Hyundai Creta Overview & Test Drive

Hyundai Creta Overview

The Hyundai Creta was first launched in 2015 and over the years Hyundai has given it minor updates which definitely did boost the sales of the compact SUV. Three years post the initial launch, the Korean carmaker has finally given the Creta a comprehensive update. We say comprehensive because the 2018 Creta now gets a host of new features too.The Hyundai Creta was first showcased in a concept form at Auto China in Beijing in April 2014 and a year later, the compact SUV was launched in India. The vehicle went on to become the darling of the Indian masses. From inception till end-February 2018, Hyundai has sold 2,48,582 units of the Creta in India. Hyundai Creta price range in India is between 10,65,929 to 17,88,328, check for detail pricing of Creta in Carzprice.

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Hyundai Creta Design

The Hyundai Creta looks its part as an SUV. Though it is based on the Elite i20 platform, the Creta is more SUV than a crossover hatchback and that is evident with the 190mm ground clearance. The front fascia is dominated by the hexagonal grille, signature Fluidic 2.0. The angular swept backheadlamps look modern and they are equipped with projector beam with LED day-time running lamps.

The profile looks butch thanks to the 17-inch alloy wheels filling up the flared wheel arches, the strong shoulder line and the black cladding that wraps around the car. The tail design has a European touch with the high mounted wraparound tail lamps and the blacked out lower portion of the bumper helping it hide some of the visual mass. The roof rails and the integrated rear spoiler adds to the styling quotient of this impressive looking compact SUV.

Hyundai Creta Cabin

Just like the exterior the interior too has received minor changes as well while the SX+ Dual tone trim gets an all black interior with red and black fabric upholstery, the other trims continue with the same Black and Beige interior.The only significant change made to the interior comes in the form of a new 7-inch AVN system which gets integrated with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and Mirror Link connectivity. Furthermore the Arkamys Sound Mood system now also comes as standard with the Creta S+, SX+, SX+ Dual Tone & SX(O) trims.

Hyundai also introduced a new Executive Variant ‘E+’ trim which gets the 1.4 Litre Diesel under the hood. This trim gets 2-Din Audio with AUX, USB and MP3, Electrically adjustable ORVM with LED turn indicators, Rear AC Vents and a luggage lamp for more comfort & convenience of the occupants.

Hyundai Creta Performance

The 2018 Hyundai Creta facelift doesn’t get many mechanical changes but the 1.6-litre diesel engine gets a tweak in terms of torque delivery. So the peak torque now comes in at a wider band. The pre-facelifted had a torque output of 260 Nm at 1900-2750 RPM while the facelifted model produces the same 260 Nm at 1500-3000 RPM. While driveability has improved, there is some amount of turbo lag and the vehicle gets going once the turbo spools up. The mid-range is punchy and very strong.

The petrol variant now boasts of 3% better fuel efficiency (meanwhile, diesel gets 4% better fuel efficiency than before). The 1.6 petrol’s performance is same as before, there is a good low-end but mid-range doesn’t feel that punchy. Performance is linear but the motor doesn’t spin faster. The gearbox is slick shifting although the clutch has a longer travel. For more info on Hyundai Creta visit painpeters.com 

Hyundai Creta Rideing

The ride and handling, though, is the surprise element of the Creta. Hyundai has got the suspension damping right on the Creta and at high speeds, unlike previous Hyundais, it rides with well controlled body movements. The composure of the setup is evident even for uneven low speed bumps. The insulation keeps the thuds and bangs away from the cabin giving the Creta a silent and plush ride. The steering is precise and but there is a bit of inconsistency in the way it weighs up. The body roll around corners is minimal for its size and it feels safe and secured even when pushed hard. The brakes on the Creta have good bite but a more linear feel would have been welcomed.

Hyundai Creta Safety

Dual airbags and ABS with EBD are offered as standard across the range of the 2018 Hyundai Creta. However, the top-spec trim gets four additional airbags, Hill Start Assist and Vehicle Stability Management as well. Hyundai has a vast sales and service network across the country and the quality of service also has been great.

Hyundai Creta Price

Hyundai Creta On-Road Price in India ranges from 10,65,929 to 17,88,328 for variants Creta 1.6 E Petrol and Creta 1.6 SX Diesel Dual Tone respectively. Hyundai Creta is available in 13 variants and 8 colours. Below are details of Hyundai Creta variants price in India.

