Hyundai Creta is one of the all time favourite mid size SUV in the country. Last year, Hyundai launched the all-new Creta and is currently the best seller in the segment. One such anticipated SUV from Indian manufacturer Tata was Harrier. Earlier this year, Tata announced the launch of their all-new 7-seater SUV Safari in the market which was based on Harrier. The SUV was named after Tata’s iconic 4×4 SUV Safari but, the all-new Safari is Front wheel drive SUV like all others in the segment. Here we have a video that shows all-new Hyundai Creta turbo petrol and Tata Safari in a drag race.
The video has been uploaded by Kashish And Pratham Vlogs on their YouTube channel. The video starts with vlogger talking about the engine specifications of both the SUVs. The Tata Safarai is powered by a 2.0 litre turbocharged diesel engine that generates 170 Ps and 350 Nm of peak torque. Hyundai Creta on the other hand is powered by a smaller 1.4 litre turbo petrol engine that generates 140 Ps and 242 Nm of torque.
The vlogger chooses an empty stretch of road for this experiment. He mentions that both SUVs were only a month and half old. The line up the SUV and the vlogger was driving Creta while his friend was in Safari. The race starts and the Safari takes the lead. Vlogger can be heard saying on video that Safari was leading and it felt like Safari might win the round.
After covering few hundred metres, Creta starts showing its colours and overtook Safari and maintained the lead till the end. Vlogger says that the difference was nothing major between these SUV. They line up the vehicles again for the next round and in this round, similar result was expected but, surprisingly, Safari managed to maintain the lead and won the round by a small margin.
In third round, they line up both SUVs and start racing, in this round Creta managed to move off the line quickly and Safari was right behind it. Safari was right next to Creta turbo petrol but, the stretch was not long enough for Safari to overtake. By the time it had started closing the gap, Creta had won the round. So, Hyundai Creta turbo petrol won two rounds and was announced winner of the race.
How did that actually happen. One of the main factor that helped Hyundai Creta here was the weight itself. When compared with Tata Safari, Creta is almost 500 kgs lighter. This acts as an advantage for Creta in such drag races. The turbo diesel engine in Safari had enough low end punch to push the heavy SUV forward and that is why it was in front for few seconds in the beginning of the race. Another factor that would have played an important role in this race is the gearbox. It is not known whether the Safari used in this video gets a manual or an automatic transmission but, Hyundai Creta Turbo petrol comes with a 7-speed DCT gearbox which shifts seamlessly.