Hyundai Creta Overview & Test Drive

Hyundai Creta Overview

Hyundai has launched the updated 2017 Creta SUV in India. The updated Creta SUV now gets cosmetic as well equipment upgrade to it. Apart from getting exterior as well as interior update, Hyundai who also happens to India’s second largest car manufacturer has decided to add an exclusive diesel trim in the form of a new Executive variant ‘E+ trim while there is one more trim in the form of SX+ which gets dual tone trim to it.Unfortunately, Hyundai has decided not to make any changes under the hood and thus this popular SUV still offered with 1.6-litre Dual VTVT petrol, 1.6 Litre CRDi VGT diesel unit and 1.4L CRDI U2 diesel engine options. View offers on Hyundai Cars from Hyundai dealers in Hyderabad at Autozhop. 

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Hyundai Creta Look

Seeking inspiration from the flagship offering, Santa Fe, the Hyundai Creta looks fresh and unique. It doesn’t have bulging muscles or pseudo cladding instead has a much matured approach with a modern meeting urban design theme. Since it is based on the Fluidic Sculpture 2.0, also responsible for the gorgeous styling of the Elite i20, the Creta’s exterior design scores the most and is also one of the strongest decision making factors.What are the unique bits in the design? Giving it a uniform brand identity is the new radiator grille sporting solid triple chrome slats, exactly like that on the Santa Fe. One good thing is that they have gone easy with chrome making sure it looks premium and at the same time fulfils the popular want of Indian consumers. Then come the wraparound headlamps with projectors lights, LED position strips and cornering lamps, all of which are a first in the segment. Ditching the conventional shape and position, it gets vertically slotted fog lamps. There is a strong profile which runs across the width of the front bumper with silver finished skid plates underneath.

To make it less resistant against air flow and increase fuel efficiency, the front pillars have an optimized design with the right slant angle. Both the front set of pillars get a blackened piano finish to make the side look elegant and also impose a longer glasshouse area. Giving it a sporty character are roof rails, chrome tipped door handles and diamond cut alloys, all seen as standard on the top end SX(O) variant.The plastic cladding on the lower half of its length give it the quintessential SUV look with an added ruggedness.We liked the progressive shoulder line climbing from the front wheel arch and ending at a higher position meeting the rear tail lights. Subtly flared wheel arches are a nice touch. All SX trims get electrically adjustable and foldable ORVMs without an auto folding option, this was surprising. Also, most variants make use of 205/65 R16 tyres with clean silver alloys except the top trim which gets more appealing 215 / 60 R17 tyres with diamond cut alloys. This mix and match of various options on these five variants will work with customers who are choosy about features.

It gets a neat and tidy arrangement at the rear with a large bulging tail gate and split combination tail lamps. The stronger waist line does make it look large in profile with a greater focus on higher luggage storage. There isn’t much except for a highly visible Hyundai logo, right at the centre. Cladding theme continues uniformly on the rear bumper with similar styled skid plates as seen on front. The only bit which could have been better is the positioning of the registration plate sitting at an intermittent position lower from the tail lights and higher from the bumper.

Hyundai Creta Comfort

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. For more details Hyundai Creta visit iiitdm.in

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.

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 Gearbox

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 Rideing

No changes have been made to the suspension either, so the 2018 Hyundai Creta rides and handles the same as before. The ride is supple at low speeds and since the suspension is on the softer side, the car feels pitchy as speeds rise. Nonetheless, the high speed stability is quite good and the steering weighs up well offering okayish feedback but feels artificial and disconnected to some extent. Braking performance is superb and the vehicle stops without any drama.

Hyundai Creta Safety

Dual airbags and ABS with EBD are offered as standard across the range of the 2018 Hyundai Creta. However, the top-spec trim gets four additional airbags, Hill Start Assist and Vehicle Stability Management as well. Hyundai has a vast sales and service network across the country and the quality of service also has been great.

Hyundai Creta Price 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 Bottomline

Hyundai has recently launched updated Elite i20 and now they have also decided to upgrade their Creta SUV as well. Unfortunately the 2017 model year SUV does not get any mechanical changes under the hood, but it does get a new infotainment system, a whole new trim and along with a new dual tone exterior shade.Hyundai Creta gets more equipment and the minor tweaks, especially the diamond-cut alloy wheels and the new grille make it look more premium and bold. The Creta has always been a very good package and that has reflected in its sales and with this updated version, we expect the sales to shoot up even further because a good car has become better.

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