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Hyundai Creta - Review

Hyundai Motor India Ltd. (HMIL) launched its much awaited compact SUV, the Creta last week. While its pre-launch saw plenty of buzz and anticipation, post the launch, after the prices were released especially, questions were asked: Is HMIL being too optimistic? Why pay a whopping INR 3.4 lakhs over an EcoSport? Why buy a top-end Creta 2WD when for the same price you can have a 4WD Renault Duster?

Our first drive review aims to answer some of these questions.


As mentioned in our earlier review, the Creta looks the part of what insiders like to call a ‘mini Santa Fe’, with its Fluidic Design neatly integrating with a Storm Edge-inspired front fascia.

At 4.27m in length, the Creta is neither cumbersome to drive in the city, nor it does it feel too small inside.

The front, side and rear-quarter angles are clearly the defining aspects of the Creta, while the full-rear view appears a bit bland, the chrome registration plate enclosure (an India-specific change over the ix25) not helping that much either.

For the number aficionados, here are the dimensions of the Creta: It measures 4,270 mm in length, 1,780 mm in width, 1,630 mm in height, 2,590 mm in wheelbase and 190 mm in ground clearance. The SX (O) variant, exclusive to the 1.6-liter diesel MT variant, gets 17-inch alloy wheels, whereas other models make do with 16-inch ones.


The mini-Santa Fe theme is carried inside, to the dashboard as well.

In the look and feel aspect, Hyundai have done a great job in executing the cabin of the Creta. The dual-tone dashboard is yet another India-specific change commissioned by HMIL, though we feel an all-black dashboard could have been offered as an option as well.

The dashboard of the Creta is neatly laid out with clear-to-read instruments and well-appointed plastics. As we highlighted in our preview, the Creta offers a feel-good experience right from the time you open the vault-like doors, and feel the leather-padded door armrests, the contrast stitching that accompanies it, the general quality of materials used and so forth: Basically, Hyundai have paid good attention to detail, what is otherwise ignored in this segment.

The back seat comfort is definitely a step above the Renault Duster.

The SX (O) gets perforated leather seats, while other variants get fabric upholstery. The compact SUV scores rather well on seat comfort, with both the front and rear offering adequate support for your back and thighs.

What also becomes evident is that at no time do you find yourself complaining about the space on offer. Put a six-footer up front, and a similarly-sized adult will have no problems seated behind them; the rear legroom is the first place to look at if you wish to compare the Creta to the sub-4 meter EcoSport.

Coming to the boot, the Creta offers luggage carrying capacity of 402 liters with all seats in place. The Creta AT is the only variant to get a 60:40 split-folding rear seat, as other models get a single-piece rear seatback.

Only the AT variant of the Creta gets 60:40 split folding rear seats.

Still, sitting inside the Creta, you do feel like you’re in a car which costs INR 13 lakhs, no doubt about that. That being said, a few features could have been included to make the package more complete. Features we thought were missing include cruise control, rake adjustment for the steering wheel, a fore-and-aft adjustable front center armrest, automatic day/night rear view mirror (considering even the i20 comes with this), split-folding rear seats on the MT variants, and lumbar adjustment for the driver’s seat.

Engine and Gearbox:

The CRDi and Dual VTVT engines excel in the NVH department.

The Creta comes with three engine options of which we sampled two – the 1.6-liter diesel and petrol variants.

The 1.6L Creta diesel packs 128 PS and 265 Nm of torque, identical to the Verna with which it shares engines. However, engineers have calibrated this motor to match a sportier driving nature, which clearly showed within the first four gearshifts of our drive.

Outright performance feels marginally better than the Verna diesel, in that the Creta is more free-revving, and mid-range punch is more pronounced than the sedan. Post 2,000 rpm is where this engine really comes alive, with a steady wave of torque briskly helping you pile on the speed.

Even off-boost, the Creta feels marginally quicker than a Verna, and is very comfortable doing 20 km/h in third gear, or 40 km/h in fourth.

The 1.6L diesel engine feels perfectly calibrated for the Creta, not so much in case of the 1.6L petrol.

