With great looks and interiors combined with a good driving experience, this is the new benchmark to compact SUVs in India. Introduced in 2015, the Creta took this segment by a storm. It is available across 14 variants with two diesel, one petrol engine and two transmission options. Having started afresh in India, the Hyundai Creta encloses several features that put it on par with the rivals. Characterized by a strong built, smooth drive, powerful statement, and iconic design, Hyundai Creta is being hailed as the perfect SUV. Hyundai’s new generation Fluidic Design language duly manages to allure lookers. The front flaunts a long bonnet and a straight-up three-slat chrome grille flanked by captivating projector head lights that feature integrated LED daytime running lights.
The wide dual-tone body-painted front bumper gets fog lamps and air intakes along with a front under spoiler. Its next gen Triple slat hexagonal chrome grille not only looks regal like an aircraft, but also facilitates dynamic driving. The side profile is also similar to that of the Santa Fe, thus the stance is forward-leaning with flared wheel arches. The rear design includes split-type tail lamps full of character and a sporty bumper. Features such as door scuff plates, rear defogger and wiper/washer further also lend a sporty appeal, besides serving crucial purposes. At the rear, the automaker has given the Creta a vertically stacked design with each part appearing like a separate section.
Hyundai has positioned the Creta as a premium car and the projector headlamps with DRLs, diamond cut allow wheels, bold roof rails, and liberal usage of chrome vouch for the same. Rear defogger, front and rear silver skid plates, rear wiper and washer, and LED positioning lamps are some of the other exterior features. The body-coloured outside rear view mirrors get power-adjustable and power-foldable functions along with integrated turn indicators. The mid-level grades get body-coloured outside door handles while the top-end trim gets chrome outside door handles.
The all-black look adds on to the opulent cabin, offering adequate head room, leg room, and shoulder room. Also, the top-spec variant gets auto headlamps and wipers, adjustable front head rests, height adjuster for the driver’s seat, adjustable rear seat head restaurants, climate control, rear AC vents, keyless entry and a start-stop button. Hyundai has used premium soft touch material for the dashboard and the top-end variant gets leather seats with contrast stitching. The dual-tone dashboard is perfectly styled and flaunts a chic look. The chief highlight is the 7 inch infotainment system with steering mounted controls for audio system and Bluetooth, audio-video navigation, and smart key with push button, amongst others.
The diesel alternative, a 1.6 CRDi diesel engine with VGT, generates segment best power 128 ps at 4000 rpm and 26.5 kg m torque at 1900- 2750 rpm. The 1.6 L petrol engine is extremely robust and delivers 123 ps at 6400 rpm while peak torque measures 15.4 kg m at 4850 rpm. The 1.4 CRDi diesel engine has been built with latest technology to enhance fuel economy. It generates power of 90 ps at 4000 rpm and 22.4 kg m torque at 1500-2750 rpm. It has created a new benchmark when it comes to compact SUVs in India. Smooth and comfortable, it provides exhilaration at every curve. Made with ultra high strength steel and advanced high strength steel, its body structure is also unparalleled.
Hyundai endows this car with ample safety features. Stopping power is provided by disc brakes fitted in the front axle. An anti-lock braking system ensures that the vehicle does not roll or skid. Other vital safety equipments include, an immobilizer, dual airbags, impact-sensing auto door unlock, electronic stability control with hill assist control, rear parking camera with guidelines and sensors, and rear parking sensors. Hyundai Creta is based on Hyundai Fluidic 2.0 design philosophy. It has managed to create quite a buzz, and claims to have an urban SUV design with a well-proportioned and smart looking appearance. The pros also include high levels of engine refinement and comfortable ride quality in normal city conditions, thus making this a high value for money purchase. Its well tuned suspension does not feel bouncy or twitchy like most other cars. Launched in the price bracket of Rs. 8.59 lakh- Rs. 13.60 lakh, the Hyundai Creta takes on the likes of Renault Duster, Nissan Terrano, and Maruti Suzuki S-Cross.