Hyundai Creta Overview
Hyundai has been missing a sports utility vehicle in its India portfolio for a while now. Its earlier attempts at breaking into the SUV club weren’t very successful, except for the SantaFe, which, though it has not sold in big numbers, has still managed to gain a loyal following. However, the other SUVs that Hyundai launched earlier in the Indian market like the Tucson and Terracan couldn’t really manage much acceptance. Either they were too early into the market or Hyundai hadn’t grown in the Indian buyer’s mindspace as a manufacturer of premium vehicles.
Of course, the scenario has changed dramatically during the last five years and Hyundai has grown leaps and bounds in the buyer’s esteem with cars like the Grande i10 and the new i20. On the back of the success of these cars, Hyundai will now hope to break into the compact SUV segment with the Creta. The new vehicle will take on the likes of the Renault Duster, Nissan Terrano, the Ford EcoSport and the Maruti S-Cross, which will be launched before the Creta.With the rising popularity of the SUV body style, especially amongst sedan owners, there has been a steady increase in demand for compact SUVs. The Creta will likely be positioned and priced aggressively to fit into this slot. Hyundai Creta price range in India is between 9,29,000/- to 14,92,239/, check for detail pricing of Creta in Carzprice
Hyundai Creta Design
The Creta is sculpted following the Korean giant’s latest design philosophy Fluidic Sculpture 2.0, which is lot less fluidic compared to the last generation of design and has added creases on the body to provide strong and more muscular feeling.The Creta’s styling has been heavily inspired from the bigger ix35 SUV, the sharp swooping headlamps with daytime running lamps (DRLs) placed towards the lower side of the headlamp fills the space on either side of newly designed hexagonal shaped chrome grille which also holds the Hyundai logo in the middle and helps in creating a dynamic view of the vehicle from front.
While the two large air dams on either side fills up the empty space and the integrated bumper design with a strong line dividing the upper and lower portion makes the vehicle appear smart, the china spec SUV also has integrated fog lamps placed in the lower bumper area. The lower body cladding forms a strong base around the vehicle. With black base and chrome colored highlights helps in giving the ix25 look rugged, it continues to from a ring around the vehicle which also makes the vehicle look very well-proportioned and helps in reducing the overall mass.
Towards the side profile the Creta will comes with an impressive ground clearance of 190 mm and also big wheels to give this compact vehicle a proper SUV like feel. While you can also notice the muscular wheel arches towards the front and rear which also adds character to the compact SUV.Towards the rear the broad C pillar might interfere a little and block the proper view of those sitting at the rear seat which is also the problem with Hyundai’s many other hatches including the Eon. While towards the rear you will notice the split taillamps and the tailgate with the fluidic sculpture type design while the roof spoiler and the presence of Black elements in the rear bumper makes the rear profile of the SUV appear sporty.The Hyundai Creta looks like a smaller version of the Korean auto manufacturers only SUV offering in India the Santa Fe and although it may not look as muscular as the bigger Santa Fe but it surely looks attractive and more like an urban SUV.
Hyundai Creta Cabin
Just like every other Hyundai product the Creta’s interior too looks premium and quite upmarket. The dashboard in particular appears simple with the silver accents and the premium 7 inch touchscreen system available with the top end SX (O) trim, while just on the lower half of the dash you will find the climate control knobs which looks a lot similar to the newly launched Elite i20. Just beside the steering wheel you will find the push button start which too is available only with the top end trim, while the audio controls are also available on the steering wheel.
The Creta offers an impressive leg room for the rear seat passengers, the seats in particular looks comfortable too. However we do feel that the window angle is positioned a little higher than usual which might cause a bit of problem for the rear seat occupants. When it comes to features surely the Creta won’t disappoint anyone because even the base variant also gets rear AC vents, remote locking, a 4 speaker audio system. The top end SX (O) variant on the other hand enjoys from some exciting features like leather seat upholstery, keyless entry and go and 7 inch touchscreen system which also gets navigation system and helps by activating the rear view camera when the SUV is reversed.
Hyundai Creta Performance
Like the older car did. Which isn’t really a surprise given the 2018 edition hasn’t changed mechanically. Our test car has the 1.6-litre diesel with a manual transmission. It makes 126bhp and 260Nm of torque. And it is mated to a 6-speed transmission. It’s the same unit as before. So, it is still quiet and free revving for a diesel. There’s still some turbo lag under 1800rpm, but not enough to be bothersome. And, the various controls like gearshifts, clutch and steering are still light and easy.
Now, the Creta was always a relaxing car to drive, courtesy good visibility, planted straight-line stability, and powerful and feedback-rich brakes. But, it was never overly sporty or fun. The 2018 edition maintains the status quo. And, it is still a good family car. The ride isn’t plush, but it is comfortable. It has a quiet cabin. It gets six airbags. There’s cruise control. And, it has a good selection of cup and bottle holders as well, both front and back.
Hyundai Creta Rideing
The ride quality in the Creta is quite sorted. The suspension seems to have been tuned to be very similar to the set up in the i20. Neither too rigid nor too pliant, the vehicle is composed over rough patches. Body roll is not too bothersome, though there is a bit of it evident when you put the car through tight corners. The NVH (noise, vibration and harshness) level has, however, been well contained with a number of additions such as the thicker dashboard panels, anti-vibration pads on the floor panel and optimised rigidity for the central floor tunnel. Steering feel is decent, though it not as precise as cars in the higher segment.
Hyundai Creta Safety
When it comes to safety for the first time Hyundai does not wanted to take any chances at all and as a result the Creta comes with ‘Hive Structure’ which actually offers a robust but lightweight body structure which also provides strength and rigidity. Apart from that the Creta also comes with six airbags, ABS, EBD and HAC (Hill Ascent Control). The best thing is that all the variants of the Creta gets ABS and EBD as standard feature while the top end SX (O) variant gets 6 airbags as standard. View offers on Hyundai Cars from Hyundai dealers in Hyderabad a Autozhop
Hyundai Creta Price
Hyundai Creta Ex-Showroom Price in India ranges from 9,29,000/- (Creta 1.6 E Petrol) to 14,92,239/- (Creta 1.6 SX Diesel Dual Tone). Get best offers for Hyundai Creta from Hyundai Dealers in India
Hyundai Creta Verdict
The Creta has been much awaited and certainly looks like it has the wares for it to become the preferred compact SUV in the market. There is also likely to be the typical Hyundai delivery of better value. Depending on the variant, features such as leather seats, shark fin antenna, 17-inch alloys, reverse parking camera, push button start, and electrically folding mirrors are available. Increased safety features in the options package includes six airbags (side and curtain airbags).Hyundai is planning four trim options, some of them sport fewer features. So, it does look like the spread of prices will also be quite wide.