Hyundai Creta in bolloywood parlance has opened to mixed response. Whilst, looks, features and engine performance are all getting a big Thumbs-up, it's the price that has been acting as a dampener. In addition to the price, the wait for SCross from Maruti is also holding many to loosen their purse strings. We at ecardlr.com believe that at least on SCross front Creta should not have much to worry as it at best can be qualified as a Crossover and will be no match to Creta. For SCross Hyundai already has a capable i20 Active in its stable to match and map the new Maruti.
So do we have from Hyundai what it takes to be segment leader, segment which already has competition in the form of Ford Ecosport, Renault Duster and Nissan Terrano and some more coming shortly like; Maruti SCross or Mahindra Compact SUV ….or should we wait for new launches……is it worth a buy now or worth a wait…..read on to find out more.
Well for starters, first important criteria is looks for us Indians, it has to have that Oomph for us to get fond of…..Creta carries forward Hyundai's fluidic design philosophy which we have seen in awesome i20, Verna, Elantra and Sonata and that is not a bad thing - as design has been appreciated in our country as has been in most of the countries across the world. Add to that a higher stance and hence more road presence and we have a competent SUV package which delivers well on appreciation from bystanders/neighbours and friends. After-all what use driving an SUV, that does not turn heads.
This segment sells more of diesel and so we shall evaluate this option here (we expect 1.6 diesel trims to sell the most). Hyundai has been known for decent diesel technology which is a good combination of power and mileage. Add to that Creta is the only SUV in the segment to offer automatic with diesel and you have a winner for city daily commute, which packages convenience with mileage. For the record Creta offers maximum power and torque with 1.6 diesel which does duty in Verna and Elantra and hence well tested for India.
Hyundai has never disappointed us on features and that legacy continues with Creta. You name it and you have it…whether it is automatic climate control, keyless entry, foldable mirrors, LED light in front, navigation device (some of us will take this to terrains beyond city limits), rear AC vent, shark fin antenna and the list goes on.
While the car looks small on first look, it does offer fairly ample legroom - 2590 (Verna which comfortably carried 5 off lesser wheelbase) and another popular sedan Honda new City offers 2600 so Creta does not compromise here.
Four wheel drive is missing in the current avatar which we might see at a later date however on second thoughts ….seriously how many of us end up doing any kind of off -roading….for City and highway this car will do duty dutifully.
Creta offers improved safety…with HIVE Structure, ABS & EBD as a standard and from this model S+ two airbags are being offered and top SX(O) gets 6 airbags. Other near category safety features are; Hill Start Assist, Vehicle Stability Management and Electronic Stability Control.
Small feature but very useful. We quite like Hyundai for consistently offering Footrest and have seen many big Japanese brands falter here.
Overall it’s a good well packaged vehicle and should excite the segment given Hyundai's dependability/serviceability versus the current players.
Let's not call it a verdict, but for those looking for a compact or dare we say 'Step-Through' SUV, Creta has all the making of a blockbuster, even though we wish Hyundai had not priced it the way that they have done. All said and done Creta it is for us, but the best way to decide, is to test drive one and check out whether it suits your driving palate (Hope there is a word like that)