6 upcoming Hyundai Creta challengers: 7 seat Mahindra S201 to Tata Harrier

The Hyundai Creta has been the best-selling compact SUV for a long time now. The Hyundai Creta enjoys a free run of sorts, with no real rival to challenge its dominance. The Renault Duster and the Nissan Terrano are a bit too dated now and the Mahindra XUV500 belongs to a totally different segment. In the near future, however, the blockbuster SUV from the Korean auto giant might have to face some stiff competition from as many as seven all-new SUVs that will have the Creta in their crosshairs. Here are these seven upcoming Hyundai Creta rivals.

Tata Harrier (H5X)

The Harrier will be the production version of the stunning H5X concept SUV that made its public debut at the Auto Expo 2018. The Harrier, akin to the Creta, will offer five seats and will be a premium offering. While it’s expected to be pricier than the lower model of the Creta, it just might be able to justify a slightly higher price tag through its modern design and long list of features. The Harrier will be powered by the same Fiat-sourced 2.0-litre Multijet motor that powers the Jeep Compass. Like the Creta, it will offer an optional six-speed automatic transmission.

Mahindra S201 (7-seater)

It’s pretty well known that Mahindra and Mahindra is close to launching a Ssangyong Tivoli-based sub-4-meter compact SUV to rival the high-selling Maruti Vitara Brezza. The company is also working on a 7-seater version that will measure more than four meters and will lock horns with the Hyundai Creta. Safely expect the 7-seater S201 to be launched at a very competitive price point and offer both modern petrol and diesel engines.

Honda HR-V

Even Honda Cars India is planning to launch an all-new SUV in the compact SUV segment. The upcoming Honda SUV to rival the Hyundai Creta will be the globally acclaimed HR-V. The HR-V will find itself slotted between the BR-V and the CR-V. It will offer a five-seat layout and is likely to get the same 1.5-litre petrol engine that powers the Honda City. The diesel engine will be the same 1.6-litre turbocharged unit that will power the upcoming CR-V SUV.

Kia SP Concept-based SUV

Kia will launch a production-spec version of the SP-Concept SUV that was showcased at the Auto Expo 2018. The company is very close to finalising the market name of its upcoming SUV. The SP Concept-based SUV will be costlier than the Creta but will try to attract potential buyers of the top-end Creta through its more modern design and a longer list of features. Underpinning the upcoming Kia SUV will be the same platform that will be used in the next-gen Creta in a few years from now.


MG Motors India will launch a Baojun 530-based SUV in the second-quarter of 2019. The India-bound SUV won’t be exactly like the China-spec Baojun 530 and will instead carry a handful of changes. Like many other SUVs in the list, it will be pricier than the lower variants of the Creta. Powering the upcoming MG SUV will be the same 2.0-litre Multijet II diesel engine that powers the Jeep Compass. This is the same engine that will also power the Tata Harrier. MG Motors India will use as much as 80% localised content in the production of this SUV. This will help the company price its upcoming Hyundai Creta rival aggressively.

Peugeot 3008

Peugeot will launch the 3008 to rival the Hyundai Creta as well as the Mahindra XUV500. The SUV is powered by a 1.2-litre turbo petrol engine and a 1.6-litre turbo diesel engine abroad. Details of the India-spec model aren’t available at the moment. However, it’s very likely that there will be a price overlap between the higher trims of the Hyundai Creta and this upcoming SUV.