Where this engine really shines though is on the highway, where it has no problems holding on to speeds north of 100 km/h, with the engine noise barely making its way into the cabin. Did we forget to mention that the NVH aspect, like other Hyundai products, is best by a country mile? For reference, the Creta ticks about 2,000 rpm while cruising at 100 km/h in 6th gear.

It is with this aspect – that the Creta feels extremely comfortable on the highways – that we feel Hyundai should have included cruise control, at least on this engine variant.

The 6-speed box feels slick to use, and the clutch is much lighter than what you get on a Renault Duster. However, we felt the clutch travel to be a shade on the longer side, which is more of something to get used to than something of a complaint.

6-speed AT may seem a bit lethargic, but its hard to ignore its convenience and the fact that it comes with a diesel engine.

For those looking out to give the clutch pedal a miss, the 1.6-liter diesel variant of the Creta also gets a 6-speed automatic transmission. Simply put, this gearbox likes to be driven in an unhurried way, and seems to have been tuned for cruising and urban driving conditions specifically. Yes, it does feel a bit slow for the enthusiast, but for the sort of buyer it is aimed at (one who is looking at ease of use), the 6-speed auto does a fine job.

While it does come with a manual tip-tronic mode, we found it best to leave it in full auto mode, where upshifts usually occur at the 2,000 rpm mark.

Coming to the petrol engine, which is expected to account for a minor percentage of sales. Again, the engine is shared with the Verna, and is the 1.6-liter Dual VTVT motor with 123 PS and 151 Nm of torque, but on the Creta it gets a 6-speed manual transmission.

The 1.6-liter petrol engine makes the Creta a tad underpowered.

The positive attributes of this engine are its NVH characteristics – it’s extremely smooth, the noise is well controlled and vibrations are non-existent. Sadly, things go downhill from here as this engine struggles to pull the Creta with any excitement.

With three people on board and the boot filled to 80 percent capacity, we found ourselves working extra hard on the gearshifts to get a move-on. The torque band of this engine is narrow – between 2,500-4,500 rpm is where this engine works best. In-gear acceleration even at speeds from 80 km/h in 5th gear feels very slow, and an overtaking maneuver almost always requires shifting down one or two gears.

The only takeaway is that the gearshifts feel very smooth as does the clutch. If you’re confident that you’ll be driving in an unhurried manner, and your monthly mileage makes no sense for a diesel vehicle, the Creta petrol is worth a look. Else, we wouldn’t really recommend it.

Ride and Handling:

The steering feels artificially weighed, but is still one of the better units to come from Seoul.

Hyundai have actually achieved a well chosen balance between ride and handling, wherein the former is obviously given greater importance, but like other Hyundai products, the latter doesn’t take a back seat.

The McPherson strut at the front gets a Hydro Rebound Stopper for reduced rebound shocks, while the coupled torsion beam axle at the rear was re-engineered for Indian road conditions for better ride quality.

Ride quality on the Creta is comfortable to say the least in city driving conditions, and we found the SX (O) with the 17-inch alloys to be a bit more comfortable over bad roads. As speeds increase, the suspension shows its stiffer side, which brings us to the handling of the Creta, what we think is the best handling Hyundai in the country.

The stiffer body, apart from aiding in safety, also improves handling to some extent.

Body roll is evident, but well controlled for a compact SUV, and we’re happy to report that there are no nasty surprises in store. The ‘HIVE’ body structure, what is basically composed of high-strength materials for increased stiffness of the body shell, came to light on the twisty road sections of Aamby Valley: The compact SUV feels stiffer and more confident in taking a corner than any other Hyundai product we have sampled. However, the Renault Duster is still the benchmark in the ride and handling department, the Creta hasn’t stolen that crown just as yet.

The steering on the Creta feels a bit artificial, but again, is a marked improvement over other Hyundais. For the sort of family buyer it is aimed at, this balance between ride and handling should do just fine.

Brakes and Safety:

Even without rear discs, the Creta feels sure footed on any surface thanks to ABS and EBD being part of the standard kit.

All variants of the Creta get ABS with EBD as standard. On the SX (O), the Creta offers side and curtain airbags, VSM, ESC and Hill Assist Control in addition. Also, the HIVE body shell which features 5 roof cross memebers, a dual underbody load path and a ring structure design is claimed to offer improved cabin protection.

