Hyundai Creta Facelift Review & First Drive

Hyundai Creta Overview

The Hyundai Creta was first launched in 2015 and over the years Hyundai has given it minor updates which definitely did boost the sales of the compact SUV. Three years post the initial launch, the Korean carmaker has finally given the Creta a comprehensive update. We say comprehensive because the 2018 Creta now gets a host of new features too.India’s fixation with sports utility vehicles is evident sighting their generous numbers plying on the street. There are a select few who buy it with a justified purpose while the rest just want to carve their own ‘BIG’ space; to be classified as the ones who have arrived in life.

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Traditional SUV options weren’t many and Indian consumers are never content with less, so enter the Compact SUV class; gives a feel of a real SUV without making one spend as much. This type caught the attention of all with Renault, Ford and Nissan taking a quick plunge.Hyundai too sees a great potential in this segment and believes that it will grow by 41% in 2016-17 To slot an impressive product and take advantage of the rising wave, Hyundai launched the Creta at a price of Rs 8.59 lakhs. The excitement for it wassuch that the car maker already had 10000 confirmed bookings prior to its launch. What makes it so special? Our first drive report is here. View offers on Hyundai Cars from Hyundai dealers in Hyderabad at Autozhop

Hyundai Creta Style

The Creta’s styling has been heavily inspired from the bigger ix35 SUV, the sharp swooping headlamps with daytime running lamps (DRLs) placed towards the lower side of the headlamp fills the space on either side of newly designed hexagonal shaped chrome grille which also holds the Hyundai logo in the middle and helps in creating a dynamic view of the vehicle from front. While the two large air dams on either side fills up the empty space and the integrated bumper design with a strong line dividing the upper and lower portion makes the vehicle appear smart, the china spec SUV also has integrated fog lamps placed in the lower bumper area. The lower body cladding forms a strong base around the vehicle. With black base and chrome colored highlights helps in giving the ix25 look rugged, it continues to from a ring around the vehicle which also makes the vehicle look very well-proportioned and helps in reducing the overall mass.

Towards the side profile the Creta will comes with an impressive ground clearance of 190 mm and also big wheels to give this compact vehicle a proper SUV like feel. While you can also notice the muscular wheel arches towards the front and rear which also adds character to the compact SUV.

Towards the rear the broad C pillar might interfere a little and block the proper view of those sitting at the rear seat which is also the problem with Hyundai’s many other hatches including the Eon. While towards the rear you will notice the split taillamps and the tailgate with the fluidic sculpture type design while the roof spoiler and the presence of Black elements in the rear bumper makes the rear profile of the SUV appear sporty.The Hyundai Creta looks like a smaller version of the Korean auto manufacturers only SUV offering in India the Santa Fe and although it may not look as muscular as the bigger Santa Fe but it surely looks attractive and more like an urban SUV.

Hyundai Creta Space

Just like every other Hyundai product the Creta’s interior too looks premium and quite upmarket. The dashboard in particular appears simple with the silver accents and the premium 7 inch touchscreen system available with the top end SX (O) trim, while just on the lower half of the dash you will find the climate control knobs which looks a lot similar to the newly launched Elite i20. Just beside the steering wheel you will find the push button start which too is available only with the top end trim, while the audio controls are also available on the steering wheel.

The Creta offers an impressive leg room for the rear seat passengers, the seats in particular looks comfortable too. However we do feel that the window angle is positioned a little higher than usual which might cause a bit of problem for the rear seat occupants. When it comes to features surely the Creta won’t disappoint anyone because even the base variant also gets rear AC vents, remote locking, a 4 speaker audio system. The top end SX (O) variant on the other hand enjoys from some exciting features like leather seat upholstery, keyless entry and go and 7 inch touchscreen system which also gets navigation system and helps by activating the rear view camera when the SUV is reversed.Check for Hyundai Creta in vci-india.in

Hyundai Creta Engine

The 2018 Hyundai Creta facelift doesn’t get many mechanical changes but the 1.6-litre diesel engine gets a tweak in terms of torque delivery. So the peak torque now comes in at a wider band. The pre-facelifted had a torque output of 260 Nm at 1900-2750 RPM while the facelifted model produces the same 260 Nm at 1500-3000 RPM. While driveability has improved, there is some amount of turbo lag and the vehicle gets going once the turbo spools up. The mid-range is punchy and very strong.

The petrol variant now boasts of 3% better fuel efficiency (meanwhile, diesel gets 4% better fuel efficiency than before). The 1.6 petrol’s performance is same as before, there is a good low-end but mid-range doesn’t feel that punchy. Performance is linear but the motor doesn’t spin faster. The gearbox is slick shifting although the clutch has a longer travel.

Hyundai Creta Driving

The conventional torque converter automatic unit is tuned for balanced highway cruising rather than a playful shift mode coz it will spend more time on highways than anywhere else. The box gets a manual mode when you need that extra power during overtaking or sudden manoeuvres. The shifts aren’t exactly precise and crisp. We preferred keeping it in the auto mode which too acted a bit confused if driven hard. Nonetheless, the lack of pizazz will go unnoticed by the usual owners who aren’t too keen to drive it with a spirited foot.

Still if it is made to travel at higher speeds, there is a constant need of steering input as the ride gets jittery. At higher speeds, the ride quality is decent except while entering corners at high speeds wherein the confidence level drops. However, the way Hyundai has put everything together in this compact SUV is really impressive as there is no redundant noise seeping inside the cabin even as the wheels battle undulations and rough surfaces. The NVH levels are segment rivalling; perhaps competition can learn a thing or two. The suspension setup is also inclined towards offering a softer ride and is optimized according to Indian conditions with the right damper settings.

Hyundai Creta Safety

When it comes to safety for the first time Hyundai does not wanted to take any chances at all and as a result the Creta comes with ‘Hive Structure’ which actually offers a robust but lightweight body structure which also provides strength and rigidity. Apart from that the Creta also comes with six airbags, ABS, EBD and HAC (Hill Ascent Control). The best thing is that all the variants of the Creta gets ABS and EBD as standard feature while the top end SX (O) variant gets 6 airbags as standard.

Hyundai Creta Cost in Hyderabad

Hyundai Creta On-Road Price in Hyderabad ranges from 10,82,414 to 17,72,866 for variants Creta 1.6 E Petrol and Creta 1.6 SX Diesel Dual Tone respectively. Hyundai Creta is available in 13 variants and 8 colours. Below are details of Hyundai Creta variants price in Hyderabad. Check for Creta price in Hyderabad at Carzprice

Hyundai Creta Conclusion

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.

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