The China-spec Hyundai ix25 has a few key features that we don't get in the 2020 Hyundai Creta sold in India.
2020 Hyundai Creta (second generation model) was recently launched in India at an introductory price of Rs. 9.99 lakh to Rs. 17.20 lakh (ex-showroom, New Delhi), and has been received well by Indian customers. The SUV is one of the most technologically advanced vehicles in its segment and is a definite upgrade over the earlier model. There, however, is an even more advanced version of this car sold in China, which is known as the ix25. Here, we analyse the five biggest differences between the two SUVs in a brief manner.
2020 Hyundai ix25 (China-spec Creta) - Interior
Fully digital instrument console
The Chinese model uses a 12.3-inch TFT display for the instrument console. Earlier, we believed the same setup to make its way into the India-spec model, but that was not the case (and might I say, sadly). The Creta sold on our market gets a semi-digital unit- a 7-inch digital speedometer flanked by two analogue gauges.
Digital gearshift lever
One of the most attractive features on the ix25 is the small digital display on the gear lever. Its essentially just a gear position indicator, but the simple yet subtle inclusion of this makes the cabin feel a bit more premium than the Creta.
Just like the MG Hector, the ix25 in China gets a 360-degree view camera. This view allows the driver to view a complete view in the infotainment screen of around the vehicle from a top-angle. Surprisingly, Kia Seltos offers a 360-camera in India as well.
Touchscreen infotainment system
The ix25 (or China-spec Creta) offers a huge, 10.4-inch touchscreen stacked vertically in the centre console, like a tablet in portrait mode. A similar configuration is seen on the MG Hector, unsurprisingly, as it is a rebadged version of the Baojun 530. Baojun, some might know, is a renowned Chinese manufacturer. In contrast, the Indian Hyundai Creta offers a 10.25-inch horizontally-mounted touchscreen. The traditional setup liberates more space in the centre console for cubby holes, although it looks old-school compared to the ix25.
Hyundai offers the ix25 with an automatic start/stop system. Dubbed ISG (Idle Stop and Go), the system helps improve fuel efficiency and reduce emissions by shutting the engine off when idling, and starting it back on when the car needs to mobilise again. We see a similar job performed by mild-hybrid vehicles as well. Sadly, the Indian Hyundai Creta offers no such feature.
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