Hyundai Creta Review & First Drive

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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 Design

The most noticeable change to the 2018 Hyundai Creta has to be the new family grill. It now sports the broader chrome accent around it that merge into the headlamps at the top corners. The headlamps are also an all-new design even though they fit in the exact same recesses. The DRLs have now shifted down to the mildly re-designed front bumper and sit just on the inside of the fog lamps. When viewed from the side the only change is a new set of 17-inch five-spoke machine-cut alloys wheels that are quite nice, and the roof rails that now sit flush with the roof.

At the rear the changes are also quite subtle with redesigned tail light units and a rear bumper that no longer joins up to the body in a straight line, with beefier plastic cladding on the outer edges. Hyundai could’ve used the facelift to add some more flair to the design, by incorporating LED elements in the headlamps or taillamps. Sadly, that’s not the case this time round.

Hyundai Creta Cabin

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. To know more information on Hyundai Creta check Changeonslapac

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

Hyundai hasn’t changed too much in the engine except for a tune-up that has reportedly improved fuel efficiency by 4 per cent, to 20.5kmpl (19.67kmpl for the old car). When it comes to the performance of the 1.6-litre diesel engine it’s still the most powerful in the class with 128PS@4000rpm and 260Nm @1500-3000rpm and so there was little need for Hyundai to change it.

In town the engine is happy to potter around in 2nd or 3rd gear with enough power to smoothly accelerate away if needed. On the highway you want to try to keep the engine spinning around the 2000rpm mark where it’s happiest at, and there is still ample power to make a quick overtaking manoeuvre when necessary.

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 Riding

Since there have been no mechanical changes to the Creta, it displays fairly similar driving dynamics. In town the suspension does a reasonable job of isolating occupants from small and medium bumps. For large speed breakers there’s more than enough suspension travel to take them without any fuss or crashing noise. That said, over sharp bumps like level changes, expansion gaps and potholes, you can tell that the suspension is set slightly on the firm side as some of the bumps makes it through the cabin, accompanied by some complaints from the suspension.

The steering and clutch are light and typically Hyundai so driving around town is an effortless affair. However, one might need some time to get used to the clutch action. It’s light but lacks feeling so you can’t quite tell when it’s starting to bite.The brakes are firm and progressive and managed to haul the tall car down from speed fairly effectively but the pedal feels a little squishy – and that’s the only complaint. Book Hyundai Creta Teat Drive.

Hyundai Creta Safety

Dual airbags and ABS with EBD are standard across the range while the SX(O) variants gets six airbags. Electronic stability control, vehicle stability management control and hill start assist control are only available in the SX(O). ISOFIX child seat mounts are only available in the SX AT petrol and diesel variant cars.

Hyundai Creta Price in Mumbai

Hyundai Creta On Road Price is 11,22,636/- and Ex-showroom Price is 9,50,008/- in Mumbai. 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 Verdict

Post its launch; there were some wise brains that deemed the Hyundai Creta as an expensive buy but then perhaps they forgot to run a check of items this compact yet not tiny SUV offers. It gets 6 airbags – dual front, side and curtain, ABS, EBD, ESP, VSM – Vehicle Stability management, Hill Assist Control, rear park assist with camera and projector headlights with cornering lamps.

The urban design and feature loaded interiors will strike an impressive chord with its target audience. Also, boosting that feel is the great line up of engine options and smartly Hyundai has chosen one petrol and two diesel motors as the latter is a popular choice among the SUV class. To top it up, it gets an automatic diesel which as the company say was devised especially for the Indian market.

Compared to its most relevant rival, Renault Duster, the Creta is priced at a higher point but as an overall package it makes a great sense for someone seeking a premium compact SUV with a strong built quality, well equipped cabin and an impressive performance.

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