June 13, 2019

Hyundai Creta Facelift Review & First Drive

Hyundai Creta On Road Price In Hyderabad

Hyundai Creta Overview

The Hyundai Creta has been a huge success for the Korean car maker. It feels solidly built, has great quality levels, is very refined and despite being compact, it looks butch and has loads of presence. Not resting on its success, Hyundai has launched yet another variant of the Creta. This new variant is for those who would be moving an inch at a time in city traffic and also who want a practical car for the occasional weekend trip. The financial math doesn’t warrant a diesel with such limited running. This is why the new Creta petrol automatic makes so much sense. It combines the stress-free nature of driving an automatic with a refined petrol motor and a price which is nearly two lakh lesser than the diesel automatic version.Check car loan for Creta.

Hyundai Creta Design

The most striking thing the car gets in the latest facelift is the new colour options. The fresh ‘passion orange’ and the ‘marina blue’ paints are simply to drag attention of the passer-by. And if you don’t believe this, then compare these new colours with other colours options in the brochure and you will definitely realize that Hyundai wants this car to get noticed.

Coming to the other visual updates, they are distinctive for sure, but one is unable to grasp that immediately. At the front, the most prominent and easier to spot change comes in the form of new bigger grille that makes SUV looks a bit wider than the earlier version. The grille is further accentuated with the chrome outlining all around boosting the ‘we are family’ philosophy the carmaker has been striving for.

Then the alterations come in the form of new headlamps which might appear the same due to identical shape, but the Korean automaker has fiddled a bit with the details. The headlamp cluster now no longer features the daytime running LEDs and instead, has been moved down to the bumper and adjacent to the fog lamps which have also toned down. It might look aftermarket a bit but it does gel well with the re-designed bumper.

Coming to the sides, here the carmaker hasn’t played around much as the only major change is the 17-inch 5-spoke machined cut alloy wheels wrapped in the same 215/60R17 tyres as earlier. The roof rails now sit flat with the roof. At the rear, the changes are subtle. The freshness quotient has been enhanced with the revised rear bumper which no longer goes up to the body in a straight line. The tail lamp design has also been revamped to make it look smarter. The car also gets bold front and rear skid plates for enhancing the aggressiveness.

Hyundai Creta Cabin

Let’s get started with the most prominent change inside i.e. sunroof. Hyundai too has followed other manufacturer’s suite to throw in a sunroof for more comfort and convenience. While some may feel that the Indian climate conditions are not compatible with this feature, there is no denying that sunroof is a wow factor inside a car. But it’s a typical electric sunroof and nothing special to say about it, however, the big benefit remains that it gives airy feel inside the cabin.

Mainly in this update, Hyundai has resorted to ‘don’t fix if ain’t broken’ approach. Ingress and egress is quite easy since the vehicle doesn’t sit up too high from the surface. The only few things that get into the way of entering a bit tricky, especially for the senior citizen, is the side thick sills. And once you get inside, you get into a world in which you see a balance in style and sensibility. The dashboard of the car remains unchanged and is also the only place where you will find the dab of beige. Rest, your will see the cabin is surrounded by black.

The space is something which will divide opinions, but it’s neither splendid not generous. The car might look wide from outside, but it isn’t the same from inside. However, the tall roofline lends it a more spacious feel. Once you hop on to the front seat you will see that the seating position of the car is quite high which could be unsettling for many drivers. While the driving person can’t see the edge of the hood, the high-set branch gives the person extra dose of confidence during heavy traffic. Further, the electric adjustability of the seat is certainly an added bonus. It gives you the flexibility of fine-tuning the driver position.

As far as steering is concerned, it still comes only with tilt adjustability but the good thing is that it has been set at a natural distance from the dashboard which should not be a problem. This time around in terms of tech and features, Hyundai seems to be a bit conservative. The main additions in this facelift are sunroof and powered driver seat. Other minor changes include auto-dimming IRVM, wearable key known as ‘H-Band’ and a wireless phone charger. Where the smart band seems to be a nice touch, the charging pad for smartphone might be problematic as it draws power from the current 12V socket placed in the dashboard. So, in this case you can’t use your own charger, for that you have the USB port available.

There are some misses as against the expectations. Features such as automatic headlamps, rain sensing wipers, and ventilated seats have been conspicuously omitted. It’s not like this will break the buying decision, but these features are certainly feel-good ones that anyone wants if he or she is spending Rs. 16 lakh. However, the car comes loaded with plethora of other comfort aspect which every Creta lover will appreciate. These include steering mounted controls, automatic AC with rear ac vents, cruise control, smart key with push start button, follow me headlamps, electric tailgate release, front USB charger, front and rear power outlet and electrically adjustable/foldable ORVM .Check for Creta in Changeonslapac

Though the screen size of the infotainment system remains the same, it now gets updated software from the Verna. The infotainment is absolutely user-friendly and sleek to operate. And as usual, it comes powered by Android Auto, Apple CarPlay and MirrorLink while the connectivity option remains the same with USB, Bluetooth and Aux-in functionality. The decibels are powered by sound system provided by Arkamys with 4 speakers and 2 tweeters. The infotainment also comes equipped with Auto Link Connected Car technology and Hyundai i-Blue audio remote application.

