Hyundai Creta has struck the right chord with the Indian car buyers offering them a luxurious but not pointlessly large SUV. The compact SUV segment has been one of the most lucrative segments in the Indian car market and Hyundai Creta fits like a glove in it. Almost 90 per cent of Creta’s production is localised and it is also exported to global markets from Hyundai’s Chennaibased plant.
Blaze to Brilliance
Hyundai Creta is a direct competition to the Renault Duster, Nissan Terrano and the Honda BR-V while it does take on the Mahindra Scorpio and the Tata Safari at its price point. Creta is the ix25 that has been modified for Indian car market and gets styling cues from Hyundai Santa Fe SUV. Based on Hyundai’s Fluidic Sculpture 2.0, which is a lot more subtle as compared to the previous generation design. It gets the typical Hyundai large hexagonal front grille with horizontal chrome slats and the projector headlamps have LED daytime running lamps integrated into them. It has a sporty profile with the roof rails, blacked out window sills, a sloping roof-line with a rear spoiler and the flared wheel arches. While the top-spec car comes with the 17-inch diamond cut alloys, other variants get 16-inch wheels. The wrap around tail lamps are perched high thanks to the raked windshield. The chunky bumper looks sturdy with the black cladding and the bash-plate underneath.
Use of Advanced high strength steel (AHSS) and Ultra High Strength steel (UHSS) to create body structure improved body endurance, lighter body for better mileage and enhanced collision durability. Most of all, it means better passenger protection. Six airbag reveal Hyundai’s uncompromising approach to safety engineering. Dual front airbags, front seat side- impact and side curtain airbags work together with the seatbelts and the available pretensioning system to take the safety of the vehicle to an un-parallel level.
Engagement that Enthralls
Hyundai Creta comes with ABS with EBD as a standard feature. There are disc brakes at the front, while the rear has drum brakes. Creta even comes with ESP, hill start assist control and even there is ESP, in Hyundai’s language it is called Vehicle Stability management. The top-spec SX+ Option gets six airbags (two at the front, side and even curtain ones) while others get dual front airbags. Creta has vehicle stability control, then there is hill descent and ESP on the top-of-the-line variant.
Creta looks a lot more premium and contemporary when compared to the competition. The dark themed interiors are complemented well by the bright roof-lining. It has a long list of features like keyless entry, push start and stop, touchscreen in-dash music system with Bluetooth connectivity, satellite navigation, reverse parking camera, steering mounted audio controls, follow me home headlamps, leather pack, supervision cluster, driver information system, power windows and rear AC vents.
Creta produces sufficient power and the handling of the SUV is decent for its segment. This compact SUV has one of the best handling abilities in the entire Hyundai line-up. The ride quality is supple and comfortable for occupants even on bad roads.