One of the most-awaited entry-level SUVs, the Creta has finally been showcased by Hyundai today and it is the first vehicle in the segment to be offered with a diesel automatic transmission.

Hyundai Creta Review
Creta will be counting on its striking looks and powerful engines to perform well

Hyundai has just gone out and unveiled what the company terms as the most awaited and aspirational SUV of the year. The Creta is expected to become a revolutionary product in the company’s portfolio and start a new chapter in Hyundai India’s success story. The company is hoping for the upcoming SUV to set a new benchmark in the fiercely competitive segment. The Korean company promises that the Creta has strong structural strength, owing to the Hive body structure with stable and confidence inspiring ride and handling characteristics for a good drive experience.

Based on the globally acclaimed Fluidic Sculpture 2.0 design language, the Hyundai Creta is a very attractive SUV to say the least. Its strong and muscular lines give the vehicle a very bold stance, easily making it the best looking SUV in the respective segment hands down. The SUV looks very modern and has a premium touch to it, thanks to its resemblance with the company’s flagship SUV, the Santa Fe. The Hive body structure promises utmost rigidity, structural safety, improved durability and better crash performance due to advanced high strength steel (AHSS) and ultra high strength steel (UHSS) used in its construction.

Available with three engines – a 1.6-litre Dual VTVT petrol engine, U2 1.4-litre CRDi diesel and a U2 1.6 CRDi VGT diesel engine, the big thing to look out for is Hyundai offering an automatic transmission with the 1.6-litre CRDi diesel mill, thereby making it the first diesel automatic vehicle in the segment. The 1.6-litre petrol engine outputs 123 PS of power, while the more powerful diesel pot offers a best in class power of 128 PS. The 1.4-litre diesel generates 90 PS of power.

The company has loaded the Hyundai Creta with a ton of features, all of which we have already seen on the i20 Active. The car gets keyless go, push button start, daytime running lights, static bending lights, projector headlights, ABS, ESC, HAC, VSM, 17-inch alloy wheels, 7-inch touchscreen with AVN, rear AC vents, reverse camera, parking sensors, etc. The Creta SUV is a very promising vehicle and is poised to become the segment’s best seller. However, its sales performance cannot be predicted as yet till the time Hyundai reveals its prices for the Indian market.

Hyundai Creta Test Drive Review
The Creta looks similar to the Santa Fe from many angles
Hyundai Creta Handling
Its performance in the segment now solely depends on its prices