Hyundai Creta Verdict

At an on-road price of close to Rs 15 lakh, the Creta petrol auto does justice to the money it demands. It feels big and stylish, the cabin is well laid out and comes loaded with features. The ride is silent and composed and will not tire you, even after a full day of driving. There is enough space for five occupants and their luggage as well. The fit and finish and interior quality is class-leading which makes it feel premium too. The engine and gearbox work well in tandem and are good for everyday driving unless you are after outright performance. By adding the automatic petrol variant in the Creta’s portfolio, Hyundai has given an option for people seeking a stress-free, premium, urban compact SUV.

Hyundai Verna Performance & Test Drive

Hyundai Verna Overview

Hyundai released a new teaser image of the new generation Verna sedan hinting its arrival a few months ago. The South Korean Auto manufacturer introduced their popular c-segment sedan back in 2009, and it even went onto become the best-selling vehicle in its segment.

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Hyundai revealed the 2018 Verna as a concept at the 2016 Beijing Auto show, while later it was launched in Russia with a different name. The new Verna sedan is called Solaris locally in Russia while the same car is sold under the Accent nameplate in Canada. Thankfully Hyundai still retains the Verna nameplate for their vehicle in India. Do not forget the fact that the Verna is important to Hyundai like the City is to Honda or the Ciaz is to Maruti. The bookings for the fifth generation sedan have already commenced in our Country about a month ago, and finally, the car is launched here. Hyundai Verna price range in India is between 9,15,783 to 15,45,901, check for detail pricing of Verna in Carzprice.

The sedan not only underpins a new platform but is also longer wider and has an increased wheelbase which automatically results in more interior space. What is even more interesting is also the fact that the sedan not only received cosmetic updates but mechanical updates as well.

Hyundai Verna Design

The previous-gen Verna (introduced in 2011) marked a gargantuan shift in design, and a really good one at that, compared to its predecessor. This time though Hyundai seems to have played safe with this new avatar of the Verna. Even though its appearance has been heavily updated, this new model reminds us of the previous Verna when viewed in profile. Speaking of updates, the front and rear look of this car is entirely new. Upfront you get Hyundai’s cascade grille with horizontal chrome slats and swept back projector headlamps with DRLs. The new Verna certainly impresses when you move onto the rear – the Elantra-like LED tail lamps (not standard on all variants) and the rear bumper with black insert look good and, more importantly, well proportionate as well.

In terms of dimensions, the new Verna has grown slightly in all tangents. It is, in fact, longer, wider and with a wheelbase that’s lengthier compared to the model. Hyundai has also managed to increase the legroom and boot space, both of which will come in handy for potential buyers.

Hyundai Verna Cabin

Being a Hyundai, the Verna comes with very good quality materials used on the inside. The dashboard has a driver-focused layout and the dual-tone colour theme looks pleasant. Compared to the older Verna, a lot has changed and the new generation car definitely feels a much better place to be in. Fit and finish is definitely very good and the build quality isn’t bad either. The sedan comes with features like ventilated front seats, electric sunroof, hands-free smart trunk, voice recognition, cruise control, 7.0-inch audio system with Android Auto, Apple CarPlay and Navigation, automatic climate control, rear parking camera and keyless-go. The audio system sounds pretty good while the cooling performance from the AC is brilliant.

Hyundai has also developed a Connected Car app for the Verna which is compatible with the top SX(O) variant of the car. The app is extremely good and shows details like RPM, current speed, fuel range, etc. It even shows the number of times you’ve done hard braking or hard acceleration in the car. The app is nifty but it should’ve been offered for all variants. The smart trunk feature on the car is worth a mention. You need to have the key fob in your pocket and if you stand near the boot for more than 3 seconds, the boot releases. However, the boot doesn’t really open up fully and you actually need to open it manually after the lock releases.

Front seats to be comfortable even over long drives and support for the lower back and under thighs is decent enough. The rear seat is also well-shaped but space is very limited. Kneeroom just cannot be compared to the Honda City and Maruti Ciaz while headroom is also just average. I am almost 6 feet tall and my head was almost touching the roof when I sat at the rear. However, the rear bench feels pretty comfortable in terms of support. The car also has a number of cubbyholes, bottle-holders and storage spaces inside the cabin. While the equipment list is very good, space is at an absolute compromise which can be a major deal-breaker especially for those people who are chauffeur-driven. The boot is well-shaped and can definitely hold quite a lot of luggage but at 480-litres, it is slightly smaller than the City and Ciaz.

