Hyundai Creta: Worth the 8-month long waiting period?

Your city, and the variant you choose will determine your actual waiting period for a Creta

With every new car launch, the respective car manufacturer makes itself susceptible to two things – the said car either works and goes on to become a market success (initially or otherwise) or it proves to be a dud, in terms of sales figures, at least. While the latter is something no carmaker wants to see, the former also brings along a number of challenges, most important of which is the shortage of supply. And the same appears to be the case with the Hyundai Creta as well.
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While there’s no official word from the company regarding it yet, independent reports (by car magazines, websites, and enthusiasts) claim that if you book a top-spec diesel automatic, then expect a waiting period of up to 8-10 months, which is plain ridiculous!

Launched last month, the Hyundai Creta is off to a great start, and with Hyundai India’s target to further increase its sales, it couldn’t have come at a better time. But due to the high demand, the waiting period is pretty long, too, which makes us question whether the Hyundai Creta is worth the long waiting period or not. To answer that, here are five standout features that help the Creta make a better case for itself, if not justify the wait.

1. Muscular styling and high quality interior

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The stylish exterior ensures muscular styling but without necessarily looking over the top. What really works here is the Santa Fe aping bodywork (or Hyundai Fluidic Structure v2.0, as the company calls it) sitting at an adequate height from the ground. The lack of an AWD system might be an issue but the large 17-inch wheels ensure the vehicle looks proportionate.

Hyundai didn’t push for the 4-meter length constraint, so like the China-spec ix25, the Creta too breaches the 4-meter boundary. And while doing so, it looks much more proportionate – thus eclipsing the Duster purely in terms of looks wasn’t a huge task!

On the inside, it’s the same Hyundai affair that you and I have started to expect from the Korean carmaker. The cabin feels special, unlike its competitors’, and is quite feature-laden, too – be it a touchscreen navigation system (5-inch system’s standard while there’s an optional 7-inch unit as well), rear ac vents, or push button start. The seats offer good support, and the 402-litre boot space isn’t bad, either.

2. Diesel automatic

Creta is the only vehicle in its segment to be offered with a diesel automatic powertrain. Hence its demand was always going to be high. And unsurprisingly, it’s the same version that commands a 8-10 month long waiting period. To recapitulate, the said version is powered by a 1.6-litre diesel engine (128PS and 265Nm) while smaller 1.4-litre diesel and 1.6-litre petrol units are available, too, but they come mated to manual gearboxes.

3. One for the safety conscious

With 6 airbags offered on the higher versions, active stability control (or Vehicle Stability Management in Hyundai’s lingo – it prevents slippage and loss of control in less than perfect driving conditions) and hill assist offered on the Creta, it’s clear that the product brief for the vehicle had safety on priority. A 3-year unlimited mileage warranty backs the product as well.

Should you wait?

The Creta certainly trumps its competitors in a lot of aspects. On the other hand, the lack of standout features don’t help justify the long waiting period. What it also means is that by the time your vehicle gets delivered, the competitors would likely be updated with similar features. Maruti Suzuki is set to launch the S-Cross this week, Mahindra is coming up with a slew of new sub 4-meter crossovers too, and Renault is likely to bring out a facelifted version of the Duster (and likely with an automatic gearbox this time). 

It’s a good product for what it is, but waiting that long for it seems a bit wrong. Having said that, the waiting period is hugely dependent on your city and the model you choose. So it’s best to get in touch with your dealership for the exact amount of time that you would have to wait.