Expert Review

Hyundai Creta

The SUV that India loves as the first generation model proved, the Creta has been the first successful midsize compact SUV. It set a new benchmark and over its lifetime the earlier Creta was still selling well. The combination of good looks, excellent interior plus good features and not to mention automatic in both diesel and petrol gave the Creta an edge. Now with the new one, Hyundai has given it a completely new look with added features and more luxury. The trims that are available are E, S, EX, SX, SX Opt.  MyNewCar recommends the SX variant. The color options are Galaxy-Blue-Metallic, Typhoon Silver, Red Mulberry, Phantom Black, Lava Orange Dual Tone, Polar White Dual Tone, Deep Forest, Lava Orange, Polar White, Titan Gray Metallic.


The exterior of the previous Creta was discreet but the new one is anything but. The new Creta certainly looks futuristic and more aggressive. It is much bigger now too and looks like that also. The details are much more with the 3-part headlamps with LEDs and DRLs plus the similar tail-lamps. The 17inch wheels also look good enough while the build quality is better now with the Creta being more robust. Its dimensions are 4300 mm in length, 1790 mm in width and 1635 mm in height. Its wheelbase is 2610 mm.


Inside is where the Creta pretty much bowls you over with the design and quality. The turbo petrol gets tasteful black interiors with red contrasts while the rest of the trims get the black plus beige look. The design is futuristic with the large 10.25inch touchscreen in the middle of a long and straight flowing centre console while the unique gear lever plus the four spoke steering looks premium. The digital instrument also looks nice with clean design and lots of information. The space is also much better with the rear seat being much more comfortable.

In terms of features you get everything and then some. The basics are there with cruise control, touchscreen with all usual connectivity, air purifier, powered driver’s seat etc but you also get a massive panoramic sunroof, ventilated seats, electronic handbrake, the Bluelink connectivity suite plus even voice commands for operating the sunroof!


The new Creta gets three engine options with two petrols and one diesel. The sportier one is the 1.4 turbo petrol with the DCT automatic gearbox. It feels fast and there is more than enough power while the gearbox is smooth. The diesel is another brilliant engine with excellent refinement and it feels quick too. The 1.5l petrol is the base engine and it feels nice as well. The ride and handling is also improved over the earlier Creta.


The base 1.5l petrol engine makes 115 bhp while the 1.5l diesel also makes 115 bhp while the 1.4 turbo petrol makes 140 bhp. The diesel is available with a torque converter automatic as well as the manual while the 1.5l petrol is available with a CVT automatic while a manual is standard. The 1.4 turbo is DCT automatic only. The 1.4 has an ARAI figure of 16.8 kmpl while the 1.5l CVT delivers 17.1 kmpl while the manual gives 16.8 kmpl with the 1.5l diesel manual giving 21.4 kmpl while the automatic gives 18.3 kmpl.


It has six airbags, ABS with EBD, rear dis brakes, drive modes, speed sensing auto door lock, Electronic Stability Control (ESC), Vehicle Stability Management (VSM), Hill Assist Control (HAC), Brake Assist System (BAS), Isofix.


The first service is free and total charges are at Rs 1800 within 10,000 km or 6 months while the next service onwards it’s per next 10,000 km or yearly with the cost varying from 3,000 to 6,500.


The Creta has rivals like the Kia Seltos, MG Hector, Nissan Kicks, Tata Harrier, Renault Duster, Renault Captur, Mahindra XUV500, Mahindra Scorpio.


The Creta is priced from Rs 9.9 lakh to Rs 17.2 lakh. At that price, the new Creta is hardly more expensive over the earlier one but has more quality, features and better engines and is a better. It is the most complete SUV and the one to buy in its class.