepal

The suspension system of the Hyundai EXTER includes a McPherson strut at the front and a coupled torsion beam axle at the rear. The braking setup consists of disc brakes at the front and drum brakes at the rear with ABS and EBD. Depending on the variant, the car comes with different tyre options, including 165/70 R14 steel or full wheel cover, and 175/65 R15 dual-tone styled steel wheels.

Safety and Features

The Hyundai Exter prioritizes safety with a range of advanced features. It includes airbags for both the driver and passenger, as well as side and curtain airbags in the event of a collision. It is equipped with a dashcam featuring dual cameras and a tyre pressure monitoring system.

2024 Hyundai Exter Airbags Photo:  Hyundai Nepal
Photo: Hyundai Nepal

The Exter comes with essential safety technologies such as ABS (anti-lock braking system) with EBD, electronic stability control (ESC), hill start assist control (HAC), and vehicle stability management (VSM), ensuring stability and control in all conditions. The car also features rear parking sensors with static guidelines, a rear camera with dynamic guidelines and other conveniences like a rear defogger, automatic headlamps, central locking and keyless entry.

The features of the Hyundai Exter are as follows:

  • 1.2 l Kappa petrol MT and 1.2 l Kappa petrol AT (S and SX)
  • Projector headlamps (Bi-Function)
  • LED DRLs and LED taillamps
  • Diamond Cut Alloy wheels
  • Sharkfin Antenna
  • Footwell lighting
  • Sporty seats
  • Digital instrument cluster
  • 8-inch infotainment system
  • Ambient Sounds of Nature
  • Over-the-air (OTA) update for map & infotainment
  • Steering wheel with audio & Bluetooth controls
  • Smart Electric Sunroof
  • Wireless phone charger
  • Rear AC vents
  • 6 Airbags standard
  • Electronic Stability Control
  • Hill-start assist control (HAC)
  • ISOFIX, points
  • Rear parking camera
  • Tyre Pressure Monitoring System
2024 Hyundai Exter HAC. Photo:  Hyundai Nepal
Photo: Hyundai Nepal

The Hyundai Exter offers an array of colour options including Cosmic Blue, Alas White, Ranger Khaki, Starry Night, Fiery Red, and Titan Grey.

The Hyundai Exter is available in three variants and costs Rs 3,496,000 for the EX variant, Rs 4,096,000 for the S variant and Rs 4,496,000 for the SX variant.

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