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  • December 2, 2018

Hyundai Creta Facelift Review & First Drive

Hyundai Creta Overview

Hyundai has introduced the mid-life refreshed/facelift model of the Creta. The updated model has been launched post three years of the introduction of the pre-facelift compact SUV. The Creta has always been a strong package mechanically, so its powertrain options remain as is. There are aesthetic changes to freshen things up along with additional features with this 2018 facelift. Hyundai Crets price range in India is between 9,29,000/- to 14,83,934/, check for detail pricing of Creta in Carzprice

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Hyundai Creta Design

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 Cabin

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 Performance

Petrol:

1.6 Petrol

The petrol engine on the Creta is the 1.6L VTVT unit carried over from Verna. This engine churns out 123PS of power and 151Nm of torque. The diesel Hyundai Creta impressed us with its refinement levels but the petrol is simply phenomenal. You can barely tell if the motor is running, since it runs butter smooth even at startup.

This engine offers adequate performance. Much like it is in the Verna, the engine doesn’t do anything to excite. It offers easy driveability in the city but needs you to apply a calm driving style. To really get the performance out of this motor, you do have to push it but that will take its toll on fuel efficiency.

Even on the highway, it’s best to pick a lane and stick with it. High-speed overtakes will take some planning and you will have to stick to lower gears on inclines as well, especially if you have passengers on board. Like the 1.6-litre diesel, this engine comes paired with a 6-speed manual gearbox as standard, but can be had with a 6-speed automatic transmission itself.

1.6 Diesel

Hyundai hasn’t changed too much in the engine except for a tune-up that has reportedly improved fuel efficiency by 4 per cent, to 20.5kmpl (19.67kmpl for the old car). When it comes to the performance of the 1.6-litre diesel engine it’s still the most powerful in the class with 128PS@4000rpm and 260Nm @1500-3000rpm, and so there was little need for Hyundai to change it.

In town the engine is happy to potter around in 2nd or 3rd gear with enough power to smoothly accelerate away if needed. On the highway you want to try to keep the engine spinning around the 2000rpm mark where it’s happiest at, and there is still ample power to make a quick overtaking manoeuvre when necessary. In our real-world tests, the Creta took 10.83 seconds to go from 0-100kmph while 30-80kmph (in 3rd gear) took just under 8 seconds.

1.4 Diesel

The 1.4-litre diesel Creta is primarily a city car. It offers decent low speed torque and it does let you upshift early. It offers good daily driveability but it’s still a commuter engine, nothing more. Out on the highway, the motor runs out of breath and shifting down the 6-speed manual gearbox and revving it hard is futile. It’s best to enjoy cruising with this engine.

Hyundai Creta Rideing

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.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

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. View offers on Hyundai Cars from Hyundai dealers in Hyderabad at Autozhop

Hyundai Creta Price

Hyundai Creta Ex-Showroom Price in India ranges from 9,29,000/- (Creta 1.6 E Petrol) to 14,83,934/- (Creta 1.6 SX Diesel Dual Tone). Get best offers for Hyundai Creta from Hyundai Dealers in India

Hyundai Creta Verdict

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.

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