The Hyundai Creta is well equipped and gets extremely potent engine options while pricing is a bit premium over the competition.
Hyundai’s maiden effort at making a compact SUV, the ‘Creta’ has finally been launched in India with introductory prices starting at Rs. 8.60 lakhs (ex-showroom, Delhi). Retaining the automaker’s key attributes including a good design, appreciable quality and a feature loaded cabin, Hyundai has moved a step further to provide a segment first diesel automatic transmission (but not for long as the Mahindra Scorpio AT is around the corner). Based on the Elantra platform, the Creta looks promising with a lot going for it and here is everything you need to know about Hyundai’s newest offering.
Styling – Based on Hyundai’s Fluidic Sculpture 2.0 design philosophy, the Creta emerges as an extremely good looking compact SUV with a bold hexagonal grille up front with three chrome slats and vertically stacked fog lamps. The sweptback headlamps compliment the design further and come with projector headlights, LED position lamp and stating bending lights.
The side profile looks sharp with a receding shoulder line that meets the wraparound LED tail lights at the rear. The baseline, bumpers and wheel arches are covered in black plastic cladding with both the bumpers also getting a silver finished faux skid plate. Furthermore, the Creta features a tailgate spoiler, ORVM integrated LED turn indicators, roof rails, shark fin antenna and 17-inch diamond cut alloy wheels. The ground clearance stands at 190 mm.
Interiors – Boasting of a dual-tone cabin, the Creta’s interior is similar to other Hyundai models and offers nicely cushioned seats and ample legroom at the front and rear. The SUV gets twin pod instrument cluster with a large MID unit in the centre with gear shift indicator, trip meters and much more. You also get several cubby holes all around the cabin along with height adjustable driver’s seat, 60:40 split rear seat, passenger side vanity mirror, front and rear armrests; electric tailgate release and remote fuel lid opening.
Keeping the feature list to the maximum, the Hyundai Creta comes with a touchscreen infotainment system with navigation or a 5-inch touchscreen audio system with four speakers and two tweeters, 1 GB internal memory storage, Bluetooth, USB and AUX connectivity; smart key with push-button start, automatic climate control, electrically foldable ORVMs, multi-function steering wheel, follow me home headlamps and a lot more.
Engines – Hyundai is offering the Creta in three engine options including one petrol and two diesel units.
1) 1.6-litre Dual VTVT petrol produces 123 PS at 6400 RPM and 151 Nm of torque at 4850 RPM.
2) 1.4-litre CRDi diesel produces 90 PS at 4000 RPM and 220 Nm between 1500-2750 RPM.
3) 1.6-litre CRDi VGT diesel produces 128 PS at 4000 RPM and 260 Nm between 1900-2750 RPM.
Transmission options include a 6-speed manual paired to all engines, while the range-topping 1.6 diesel also comes with a 6-speed automatic.
Safety – Hyundai has kitted the Creta with impressive safety levels as the compact SUV gets six airbags (dual front, side and curtain), ABS with EBD, ESC, VSM, Hill Assist Control and reverse parking camera with guide lines on the top variants. ABS with EBD though are standard across all variants along with front disc and rear drum brakes.
Fuel Efficiency – Hyundai says the ARAI certified fuel efficiency figures for the Creta are –
1) 1.6 VTVT Petrol MT – 15.29 km/l
2) 1.6 CRDi VGT Diesel MT – 19.67 km/l
3) 1.6 CRDi VGT Diesel AT – 17.01 km/l
4) 1.4 CRDi Diesel MT – 21.38 km/l
Variants – The Hyundai Creta is available in a total of six variants namely – L, S, S+, SX, SX+ and SX (O), spread across 3 engine options. Colour options are divided into seven.
Having accumulated over 10,000 bookings and 28,500 enquiries prior to launch, Hyundai is optimistic that the new Creta will be able to continue the automaker’s success streak in the country. Rivalling the Renault Duster, Mahindra Scorpio and Nissan Terrano in the segment, the Creta gets several segment firsts and a premium appeal that certainly gives it a slight edge.
Make sure to check out our Hyundai Creta First Drive Review HERE.
Hyundai Creta Petrol Prices (ex-showroom, Delhi) –
* Creta 1.6 Petrol L – Rs. 8,59,558/-
* Creta 1.6 Petrol S – Rs. 9,57,062
* Creta 1.6 Petrol SX+ – Rs. 11,19,548/-
Hyundai Creta 1.4 Diesel Prices (ex-showroom, Delhi) –
* Creta 1.4 Diesel L – Rs. 9,46,939/-
* Creta 1.4 Diesel S – Rs. 10,42,225/-
* Creta 1.4 Diesel S+ – Rs. 11,45,030/-
Hyundai Creta 1.6 Diesel Prices (ex-showroom, Delhi) –
* Creta 1.6 Diesel SX – Rs. 11,59,971/-
* Creta 1.6 Diesel SX+ – Rs. 12,67,770/-
* Creta 1.6 Diesel SX (O) – Rs. 13,60,156/-
* Creta 1.6 Diesel SX AT – Rs. 13,57,770/-