The instrument cluster features the same design as before and the dials are also carried forward in this version. However, the multi-information display (MID) has been updated and now sports the same function as that in new Verna. That means the digital fuel plus temperature gauge can now be seen inside the dials. The MID displays a lot of information including instant fuel consumption, single trip meter, distance to empty counter, outside temperature, distance travelled digital speedometer and average consumption and time taken among others.

In terms of spacing and storage, the compact SUV offers good headroom, legroom, shoulder and knee room while the seats are supportive enough even of the large frames. Two six-footers can sit one behind the other with ease while the shoulder room at the rear is average. However, three adults can sit at the rear but with slightly tight-situation. So, Creta is a good 4-seater for longer journeys.

In terms of storage, it is one of the practically laid out cabin we have seen in Hyundai cars with cup holders available in between the front passengers, under arm storage at the front, door bins which can house 1L of bottle each, rear seat armrest with cup holders and sunglass holder. Moreover, the rear seat can be folded down to extend the 402L boot space further. Overall, the Creta mostly remain the same save some additional comfort features.

Hyundai Creta Performance

Like the older car did. Which isn’t really a surprise given the 2018 edition hasn’t changed mechanically. Our test car has the 1.6-litre diesel with a manual transmission. It makes 126bhp and 260Nm of torque. And it is mated to a 6-speed transmission. It’s the same unit as before. So, it is still quiet and free revving for a diesel. There’s still some turbo lag under 1800rpm, but not enough to be bothersome. And, the various controls like gearshifts, clutch and steering are still light and easy.

Now, the Creta was always a relaxing car to drive, courtesy good visibility, planted straight-line stability, and powerful and feedback-rich brakes. But, it was never overly sporty or fun. The 2018 edition maintains the status quo. And, it is still a good family car. The ride isn’t plush, but it is comfortable. It has a quiet cabin. It gets six airbags. There’s cruise control. And, it has a good selection of cup and bottle holders as well, both front and back.

The Creta has good city manners especially in stop-and-go traffic. The engine responds well at low revs and the torque converter lag is minimal. When the traffic eases out, the Creta builds speed gradually. But if you are lugging around at city speeds and need to overtake someone quickly, the Creta will downshift and whine and not go until you step on more gas. And that is because the power output of this engine is all packed at the top. Even max torque comes in at 4850rpm, a little too far up. The gearbox, hence, has to downshift every time you step on the throttle to gain some speed. The gearbox on the other hand is nice and shifts quickly. But in pursuit of saving the engine, the gearbox doesn’t downshift near the redline and shifting gears manually don’t help matters either. Although it has more than adequate power, the Creta feels much slower than what the power figure of 122bhp suggests.

Hyundai Creta Riding

The ride and handling, though, is the surprise element of the Creta. Hyundai has got the suspension damping right on the Creta and at high speeds, unlike previous Hyundais, it rides with well controlled body movements. The composure of the setup is evident even for uneven low speed bumps. The insulation keeps the thuds and bangs away from the cabin giving the Creta a silent and plush ride. The steering is precise and but there is a bit of inconsistency in the way it weighs up. The body roll around corners is minimal for its size and it feels safe and secured even when pushed hard. The brakes on the Creta have good bite but a more linear feel would have been welcomed.Request Hyundai Creta Test Drive.

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 Price in Hyderabad

Hyundai Creta On-Road Price in Hyderabad ranges from 11,24,829 to 18,32,221 for variants Creta 1.6 E Petrol and Creta 1.6 SX Diesel AT respectively. Hyundai Creta is available in 18 variants and 8 colours. Below are details of Hyundai Creta variants price in Hyderabad. View offers on Creta at Autozhop.

Hyundai Creta Verdict

At an on-road price of close to Rs 15 lakh, the Creta petrol auto does justice to the money it demands. It feels big and stylish, the cabin is well laid out and comes loaded with features. The ride is silent and composed and will not tire you, even after a full day of driving. There is enough space for five occupants and their luggage as well. The fit and finish and interior quality is class-leading which makes it feel premium too. The engine and gearbox work well in tandem and are good for everyday driving unless you are after outright performance. By adding the automatic petrol variant in the Creta’s portfolio, Hyundai has given an option for people seeking a stress-free, premium, urban compact SUV.

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