Hyundai Creta Facelift Review & First Look

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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

Here is where the Creta moves ahead of the competition. It looks a lot more big and premium than the competition. With its Fluidic design, the Korean automaker has turned more heads than the French and Japanese car maker. The stylish front grille and the headlamps with daytime running LEDs looks brilliant. The stylish side profile makes it look SUV-like, not crossover like. The rear also looks pleasing. The license plate is located just on the bumper. This makes the SUV look taller and bigger.

Hyundai Creta Interiors

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

As Hyundai hasn’t touched the engine as there was little need for that, you will not notice much difference in terms of performance. Talking about the diesel engine, there are two options the 1.6L 4-cylinder CRDi motor that produces the same 128PS and 259Nm of torque, and the 1.4L 4-cylinder powertrain that produces 90PS and 220Nm of torque. Both the engines come mated with 6-speed manual transmission while the 1.6L can also be availed with 6-speed automatic. For more details on Hyundai Creta check Bigintmedia

In terms of performance, the diesel engines offer decent low speed torque and meaty mid-range offering good drivability. However, when it comes to top end torque, the performance start to suffer. But the mid-range just needs 2100rpm to traverse at 100kmph and overtaking at high speeds doesn’t need a downshift either. The 1.4L powered Creta can be primarily used in the city driving offering low speed and allowing you take upshift early. On the highways, this engine will run out of breath if you are cruising hard and going up to the 6th gear and revving hard would be exercise in futility. In terms of NVH levels, the Creta is a smooth car with excellent refinement levels so much so that you could get easily confuse as if it’s a petrol motor.

The petrol driven Creta on the other hand, features 1.6L dual VTVT engine produces 123PS and 151Nm of peak torque. Driving in the cities will plaster smile on your face especially when you are in the second or third gear as it gives enough power to effortlessly accelerate, if required. On the open stretches, you would definitely want the engine to spin around 2000rpm, a place of its highest ecstasy but there will be still enough power available for quick overtaking when there is a need.

Though Hyundai has not changed the engine, it has tuned the engine to derive 4 percent more fuel efficiency. The petrol variants of Creta are able to deliver ARAI certified 13kmpl while the diesel ones on the other hand, returns 17kmpl.

Hyundai Creta Riding

No changes have been made to the suspension either, so the 2018 Hyundai Creta rides and handles the same as before. The ride is supple at low speeds and since the suspension is on the softer side, the car feels pitchy as speeds rise. Nonetheless, the high speed stability is quite good and the steering weighs up well offering okayish feedback but feels artificial and disconnected to some extent. Braking performance is superb and the vehicle stops without any drama.

Hyundai Creta Safety

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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