When it was launched in 2015, the Hyundai Creta ushered
in a new era in the then growing compact SUV segment. It was a massive success
for the company and offered premium looks and interiors. The looks were aided
by a set of motors that delivered beyond expectation. Since then the C-SUV
segment has come a long way and it was time for Creta to re-enter the arena in
a new and improved avatar.
TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS OF 2018 HYUNDAI CRETA FACELIFT
Dual VTVT, 4-cylinder, Petrol
Dimensions (L x W x H)
x 1780mm x 1630mm
Strut with Coil Spring
Torsion Beam with Coil Spring
Fuel Tank Capacity
Price – SX(O)
AND STYLING OF 2018 HYUNDAI CRETA
The original Creta was a massive and bold looking SUV
with impressive design cues. Now with the facelift, Hyundai has just got better
with the Creta. You will notice the bulk of changes on the front of the car
which has Hyundai’s new cascade grille. The new grille houses slimmer slats and
gets chrome on the edges giving it a cleaner and smarter look. The LED DRLs
have been shifted from the headlamp cluster and now border the fog lamps below.
The new design for the DRLs is much appreciated and lends
the Creta a distinctive look. The 17-inch wheels get treated with newly
designed diamond cut alloys that look smarter and sharper when compared to the
outgoing model. The silver skid plates on both the front and the rear have been
beefed up as well. Apart from this, not much has changed on the side and rear.
Hyundai is also offering the new Creta with a dual tone and two new colour
options. We had the new orange colour which seems to be in vogue but I like the
blue colour better.
The subtle changes made on the exterior do affect the car
in a positive manner and it is one of the best looking compact SUVs in the
market still. However, Hyundai missed out on using LED units for the headlamp
and/or the tail lamp. The LED lights would really have been a welcome addition.
AND FEATURES OF 2018 HYUNDAI CRETA
The interiors of the new Hyundai Creta have received some
additions. You get a functional touchscreen infotainment system complete with
navigation and smartphone connectivity via Android Auto and Apple Car Play.
While the touch response itself is not the smoothest, it does get the job done.
New additions include 6-way power adjustable driver seat, wireless charging pad
and electrically operated sunroof. The new Creta also gets a smartwatch that
acts as a key for the car and the smartwatch can also track your health metrics
such as steps taken, distance covered on foot, calories burnt and more through
an app that you can download on your phone.
The seats are comfortable and give you enough cushioning
no matter which one you choose and you can also get them in a dual tone shade.
There is enough space for the occupants and the 2nd row passengers get
dedicated AC vents. The Creta comes with dual airbags as standard and you get 6
airbags in the top spec variant. Interestingly, the automatic transmission
option is not available in the top end model. So should you opt for the
automatic variant, you will miss out on the sunroof, wireless charging, smart watch
and more importantly the 6 airbags.
PERFORMANCE OF 2018 HYUNDAI CRETA
The new Creta is available in three engine options
including a 1.4L diesel, a 1.6L diesel and 1.6L petrol. The 1.6L engines come
mated to a 6-speed manual or automatic transmission while the 1.4L gets only a
manual. We had the 1.6L petrol manual for our testing. The power and torque
outputs haven’t changed much which means that the Creta continues to provide a
similar driving experience as before, which is nothing short of great.
The petrol motor felt really smooth going through the
city roads and the manual transmission was no hassle either. Not for a single
moment did I wish for the automatic transmission. While the 121hp of power and
260Nm of torque come high up in the rpm range, there is plenty of power
available in the lower ranges as well. This means that the Creta behaves nicely
when you are travelling at 40-50kmph but sprints gracefully when let loose on
highways. This is a driver’s car and handles nicely thanks to the suspension tuning
and the steering wheel which allows for accurate input all the while being not
too heavy. You get disc brakes on the front wheel and features like ABS, EBD
and ESC are standard but there are times that you do wish that a pair of disc
brakes on the rear wheels would have made the braking perfect.
If you loved the original Creta then this won’t
disappoint you either. However things are not as simple as they were 3 years
ago. In my closing words I would say that if you want a premium compact SUV that
keeps your budget in and around the Rs 15 lakh mark, then the Creta is still a
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