Hyundai Creta 2018 by RPM: A Peppy and Practical SUV
The Hyundai Creta is a popular compact family car that offers spaciousness, comfort and good fuel economy. It was recently updated with a new grille, bumpers, roof rails, skid plates and LED lights. It also received some minor changes to the suspension and steering for better handling and stability.
The Creta comes with three engine options: a 1.6-litre petrol with either a manual or automatic transmission, and a 1.6-litre turbodiesel with an automatic transmission. The diesel engine is the most powerful and torquey of the lot, delivering 94 kW and 260 Nm of torque. It also claims to have an average fuel consumption of 7.4 L/100 km.
The Creta’s diesel engine is peppy and responsive, with a long power-band that starts from 1800 RPM and goes up to 4500 RPM. The six-speed automatic gearbox shifts smoothly and offers a manual mode for more control. The Creta can handle various road surfaces with ease, thanks to its high ground clearance and good suspension setup.
The Creta’s interior is well-equipped and -made, with leather upholstery, a multifunction steering wheel, cruise control, rear park assist, reverse camera, dual front-, side- and curtain airbags, ABS with EBD and ISOfix child seat anchors. The touchscreen infotainment system can be updated with satnav functionality for an extra cost.
The Creta is a solid value proposition in the compact SUV segment, offering attractive styling, practicality and performance. It has been a top-seller in South Africa since its launch in 2017 and was a finalist in the 2017/18 Cars.co.za Consumer Awards. It also comes with a 5-year/90 000 km service plan, a 7-year/200 000 km warranty and roadside assistance for 5 years or 150 000 km.
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The Creta’s exterior design is modern and sleek, with a cascading grille, LED headlights and taillights, fog lamps with C-shaped surrounds and lower-profile roof rails. The skid plates on the front and rear bumpers add a touch of ruggedness to the Creta’s appearance. The Creta is available in seven colours: Polar White, Fiery Red, Passion Orange, Sleek Silver, Star Dust, Marina Blue and Phantom Black.
The Creta’s cabin is spacious and comfortable, with ample headroom and legroom for both front and rear passengers. The boot space is generous at 402 litres, which can be expanded by folding the rear seats in a 60:40 split. The Creta also offers several storage compartments and cupholders for convenience. The dashboard is simple and elegant, with a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system that supports radio, MP3, auxiliary-, iPod and USB inputs, RDS and Bluetooth connectivity.
The Creta’s safety features are impressive, with dual front-, side- and curtain airbags, ABS with EBD, rear park assist with a reverse-view camera, ISOfix child seat anchors, impact-sensing door unlock, immobiliser and central locking. The Creta also has a smart key with push-button start, electrically adjustable and folding side mirrors, automatic air conditioning and an auto-dimming rear-view mirror. The Creta also comes with a tyre pressure monitoring system and a vehicle stability management system that includes hill-start assist control and electronic stability control.