Hyundai Creta Hatchback First Drive Review


Hyundai Creta Overview

Hyundai Creta is one of the most popular offering in the Indian market that sits in the Rs 10 lakh – Rs 20 lakh category. The South Korean automaker has now launched the Creta facelift in the country market with significant updates at exterior and inside the cabin. Available at a starting price of Rs 9.44 lakh (ex-showroom), the facelifted version of the car certainly boosts its appeal further.

Hyundai Creta facelift employs range of safety features and it is available with the same set of engines as the pre-facelift variants. First unveiled in the Brazilian market, the Hyundai Creta facelift is likely to boost the sales performance of the auto manufacturer that happens to be the second largest car brand of India.

Hyundai Creta Exterior & Style

The most striking thing the car gets in the latest facelift is the new colour options. The fresh ‘passion orange’ and the ‘marina blue’ paints are simply to drag attention of the passer-by. And if you don’t believe this, then compare these new colours with other colours options in the brochure and you will definitely realize that Hyundai wants this car to get noticed.

Coming to the other visual updates, they are distinctive for sure, but one is unable to grasp that immediately. At the front, the most prominent and easier to spot change comes in the form of new bigger grille that makes SUV looks a bit wider than the earlier version. The grille is further accentuated with the chrome outlining all around boosting the ‘we are family’ philosophy the carmaker has been striving for.

Then the alterations come in the form of new headlamps which might appear the same due to identical shape, but the Korean automaker has fiddled a bit with the details. The headlamp cluster now no longer features the daytime running LEDs and instead, has been moved down to the bumper and adjacent to the fog lamps which have also toned down. It might look aftermarket a bit but it does gel well with the re-designed bumper.

Coming to the sides, here the carmaker hasn’t played around much as the only major change is the 17-inch 5-spoke machined cut alloy wheels wrapped in the same 215/60R17 tyres as earlier. The roof rails now sit flat with the roof. At the rear, the changes are subtle. The freshness quotient has been enhanced with the revised rear bumper which no longer goes up to the body in a straight line. The tail lamp design has also been revamped to make it look smarter. The car also gets bold front and rear skid plates for enhancing the aggressiveness. To know more details on Hyundai Creta  check Orhdc

Hyundai Creta Interior & Space

It seems Hyundai has appointed a gentleman disguised as a commoner listening to everyone’s popular wish of features to have in a car as the Creta too, like other Hyundais, comes with a long list which includes many of first in the segment.

There is a lot on offer but that doesn’t make it a clustered messy place to be in, making the cabin feel more comfortable than its rivals. It indeed does remind you of the arrangement in the Elite i20 and that is to Creta’s advantage as it is one the most appreciated cabins. The one that we had during our first drive was the SX+ variant, lower than the top trim SX(O). While it is all about leathers and ebony coloured trims in the SX(O), lower variants have to make do with fabric two-tone seats, they aren’t as appealing but your senses won’t mind.

And that is because the seats are well comforted at the right areas. The headrest, lumbar support and the bottom cushioning is impressive, needs a bit more under thigh support but is manageable. The reach and positioning of buttons and knobs for front occupants is simply practical. Even though the dashboard has a wide winged design, it doesn’t make your knees sweat. There is plenty of room in the front with a dead pedal for the necessary relief on highways. The driver seat also gets height adjustment.

Coming to the rear zone, it gets separate AC vents which are a must for the ones seated behind especially under challenging weather conditions. The incline angle is decent and similar to the front seats, just has tad less of under thigh support. While the seats are comforting enough for long journeys, there is a slight problem and that is cause of the way it looks. From outside, the climbing shoulder line sure does look good but the same makes the rear window more compact with a taller glass line, thus making it feel cramped.

One more surprising bit is the absence of leather wrapping on the steering wheel; a given inside such a premium offering. Nonetheless, it offers sufficient levels of grip along with controls to operate the touchscreen navigation system sitting at the central of the dashboard. Only the base variant gets a 2DIN Audio unit with multiple connectivity options, rest six variants feature a touchscreen system with navigation as standard only on S+, SX+ and SX(O) variants. Also, Hyundai’s much claimed 1GB on-board memory for storing music and files is only seen on two variants – S and SX. The instrumental cluster layout is clean and lucid, shows essential info like trip and odo readings. Surprisingly, it does not feature mileage and distance to empty range.

There are smartly placed cup holders on the central console and the door pockets too have sufficient provision for storage of litre class containers in the front and 500ml on the rear. Under the front armrest, there is a sizeable utility recess. Rear occupants get a foldable armrest with twin cup holders. It gets a super generous luggage area which can be further expanded by folding the rear seats.

