Hyundai Creta Review & First Drive


Hyundai Creta Overview

The Hyundai Creta was first launched in 2015 and over the years Hyundai has given it minor updates which definitely did boost the sales of the compact SUV. Three years post the initial launch, the Korean carmaker has finally given the Creta a comprehensive update. We say comprehensive because the 2018 Creta now gets a host of new features too.

The Hyundai Creta was first showcased in a concept form at Auto China in Beijing in April 2014 and a year later, the compact SUV was launched in India. The vehicle went on to become the darling of the Indian masses. From inception till end-February 2018, Hyundai has sold 2,48,582 units of the Creta in India.Check for Hyundai Creta price in Hyderabad.

Hyundai Creta 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.To know more information on Hyundai Creta check Resultmag

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.

Hyundai Creta Space

Let’s get started with the most prominent change inside i.e. sunroof. Hyundai too has followed other manufacturer’s suite to throw in a sunroof for more comfort and convenience. While some may feel that the Indian climate conditions are not compatible with this feature, there is no denying that sunroof is a wow factor inside a car. But it’s a typical electric sunroof and nothing special to say about it, however, the big benefit remains that it gives airy feel inside the cabin.

Mainly in this update, Hyundai has resorted to ‘don’t fix if ain’t broken’ approach. Ingress and egress is quite easy since the vehicle doesn’t sit up too high from the surface. The only few things that get into the way of entering a bit tricky, especially for the senior citizen, is the side thick sills. And once you get inside, you get into a world in which you see a balance in style and sensibility. The dashboard of the car remains unchanged and is also the only place where you will find the dab of beige. Rest, your will see the cabin is surrounded by black.

The space is something which will divide opinions, but it’s neither splendid not generous. The car might look wide from outside, but it isn’t the same from inside. However, the tall roofline lends it a more spacious feel. Once you hop on to the front seat you will see that the seating position of the car is quite high which could be unsettling for many drivers. While the driving person can’t see the edge of the hood, the high-set branch gives the person extra dose of confidence during heavy traffic. Further, the electric adjustability of the seat is certainly an added bonus. It gives you the flexibility of fine-tuning the driver position.

As far as steering is concerned, it still comes only with tilt adjustability but the good thing is that it has been set at a natural distance from the dashboard which should not be a problem. This time around in terms of tech and features, Hyundai seems to be a bit conservative. The main additions in this facelift are sunroof and powered driver seat. Other minor changes include auto-dimming IRVM, wearable key known as ‘H-Band’ and a wireless phone charger. Where the smart band seems to be a nice touch, the charging pad for smartphone might be problematic as it draws power from the current 12V socket placed in the dashboard. So, in this case you can’t use your own charger, for that you have the USB port available.

There are some misses as against the expectations. Features such as automatic headlamps, rain sensing wipers, and ventilated seats have been conspicuously omitted. It’s not like this will break the buying decision, but these features are certainly feel-good ones that anyone wants if he or she is spending Rs. 16 lakh. However, the car comes loaded with plethora of other comfort aspect which every Creta lover will appreciate. These include steering mounted controls, automatic AC with rear ac vents, cruise control, smart key with push start button, follow me headlamps, electric tailgate release, front USB charger, front and rear power outlet and electrically adjustable/foldable ORVM.

Though the screen size of the infotainment system remains the same, it now gets updated software from the Verna. The infotainment is absolutely user-friendly and sleek to operate. And as usual, it comes powered by Android Auto, Apple CarPlay and MirrorLink while the connectivity option remains the same with USB, Bluetooth and Aux-in functionality. The decibels are powered by sound system provided by Arkamys with 4 speakers and 2 tweeters. The infotainment also comes equipped with Auto Link Connected Car technology and Hyundai i-Blue audio remote application.

