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Hyundai Creta Review & Test Drive

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Hyundai Creta Overview

Hyundai Creta is one of the most popular offering in the Indian market that sits in the Rs 10 lakh – Rs 20 lakh category. The South Korean automaker has now launched the Creta facelift in the country market with significant updates at exterior and inside the cabin. Available at a starting price of Rs 9.44 lakh (ex-showroom), the facelifted version of the car certainly boosts its appeal further.

Hyundai Creta facelift employs range of safety features and it is available with the same set of engines as the pre-facelift variants. First unveiled in the Brazilian market, the Hyundai Creta facelift is likely to boost the sales performance of the auto manufacturer that happens to be the second largest car brand of India.

Hyundai Creta Exteriors

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. To know more info on Creta visit Industrynewswire

Hyundai Creta Interiors

Hyundai hasn’t made any major changes in the cabin and the dashboard carries the same design as before. It’s a neat, well-finished and user-friendly space, but occupants in the rear don’t get as good a view out as they’d expect in an SUV; the relatively low seating and high window line are to fault.

Where the Creta facelift differs is in equipment and features. The top-spec SX(O) trim costs about Rs 50,000 more than before, but the added outlay also gets you plenty more kit. New to this version of the Creta is an electric sunroof, a powered driver’s seat, cruise control, wireless phone charging and auto-dimming internal rear-view mirror. There’s also a smart key band that lets you lock/unlock the doors without the need for the physical key fob. It doubles as a fitness band too, counting calories and steps, so you have more reason to keep it on. Also new is Hyundai’s Autolink app connectivity, which allows you to monitor driving patterns, check vehicle health, get roadside assistance and make a service request.

The Creta’s instrument cluster and touchscreen infotainment system are also revised and now get upgraded software from the new Verna. The infotainment unit is extremely user-friendly, loaded with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, and works perfectly, without any sort of lag.

We do wish the Verna’s ventilated front seats were also part of the list. Also, it’s a bit disappointing to see that Hyundai only offers Isofix child-seat mounts at the rear on the SX automatic trim, and not across the range. As for safety, ABS and dual front airbags are standard, while the top-spec SX(O) trims gets side airbags and electronic stability control too. Surprisingly, the spare wheel which was earlier a full sized alloy is now a steel wheel.

Hyundai Creta Engine & Gearbox

The 2018 Hyundai Creta facelift doesn’t get many mechanical changes but the 1.6-litre diesel engine gets a tweak in terms of torque delivery. So the peak torque now comes in at a wider band. The pre-facelifted had a torque output of 260 Nm at 1900-2750 RPM while the facelifted model produces the same 260 Nm at 1500-3000 RPM. While driveability has improved, there is some amount of turbo lag and the vehicle gets going once the turbo spools up. The mid-range is punchy and very strong

The petrol variant now boasts of 3% better fuel efficiency (meanwhile, diesel gets 4% better fuel efficiency than before). The 1.6 petrol’s performance is same as before, there is a good low-end but mid-range doesn’t feel that punchy. Performance is linear but the motor doesn’t spin faster. The gearbox is slick shifting although the clutch has a longer travel.

The petrol engine returns 15.29 kmpl of mileage. The 1.4-litre CRDi engine generates 21.38 kmpl of mileage, while the 1.6-litre diesel engine returns 19.67 kmpl and 17.01 kmpl for the manual and automatic variants respectively.

Hyundai Creta Ride & Handling

Driving the 1.6 diesel automatic variant and on the move, the SUV impresses in certain areas. 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.Book Hyundai Creta Test Drive.

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

Dual airbags and ABS with EBD are offered as standard across the range of the 2018 Hyundai Creta. However, the top-spec trim gets four additional airbags, Hill Start Assist and Vehicle Stability Management as well. Hyundai has a vast sales and service network across the country and the quality of service also has been great.

Hyundai Creta Cost in Chennai

Hyundai Creta On Road Price is 11,11,792/- and Ex-showroom Price is 9,50,008/- in Chennai. 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 To know more offers on Hyundai Creta check Autozhop.

Hyundai Creta Final Thought

The Hyundai Creta facelift is quite successful as updates go. At a premium of Rs 50,000 on this top-end SX(O) variant, the facelift does offer what most buyers would be looking for in an SUV of this size, and then some more. What is nice is that the petrol Creta is finally available in top-spec guise but automatic version buyers will still have to make do with a lower trim. Also, improved high-speed manners would have helped complete the update.

But if you’ve had your heart set on the Creta, and don’t mind paying the extra money for the added features, Hyundai’s SUV has never been better to buy.

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