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Hyundai Creta Performance & First Drive

Hyundai Creta Overview

We’ve always lavished praises on Hyundai’s well packaged Creta SUV. It does manage to do most things well and looks desirable as well. The Creta nails the basics and fails to offend in any major way, and it’s pretty close to Hyundai’s tagline of ‘the perfect SUV’. But the Creta was missing some critical equipment that the new update gets now. In effect Hyundai is also ensuring that the updated version will create some buzz for the brand and ensure fresher rivals(like Jeep Compass) are left high and dry. Hyundai Creta On road price starts from 9,29,000/-. Check for price details of Hyundai Creta in CarzPrice.

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Hyundai Creta Design

Let’s get to the changes on the outside of the new Creta. Starting off from the front, it has received the Cascading grille design which not only brings it in line with the global Hyundai design language but also, thanks to being wider and a lot bolder, it gives the car a distinct look. The grille connects to the headlamps through the chrome encasing and looks neat. The other big change is in the form of the new fog lamp housing which now also holds the LED Daytime running lights. This, coupled with the updated front bumper which gets the brushed silver skid plate, gives the car a bit more of a premium look at the front. From the sides, though, the profile and the overall dimensions of the car remains the same and hence the car does not look that different. The wheels, though, have been given a new look.

Coming to the back, the evident change is in the form of the new bumper which has a lot more cladding than before and with the skid plate, it does look better. The tail lights have been given a minor tweak as well, but you will really have to look for it in order to notice it. Overall, the new Creta builds on its chiselled muscular appearance and is still one of the better-looking cars in the segment. We, however, were left wanting a bit more, like an LED tail lamp or perhaps a slightly tweaked headlamp cluster to make it look fresher. But as it stands, there are no complaints.

Hyundai Creta Cabin

So yes, these were the changes on the outside but there are some new features on the inside as well. Prime amongst which has to be the sunroof. Something that a lot of people have asked for. And thankfully, the sunroof is electrically operated. The other changes on the inside are not so evident right away and that’s because the layout and the design of the dashboard is almost identical to the pre-facelift model. But, look closer, and you will notice that there is a new wireless charging pad on offer and if your phone supports it, it is a great addition. The driver seat, in the top variant, is now 6-way adjustable and that too electrically and that is just fantastic. And there’s a new sliding armrest as well.

In terms of safety, the Creta offers dual airbags and ABS as standard and the seatbelts now come with pre-tensioners on them. Hyundai has also given the Creta speed-sensing door locks as well as Cruise control. On the mechanical front, on the other hand, the Creta comes with the same tried and tested drivetrain. Which includes two options for diesel engines which is a 1.4-litre unit and a 1.6-litre unit and for those looking for a petrol engine, a 1.6-litre unit is on offer.

But that’s not necessarily a bad thing, because you see, the Creta was always good on driving dynamics and it still is. The steering wheel is well weighted and the driving feedback on the car is a confidence-inducing one. The suspension setup is bang on when it comes to city driving and the engine can sit comfortably at highway speeds for as long as you want. Then, there are the usual goodies such as a push-button start, rear AC vents and that fantastic touchscreen infotainment system that supports Android Auto as well as Apple CarPlay. Really then, the new Creta facelift is a case of why fix something, if it’s not broken?

Hyundai Creta Performance

The power out of all three engines are exactly the same as the engines of new 4S Fluidic Verna. The 1.6 litre petrol has an output of 123 PS with 155Nm of torque, the diesel 1.6-litre delivers 128 PS and 260 Nm of torque, the 1.4-litre diesel churns a maximum of 90 PS with 220 Nm of torque. Hyundai will offer Creta petrol with 6-speed manual, while the diesel 1.6-litre engine will be offered with 6-speed manual or optional automatic gearbox. The 1.4-litre diesel engine will get a 5-speed transmission. The diesel automatic returns a phenomenal fuel efficiency of 21.1 km/l. No details were given about the other variants.The diesel manual takes just 12.3 second from zero to 100 km/h. The car is quick and is fun to drive. The diesel automatic did the same run in 13.2 seconds.

Acceleration

The Hyundai Creta is expected to have a 0-100 km/h time of around 12 seconds

Top Speed

The Hyundai Creta has a top speed of 190kmph

Gearbox

The Hyundai Creta petrol variants is offered with a 5-speed manual, while the diesel variants will be offered with a six-speed manual. Petrol automatic variants may also be offered in the future.

Power

The petrol engine on the Hyundai Creta is expected to develop 123PS of maximum power, while the diesel engine is expected to develop 128PS of maximum power

Torque

The petrol engine on the Hyundai Creta is expected to develop 155Nm of maximum torque, while the diesel engine is expected to develop 260Nm of maximum torque.

NVH Levels

The Hyundai Creta have very well controlled NVH levels

Hyundai Creta Rideing

The Creta is very light in weight, thanks to its hive structure that makes the car lighter and increases the stiffness at the same time. The driving posture is very nice. Even though the suspensions are on a softer side – just like any other Hyundai vehicle, the Creta has handles better because of its stiff body. Overall road manners and impeccable. View offers on Hyundai Cars from Hyundai dealers in Hyderabad at Autozhop

Comfort

The Hyundai Creta is a comfortable compact-SUV to be in

Front Suspension

The Hyundai Creta has front McPherson Strut with coil springs suspensions at the front

Rear Suspension

The Hyundai Creta has Coupled Torsion beam axle with coil springs for the rear suspensions

Hyundai Creta Safety

Hyundai has put 6 airbags in the top variant including two in front, curtain, side and front knee airbags. There is keyless entry and push start button but the sensor on the door is only on driver side. The top-end variants get ESP and ESC while the ABS is standard across the variants.Another segment first is the ISOFIX seat compatibility in the Creta.Hyundai has created one of the best equipped cars in the segment and with the Creta, Hyundai has made sure the safety never gets out of the sight.

The brakes on the Creta are solid and confidence inspiring. Even under hard braking, the car holds its line. ABS along with EBD come as standard across all variants. The top end version of the Creta gets 6 airbags along with electronic stability control, vehicle stability management control and hill start assist. The middle trims get parking sensors while the top trims get reverse parking camera as well.

Hyundai Creta Price

Hyundai Creta Ex-Showroom Price in India ranges from 9,29,000/- (Creta 1.6 E Petrol) to 14,87,002/- (Creta 1.6 SX Diesel Dual Tone). Get best offers for Hyundai Creta from Hyundai Dealers in India

Hyundai Creta Verdict

Hyundai claims that the Creta is the ‘perfect SUV’ in their adline. While no car is truly ever perfect, the Creta does come pretty close. It is by far the best urban SUV that money can buy right now.

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