Hyundai Creta Engine & Gearbox

As Hyundai hasn’t touched the engine as there was little need for that, you will not notice much difference in terms of performance. Talking about the diesel engine, there are two options the 1.6L 4-cylinder CRDi motor that produces the same 128PS and 259Nm of torque, and the 1.4L 4-cylinder powertrain that produces 90PS and 220Nm of torque. Both the engines come mated with 6-speed manual transmission while the 1.6L can also be availed with 6-speed automatic.

In terms of performance, the diesel engines offer decent low speed torque and meaty mid-range offering good drivability. However, when it comes to top end torque, the performance start to suffer. But the mid-range just needs 2100rpm to traverse at 100kmph and overtaking at high speeds doesn’t need a downshift either. The 1.4L powered Creta can be primarily used in the city driving offering low speed and allowing you take upshift early. On the highways, this engine will run out of breath if you are cruising hard and going up to the 6th gear and revving hard would be exercise in futility. In terms of NVH levels, the Creta is a smooth car with excellent refinement levels so much so that you could get easily confuse as if it’s a petrol motor.

The petrol driven Creta on the other hand, features 1.6L dual VTVT engine produces 123PS and 151Nm of peak torque. Driving in the cities will plaster smile on your face especially when you are in the second or third gear as it gives enough power to effortlessly accelerate, if required. On the open stretches, you would definitely want the engine to spin around 2000rpm, a place of its highest ecstasy but there will be still enough power available for quick overtaking when there is a need.  For more information on Hyundai Creta check AutoZhop.

The petrol engine returns 15.29 kmpl of mileage. The 1.4-litre CRDi engine generates 21.38 kmpl of mileage, while the 1.6-litre diesel engine returns 19.67 kmpl and 17.01 kmpl for the manual and automatic variants respectively.

Hyundai Creta Driving Dynamics

The conventional torque converter automatic unit is tuned for balanced highway cruising rather than a playful shift mode coz it will spend more time on highways than anywhere else. The box gets a manual mode when you need that extra power during overtaking or sudden manoeuvres. The shifts aren’t exactly precise and crisp. We preferred keeping it in the auto mode which too acted a bit confused if driven hard. Nonetheless, the lack of pizazz will go unnoticed by the usual owners who aren’t too keen to drive it with a spirited foot.

Still if it is made to travel at higher speeds, there is a constant need of steering input as the ride gets jittery. At higher speeds, the ride quality is decent except while entering corners at high speeds wherein the confidence level drops. However, the way Hyundai has put everything together in this compact SUV is really impressive as there is no redundant noise seeping inside the cabin even as the wheels battle undulations and rough surfaces. The NVH levels are segment rivalling; perhaps competition can learn a thing or two. The suspension setup is also inclined towards offering a softer ride and is optimized according to Indian conditions with the right damper settings.

Hyundai Creta Safety & Security

In terms of braking, there is ample stopping power on tap, however, the initial bite from the typical Hyundai’s perspective isn’t very sharp. The brakes in automatic Creta need to be stronger as their stopping capability isn’t confidence inspiring. Further, there are electronic aids such as ABS with EBD that further gives you command on the road.

In terms of safety, besides ABS and EBD, the new Creta comes equipped with dual airbags and day/night IRVM and lane change indicator as standard. Move up the variant ladder and you will get 6 airbags plus electronic stability control (ESC), vehicle stability management control (VSM), rear parking sensors with camera and adaptive steering with parking guidelines, child seat anchor (ISOFIX), lane change flash adjustment and speed sensing & impact sensing auto door lock.

Hyundai Creta Price in Pune

Hyundai Creta On-Road Price in Pune ranges from 11,30,492 to 18,46,759 for variants Creta 1.6 E Petrol and Creta 1.6 SX Diesel AT respectively. Hyundai Creta is available in 18 variants and 8 colours. Below are details of Hyundai Creta variants price in Pune. Check for Creta price in Pune at Tryaldrive.

Hyundai Creta Final Word

Almost 10,000 Indians buy the Creta every month. And with good reason. It’s a proven product with hardly any shortcomings that can be labeled as deal breakers. But, it’s not an emotional SUV. It doesn’t look dramatic and won’t put a smile on your face every time you drive it. But, that’s the price one must pay for peace of mind. At least, with the 2018 edition, Hyundai has added some excitement in the form of new features.

Hyundai Creta is available in 6 different variants such as E, E+, S, SX, SX Dual tone and SX (O). The price range for the Creta starts from Rs. 9.5 lakh and goes all the way up to Rs. 15.63 lakh. Its base variant E gets the price tag of Rs. 9.5 lakh while the diesel trim is available at the price tag of Rs. 10.0 lakh. Creta SX is tagged at Rs. 12.06 lakh and Rs. 13.41 lakh for petrol and diesel respectively. Its top of the line variant SX (O) is available at the price tag of Rs. 13.69 lakh for petrol and Rs. 15.18 lakh for diesel trim, all priced ex-showroom.

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