The most talked about car at the moment is easily the new Hyundai Creta which was launched in March. Now while the car has been launched the big question remains how fuel efficient the new Creta really is. With rising fuel prices, fuel economy of a car is very important even for a buyer of a midsize SUV like the Creta. Also since petrol is currently the fuel of choice, we chose the top-end petrol Creta for a mileage test.
We take the car and drive it within standard city conditions and also on various roads. Our driving pattern is similar to an average buyer with an aim of getting a realistic fuel economy figure. Thus we drove the new Hyundai Creta Tubro petrol within city limits plus also managed to take on a high speed cruise to test its mileage when cruising at steady speeds. Read on.
The Hyundai Creta seen here is the top-end version which is Rs.17.2 lakh ex-showroom. The engine is a 1.4 litre turbo petrol with 140 bhp and 242Nm of torque. This engine of the Creta is not available with a manual as you get a 7-speed DCT or dual clutch automatic. There also drive modes like Eco, Comfort and Sport.
We tried out the various modes plus you can also drive it manually with either the gearlever or the paddle-shifters. We first drove the Creta fast and did a few acceleration runs on closed roads and also drove around with the Sport mode on plus driving enthusiastically.
The new Creta is quite fun in Sport mode and the performance is at its best. Using the paddleshifters also gives you manual control. Driving in such manner resulted in the Creta giving 8 kmpl at worst while driving around in Sport mode gives you 9 kmpl.
However there is also a Comfort mode and that is the best for use in both city and highway. In comfort the mileage is 10-12 kmpl which is pretty good and here even performance is more than enough.
What about Eco? As the name says, it is when you want to get out the maximium mileage however, what's surprising is that it does not feel weak or underpowered in this setting. In terms of mileage you will get 12 to 14 kmpl in the city with maintaining constant speed and throttle.
The official figure is 16.8 kmpl but as is with a turbo petrol, how you drive it ultimately decides the mileage and in what mode. That said the Creta turbo petrol is pretty efficient for a fairly large midsize petrol SUV.