Hyundai Creta Hatchback First Look Review

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Hyundai Creta Overview

Hyundai has introduced the mid-life refreshed/facelift model of the Creta. The updated model has been launched post three years of the introduction of the pre-facelift compact SUV. The Creta has always been a strong package mechanically, so its powertrain options remain as is. There are aesthetic changes to freshen things up along with additional features with this 2018 facelift.

In our books, the Creta facelift continues to be one of the best options in the compact SUV space both for the city, highway and rough roads. It offers competent powertrain options as well and packs more than what you ask for in the segment. Hyundai has even dropped prices of several mid-spec variants of the updated Creta compared to the pre-facelift model.

Hyundai Creta Look

Seeking inspiration from the flagship offering, Santa Fe, the Hyundai Creta looks fresh and unique. It doesn’t have bulging muscles or pseudo cladding instead has a much matured approach with a modern meeting urban design theme. Since it is based on the Fluidic Sculpture 2.0, also responsible for the gorgeous styling of the Elite i20, the Creta’s exterior design scores the most and is also one of the strongest decision making factors.

What are the unique bits in the design? Giving it a uniform brand identity is the new radiator grille sporting solid triple chrome slats, exactly like that on the Santa Fe. One good thing is that they have gone easy with chrome making sure it looks premium and at the same time fulfils the popular want of Indian consumers. Then come the wraparound headlamps with projectors lights, LED position strips and cornering lamps, all of which are a first in the segment. Ditching the conventional shape and position, it gets vertically slotted fog lamps. There is a strong profile which runs across the width of the front bumper with silver finished skid plates underneath.

To make it less resistant against air flow and increase fuel efficiency, the front pillars have an optimized design with the right slant angle. Both the front set of pillars get a blackened piano finish to make the side look elegant and also impose a longer glasshouse area. Giving it a sporty character are roof rails, chrome tipped door handles and diamond cut alloys, all seen as standard on the top end SX(O) variant.The plastic cladding on the lower half of its length give it the quintessential SUV look with an added ruggedness.

We liked the progressive shoulder line climbing from the front wheel arch and ending at a higher position meeting the rear tail lights. Subtly flared wheel arches are a nice touch. All SX trims get electrically adjustable and foldable ORVMs without an auto folding option, this was surprising. Also, most variants make use of 205/65 R16 tyres with clean silver alloys except the top trim which gets more appealing 215 / 60 R17 tyres with diamond cut alloys. This mix and match of various options on these five variants will work with customers who are choosy about features.

It gets a neat and tidy arrangement at the rear with a large bulging tail gate and split combination tail lamps. The stronger waist line does make it look large in profile with a greater focus on higher luggage storage. There isn’t much except for a highly visible Hyundai logo, right at the centre. Cladding theme continues uniformly on the rear bumper with similar styled skid plates as seen on front. The only bit which could have been better is the positioning of the registration plate sitting at an intermittent position lower from the tail lights and higher from the bumper.

Hyundai Creta Comfort

If it isn’t broken, don’t fix it. That simply describes the changes to the interior of the new Creta. For instance, getting in and out of the Creta is quite easy, since it doesn’t sit too high up from the ground. The only things that get in the way are the thick side sills, which make getting in or out of the car a little tricky for senior citizens.

Once inside, you’re welcome by a cabin that balances styling with sensibility. The black and beige two-tone interior is still offered and those opting for the SX Dual Tone can have an all-black interior as well. Premium touches of leather on the seats, armrest, steering and gear lever, join hands with well-built and smooth-to-touch plastics to give you an upmarket experience. You do feel like you’re getting your money’s worth.

A cherry on top is that the Creta not only gets the styling of an SUV, it also gets that commanding driving position, so you can see over the bonnet from the driver’s seat. The driver will also have a hassle-free experience when it comes to usability, since the car is ergonomically sound. Every button, every dial and every stalk is exactly where you expect it to be and even customers new to Hyundai cars won’t need much time to get familiar. While finding a good driving position is easy, we do wish Hyundai offered both reach and tilt steering adjustment, and not just the latter.

The Creta is also a spacious car and offers good overall headroom, legroom and knee room, while the seats are supportive even of large frames. Seating two six-footers one behind the other is easy. That said, the rear shoulder room is average. Less than even the Hyundai Verna’s, in fact. So the Creta is not a very good 5-seater but makes for a good 4-seater.It’s also a practically laid out cabin, with cupholders in between the front occupants, storage under the front armrest, door bins that can hold 1-litre bottles and a 402-litre boot. For additional storage, the rear seat folds down as well.

On the dash, on the driver’s left is the start stop button and on the right are control switches for traction control, instrument cluster illumination and headlamps levelling to set the throw of the headlamps. The key less system is a really smart unit which not only detects the presence of the key in the vicinity but also detects if it is inside or outside the cabin. You can access the car by a request sensor on the driver’s side door. Just click the black button and it detects if the key is around to unlock the car. There is no need to pull the key out of your pocket. Once you are in, just hit the clutch with the start-stop button to bring the car to life.

Technology

As you’d expect from a Hyundai, the Creta 2018 comes equipped with a rich list of features. Standout features include wireless phone charging, a smart key band, a powered driver seat and an electric sunroof. Of course, you also get segment staples like steering-mounted audio and phone controls, cruise control, auto AC with rear AC vents, a smart key with push button start and an auto-dimming interior rear view mirror.

The base E and diesel E+ don’t get any music system, but the E+ petrol and S get a 5-inch touchscreen infotainment system. Opt for the SX or SX (O) and you get a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and MirrorLink, along with navigation.However, these are some strange feature omissions. Auto headlamps and auto wipers aren’t offered on any variant, while ISOFIX child seat mounts are exclusive to the SX automatic variants.

