Sometimes you have to be confused when you see another compact SUV being introduced to the market. After all, one would think that the world has enough of them already. The Hyundai Creta is placed in a micro niche of the market, placed somewhere between a family hatchback and a compact SUV. It makes a whole lot of sense though, it has a decent amount of space, good ground clearance, and a surprisingly responsive diesel engine.
One the outside.
It’s not a bad thing, mind you. One thing I did like was the front grill and headlight setup, looking pretty sporty with the projector style halogen headlights and the daylight running lamps, which you can switch off. There are also roof bars that are fully functional and can take a rack or roof box for those weekends way. The 16” wheels shot with higher – than – your – average SUV profile tires means that it does not stand back for any dirt road and the ride is surprisingly very complacent.
While this model is the top of the range, it’s fitted with a decent amount of kit. The 8-inch infotainment system is easy to navigate and even the sound quality is very good by today’s standards. Navigation is also standard and even a 2-year-old can operate it. Bluetooth telephony, aux in and USB is all present too. The multifunction steering controls the onboard computer, infotainment system and the also the telephone. I was, however, a little surprised that there was no cruise control and it’s not even an option.
The rear seats with Isofix will fit a regular sized adult with ease and also has rear AC vents. They fold flat in a 60/40 split.
Boot space is a very generous 400 plus liters with a full-size spare wheel under the cover.
The Creta is powered by a very responsive 1.6 diesel, making a decent 90kw and 260nm mated to a 6-speed auto transmission. It will happily return 6l/100km on a sedated drive, but I found it crept up mid 7’s over our mixed condition road test. As with all raised vehicles, the overall dynamics take a back seat to comfort, where the Creta did very well. Driving on gravel offered a smoothly planted ride. One also has to note that there is no traction or stability control on the Creta.
Overall, the Creta in its most expensive form has a lot of groundwork to do. It’s very closely priced to the entry-level Tucson, which we found very good value vehicle.
For more info on the Creta, head over to Hyundai.co.za