The instrument cluster features the same design as before and the dials are also carried forward in this version. However, the multi-information display (MID) has been updated and now sports the same function as that in new Verna. That means the digital fuel plus temperature gauge can now be seen inside the dials. The MID displays a lot of information including instant fuel consumption, single trip meter, distance to empty counter, outside temperature, distance travelled digital speedometer and average consumption and time taken among others.

In terms of spacing and storage, the compact SUV offers good headroom, legroom, shoulder and knee room while the seats are supportive enough even of the large frames. Two six-footers can sit one behind the other with ease while the shoulder room at the rear is average. However, three adults can sit at the rear but with slightly tight-situation. So, Creta is a good 4-seater for longer journeys.

In terms of storage, it is one of the practically laid out cabin we have seen in Hyundai cars with cup holders available in between the front passengers, under arm storage at the front, door bins which can house 1L of bottle each, rear seat armrest with cup holders and sunglass holder. Moreover, the rear seat can be folded down to extend the 402L boot space further. Overall, the Creta mostly remain the same save some additional comfort features.

Hyundai Creta Gearbox

The Creta comes with one petrol and two diesel engines. All are offered with six-speed manual, while the petrol and bigger diesel are made available with a six-speed automatic also. Where the Hyundai crete excels is engine refinement. The Creta diesels are so quiet, it feels like a petrol engine. The engines on the Hyundai Creta are powerful and have good enough torque.

There is more than sufficient power at almost all engine speeds. This makes it a good option to consider as driving in city traffic or even on the highway is a breeze. In terms of performance, one can overtake with ease. There isn’t much of a need to downshift. The engine is a bit sluggish at low rpms, but that bandwidth is minimal. Hyundai had recently announced that there will be no all-wheel drive version for the Creta in India. It will continue to sell the front-wheel drive version, at least for the time being.

Though Hyundai has not changed the engine, it has tuned the engine to derive 4 percent more fuel efficiency. The petrol variants of Creta are able to deliver ARAI certified 13kmpl while the diesel ones on the other hand, returns 17kmpl.

Hyundai Creta Driving

We drove the 1.6 diesel automatic variant and on the move, the SUV impresses in certain areas. The thing that impresses most is the ride quality. Hyundai has worked a lot on the suspension and it shows. The suspension setup is integrated with ‘Hydro Rebound Stoppers’. This function of which is to stop jerks to pass on through the shock absorbers into the body. I drove over some broken roads and large ditches along the way and the result was a fine ride at any speed. The Creta just gobbled up rough roads.

Coming to the handling, this area is definitely not a strong point of the Creta. While the steering feel is better as compared to earlier Hyundai products and is better weighted, the disconnect and lack of feedback is quite apparent. At high speeds it doesn’t feel very confident, although the straight line stability is fine.

Hyundai Creta Safety

Dual airbags and ABS with EBD are offered as standard across the range of the 2018 Hyundai Creta. However, the top-spec trim gets four additional airbags, Hill Start Assist and Vehicle Stability Management as well. Hyundai has a vast sales and service network across the country and the quality of service also has been great.

Hyundai Creta Cost in Hyderabad

Hyundai Creta On Road Price is 11,24,829/- and Ex-showroom Price is 9,50,008/- in Hyderabad. Hyundai Creta comes in 8 colours, namely Red Passion,Mystic Blue,Phantom Black,Polar White Dual Tone,Sleek Silver,Polar White,Stardust,Red passion Dual Tone. Hyundai Creta comes with FWD with 1591 CC Displacement and 4 Cylinders with Maximum Power 121 bhp@6400 rpm and Peak Torque 151 Nm@4850 rpm DRIVE TRAIN FWD and reaches 100 KMPH at N/A . Hyundai Creta comes with Manual Transmission with FWD .

Hyundai Creta Final Thought

The 2018 Hyundai Creta gets more equipment and the minor tweaks, especially the diamond-cut alloy wheels and the new grille make it look more premium and bold. The Creta has always been a very good package and that has reflected in its sales and with this updated version, we expect the sales to shoot up even further because a good car has become better.

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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