Braking is one of the strong points of the Creta, which does without rear discs but stays sure-footed nonetheless under hard braking. Taking into consideration that our drive took place under heavy rains, with slippery roads being dime-a-dozen, the Creta certainly never made us lose confidence.

Fuel Efficiency:

HMIL claims that the Creta will achieve 15.29 km/l (petrol), 19.67 km/l (1.6L diesel MT) and 17.01 km/l (AT) according to ARAI-tested figures.


The Creta petrol costs from INR 8.59 lakhs to INR 11.19 lakhs, the 1.4-liter diesel from INR 9.46 lakhs to INR 11.45 lakhs, the 1.6-liter diesel from INR 11.59 lakhs to INR 13.6 lakhs and the diesel AT at INR 13.57 lakhs, ex-Showroom, New Delhi.

Interestingly, HMIL claims that the Creta will be the most economical car to maintain in its segment. The presentation slide above compares the cost of major components with Competition D and Competition T, which should refer to the Duster and Terrano. Also, HMIL is offering a 3-year/unlimited kms warranty on the Creta, which competitors do not offer.


The only reason for the Creta to be aggressively priced is that the badge has no snob value. But Hyundai seems to be changing that perception.

We’re tempted to say that the Creta follows a smaller, more affordable concept of Skoda’s Yeti – a compact, well-built, well-engineered crossover which comes with a feel-good factor. You get a similar feeling when you’re inside the Creta; that you’ve bought a high-quality product, the slightly premium price not withstanding.

For buyers comparing the Creta with a Mahindra Scorpio, it’s a bit like comparing apples and oranges, as the build quality and driving finesse are several notches better on the Hyundai, while the Scorpio gets the convenience of seating 7 occupants.

In terms of pure appeal, the Duster is the closest rival to the Creta but the former offers a lacklustre cabin, and its features aren’t anything to write home about either. The top-end Creta MT is a good INR 1.1 lakh more expensive than the top-end Duster 2WD. In no way would we suggest that the Creta is aggressively priced, but for its price, HMIL is delivering a high-quality product.

At the end of the day, the Creta, we think, is positioned towards that audience which wouldn’t mind paying a little extra to have a premium experience.

Will we recommend the Creta? We’ll certainly recommend the 1.6L diesel, in both manual and AT guise. We also think the additional price the Creta commands over the Duster is justified all things considered.

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Hyundai Creta Competitor Models:

  • Ford EcoSport - 7.18 – 10.89 Lakh
  • Maruti Suzuki S-Cross - 8.62 – 11.33 Lakh
  • Tata Nexon - 5.85 – 9.45 Lakh
  • Jeep Compass - 15.16 – 21.92 Lakh
  • Renault Duster - 7.95 – 12.79 Lakh

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    Hyundai ix25 (Hyundai Creta) - First Look Review [Video]

    Note: This is not the driving review of the Hyundai ix25.

    Hyundai Motor India Limited is all set to launch the Creta compact SUV on July 21, 2015. The Creta, as seen in spyshots, is based on the Hyundai ix25, which is exclusively sold in the Chinese market.

    Whether its called the ix25 or Creta, the proportions of this compact SUV are spot on!

    This is the car which is unquestionably going to be the most awaited launch in India this year. Think of the Hyundai ix25 as similar to when the Ford EcoSport was launched in 2013: interest levels are extremely high, the segment is one of the fastest growing in India and abroad, and the audience expects Hyundai to deliver a lot with the Creta, especially after seeing what the Korean car maker is capable of in the hatchback segment.

    This is our second encounter with the ix25, the first being when the ix25 pre-production prototype was revealed at the Beijing Auto Show, in April 2014. It is safe to say that Hyundai’s designers have recreated the magic they did on the larger Santa Fe: the ix25 looks like a car you want to have in your garage. Make no mistake, the desirability to own one, just based on external appearances is very high, and that in itself is a step in the right direction.

    The rear appears a touch bland in comparison to other angles, would an external spare wheel have helped?

    Compared to the front, the rear may appear a tad bland, and one cannot help but wonder why Hyundai refrained from an external spare wheel, a design trait which is appreciated in developing markets like India and China. Nevertheless, the proportions of the ix25 seem spot on: There’s an ideal balance between a rugged SUV and a modern city runabout, something similar to the Ford EcoSport.

