The Hyundai Creta was a tremendous hit for the Korean automaker. It feels securely constructed, has high quality standards, is incredibly refined, and despite its little size, it looks butch and commands attention. Hyundai isn’t resting on its laurels, and has introduced a new Creta version. This new variation is designed for folks who wish to move an inch at a time in city traffic while also having a car that can handle a weekend vacation. The numbers don’t add up for a diesel with such little range. This is why the new Creta petrol automatic is such a good idea. It combines the stress-free nature of driving an automatic with a refined petrol engine and a price that is about two lakh lower than the diesel automatic.
As an SUV, the Hyundai Creta looks the part. Despite being built on the Elite i20 platform, the Creta is more of a crossover hatchback than a crossover hatchback, as seen by its 190mm ground clearance. The hexagonal grille, which is a characteristic Fluidic 2.0 feature, dominates the front fascia. The angular swept backheadlamps are stylish and come with a projector beam and LED daytime running lights.
The 17-inch alloy wheels that fill the wide wheel arches, the powerful shoulder line, and the black cladding that wraps around the car give the car a butch profile. The high-mounted wraparound tail lamps and the blacked-out bottom half of the bumper assist cover some of the visual heft, giving the tail design a European feel. The roof rails and integrated rear spoiler add to the overall appearance of this remarkable small SUV.
The cabin is a pleasing combination of grey with brushed metal highlights and a bronze-ish tone cloth. The dashboard is well-designed, and the layered design gives it a contemporary feel. The slender A-pillars and low window-line of the Creta provide an unobstructed view out the front. The huge display dominates the proceedings, and the cabin has a modern feel to it. The thick leather-wrapped steering wheel is comfortable to handle and is set at the perfect height. The spacious front chairs are perfectly shaped and comfy to sit in for lengthy periods of time. There is plenty of kneeroom in the back, and the long seat squab gives excellent under-thigh support. The backrest angle is just ideal, and the rear seats, like the front seats, are firm enough to be comfortable even on lengthy journeys. It is also suitable for three travellers because to the level floor and spacious interior. The boot is well-shaped, with a capacity of 402 litres, and the 60:40 split folding rear seat adds to its utility. Another noteworthy feature of the Creta is its superior sound insulation, which makes it a relaxing companion.
Push-button start, a tilt-adjustable steering column, and a driver-adjustable driver seat are among the standard features. Cruise control, electrically adjustable and retractable wing mirrors, and an auto-dimming interior mirror are all standard on the Creta. The touch-screen infotainment system has USB, auxillary, and Bluetooth connectivity and only plays video when you are stationary. The touch-screen interface is simple to use and requires only a firm poke to operate. The use of GPS navigation is commonplace. The front windshield wipers have a variable intermittent function as well, which is useful in the rain.
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The 1.6-litre normally aspirated petrol engine that powers the Verna is carried over to the Creta SX+ automatic. At 6400rpm, the 1591cc four-cylinder engine produces 122bhp and 154Nm of torque at 4850rpm. The front wheels are driven by a five-speed torque converter automatic gearbox linked to the engine. Variable valve timing is used in the four-valve-per-cylinder engine to improve both fuel economy and power production.
The Creta is a courteous city dweller, particularly in stop-and-go traffic. At low rpm, the engine responds quickly, and torque converter lag is minimal. The Creta steadily picks up pace as the traffic lightens. However, if you’re driving about town and need to pass someone quickly, the Creta will downshift and moan, refusing to move until you step on more gas. That’s because this engine’s power production is concentrated at the very top. Even maximum torque is reached at 4850rpm, which is a little too high. As a result, every time you step on the gas to gain speed, the gearbox has to downshift. The gearbox, on the other hand, is smooth and quick to shift. However, in order to save the engine, the gearbox does not downshift near the redline, therefore altering gears manually is ineffective. The Creta seems far slower than the 122bhp power rating says, while having more than enough power.
The Creta’s ride and handling, on the other hand, is a pleasant surprise. The Creta’s suspension damping is perfect, and it rides with well-controlled body motions at high speeds, unlike prior Hyundais. Even on uneven low-speed bumps, the setup maintains its serenity. The Creta’s insulation keeps thuds and bangs out of the cabin, making for a quiet and comfortable ride. The steering is excellent, but the way it weighs up is a little inconsistent. Even when pushed aggressively, the body roll around corners is modest given its size, and it feels safe and solid. The Creta’s brakes have adequate bite, but a more linear feel would be preferable.
The Creta petrol car, which costs close to Rs 15 lakh on the road, is well worth the money. It has a spacious and sophisticated air to it, and the cabin is well-designed and well-equipped. Even after a long day of driving, the ride is quiet and collected, and it will not tyre you out. There is adequate room for five passengers and their stuff. The fit and finish, as well as the interior quality, are class-leading, giving it a luxury feel. Unless you’re looking for sheer performance, the engine and gearbox function well together and are suitable for everyday driving. Hyundai has provided those looking for a stress-free, premium, urban small SUV an option with the addition of the automatic petrol variant to the Creta’s lineup.