Hyundai Creta Overview
The compact SUV segment is fairly new yet offers a very cut throat competition in Indian auto sector. The segment started to grow with the launch of Renault Duster in mid-2012 followed by Ford EcoSport and Nissan Terrano. It was for this segment that the Renault India created a strong base in Indian auto sector through Duster, as prior to it, none of its products were making enough moolah for the company. The same response was received by Ford’s and country’s first sub-four meter compact SUV, EcoSport. Now with the Creta, Hyundai too is crossing its finger for the same and more response. Hyundai Creta is offered in nine eye catching colors-Polar White, Sleek Silver, Earth Brown, Stardust, Mystic Blue, Red Passion, Phantom Black, Polar White With Phantom Black & Red Passion With Phantom Black. In terms of variants, Hyundai Creta is available in five petrol and ten diesel variants- E, E+, S, S+, SX, SX+ and SX(O). Our recommended variant for petrol is SX+AT while for diesel it’s SX. In our expert review, we checked out how this ‘perfect SUV’ (as the company calls it) scores on our different parameters. We are also giving a star rating out of 5 at the end of each section and the average will define the overall rating of the car.
|Ex-showroom Price Range||9,29,000 - 15,11,250|
Hyundai Creta Exterior
Creta for sure looks like baby SantaFe. It offers all the essential styling elements like for example tall body structure, aggressive front design, sloping roofline and high ground clearance of 190mm. The car underpins all new platform along with Fluidic Sculpture 2.0 design which was also seen in Elite i20. The front fascia gets three-slate chrome grille, silver skid plates, projector headlamps with daytime running lamps which are only available in top variants. Roof rails and black plastic cladding adds more to styling quotient of the side profile. It receives five-spoke split 17-inch alloys for upper variants and 16-inch shoes for base models. The rear end features high mounted brake light, split tail lamp cluster and heavy chrome finish at the boot tip. Overall an eye-catching product from the house of Koreans which for sure makes your head go turn. In terms of exterior styling, Creta from our side receives a star rating of 4.3.
Hyundai Creta Interior
On the inside, the car oozes of style and comfort. The dual tone beige and black color scheme look soothing to eyes. Hyundai has always kept its priority for using top notch quality material inside the car and Creta is no different. The leather and the plastic quality feels good to touch and you can actually get an idea where the designers had sweat for perfection. The door grab handles are uniquely designed and gives you a more of a high-end SUV feel. In the center, a large touch-screen unit dominates the dashboard and is quite fascinating for people sitting in Creta for the first time. Two 12V power sockets are also there to do the needful; one is situated for front row passengers and the second is for the rear seat passengers. Creta does not compromise with space and utility. There are plenty of spaces for holding your knick knacks and bottle holders can found on every door panel and coffee holder on front center console. The seats are wide and comfortable and provide decent cushion comfort. The driver seat offers height adjustment along with slide and recline option. The rear seats are more comfortable and offer adequate knee room and shoulder room. The boot space of 400-litres is large enough to hold your weekend getaway luggage and seats fold down to create some extra space. With superb fit and finishes, Creta manages to get a rating of 4.4.
