Hyundai India has just launched the Creta compact SUV here. The Creta is the first such vehicle from the Hyundai stable as far as the Indian car market goes. Featuring the Fluidic Sculpture 2,0 design philosophy, the vehicle looks like a mini Santa Fe, and is quite a looker. The compact SUV is offered with three petrol and turbo diesel engine options, spread across 10 variants. Two 6 speed manual and automatic transmission options are also offered with the compact SUV. The Creta starts at a price of 8.59 lakh rupees, ex-showroom Delhi.
Base – 8.60 lakh rupees, SX – 9.51 lakh rupees and SX+ – 11.19 lakh rupees
Turbo Diesel MT 1.4
Base – 9.46 lakh rupees, S – 10.42 lakh rupees and S+ – 11.45 lakh rupees
Turbo Diesel MT 1.6
SX – 11.60 lakh rupees, SX+ – 12.63 lakh rupees and SX (O) – 13.60 lakh rupees
Turbo Diesel AT 1.6
SX+ AT – 13.57 lakh rupees
Engines and Gearboxes
Coming to the engines on offer, the Creta is sold with 1.6 liter naturally aspirated petrol (121 Bhp-158 Nm), and 1.4 liter (89 Bhp-224 Nm) and 1.6 liter (126 Bhp-265 Nm) turbo diesels. All engines get a 6 speed manual gearbox as standard while the 6 speed automatic transmission is only offered on the top-end 1.6 liter diesel motor equipped SX AT variant. All variants are front wheel driven. Competition for various variants of the Creta comes from the likes of the Renault Duster, Nissan Terrano and the Mahindra XUV500. Hyundai offers a 3 year, unlimited kilometers warranty on the Creta.
And what’s the mileage?
ARAI certified mileage figures for the Creta are as follows.
1.6 Petrol – 15.29 Kmpl, 1.4 Diesel – 21.38 Kmpl, 1.6 Diesel – 19.61 Kmpl and 1.6 Diesel Automatic – 17.01 Kmpl.
Will it fit my parking slot?
At 4.27 meters in length, the Creta is about the size of the Duster. With a wheelbase of 2.59 meters, a height of 1.63 meters and 1.78 meters wide, the new Hyundai is compact enough for most parking slots. With a 190 mm ground clearance, the Creta seems capable of taking the worst that Indian roads can throw at it. 17 inch tyres and alloy wheels are segment leading bits.
How do I get one?
Hyundai already has over 15,000 pre-bookings for the Creta, which means that the demand for the compact SUV has been very strong. If the booking flurry continues at this pace, expect waiting periods to mount. Hyundai, for its part, is geared up to produce around 5,000 units of this compact SUV each month. Exports are also envisaged in the months to come. For now though, the thrust will be to meet domestic demand. Head to your nearest Hyundai showroom to book a Creta.