Hyundai has launched its contender in the competitive compact-SUV/crossover segment; the Hyundai Creta is priced between Rs. 8.59 Lakh and Rs. 13.60 Lakh, ex-showroom Delhi. The Hyundai Creta will go up against the likes of the Ford EcoSport, Renault Duster, Nissan Terrano for now, later it will also have to contend with the Maruti Suzuki S-Cross. Meanwhile, Ford is also getting ready to launch an updated version of the EcoSport soon.
The Hyundai Creta combines the strengths of the brand, like smart exterior/interior design, spacious and comfortable interiors and being extremely value-for-money in a new package. The Creta is available with three engines and two transmissions with six trim levels.
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The Hyundai Creta is available in 7 paint options: Sleek Silver, Star Dust (dark grey), Pearl Beige, Polar White, Red Passion, Mystic Blue and Phantom Black. The interior gets dual-tone upholstery on the top end SX(O) variant, whereas the others get all-black interiors.
The exterior design is SUV-like and follows the Fluidic Sculpture 2.0 design theme which was also seen on the Santa Fe SUV. Highlights include projector headlamps, LED DRLs, three-slat chrome grille, LED indicators on the ORVMs, roof-rails, chrome door handles, 16- or 17-inch alloy wheels, front and rear faux skid-plates, rear roof-spoiler, and sleek tail-lamps.
Inside, the Creta has a simple but effective design. On the top-end SX(O) variant, the leather seats, steering cover, gearshift knob, front centre armrests and door armrests give the Creta a very premium feel. The three-spoke multi-function steering wheel, touch screen based multimedia system with integrated navigation and reverse camera display, digital driver information display in the instrument cluster, automatic climate control system with rear A/C vents etc., make the cabin a luxurious place to be in.
Safety is also a high priority on the Creta, Hyundai has made ABS+EBD standard across variants along with day/night IRVM and lane-change indicator. Dual airbags are available on most variants with the top end SX(O) getting 6-airbags in total. Electronic stability program, vehicle stability management and hill-start assist are also offered on the SX(O) variant.
There are three engines on offer: a 1.6-litre, 4-cylinder 123PS/154Nm petrol motor, a 1.4-litre, 4-cylinder 90PS/224Nm turbo-diesel motor and a 1/6-litre, 4-cylinder 128PS/265Nm variable-turbo diesel engine. While all the engines are available with 6-speed manual transmissions, the 1.6-litre diesel is also available with a 6-speed automatic transmission. All the variants are 2WD vehicles with power sent to the front wheels, Hyundai does not have plans of launching a AWD variant of the Creta anytime soon.
The prices for the Hyundai Creta, ex-showroom Delhi, is as follows:
* 1.4 CRDi L – Rs. 9.46 lakh
* 1.4 CRDi S – Rs. 10.42 lakh
* 1.4 CRDi S+ – Rs. 11.45 lakh
* 1.6 CRDi VGT SX – Rs. 11.59 lakh
* 1.6 CRDi VGT SX+ – Rs. 12.67 lakh
* 1.6 CRDi VGT SX+ (AT) – Rs. 13.57 lakh
* 1.6 CRDi VGT SX (O) – Rs. 13.60 lakh
* 1.6 VTVT L – Rs. 8.59 lakh
* 1.6 VTVT S – Rs. 9.57 lakh
* 1.6 VTVT SX+ – Rs. 11.19 lakh
The Hyundai Creta, at first glance, looks like a very good alternative to the 2WD variants of the Renault Duster and all variants of the Nissan Terrano. The Ford EcoSport is still a good buy thanks to its lower pricing. What is interesting is that the Creta could eat into the sales of proper SUVs in the price bracket, like the Mahindra Scorpio or the Tata Safari. Looks like Hyundai has got another winner in its hands.
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