Hyundai Creta Driving
There’s no denying the fact that Hyundai cars are always fun to drive. Right from Elite i20 to Verna 4S to Creta, all the models in their segments are driver’s delight. The compact SUV being offered with three engine options help customers to choose a variant par to their need. In diesel category, there’s 1.4-litre alongside with its bigger 1.6-litre brother, while in petrol there’s the rev-happy 1.6-litre that serves the purpose. Upon driving, the 1.4-litre though serves the purpose, but the throttle or the wow factor can only be found in 1.6’s (both petrol & diesel). The 1.6-litre diesel felt smooth to drive and peppier as compared to 1.4-litre which is quite obvious. On papers as well on road, the 1.6-litre Creta is more powerful when compared with Renault Duster, Nissan Terrano, Mahindra Scorpio and Ford EcoSport. Interestingly, against the Mahindra XUV5OO, which uses a much bigger engine of 2.5-litre, power figures of Creta 1.6-litre diesel model only fell short by 12 PS. One small thing that surprised us was a bit of turbo lag around 1700 rpms which also made as wonder that under 2000rpm, it’s hard to even differentiate between the 1.4 and 1.6 model. But once you are out on an open highway, you can feel the power and performance of this SUV. The 1.6-litre petrol model is also a segment best when it comes to power and torque delivery. The engine is mated to six-speed manual gearbox which is unique in its own way as most of the cars in the segment gets a five-speed transmission. Overall, all the three engines are well refined and smooth to drive and we must say Hyundai has done a fabulous job on offering a range of powertrains. Even the diesel engines are silent with bare minimum NVH (Noise, Vibration and Harshness) levels. The ride and handling is decent which corresponds to a rating of 4.4.
Hyundai Creta Engine
Hyundai Creta is offered with three engine options. Two diesel and one petrol. All the engines are tried & tested and also serves in cars like Verna 4S, Elite i20 and i20 Cross. The 1.4-litre U2 CRDi diesel engine gives an output of 90PS and peak torque of 220Nm. The engine is coupled to a six-speed manual gearbox which helps in returning an ARAI certified fuel economy of 21.38 kmpl. The car also in-houses a bigger 1.6-litre U2 CRDi which musters a power output of 128PS and maximum torque of 260Nm. This engine is offered with both the six-speed manual and automatic gearbox to returns a fuel economy of 19.67 kmpl (MT) and 17.01 kmpl (AT). In the petrol front, there’s only one engine option of 1.6-litre VTVT petrol which offers power delivery of 123PS with 151Nm of spin. The petrol model gets a six-speed manual gearbox and delivers a fuel efficiency of 15.29 kmpl. With three engine options on offer, we give Creta a rating of 4.6.
Hyundai Creta Safety
Creta comes with the plethora of standard features such as ABS, EBD, follow-me-home headlamps, electric tailgate release and rear AC vents. The top variants comes with 7-inch touch-screen audio video navigation system with Bluetooth connectivity, six airbags, hill start assist control (HAC), rear parking sensor with camera, steering mounted controls, keyless entry and push button start and electric folding ORVMs. The car comes loaded with features and deserve a worthy rating of 4.7.
Hyundai Creta Value
Creta on pricing side is bit heavier when compared to its rival, but at the same time also offers a lot as a whole package. The base petrol model is priced at Rs 8.69 lac while for the base diesel its Rs 11.79 lac. The top 1.6 CRDi SX(O) is priced at Rs 13.80 lac and for the automatic SX+ variant its Rs 13.77 lac (Ex-showroom Delhi). This is the only category in which Creta fails to impress us. The rating we can give is 3.9.
Hyundai Creta Maintainence
The cost of ownership over a period of a year depends on multiple factors such as variant type, odometer run, location, fuel cost, loan interest, maintenance and insurance amount. Here to make calculations easier, we have taken the base 1.4-litre diesel model with yearly run of 12,000kms (1000kms per month). We have not factored in the loan and interest amount as it varies from customer to customer. So the approximate cost of ownership of the Creta (base 1.4-litre diesel model) in one year would be Rs 57000. This includes Rs 28,000 for fuel cost, Rs 26,000 for insurance and Rs 3,000 on maintenance. Note that the cost of ownership increases for the top-end variants and, needless to say will slightly decrease if not driven 1000kms per month. Cost of ownership of Hyundai cars are fairly manageable and Creta is no different. To give customers a peace of mind, Hyundai is offering Creta with 3 years of unlimited kms warranty. In terms of cost of ownership, we give this compact SUV a rating of 4.2.
Hyundai Creta Rivals
Hyundai Creta competes with the likes of Renault Duster, Mahindra TUV300, Nissan Terrano, Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza and Ford EcoSport.