The new-gen Hyundai Creta has been selling like hot cakes since its launch this year. But with compelling rivals like the Kia Seltos, we take a look why the Creta may be a better deal.
Hyundai launched the second-generation of its hugely successful Creta in India right after Auto Expo 2020. It came with a fresh design and all-new features, which helped it go back to the top of its segment, which has been growing rapidly with the likes of the MG Hector and Kia Seltos launching in recent times as well. Both of them are very compelling products and rivals, but the new-gen Creta gets a few things which its rivals don’t get.
In the video that has been uploaded by AutoWheels India – Cars and RoadTrips over on their YouTube channel, we talk to the owner of a brand-new Hyundai Creta who had been confused between this and the Kia Seltos but the Creta offered a few features which weren’t available in the Seltos. The owner’s budget was Rs 15-16 lakh and wanted a petrol manual only.
Firstly, it gets more safety kits including disc brakes all round, traction control, vehicle stability management, and hill hold assist on the Hyundai Creta. Over to the interior, you get a cooled glovebox, a wireless charging pad for your phone or wireless earbuds, and more importantly, you get a panoramic sunroof with voice assist which isn’t available on the Seltos. You also get the only cushions for rear headrests in the class and get puddle lamps on the ORVMs as well.
The Hyundai Creta also rides on softer suspension than its rivals, which gives it a very plus ride quality that is perfect for our imperfect road conditions. The owner also considered the better aftersales experience of Hyundai, with its larger service centre network coming in handy. Though Kia has been in the country only for a short while, Hyundai’s product has generally had really good resale value, an important factor when you buy a new car.
The Hyundai Creta gets 4 engines on offer – 3 petrol and 1 diesel. You get a 1.5-litre petrol making which makes 114 PS/144 Nm of max power and torque figures, the other slightly larger 1.5-litre makes the same figures as well. The range-topping 1.4-litre turbo petrol churns out 138 PS/242 Nm of peak power and torque. Meanwhile, the Diesel is a 1.5-litre four pot which puts out max power and torque figures of 114 PS/250 Nm respectively and all the engines can be mated to a manual or an automatic transmission. Prices for the Creta ranges between Rs 9.99 lakh to Rs 17.31 lakh, ex-showroom.