Hyundai Creta First Drive Review


Hyundai Creta Overview

Hyundai Creta is currently one of the dominant players in the compact SUV segment. The car was first launched back in the year 2015 and gathered overwhelming response from across the country. But looking at the brewing competition, Hyundai Creta has had to find ways to become more desirable. So, company has recently provided the car with much needed facelift that includes the outer cosmetic changes along with the interiors updates. As for the engine, Creta has always been a solid package, so Hyundai thought to keep the engine options same. Besides, there are aesthetic changes provided to make the car look fresh and appealing. Hyundai Creta is based on the Fluidic Sculpture 2.0 design philosophy and looks similar as mini Santa Fe. The recent changes in the car is an attempt to muffle the popularity of the rivals. Check for Hyundai Creta price in Hyderabad at Autozhop.

Hyundai Creta Exteriors & Look

The Hyundai Creta gets a mid-life makeover and in its latest avatar comes across as a more handsome-looking car. Changes are more concentrated towards the front and as a result, you now get the signature cascade effect grille that looks more imposing. The projector headlight setup gets subtle tweaks as well and they no more house the LED DRLs. The lower part of the front bumper gets a faux silver skid plate that adds to the SUV appeal. The fog lamps are a size down now and the LED DRLs have been positioned near them. At the sides, nothing much has changed save for the new 17-inch diamond-cut alloy wheels which have a new design. The rear looks identical to the pre-facelifted car except for the shark-fin antenna and the silver skid plate. The compact SUV is now available in two new colours – Passion Orange and Marina Blue.

Hyundai Creta Interiors & Comfort

The interiors of the 2018 Hyundai Creta remain vastly unchanged. The dual-tone dashboard houses an identical 3-spoke multi-function steering wheel and an instrument cluster with a MID display. The 7-inch touchscreen AVN system now gets a new software and features Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and MirrorLink. The facelifted Hyundai Creta gets a host of new features like an electric sunroof, 6-way power adjustable driver’s seat, wireless charger, cruise control and a wearable fitness band called Smart Key Band. The wearable band controls a host of functions as well apart from acting as a key during your fitness routines. Other features on offer are steering mounted audio controls, automatic climate control, push-button start, ARKAMYS sound system, rear parking sensors with camera and rear AC vents. The seat comfort and the space on offer at the rear remain identical to the previous model.

Hyundai Creta Engine & Gearbox

The Creta comes with one petrol and two diesel engines. All are offered with six-speed manual, while the petrol and bigger diesel are made available with a six-speed automatic also. Where the Hyundai crete excels is engine refinement. The Creta diesels are so quiet, it feels like a petrol engine. The engines on the Hyundai Creta are powerful and have good enough torque. To know more details on Hyundai Creta Engine check Midasedu

There is more than sufficient power at almost all engine speeds. This makes it a good option to consider as driving in city traffic or even on the highway is a breeze. In terms of performance, one can overtake with ease. There isn’t much of a need to downshift. The engine is a bit sluggish at low rpms, but that bandwidth is minimal. Hyundai had recently announced that there will be no all-wheel drive version for the Creta in India. It will continue to sell the front-wheel drive version, at least for the time being.

Hyundai Creta Driving Dynamics

The thing that impresses most is the ride quality. Hyundai has worked a lot on the suspension and it shows. The suspension setup is integrated with ‘Hydro Rebound Stoppers’. This function of which is to stop jerks to pass on through the shock absorbers into the body. I drove over some broken roads and large ditches along the way and the result was a fine ride at any speed. The Creta just gobbled up rough roads.Coming to the handling, this area is definitely not a strong point of the Creta. While the steering feel is better as compared to earlier Hyundai products and is better weighted, the disconnect and lack of feedback is quite apparent. At high speeds it doesn’t feel very confident, although the straight line stability is fine.

Hyundai Creta Safety & Security

In terms of braking, there is ample stopping power on tap, however, the initial bite from the typical Hyundai’s perspective isn’t very sharp. The brakes in automatic Creta need to be stronger as their stopping capability isn’t confidence inspiring. Further, there are electronic aids such as ABS with EBD that further gives you command on the road.In terms of safety, besides ABS and EBD, the new Creta comes equipped with dual airbags and day/night IRVM and lane change indicator as standard. Move up the variant ladder and you will get 6 airbags plus electronic stability control (ESC), vehicle stability management control (VSM), rear parking sensors with camera and adaptive steering with parking guidelines, child seat anchor (ISOFIX), lane change flash adjustment and speed sensing & impact sensing auto door lock.

Hyundai Creta Cost in Hyderabad

Hyundai Creta On Road Price is 11,24,829/- and Ex-showroom Price is 9,50,008/- in Hyderabad. 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 Conclusion

The 2018 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.

Hyundai Creta is available in 6 different variants such as E, E+, S, SX, SX Dual tone and SX (O). The price range for the Creta starts from Rs. 9.5 lakh and goes all the way up to Rs. 15.63 lakh. Its base variant E gets the price tag of Rs. 9.5 lakh while the diesel trim is available at the price tag of Rs. 10.0 lakh. Creta SX is tagged at Rs. 12.06 lakh and Rs. 13.41 lakh for petrol and diesel respectively. Its top of the line variant SX (O) is available at the price tag of Rs. 13.69 lakh for petrol and Rs. 15.18 lakh for diesel trim, all priced ex-showroom.

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