Hyundai Creta Review

Hyundai Creta or the ix25 is a great subcompact crossover made for precise in-the-city maneuvering. This particular Hyundai is a rather new addition to the brand’s lineup; the Creta was launched only five years ago in 2014 and is sold mostly in Asia. Though renewed just last year, Hyundai has decided to add a line of new functions and features to the 2019 Creta. The boosted vehicle comes with new tech and a bit of design and functionality revamp inside and out. Moreover, this year Hyundai introduced a new edition to the Creta trim levels – the new luxury top of the line SX(O) Executive. Overall, Creta is a very good crossover, though for a five-seater it is expensive. Now, let’s see in detail what sort of value you will get for your hard-earned cash.   

The Pros

  • Small city car
  • LED tail lamps optional
  • Cutting-edge tech
  • Sleek two-tone exterior option
  • Impressively performance
  • Great Hyundai after-sales service
  • Roomy interior
  • Exceptional drivability  

The Cons

  • ISOFIX child seat anchors aren’t standard
  • No AWD
  • Pricey top trim  
  • Unimpressive entry-level tech package 

Hyundai Creta Overview

Hyundai Creta

Hyundai Creta is undoubtedly a great SUV and that statement is not just empty words, the vehicle has been a bestseller in Asia for years, and it is one of the most popular cars in India for sure. Creta is stylish, with a comfy roomy interior, solid tech lineup, and great safety features. And even though there are now cheaper offers with pretty much the same features and functions, people still prefer Creta. First and foremost, because it’s a Hyundai, and the brand has an almost impeccable reputation with strong brand loyalty. Secondly, the interior is fantastic, made with a customer-centric approach, it is user-friendly, comfortable, durable and aesthetically pleasing. Thirdly – drivability is outstanding. The driver feels in control, the suspension is strong, with the 190mm of ground clearance the rough patches, bumps, and broken pavement simply disappear, the ride is comfortable and smooth.

The 2019 Creta comes with an abundance of new features including rear parking sensors, LED tail lights, an absolutely new luxury trim, ventilated front seats, etc. Moreover, all of the trims now come with seat belt reminders, speed alert system and rear parking sensors. The safety boost was made to comply with the new government regulations. And the advanced tech is one of the key 2019 features.  

Altogether there are six trims with the new SX(O) Executive. 

Exterior

Exterior of the Hyundai Creta

Hyundai’s design has always been a hit and 2019 Creta is another proof of that statement. It is a very sleek and stylish SUV. The statement uniquely shaped chrome grille, new LED tail lights, or the awesome door scuff plates add to the sporty look. There’s a bold body line across the sides of the Creta, and the exiting cutting-edge split-type tail lamps that are very attractive and unique. The colors are modern and vibrant and the dual-tone option is superb. 

Interior

Interior of the Hyundai Creta

Hyundai usually knocks it out of the park with their interior, especially on the upper trims. Creta interior is well-designed, full of pleasant-to touch quality materials. The cabin is spacious, comfortable and convenient, with a very exciting new sunroof and abundance of tech. There is more than enough head and legroom, seats are comfortable and, just as the exterior, can be boosted to a two-toned variant instead of the monochrome. 

Performance

There’s more than enough performance options with three available choices of engines. There’s the 1.4-liter diesel option with the 88 hp, the 1.6 diesel with the 126 hp and the petrol 1.6 option capable of generating 122 hp. All of them are running with the 6-speed manual and automatic transmissions.  The strong suspension ensures a comfortable ride and, overall, the Creta provides a composed and capable performance.

Technology

The tech-savvy crowd should be happy with this one: packed full with all of the staples this particular vehicle takes it to a whole new level technology-wise. The cutting-edge tech is represented with the Smart Key Band, Wireless Phone Charger, or the Touch Screen Audio Video Navigation System, Hyundai i-Blue (Audio Remote Application) and much more. A lot of tech comes standard on most of the trims, but you’ll have to check with your Hyundai dealer to clearly understand the infotainment and connectivity options on all of the six trims. 

Value

You can get a base model at around $13,5K and the price for the premium model goes beyond $20K. 

Seats

The Creta is a five-seater. Hyundai provides comfortable seating with more than enough leg and headroom.   

Climate control

Depending on the trim, there’s either the option of manual air conditioning, the Full Automatic Temperature Control that helps to automatically create the desired cabin environment or the Eco Coating system. Furthermore, CRETA offers dedicated AC vents at the rear that enhances the cooling performance. 

Infotainment System

The Creta infotainment is intuitive, user-friendly and generally very impressive. Actually, the whole dashboard looks futuristic. There are  even two displays in Creta: the 5-inch Touch Screen Audio with USB+MP3 and the 7-inch touchscreen with Navigation System, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone connectivity (available on the three top-tier trims). 

Storage and Space

The cabin is incredibly well thought-through, there is more than enough space for personal items. Another Hyundai perk: the luggage light and luggage net that helps to hold your luggage in place while driving. 

Hyundai Creta

Comfort

Hyundai Creta overwhelmingly checks a lot of the comfort-related boxes. The seats are well-sculpted and comfortable, cc is on point, the cabin is spacious and pact full of cutting-edge tech. 

Seat comfort

You are seated pretty high in the Creta, though, that doesn’t take away from the headroom and doesn’t compromise comfort. Plus, driver seat height adjust function provides flexibility to adjust the seat height to perfectly suit the driver’s needs. The driver’s seat adjustability is available on all trims. The upper trims offer a ventilated seating option. 

Ride comfort

Hyundai always pays extra attention to providing a very comfortable ride. The Creta offers a stable composed ride with great noise cancellation. Almost on a yearly basis, Hyundai announces suspension boost to offer a much more comfortable and enjoyable ride. 

Quality

The 2019 Creta provides a smooth and refined ride, with very minimal noise and vibrations. The strong effective suspension takes care of most of the road imperfections to the point when even big bumps go unnoticed. 

Safety & Reliability

The Creta offers an awesome safety equipment lineup to provide the safest possible ride and superior reliability. The car got a very commendable 4-star rating in the Latin NCAP tests. 

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It is a great SUV, you should definitely book a test-drive with your local dealer. 

How Much Does it cost?

13 400 USD – 19 500 USD