    Open the door and you’re greeted with a well-appointed cabin which will be a familiar sight to any Hyundai enthusiast. The steering wheel borrowed from the Verna, the wiper, indicator stalks and automatic climate control lifted from the new i20 and the Santa Fe-inspired design of the center console blend in rather well in a car of this segment.

    Cabin is well laid out and is executed from high-quality materials.

    On this Chinese model, Hyundai has done what it does best: Overload the product with features. You get everything from projector headlights with LED daytime running lights, powered driver’s seat, automatic climate control, a touchscreen infotainment system, steering mounted audio and cruise control, rear AC vents, traction control, hill descend control, hill hold, a 6-speed automatic transmission, leather seats and 6 airbags. It goes without saying that build quality is top-notch, nearly VW-like.

    However, we felt that Hyundai could have reduced the button count a bit, as the cabin, especially from the driver’s seat is filled with a sea of controls and it might take a while to get used to operating the features without having to shift your eyes from the road.

    Thigh support is well chosen on the rear seat bench. Also note the relatively flat floor despite this car featuring a 4WD system.

    Thanks to a length greater than 4 meters (4.27 meters to be precise), the ix25 has more than generous rear seat legroom. Think of the ix25’s rear seat as 10 percent larger than the Elite i20, which itself is a spacious car for its segment. On the Chinese model, the rear seats had excellent levels of thigh support for a six-footer, which will no doubt go appreciated by chauffeur-driven Indian owners. What aids the ix25’s practicality is its relatively low floor at the rear, making three-abreast seating less cumbersome.

    Coming to the boot, which is capacious with an almost rectangular shape and a flat floor, expect luggage carrying capacity to be in the vicinity of 400 liters with all seats in place. Naturally, the rear seats offer a 60:40 split, and fold flat, though we feel a product like the ix25 would have been the perfect recipient of smart rear seats like the Honda Magic Seat, which folds and tumbles in a variety of ways, which further increases the practicality.

    Boot volume on the Creta is expected around the 400 liter mark.

    With such a well packaged offering, Hyundai needs to ensure that it gets the pricing right. We reckon the Creta would be great value for money if priced alongside the Renault Duster, its main rival. That being said, its worthy to note that the Creta is expected to be made of better materials than any of its competitors.

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    What is for certain is that the compact SUV space in India will see back-to-back launches within a matter of weeks, as sources tell Indian Autos Blog that the launch of the Maruti S-Cross is scheduled before end of August.

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    Hyundai Creta Review (First Drive)

    Hyundai Motor India Limited (HMIL) conducted the premiere of the Creta compact SUV at its plant in Chennai today. Post the reveal, HMIL allowed us a 10 minute spin on the Creta, and the following is our brief driving impression of the car.

    Hyundai Creta Exterior:

    The Creta SX (O) will be shod with 17-inch alloy wheels.

    The exterior of the Hyundai Creta is identical to the Hyundai ix25 sold in China, save for the chrome-plated rear registration plate enclosure. While Hyundai India are yet to release the dimensional specifications of the Creta, expect the overall length to be around 4.27 meters.

    The Creta will launch in a total of four variants – Base, S, SX and SX (O). The SX (O) gets projector headlights with LED daytime running lights, 17-inch 215-width diamond-cut alloy wheels, chrome door handles, rear wiper and washer and wing mirror integrated turn signals.

    As mentioned earlier, the Creta looks like a smaller Santa Fe, and its design is sure to be appreciated by Indian buyers.

    Hyundai Creta Interior:

    Hyundai has laid a lot of emphasis on the body strength of the Creta, made from HSS.

    The interior of the Creta is everything one would expect in a modern Hyundai – Solid build quality, well executed design and layout, and a spacious, feature-packed cabin.

    On the Creta though, Hyundai have taken their premium interior a step above. For example, the doors have a solid VW-like feel when you open and shut them. Further, the door pads on the top-end Creta SX (O) are lined with leather with contrast white stitching, what is normally seen on a luxury brand.

    The view from the driver’s seat is what one would expect from a compact SUV: neither do you get the feeling of sitting two storeys high, nor a hatchback, it’s perfectly in-between.

