Compared to its predecessor, the brand new Creta is visibly bigger and has excellent proportions, with a chunky, square-shaped entrance finish, thick creases and broad shoulders. However, the smaller particulars are prone to polarise folks. The flat nostril homes a massive grille and lighting is through an uncommon three-part, C-shaped LED DRL sample, with the precise LED headlamps in a cluster decrease down (the symptoms and fog lamps are decrease nonetheless). The LED tail-lamps mirror the headlamps, though a neat black strip housing the high-mount stop-lamp provides some reduction. The design is quirky at greatest and fussy at worst.
The interiors are fairly the alternative, and you’re welcomed by a clear and easy dashboard design, with a somewhat elegant V-shaped flowing centre console. The all-black inside with pink highlights seen right here is unique to the 1.4 Turbo mannequin, whereas others get a extra typical beige-and-black inside. Sporty as this color scheme is, although, it highlights the liberal use of arduous shiny plastic within the cabin. While the plastic high quality itself is fairly good for the category, the dearth of soft-touch supplies and little or no brightwork takes away from the perceived high quality.
The massive attraction right here, nevertheless, is the flush-sitting 10.25-inch touchscreen, which is slick to make use of, crystal clear with sharp graphics, and loaded with options, together with Hyundai Blue Link connectivity suite. Also good is the row of bodily buttons, so you don’t at all times need to take your eyes off the street. Another neat contact is the part-digital instrument cluster, with the speedo and MID housed in a sharp 7.0-inch central show throughout the binnacle.
Coming to the seating, the massive entrance seats are supportive and really nicely cushioned — not overly tender like in its predecessor. At the again, there may be a bit extra legroom than within the previous automobile and there’s considerably better width, that means extra space for a third occupant. You sit larger up, so getting in is less complicated and the view ahead is best, and right here too, the contours are very well judged. You even get a set of cushions connected to the rear headrests (normal match on larger variants) for added consolation. Rear AC vents and window blinds additional add to the consolation.
Head room, whereas fairly first rate, is eaten into considerably by the body of the sunroof, however solely the tallest of passengers will discover this a problem.
In true Hyundai vogue, the Creta has a prolonged gear checklist, together with auto headlamps, wi-fi telephone charging, powered driver’s seat, air air purifier and a tyre stress monitor, amongst others, although what Indian consumers will actually love are the ventilated entrance seats, a tremendous-sounding Bose audio system, digital parking brake and the full-length panoramic sunroof.
The security suite on provide is fairly good too, together with six airbags, rear parking sensors and a rear-view digital camera, traction and stability management, and disc brakes in any respect 4 corners.
There are 5 powertrain choices, together with a 115hp, 1.5-litre naturally aspirated petrol, a 115hp, 1.5-litre turbo-diesel and the 140hp, 1.4-litre direct-injection turbo-petrol we’re driving right here. The former two can be found with each guide and computerized choices, whereas the turbo-petrol is barely accessible as an auto.
While it’s not being positioned as an outright ‘performance’ mannequin, the 140hp/242Nm 1.Four T-GDi engine, the identical unit as within the Seltos, imbues the Creta with fairly robust efficiency. It is a disgrace there isn’t any guide on provide, however the quick-shifting dual-clutch computerized does this engine justice as nicely. It shouldn’t be as clean as, say a Volkswagen DSG, and there may be nonetheless a good bit of jerkiness at gradual speeds, however shifts are noticeably smoother within the Creta than within the Seltos (which additionally makes use of the identical gearbox) and it engages gears in a much less abrupt method.
Gearbox and engine
Surprise the gearbox with a sudden kickdown at low revs, and it fumbles a bit. Like most DCTs, this one too works nicely at excessive speeds and excessive revs. The actual game-changers right here, nevertheless, are the paddleshifters — a first in its class — which actually allow you to take the reins and use the powertrain to the fullest.
The engine is, total, fairly refined, but it surely does get a little boomy whenever you rev arduous. In most eventualities, nevertheless, you received’t actually really feel the necessity to take action, due to a peppy low finish and a robust mid-range.
To improve driving pleasure, the Creta additionally has drive modes that alter the engine and gearbox traits. In Eco mode, the drive is relaxed, and the gearbox shifts early to offer you most effectivity, which is nice for metropolis driving. In ‘Comfort’, the Creta feels a bit extra responsive and energetic, after which in ‘Sport’, it pulls all the best way as much as the redline, providing you with most efficiency.
Moving to a new platform has additionally improved the Creta’s dynamics. It seems like an altogether bigger and extra solidly put collectively automobile from behind the wheel, though it’s nonetheless not fairly up there with European automobiles.
The suspension errs on the softer aspect, and you progress round a bit in your seat, however it’s not overly bouncy just like the previous Creta, and also you get excellent stability at excessive speeds. The softer setup additionally permits it to sort out smaller street imperfections very well.
The total dealing with is tuned to make driving as simple as attainable. All the controls are mild, and the steering too, requires little effort. This is nice for low-speed manoeuvrability, however comes at the price of suggestions, which doesn’t encourage mid-corner histrionics. There’s a little bit of torque steer, too, whenever you whack open the throttle.
The Creta’s new look might not work for everybody, however frankly, that isn’t going to be sufficient to curb its nearly sure future recognition — it bagged 14,000 bookings in simply two weeks. Where it received’t have it as simple as its predecessor is in the truth that the competitors has stepped up its recreation too. Apart from its most direct rival, the Seltos, the phase beneath is catching up, and bigger SUVs like MG Hector, are providing some actually tempting worth for cash. But Hyundai has performed to its strengths, foregoing issues like driving dynamics for better consolation and a fair longer gear checklist. They have even given it an aggressive introductory worth of ₹9.99 lakh to ₹17.20 lakh, which factors to fairly good worth. What will clinch it, nevertheless, is these class-leading options (such because the cooled seats and panoramic sunroof ) which Indian consumers are prepared to pay a premium for. No doubt, it has taken the struggle to the Seltos’ doorstep, however Hyundai’s goal is to surpass the success of the earlier Creta, which it in all probability will.