Hyundai Creta Gearbox

After having curated the exteriors and interiors, it was time for us to take a drive and experience the much hyped different power train options. To begin with, it doesn’t look as rugged and raw as the Renault Duster meaning you can’t throw this one just anywhere instead should to be taken only on the rightly paved. They still haven’t gone all-wheel on this…yet. Does that make it a less of an ‘SUV’?

Not really because as Hyundai likes to put it, the Creta will see more of urban well polished roads than rocks and stones thus making it an urban soft-roader which can take on hard surfaces occasionally. Our drives started from Pune city giving us enough time and exposure to the city’s amazing traffic and also an opportunity to acquaint ourselves with Creta’s in-city mannerism. To tackle it all, the diesel automatic was our weapon of choice.

And it will be everyone’s since none of the other manufacturers offer one, sounds very apt to deal with bumper to bumper traffic where otherwise your right foot starts singing sore notes. Get the motor warmed up by a small push and you notice the 1.6L motor isn’t too noisy. It revs to a smooth note with impressive refinement. The 1582cc CRDi VGT motor makes 128PS and of power and 260Nm of torque. Yes, that is an impressive amount. To make sure all the necessary power and torque come into play at the right time, it gets an optional 6 speed automatic transmission along with a manual box as standard.To know more details on Hyundai Creta visit Byteintobigdata

As multiple motorists kept intruding our path, we were forced to drive on the lower revs evaluating its performance under such stop go conditions. The bigger displacement motor doesn’t act like a cat on toes instead is more of a lazy being trying to get his act right. No matter how much you try to push it, your enthusiasm will meet a cold response as the sluggish nature of the motor takes over completely till you cross the lower range and enter mid range where those large numbers of torque come into play.

Once done solving the city puzzle, we entered Mumbai Pune expressway; it being made of concrete doesn’t feature in my ideal list of roads to drive on. Moving away from my list of dislikes, it appeared that we had finally found Creta’s comfort zone. Get the motor, or rather push it, to mid range and you would notice all your concerns getting washed away with a way too confident and sorted response.

The conventional torque converter automatic unit is tuned for balanced highway cruising rather than a playful shift mode coz it will spend more time on highways than anywhere else. The box gets a manual mode when you need that extra power during overtaking or sudden manoeuvres. The shifts aren’t exactly precise and crisp. We preferred keeping it in the auto mode which too acted a bit confused if driven hard. Nonetheless, the lack of pizazz will go unnoticed by the usual owners who aren’t too keen to drive it with a spirited foot.

Still if it is made to travel at higher speeds, there is a constant need of steering input as the ride gets jittery. At higher speeds, the ride quality is decent except while entering corners at high speeds wherein the confidence level drops. However, the way Hyundai has put everything together in this compact SUV is really impressive as there is no redundant noise seeping inside the cabin even as the wheels battle undulations and rough surfaces. The NVH levels are segment rivalling; perhaps competition can learn a thing or two. The suspension setup is also inclined towards offering a softer ride and is optimized according to Indian conditions with the right damper settings.

The other engine options include a 1.6L Dual VTVT petrol and a 1.4L CRDI diesel. We did manage to get a short drive in the 1.6 petrol variant but not to the extent of getting a proper feel of the motor. It did leave a positive feel with its free revving nature. We will feature it in our reviews soon. Overall, in terms of performance, the Creta car has it all to be a regular everyday ride.

Hyundai Creta Riding

Since there have been no mechanical changes to the Creta, it displays fairly similar driving dynamics. In town the suspension does a reasonable job of isolating occupants from small and medium bumps. For large speed breakers there’s more than enough suspension travel to take them without any fuss or crashing noise. That said, over sharp bumps like level changes, expansion gaps and potholes, you can tell that the suspension is set slightly on the firm side as some of the bumps makes it through the cabin, accompanied by some complaints from the suspension.

The steering and clutch are light and typically Hyundai so driving around town is an effortless affair. There’s ample stopping power on offer as well as our braking tests saw the Creta go from 100-0kmph in 43.43 metres. However, typical of Hyundais, the initial bite isn’t very sharp. It’s very progressive so especially at high speeds, you will have to press the pedal harder than you would have to in, say, the Maruti S-Cross.

Hyundai Creta Safety

Dual airbags and ABS with EBD are standard across the range while the SX(O) variants gets six airbags. Electronic stability control, vehicle stability management control and hill start assist control are only available in the SX(O). ISOFIX child seat mounts are only available in the SX AT petrol and diesel variant cars.

Hyundai Creta Price 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 .Check for Creta price in Hyderabad at Tyaldrive.

Hyundai Creta Bottomline

Post its launch; there were some wise brains that deemed the Hyundai Creta as an expensive buy but then perhaps they forgot to run a check of items this compact yet not tiny SUV offers. It gets 6 airbags – dual front, side and curtain, ABS, EBD, ESP, VSM – Vehicle Stability management, Hill Assist Control, rear park assist with camera and projector headlights with cornering lamps.

The urban design and feature loaded interiors will strike an impressive chord with its target audience. Also, boosting that feel is the great line up of engine options and smartly Hyundai has chosen one petrol and two diesel motors as the latter is a popular choice among the SUV class. To top it up, it gets an automatic diesel which as the company say was devised especially for the Indian market.

Compared to its most relevant rival, Renault Duster, the Creta is priced at a higher point but as an overall package it makes a great sense for someone seeking a premium compact SUV with a strong built quality, well equipped cabin and an impressive performance.

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