    The Creta’s cabin will be familiar to anyone who has spent time inside an Elite i20, or a Verna. A leather-wrapped 3-spoke steering wheel rests in front of the “Supervision Cluster”, while vertical HVAC vents surround a 7-inch touchscreen AVN (Audio, Visual and Navigation) system. Below the AVN system is the fully-automatic climate control system, and below that Hyundai have provided generous space to store your phone or media device.

    Seen here is the interior of the ix25, the Creta of course gets a dual-tone black and beige interior.

    Getting in and out of the seats prove extremely easy thanks to the wide opening doors, and the relatively high-set rear bench. The rear bench is one of the wider ones in this segment, and can accommodate three with reasonable comfort.

    Legroom at the rear is generous, to put it in perspective, about 10 percent more than an Elite i20. The seat back (even on the top-end, the Creta will not offer split-folding rear seats, its a single piece) has a relaxed position to it, while under-thigh support is more than satisfactory.

    The boot is well shaped and has a relatively low loading lip. The boot volume is expected around the 400 liter mark. It is worthy to note that the Creta comes with a full-sized alloy spare wheel.

    Other noteworthy features on the Creta include a 6 speaker audio system, smart key with push button start, 6 airbags, leather seats, shark fin antenna, FATC with ionizer, rear AC vents, steering controls, 1 GB internal storage, and electric folding wing mirrors.

    Hyundai Creta Engine and Gearbox:

    The Creta will get a first-in-segment 6-speed automatic transmission on the diesel variant.

    We took a brief spin in the Creta diesel 1.6 MT and AT. Refinement levels of this VGT unit are easily best in segment. At idle, its very hard to make this out to be a diesel engine.

    At 128 PS, the Creta diesel makes the same amount of power as the Verna 1.6. However, the Creta actually feels quicker and more agile than the sedan. Post 2,000 rpm, this engine hits its sweet spot and there is sufficient grunt to pin you to the seats. At city speeds of say 20 km/h in third gear, it takes the Creta a moment to get past its turbo-lag and get a move-on.

    The gearbox is very Verna like: Throws are short and accurate, and the clutch is relatively light as well.

    Even the petrol Creta will get a 6-speed manual transmission.

    Coming to the Creta 1.6 AT, Hyundai is offering a 6-speed automatic transmission for its compact SUV. On the move, upshifts are extremely smooth and occur progressively at about 2,000 rpm. Downshifts are pretty quick to, and the Creta AT does not feel like its dragging a slow-shifting gearbox.

    Driving the MT and AT back-to-back, it does appear that performance has taken a small cut on the AT, but we reckon the clutch-free driving experience will be better appreciated.

    Hyundai Creta Ride and Handling:

    The HIVE structure has significantly helped the road manners of the car.

    Since the Creta was tested within the confines of Hyundai’s butter smooth test track, we wouldn’t be able to give a definite verdict here. However, the Creta is extremely promising in this department.

    Body control feels tight, and though it’s not involving to drive as say an EcoSport, this is Hyundai’s best handling car till date, we felt. Even the steering feel, which is a downer on Hyundai products, appears decent on the Creta and is miles ahead of the Verna. Courtesy of the Creta’s road manners is its HIVE body structure, made of high-tensile strength steel, which promises increased rigidity.

    As we said, the Creta feels very promising in this department, but only a full road-test will bring out its characteristics.

    Hyundai Creta Brakes and Safety:

    The SX (O) variant of the Creta gets traction control and hill-ascent control in addition.

    The SX (O) variant of the Creta will come equipped with six airbags, ABS, EBD, VSM, HAC (Hill Ascent Control) and ESC, which can be turned off if necessary. The test track’s straight road gave us an opportunity to check out the brakes of the Creta which are extremely powerful and confident inspiring to use. For reference, the Creta SX (O) rides on 17-inch 215-width tyres.


    Its evident that Hyundai has not held back with the Creta, which according to reports has cost the carmaker INR 1,000 Cr to develop. And the efforts have certainly borne fruitful as the Creta comes across as a well-packaged, high-quality product.

    The compact SUV appeals on all fronts; the looks, interior design and build quality, space and equipment, engine and gearbox, and even ride and handling to a large extent. While we would definitely need to spend more time with the car for a proper road-test, Hyundai appears to have another winner on its hands.

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