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2018 Hyundai Creta – Expert review

2018 Hyundai Creta – Expert review

Snapshot: Updates large and small make the Creta even better than before.

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We’ve always lavished praises on Hyundai’s well packaged Creta SUV. It does manage to do most things well and looks desirable as well. The Creta nails the basics and fails to offend in any major way, and it’s pretty close to Hyundai’s tagline of ‘the perfect SUV’. But the Creta was missing some critical equipment that the new update gets now. In effect Hyundai is also ensuring that the updated version will create some buzz for the brand and ensure fresher rivals(like Jeep Compass) are left high and dry.

Exteriors

The Creta now gets a fresher face with a more prominent grille which fleshes out more towards the bumper. The fog lamps housing is all new too and the chin now gets dual tone colour scheme too. The headlamp cluster is slightly modified too. On the sides now you get a new set of alloy wheels, which look sharper than before as well. The side profile is largely unchanged and the rear lamps look similar too. The bumper at the back is sportier too. Overall, the car looks balanced, well-proportioned and very urbane.

Interiors

The bigger changes have been reserved for the cabin. Buyers will appreciate the new sunroof. Hyundai claims they received a lot of buyer feedback on this and have incorporated all of it on the new Creta. The seat fabric is new as well. The car now gets cruise control as well, a welcome change. You also get wireless charging for your mobile phone, something new age millennials will like a lot. The rear seat is just as roomy as before and the quality of the plastics is generally very good too. Buyers will also appreciate the 400-litre boot, which is more than sufficient for those long highway trips.

Engine, performance and gearbox

The Creta uses the same set of diesel and petrol engines. The pick of the lot is the 1.6-litre CRDi diesel engine which is available with a six-speed auto and manual. The manual gearbox is a cinch to operate offering light and accurate throws. The clutch is light as well. The automatic works well with this engine too, the shifts are effortless and relatively quick witted. Refinement of this diesel is better than any rival at the same price point. You also get good power delivery after 2,000rpm. You will never be left wanting for power on the highway in this engine. Fuel economy is good too. We managed to get 17kpl with two on board and the AC switched on.

Ride and handling

The Creta has a pleasant demeanour behind the steering wheel. The ride is nice and comfortable and the controls are all light. The steering has the right amount of weight in it as well. Though you can’t really can’t call the car sporty it does have something in it for the keen driver.

Summary

Hyundai claims that the Creta is the ‘perfect SUV’ in their adline. While no car is truly ever perfect, the Creta does come pretty close. It is by far the best urban SUV that money can buy right now.

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