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Hyundai Creta 1.5 Petrol Manual – Drive Review

We drove Hyundai Creta 1.5 Petrol Manual and this seems amongst one of the popular combination while opting for the SUV along with 1.5 Diesel AT.

Exterior

As compared to previous generation Creta, new iteration of the SUV has grown in size and looks much more proportionate. Upfront it features big front grille, split type headlamp setup, chunky skid plates and fog lamps in halogen. 

Sharp character lines runs on the bonnet and on the side as well. Creta rides on 17-inch wheels, however, in this SX variant, which has got the majority of owners, could have done better with the design of the the wheels.

Chrome has been used on the door handles while even the top end trim of the SUV doesn’t get the same for the window belt line although silver accents on the C-Pillar adds to the dynamic character.

LED Tail lamps mirrors the headlamps and DRLs while the high mount stop lamp is placed in a black strip connecting the upper tail lights. Big size rear bumper houses reflectors, skid plates and also if you manage to pick the turbo variant, it added feature of twin tip exhaust.

Interior

Step inside and you will be greeted by premium and sophisticated dual tone interiors. The material utilised in the cabin feels premium however Hyundai could have added piano black accents on the climate control unit as well as for the door switches panel and controls near the gearbox like the Alcazar, which most likely is going to be on the priory list when the carmakers will launch facelift later this year.

Thanks to full size panoramic sunroof, cabin feels airy and without any doubt, one of the spacious as well. Hyundai also offers single colour ambient lighting which amps up the premium quotient.

Space & Comfort

Front and rear seats offers better underthigh and side support as compared to Seltos and is paramount on long journeys. Seats holds you very well and for rear seats, 3rd passenger will be a bit more comfortable compared to its Korean rival.

Hyundai Creta: Top Features

Hyundai Creta has some features which Seltos doesn’t possess and vice versa. Here are some of the top equipments of Creta:

  • LED Headlamps, DRLs, Tail lamps
  • Panoramic Sunroof
  • Semi digital instrument cluster
  • 10.25” touchscreen Infotainment system with android auto, Apple CarPlay, navigation, Blue Link
  • Air Purifier
  • 8 Speaker Bose Sound System
  • Rear window sunshade
  • Rear Recline Seats
  • Front Ventilated Seats
  • Ambient Lighting

Hyundai Creta: Performance & NVH

PETROLHyundai CretaKia SeltosSkoda KushaqVW TaigunMG AstorRenault DusterNissan Kicks
Engine1.5 L MPI 1.5 L MPI 1.5 L Petrol1.5 L H4K1.5 L H4K
Capacity1497 cc1497 cc1498 cc1498 cc
No of Cylinders44444
Power113 BHP113 BHP108 BHP105 BHP105 BHP
Torque144 NM144 NM144 NM142 NM142 NM
Transmission 6 Speed MT / 6 Speed iVT6 Speed MT, iMT, 7 Speed IVT6 Speed MT / 8 Speed CVT5 Speed MT5 Speed MT
Fuel Efficiency 16.8 kmpl / 16.9 kmpl16.5 kmpl / 16.8 kmpl14.19 kmpl14.19 kmpl

Hyundai Creta 1.5 L Petrol engine generates similar output figures as of Seltos, however the difference in power delivery is there. Creta is meant for a relaxed driving. It can be said that it is rather a light and very easy car to drive. Power is delivered in a smooth manner and real power arrives at 2,200 rpm while for Seltos, it is 1,800 rpm. 

Like the other naturally aspirated engine, low end and mid range of Creta 1.5 petrol is linear. If you want more enthusiast drive with NA petrol, you can go for Seltos petrol, however, the Creta has got enough muscle for city driving and frequent highway trips.

Hyundai Creta offers best in class refinement, no matter which engine option you opt. It feels dead silent at idle and there is no outside noise entering the cabin uptill 3,500 rpm, post that it becomes just slight bit vocal. 

ORVMs are wide enough while we get good view from the IRVM. Since bonnet remains visible while driving, it definitely quite easy to drive in the city traffic.

Hyundai Creta: On Road Mileage 

With 0.3 kmpl higher claimed mileage than Seltos, Creta 1.5 Petrol delivered fuel economy of 11 to 12.5 kmpl in city and on highway, we got 17.5 kmpl.


Fuel efficiency
ARAI certified16.8 kmpl
City 11-12.5 kmpl
Highway17.5 kmpl

Hyundai Creta: Clutch & Gearbox

Clutch travel of Creta is really short requiring quite less effort. Gear shifts are extremely smooth and aren’t even felt, as is the case with Seltos.

Hyundai Creta: Steering Wheel

Steering wheel of all Hyundai cars are light and carries decent weight as the speed increases. Light steering along with short gear shifts eases up the city driving. It lacks the feedback although most people won’t care about it since everything here has been setup for a sedate driving.  

Hyundai Creta: Brakes & Suspension

Compared to Kia Seltos, Hyundai Creta has got a slight advantage here with bit more confidence from the brakes. 

Better suspension setup here is another big reason for customers buying this car. It offers supple ride quality and this isn’t a car now that would plead you to stop at the sight of bad roads. Also, Hyundai have tuned it such a way that the occupants won’t have a bouncy ride while cruising on three digit speeds.

Hyundai Creta: High Speed Stability & Cornering 

Creta offers excellent high speed stability and has been surely a step up as compared to 1st generation. Same is the case with body roll which has been reduced by a big margin albeit it is still there.

Verdict

Hyundai Creta 1.5 Petrol is perfect for city drives and occasional trips. Creta really impresses in terms of NVH level and on the top of that, it offers excellent comfort to its passengers which is paramount. If you want more output from the engine, you can consider other petrol cars in the segment although for owners who want easy to drive car or drive mostly in the city, would find power in suffice.

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Team Car Delight