Hyundai Verna Performance

The Indian spec Hyundai Verna continues with the 1.6 Litre Petrol and 1.6 Litre diesel engines under the hood. The drivetrains has been retuned for better performance and fuel efficiency. The petrol variant is capable of producing about 123 ps of peak power and 15.4 kgm of torque. The diesel variant on the other hand like we already said is powered by a 1.6 Litre unit which is capable of producing about 128 Ps of peak power and 26.5 kgm of torque. Now coming to the transmission option, the current Verna gets both manual as well as an automatic transmission, however the four-speed automatic unit has now been replaced by a new six-speed automatic unit which features six-speed torque converter. This electronic unit also powers the Elantra sedan as well. You can expect the new automatic gearbox also to respond quicker than the old unit. For Hyundai Verna visit painpeters.com

The 1.6-litre CRDI diesel engine is also the same as before. Again, refinement levels are very good and hardly any clatter filters inside the cabin. Turbo lag is very less and power delivery from the mid RPM spectrum is very good. This is also the most powerful oil burner in its segment and this is evident from the performance that it churns out. The powerplant feels punchy right up to 4500 RPM. Fuel efficiency will hover around 15-17 km/l for the manual option and 12-14 km/l for the automatic version. Both the mills on the Verna have been tuned nicely and performance isn’t an issue with any of the versions.

Hyundai has finally ditched the old 4-speed automatic gearbox. The new Verna gets 6-speed manual and automatic gearbox options with both the engines. The manual gearbox is very easy to use with its light and slick throws while the clutch is also pretty light. The automatic gearbox is a single-clutch unit. It doesn’t get a Sport mode but you do get a manual mode. Talking about this gearbox, the shifts are smooth but not as quick as something like a DSG. It you mash the throttle, there is a slight delay before it downshifts. However, I didn’t really find any jerkiness in the transmission. This gearbox is well-suited for regular driving with an occasional aggressive burst.

Hyundai Verna Driving

The Verna may have been a slick city runabout but it has always struggled at high speeds, what with its alarmingly bouncy rear-end and light steering. Hyundai has worked on eliminating the fidgety high speed ride with the previous Verna 4S, however, it’s this all-new model that shows some noticeable improvement. Built on an all-new platform similar to the Elantra, the Verna benefits from improved shock absorption and revised orientation for the rear springs to minimise shock rebound. Firm but compliant is what we have come to expect from newer Hyundais and the Verna is no different – the high speed ride is no longer springy and unlike its predecessor, the car settles down easily when going over lumps and potholes. The low speed ride, on the other hand, seems to have gotten a little stiffer than before. While we didn’t encounter much of bad roads on our drive out of Kochi, the Verna responded harshly to road joints and sharp-edge bumps.

Hyundai Verna Safety

We don’t need to mention that Hyundai has a stellar after-sales network in India with sales and service outlets present almost everywhere in the country. On the safety aspect, the new Verna gets 6 airbags on the top variant while all the other variants come with dual front airbags as standard. ABS with EBD is also offered as standard on all variants. This time, Hyundai has used high tensile steel to the tune of 50% on the car which is again said to improve the strength of the body structure.

Hyundai Verna Price

Hyundai Verna On-Road Price in India ranges from 9,15,783 to 15,45,901 for variants Verna 1.6 VTVT E and Verna 1.6 CRDI SX Plus AT respectively. Hyundai Verna is available in 12 variants and 7 colours. Below are details of Hyundai Verna variants price in India. View offers on Hyundai Cars from Hyundai dealers in Hyderabad at Autozhop.

Hyundai Verna Verdict

The new Verna looks like a scaled down variant of the Elantra sedan which was unveiled last year. The new generation sedan comes with some modern elements on the inside like a new touchscreen infotainment system, but the biggest change that it has received come has to be the new automatic transmission which is much more responsive and smoother compared to the previous unit. Lastly the competitive pricing definitely will also help this sedan to compete with its rival quite comfortably.