Hyundai Creta Performance & First Drive

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Hyundai Creta Overview

Sport Utility Vehicles or SUVs remain the flavour of the season and the Hyundai Creta has led that charge for its maker, very effectively. Hyundai India has been on a roll, since 2017, as we got the new generation Verna and there have been massive updates, to the Grand i10, Xcent and very recently to the i20. Of course, the Creta SUV was the next in line and finally, the 2018 Creta Facelift has arrived in India. And we got our hands on the New Hyundai Creta and got to spend some quality time behind the wheel.

We must say, Hyundai has worked really hard to upgrade the Creta to rival the likes of Jeep Compass, Tata Hexa and the two Renault’s- Captur and Duster in the market. Hyundai India heard the feedback of its audience and has given the 2018 Creta facelift some valuable changes visually. Both the exterior and the interior has received contemporary changes and once again, Hyundai India has done what it does the best. Set a trend with the 2018 Creta Facelift.

Hyundai Creta Design

The new 2018 Hyundai Creta will remind of your high-school batchmate who always had good height and a healthy body and all of sudden went to the gym and completely transformed his body and added more muscle to enhance his macho looks. It’s the face of the new Hyundai Creta that gets most changes and the chrome on the front grille has now disappeared. It has now replaced by the Hyundai’s signature cascade grille that makes the Creta more aligned to its family design. The front grille along with more muscle on the front bumper makes the new Hyundai Creta look very aggressive and the fog lamp unit on the top-variants also gets a new housing. In addition, the headlamp cluster now gets bi-focal projector headlamps with DRLs that add to the already premium-looking design.

The other big highlight on the new Hyundai Creta is the dual-tone colour scheme on the A-pillar finished in gloss black. This is a major differentiator over the previous Hyundai Creta and is certainly going to appeal a lot of buyers. Overall, the dimensions of 2018 Hyundai Creta remains unchanged but the front and rear bumpers get grey skid plates that add a bit of ruggedness to the character of the Creta. The rear of the Hyundai Creta remains unchanged and continues to get split tail lamps. The new 17-inch diamond cut alloys are also new and make the Creta SUV look more sporty. However, these 17-inch wheels are available only on the top variants. The lower variants continue to get 16-inch alloy wheels.

Remember this is a mid-life facelift of Hyundai Creta and not a full model change and hence the platform remains the same as the original Creta. Expect the full model change on Hyundai Creta only in 2020 that will also be BS-VI fuel compliant.

Hyundai Creta Cabin

The Creta’s cabin is a reflection of Hyundai’s improved build quality over the last few years. The quality of materials used and that of the knobs and fixtures are excellent. There is a general air of familiarity inside the cabin due to the number of shared parts. The steering wheel seems very much like the i20’s. The simple steering mounted controls should be adequate for most driver needs. The dashboard itself is not exactly plush, but is premium enough to satisfy most buyers in this segment.

The centre stack is topped by a thin info-display that is shaded by a brow-like extension of the dashboard. The airconditioner vents feature a new shape and there is automatic climate control available for the top-end variants. The 2-DIN infotainment display features controls along its sides. The interior colour theme is dark grey and beige. The interior space of the Creta is good overall with rear seat legroom being particularly impressive. Rear airconditioner vents are standard. The boot space could be above 400 litres; offical figures are still awaited.For more information on Hyundai Creta check Stsoft

Hyundai Creta Performance

The engines too are same. There are the 1.6-litre petrol, 1.4 litre diesel and the 1.6 litre diesel on offer. We’re driving the 1.6-litre diesel and though the folks at Hyundai say that they’ve tweaked the car a bit, for a sporty ride; well frankly, there’s a minimal difference, if it exists. It’s a powerful engine though and churns out 126 brake horse power and the torque of 260 Nm is available, from 1500 rpm, which has always deserved a big thumbs up. Power delivery is linear till the turbo kicks in and then you really feel the surge in power.

The clutch is light too but the long travel means that you will regret driving in traffic conditions. But the strong mid-range of the engine makes all the difference on the highway and we’re certain that given some more time behind the wheel of this one, we’ll have a better perspective of things. There’s no difference in the way it rides; as it easily soaks in any of the bumps, on the road. Hyundai also mentions that the fuel economy figures, on the petrol, have gone up, by 3 per cent and 4 per cent, on the diesel.

Hyundai Creta Riding

The ride quality in the Creta is quite sorted. The suspension seems to have been tuned to be very similar to the set up in the i20. Neither too rigid nor too pliant, the vehicle is composed over rough patches. Body roll is not too bothersome, though there is a bit of it evident when you put the car through tight corners. The NVH (noise, vibration and harshness) level has, however, been well contained with a number of additions such as the thicker dashboard panels, anti-vibration pads on the floor panel and optimised rigidity for the central floor tunnel. Steering feel is decent, though it not as precise as cars in the higher segment.

Hyundai Creta Safety

On the safety front, dual airbags, with ABS and EBD are offered right from the base variants and the SX trim that we tested gets 6 airbags, hill-assist control, rear parking sensors with camera and traction control. There is also the option to disable traction control using a button below the steering. The brightness of the instrument cluster can also be adjusted as per drivers requirement and is independent of headlamps.

Hyundai Creta Price in Pune

Hyundai Creta On Road Price is 11,30,492/- and Ex-showroom Price is 9,50,008/- in Pune. Hyundai Creta comes in 8 colours, namely Red Passion,Mystic Blue,Phantom Black,Polar White Dual Tone,Sleek Silver,Polar White,Stardust,Red passion Dual Tone. Hyundai Creta comes with FWD with 1591 CC Displacement and 4 Cylinders with Maximum Power 121 bhp@6400 rpm and Peak Torque 151 Nm@4850 rpm DRIVE TRAIN FWD and reaches 100 KMPH at N/A . Hyundai Creta comes with Manual Transmission with FWD .

Hyundai Creta Bottomline

The Creta has been much awaited and certainly looks like it has the wares for it to become the preferred compact SUV in the market. There is also likely to be the typical Hyundai delivery of better value. Depending on the variant, features such as leather seats, shark fin antenna, 17-inch alloys, reverse parking camera, push button start, and electrically folding mirrors are available. Increased safety features in the options package includes six airbags (side and curtain airbags).Hyundai is planning four trim options, some of them sport fewer features. So, it does look like the spread of prices will also be quite wide.

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