All new 2016 Creta
The popularity of petrol cars are going up in the recent past considering the narrowing of petrol and diesel prices. This has resulted in auto manufacturers shifting their focus on to petrol models. Also, in the last two years, there has been a significant jump in sales of automatic cars across the segments. Hyundai Creta diesel automatic contributes to 18% of Hyundai’s total Creta sales. Inspired by the success of the diesel automatic variant, Hyundai has now launched the Creta with a six-speed auto gearbox in the SX+ variant.
There are absolutely no changes in the exterior, except for an auto badge on the rear boot. The car is powered by the 1.6 Liter VTVT petrol engine with a six-speed torque converter generating 122 bhp power. Hyundai gets off to a smooth start and the gears shift smoothly. Coupled with an extra light steering, Creta is a breeze to ample around the city.
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The auto box is pretty quick to throttle inputs. The gears can also be changed manually, which makes the car hold onto a gear till the driver decides to upshift. The gearbox struggles a bit on high-speed highway runs as there is a considerable delay while downshifting. Also, the car has a typical petrol weak mid-range character.
Creta auto like its manual petrol variant has great NVH qualities and is a silent operator. The engine becomes vocal only above the 3500 rpm mark. The interiors and the features remain the same as on the SX+ variant. The car gets only two airbags compared to six in the SX(O) variant and no cruise control.
The car is priced at Rs 12.86 lacs (ex-showroom, Delhi) which is Rs 1.64 lacs cheaper than the diesel auto variant, making it a great value for money compared to the diesel. However, this is a whole 3 lacs more than the Ford Ecosport and 1 lac costlier than the seven-seater Honda BR-V. Hyundai is pretty confident on this model considering the upswing for petrol and automatic models recently.