Hyundai Creta – Features, Specs, Price & Full Review
Known as the i25 in China The Creta is the entry of Hyundai in the world of compact SUV. The vehicle is built on the same platform on which the new i20 has been developed, and has similar-looking cabin however the exterior looks of the Creta are very similar to Santa Fe. It’s not a sub 4m vehicle and is a lot larger than the other compact SUVs like the EcoSport. This Hyundai competes with the Renault Duster and Nissan Terrano.
The Hyundai Creta is based on Hyundai Fluidic Sculpture 2.0 design philosophy and looks like a mini Santa Fe. The headlamps also feature projector and day light running lamps and will be offered only in the top variants. The vehicle features the Hyundai’s signature hexagonal grille, head-lamps with LED daytime running lights and 17-inch diamond cut alloy wheels. he SUV is 4,270mm long, 1,780mm wide and 1,630mm tall and has a wheelbase of 2,590mm. Inside, the vehicle gets a 3-spoke steering wheel, a touch-screen infotainment system, push start-stop button, and several other i20-like features.
At the rear, the Hyundai has given the Creta a vertically stacked design with each part appearing like a separate section. The first part goes from the spoiler to the base of glass while the second section is from a ridge line at the centre of the hatch door to just above the number plate slot.
The design isn’t loud like the other Hyundais we are used to seeing but is actually modern and yet easy on the eye. It’s definitely a good looking SUV and has the potential to appeal to a wide audience.
The interior of the Creta is similar to that of the Indian Verna. However, where the Verna gets a typical beige interior, the Creta uses black to look sporty. The Creta is feature loaded, the top-spec variant gets auto headlamps and wipers, touch-screen music system, navigation, climate control, rear AC vents, keyless entry and start-stop button. The majority of the line-up gets two airbags, while Hyundai is offering six airbags with the top-end version. The Creta, standing true to its Hyundai roots and has a comprehensive feature list. The five-inch touch-screen infotainment system with GPS navigation sounds nice for the four speaker setup and allows USB, AUX and Bluetooth connectivity. Both the seating rows get 12V power sockets as well as AC vents. You get electrically adjustable and retractable outside rear view mirrors and also push-button start.
The seats are comfortable and there’s good support too. The driving position is car like but the seat height can be adjusted quite a bit for a more commanding position and view. At the back, the seats could offer more support. There is decent knee-room and ample headroom but accommodating three adults is a bit of a squeeze. The Boot space is impressive too and looks slightly larger in depth and width than the Duster.
The Creta is available with the 1.6-litre petrol engine, along with two diesel engine options – the same 1.4-litre and 1.6-litre four cylinder units from the Verna. The VTVT petrol engine is good to produce 121bhp and 155Nm of torque power the front wheels via six-speed manual transmission. The 1.4-litre diesel uses the same five-speed gearbox and develops 89bhp and 220Nm of torque. The top-spec versions gets the 1.6-litre CRDi engine good to produce best in class 126bhp and 260Nm, which is available with six-speed manual and six-speed automatic transmission. The ARAI efficiency figures of the 1.6 petrol, 1.4 diesel and 1.6 diesel MT and AT are 15.29kmpl, 21.38kmpl, 19.67kmpl and 17.01kmpl respectively.
Ride and Handling: For an SUV, the ride and handling is actually impressive and more car like. It isn’t a very heavy vehicle and doesn’t feel like one around corners. he steering isn’t vague-feeling like the i20 and is well weighed, neither too heavy nor too soft, with good feedback. .
The suspension setup on the Creta is soft. While this will help to have a smooth ride on bumpy roads at low speeds, it will result in quite a bit of body roll which is evident in this car. The steering weighs up at high speeds and also around corners, but there is no feedback as such. The braking is good despite the rear drum brake setup. There is ample ground clearance but there is no AWD variant. There is no metal under body protection like in the Duster. Instead there’s a flat panel that offers some protection and aids aerodynamics. Traction control is offered in the top variants and can be turned off.
From a practical standpoint, this new breed of compact crossovers has accomplished a lot and the Creta is probably the finest of its kind. But with prices starting at Rs 8.59 lakh for the entry-level petrol variant, scaling all the way up to Rs 13.60 lakh for the top-spec diesel, the Hyundai is the most expensive option in its class, with only the all-wheel drive, top-spec Duster coming close at Rs 13.5 lakh. The Hyundai Creta has impressed on many counts and definitely has all it takes to give the competition a very tough time.