Korean carmaker Hyundai has recently launched its much awaited compact SUV – Creta with prices starting from Rs 8.60 lakh for the base petrol and Rs 9.46 lakh for the base diesel (ex-showroom, New Delhi).
The Hyundai Creta will be offered with three engine options – 1.6-litre Gamma Dual VTVT petrol and 1.4-litre U2 CRDi diesel engine mated to a 6-speed manual transmission and 1.6-litre U2 CRDi VGT diesel which is being offered with a choice of either 6-speed manual or 6-spped automatic transmission.
Even prior to its market launch, the Hyundai Creta had attracted over 10,000 bookings in a matter of a few days. And if our sources are to be believed, since its launch, the customers have been bee lining in front of the Hyundai showrooms across India for the Creta.
So what really sets the Hyundai Creta apart from its competition? Will it be able to pose a threat to accomplished rivals like the Renault Duster and Ford EcoSport? Can it edge out the Nissan Terrano? We finally got behind the wheel of the new Hyundai Creta and took it for a spin from Pune to Lonavala and back. Here’s the lowdown on this new compact SUV from Hyundai, which is sure to shake up this increasingly-crowded segment a little more.
Design & Engineering
The Creta is based on Hyundai’s evolved ‘Fluidic Sculpture 2.0 Design philosophy’ which has already found wide acceptability and admiration among the Indian car buyers.
Lay your eyes on the Hyundai Creta from the front and you will notice a distinctive and bold three-bar hexagonal front grille flanked by striking bi-functional projector headlamps with LED positioning lamps. The stylish chrome radiator grille and skid plates lend a sporty appearance to the compact SUV. The 17-inch diamond cut alloy wheels add style quotient to the overall look of the Hyundai Creta.
Walk along the side of the Creta and you will witness a well pronounced beltline line that begins just beside the front wheel arch and run right till the rear tail lamp. This prominent character line is in perfect harmony with the SUV’s voluminous surface, and adds a touch of masculinity in the appearance of the Creta compact SUV.
The rear of the Hyundai Creta features a contemporary looking LED rear combination lamps and large bumper reflectors. The LED rear spoiler and rear skid plate looks stylish. The roof rail on the top adds functionality to the Hyundai Creta.
Discs on the front and drums at the rear ensure reassuring braking. The suspension set up of the Hyundai Creta comprises McPherson strut on the front (commonly used on front wheel drive vehicles) and coupled torsion beam axle at the rear. The suspensions are very well-tuned for Indian road conditions and deliver good handling and ride quality. The Creta rides on 207/65 R16 tubeless tyres with the top SX(O) getting larger 215/60 R17 tyres. NVH levels are well contained with very little external noise being filtered into the passenger cabin.
The new Hyundai Creta is undoubtedly a good looking car and is sure to turn many heads on the road. It’s stylish, dynamic, and contemporary and will be available in seven colour schemes – Sleek Silver, Stardust, Phantom Black, Mystic Blue, Red Passion, Pearl Beige and Polar White.
Interiors & Comfort
Step inside the Hyundai Creta and you are greeted with a premium and classy looking two-tone beige and black interior. The Creta offers a spacious cabin with generous head, leg and shoulder room for the front and second row passengers with well bolstered and comfortable seats with a 60:40 split at the rear. The dashboard looks contemporary and neat. Hyundai has done away with a lot of switches and controls making the control panel clutter free. The quality of plastic used are of decent quality and fit and finish is good.
The Creta SX(O) that we tested came equipped with premium leather seats (available on top-trim only), fully automatic temperature control with cluster ionizer, electric folding ORVMs, rear AC vents, smart key with push button start, steering mounted audio and Bluetooth controls, rear seat centre armrest with cup-holders, front console armrest with storage box, and two 12V charging sockets.
Hyundai Creta features the next generation infotainment system for effortless connectivity for all gadgets and devices. The SUV’s multimedia system boasts of 7-inch Audio Video Navigation (AVN) and with 6-speakers sound system. The AVN system features advance touch interface, user friendly maps, video playing and image viewing capability through USB, Bluetooth support and rear camera display. Adding to the entertainment package is an option of 5-inch touch screen audio system that features auxiliary-input, IPod, USB, MP3, CD, and Bluetooth support.
