The Creta is Hyundai’s entry into the world of compact SUVs. Launched as the ix25 in China, this car is built to take on the likes of the Renault Duster, Nissan Terrano, Ford EcoSport and others in India and also in the global markets.
The Hyundai Creta looks like a smaller version of the Santa Fe SUV with a hexagonal chrome grille and thick horizontal slats. It uses the fluidic design sculpt with edgy design compared to the rounded styling of the Santa Fe. It has a muscular stance with the wide bonnet, swept back headlamps, blacked out air-dam and innovative vertical fog-lamps with black surrounds. The side profile of the Creta is also similar to that of the Santa Fe, which means the stance is forward leaning with flared wheel arches. The rear roofline sharply tapers as it connects with the tail lamps.
At the rear, the South Korean automaker has given the Creta a vertically stacked design with each part appearing like a separate section. The first part goes from the spoiler to the base of glass while the second section is from a ridge line at the centre of the hatch door to just above the number plate slot.
The loading lip and the black bumper form section three of the stack. Wrap around tail lamps and a silver-coloured bash plate complete the appearance of the rear section. Not everyone is going to like the rear profile at first glance, but it is very European and will grow on you in the long run.Hyundai is positioning the Creta as a premium car and the projector headlamps with DRLs, diamond-cut alloy-wheels, bold roof rails and liberal usage of chrome vouch for the same.
The interior of the Creta is similar to that of the India-spec Verna sedan in terms of the layout. However, where the Verna gets a typical beige interior, the Creta uses black to look sporty. The Creta is feature loaded, the top-spec variant gets auto headlamps and wipers, touch-screen music system, navigation, climate control, rear AC vents, keyless entry and start-stop button. The majority of the line-up gets two airbags, while Hyundai is offering six airbags with the top-end version.
Hyundai has used premium soft touch material for the dashboard and the top-end version gets leather seats with contrasting stitching. The rear bench offers enough knee room and headroom, but it is a little cramped to seat three passengers.
Engine Specifications & Transmissions
The Hyundai Creta SUV is offered with two diesel and one petrol engine options. The petrol engine is a 1.6-litre Gamma VTVT motor generating 121bhp of power and 155Nm of torque. The oil burners are 1.4-litre U2 CRDi producing 89bhp of power and 220Nm of torque, and a 1.6-litre CRDi motor that is good for 126bhp and 260Nm of torque. A 6-speed manual gearbox comes as standard feature, while an optional 6-speed automatic transmission is exclusively offered on SX+ diesel variant. Hyundai claims that the most efficient 1.4-litre diesel engine delivers an impressive mileage of 21.38kmpl, while the1.6-litre diesel engine returns 19.67kmpl with manual gearbox, and 17.01kmpl with automatic transmission. Whereas, the 1.6-litre petrol unit offers 15.29kmpl.
Styling- Exterior and Interior
Based on the ix25 compact SUV available in China, the Creata is above 4-metres in length. It measures 4270mm in length, 1780mm in width and 1622mm in height, and has a wheelbase of 2590mm. Like other new breed of Hyundai cars, the Global SUV is based on the company’s Fluidic Design Sculpture 2.0. It shares some styling cues with the Santa Fe SUV. The car features aggressive bumper, silver skid plates, newly styled chrome grille, fog lamps, uniquely designed headlamps with silver inserts and integrated LED daytime running lamps.
The Creata features forward leaning stance with muscular wheel arches for squad stance. It features 17-inch alloy wheels, aggressive character lines running across the length, and body coloured ORVMs with integrated blinkers. The rear-end of the SUV features newly styled tail-lamps, new roof mounted spoiler and silver skid plate.
The Creta shares its interior with the Verna and the Elite i20. The compact SUV comes equipped with various features including touchscreen infotainment system, automatic climate control, power steering, electrically adjustable wing mirrors, rear AC vents, leather upholstery, etc. It offers large 400-litres of boot space.
Hyundai Creta Variant-wise Features
Hyundai Creta Base: 2-DIN music system with CD/AUX/USB/iPod and 4 speakers, front and rear power windows, manual AC unit, rear AC vents, full cloth seat upholstery, tilt steering,16-inch wheels, ABS (anti-lock braking system), keyless entry with a foldable key and central locking.
Hyundai Creta S: Height adjustable driver seat, steering mounted controls, 5-inch touchscreen audio system with Bluetooth, foglights, electrically adjustable ORVMs, silver skid plates at the front and rear and rear defogger.
Hyundai Creta S+: An AVN system with a shark fin antenna, 16-inch alloy wheels, dual airbags and rear parking camera and sensors.
Hyundai Creta SX: Automatic climate control, rear wiper and washer, projector headlights with static bending lights and LED position lights,16-inch alloys, electric folding wing mirrors, rear parking sensors and dual airbags.
Hyundai Creta SX+: AVN system with shark fin antenna and chrome door handles, smart entry with push button start and rear parking camera.
Hyundai Creta SX (O): 7-inch touchscreen AVN system, leather pack, supervision cluster, chrome door handles,17-inch diamond-cut alloy wheels, ESC (electronic stability control), VSM (vehicle stability management), side and curtain airbags, smart entry with push button start, hill-start assist control and rear parking camera.
Hyundai Creta Engine Options
1.6-litre Dual VTVT petrol – 121bhp @ 6400rpm and 151Nm @ 4, 850rpm
1.4-litre CRDi diesel – 89bhp @ 4000rpm and 220Nm @ 1500rpm – 2750rpm
1.6-litre U2 CRDi VGT diesel – 126bhp @ 4000rpm and 259Nm a@ 1900rpm – 2750rpm
Hyundai Creta Mileage
1.4-litre U2 CRDi diesel- 21.38kmpl
1.6-litre U2 CRDi diesel (MT)- 19.67kmpl
1.6-litre U2 CRDi diesel (AT)- 17.01kmpl
1.6-litre Gamma VTVT petrol- 15.29kmpl
Hyundai Creta Colors – Sleek Silver, Stardust, Pearl Beige, Mystic Blue, Red Passion, Phantom Black and Polar White