The Hyundai Creta comes with an adequately spacious boot that will prove sufficient for the weekend getaways. The flatbed rear seats can be folded down to create more luggage space if the need arises.
Performance & Handling
The Hyundai Creta will be offered with three engine options – 1.6-litre Gamma Dual VTVT petrol, 1.6-litre U2 CRDi VGT diesel and 1.4-litre U2 CRDi diesel engine. The engines are mated to 6-speed manual transmission with the 1.6-litre diesel also being offered with a 6-speed automatic transmission.
The 1.6-litre petrol delivers 123 PS of maximum power at 6,400 rpm and peak torque of 151 Nm at 4,850 rpm. The 1.4-litre diesel produces 90 PS of maximum power at 4,000 rpm and peak torque of 220 Nm between 1,500 to 2,750 rpm, while the 1.6-litre diesel delivers 128 PS of maximum power at 4,000 rpm and 260 Nm of peak torque between 1,900 to 2,750 rpm.
The Hyundai Creta 1.6-litre SX(O) diesel that we tested comes to life at the touch of the start/stop button. There is no significant clatter once the engine is fired and cruises smoothly and quietly till about 1,500 rpm beyond which the engine starts feeling a little gruff.
The is noticeable turbo lag till about the 1,800 rpm mark after which the engine gets into its comfort zone, responses well and deliver linear torque. Both handling and ride quality is good with a well-tuned suspension absorbing bumps and uneven stretches on the road. There is some amount of body roll as is almost inevitable with a SUV, but it is well contained and doesn’t unnerve the passenger. Never did the Hyundai Creta feel as if it was losing control or composure.
The automatic transmission is slightly lousy, and doesn’t shift as smoothly as we would have liked. In comparison, the 1.6-litre diesel mated to the 6-speed manual transmission is the better of the two and a sheer joy to drive. Steering feedback is very good, with a feather light feel at ideal and steadily weighing up as the speed increases.
The 1.6-litre Gamma Dual VTVT petrol engine boasts of an ARAI-ratified mileage of 15.29 kmpl, while the 1.6-litre U2 CRDi VGT diesel engine claims 19.67 kmpl (MT) and 17.01 kmpl (AT) respectively. The 1.4-litre U2 CRDi diesel engine promises to deliver 21.38 kmpl as per ARAI certification. Although we didn’t get an opportunity to perform a proper mileage test, however, Hyundai’s engines are known to be quite frugal and easy on the pocket.
The Hyundai Creta SX (O) top-trim that we tested comes equipped with an array of safety features that include 6 airbags, Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), reverse parking camera with steering adaptive guidelines and sensors, Electronic Stability Control (ESC), Vehicle Stability Management (VSM), Hill Start Assist control (HAC), speed sensing auto door lock, height adjustable front seat belts, and lane changing flash adjustment. Mind you, that most of the above mentioned safety features aren’t available even on the mid-level variants. So if safety is high on your priority list, then you have to consider opting for the SX(O) trim only. Engine immobilizer and ABS comes as standard across model range.
The Hyundai Creta is a competitively priced and well-engineered product. The Creta is striking in looks and boasts of spacious interior with generous boot space. The two-tone beige and black interior looks premium and classy. The 1.6-litre diesel engine is responsive once you overcome the initial turbo lag. Handling and ride quality are impressive with a well-tuned suspension set up and well contained body roll. In my opinion, the SX(O) trim will be a major volume driver as it comes loaded with comfort, convenience and safety features. ARAI-ratified fuel efficiency figures are quite impressive and although those figures may be impossible to attain in the real world driving scenario, however, Hyundai powertrains are known to be decently frugal. Finally, let’s not forget that Hyundai is now a household name in India and the brand stands for reliability and peace of mine. So, taking everything into consideration, the Hyundai Creta is a very competent product and pose a tough challenge to its rivals.
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