Originally Posted by ChiragM
The Hyundai Creta is on sale in India at a price of between Rs. 9.99 - 17.20 lakhs.
What you'll like:
• A superbly engineered all-rounder that delivers a premium experience
• We find the Hyundai Creta to be well-priced for what it offers
• User-friendly interiors with sufficient space & good quality parts
• Loved the 1.4L turbo-petrol & 1.5L diesel. These are fantastic engines
• Smooth & competent automatic gearboxes available. With the useful "auto-hold" feature too
• Sorted road manners & handling for a Hyundai, including on the highway. You will be surprised!
• The Creta's safety package includes 6 airbags, ESP, all-wheel disc brakes, TPMS etc.
• Impressive kit (panoramic sunroof, paddle shifters, Bose sound system, cooled seats, cabin air purifier & loads more)
• Hyundai's competent after-sales service, fuss-free ownership & upto 5-years standard warranty
What you won't:
• Oddball love it or hate it styling. We find the Creta's exterior design to be too weird & futuristic
• Firmer suspension isn't as cushy as the 1st-gen Creta. It is more comfortable than the Seltos though
• Back seat's width makes it better for 2 adults and a kid, rather than 3 adults
• Some misses (no auto wipers, 360-degree camera, illuminated window buttons, full-size spare tyre on top trims)
• Dual-clutch ATs (like the Hyundai Creta Petrol DCT) have a history of poor reliability in India
• Diesel’s 113 BHP & 250 Nm – although adequate – are the lowest in the segment. Old 1.6L CRDi was superior
• No manual transmission available with the fast 1.4L Petrol (Seltos offers this combo)
• The stiffer Seltos has an edge in the handling department. IMHO, the Kia is better looking too
• You get bigger SUVs & Crossovers for the same money (e.g. Hector, Harrier, XUV500)
I have just purchased the 1.4 SX(O) last month and have driven a 1000 kms so far.
I agree with most of what has been observed here and want to add my 2 pence to the discussion. Having been to a customer feedback session on the features they valued and didn’t value some time ago, most didn’t appreciate the auto rain wipe feature as they felt it got activated at the smallest of water sprays and damaged the windscreen many a time. Only the VW group cars had a weight sensitive auto rain wipe feature
The Great and Good Bits
1. Its a heavy car and the weight of the AHSS (Advanced High Strength Steel) used in its construction can be felt. This makes a big difference to its handling and the way it drives
2. Engine gearbox combo is very good and I would hesitate to call it excellent though honestly I have not driven a VW that is comparable (Ex the T-ROC). The engine growl when you hit the accelerator is truly awesome.
3. Panoramic Sunroof whether needed or not is a debate that will not end soon, but the feel good factor is unmistakeable.
4. Auto Hold feature is paired to the Electronic Parking Brakes and when you employ the Auto Hold (works in D and N modes), the car automatically employs the Electronic Parking Brakes when you switch it off. The Parking Brakes disengage automatically when you move from P to D or R when you restart the car. The Auto Hold function is SUPERB to use in the city and one can just engage the gear lever to Nuetral at signals (to avoid the autobox overheating issue) and be rest assured that the car wont slide away. Once you come to a standstill, pressing the brakes engages teh Auto Hold function (If chosen in advance ONLY)
5. In the VW cars, music that is playing does not get effected when you start the car (assuming you are playing music with the engine off). Its abolsutely seamless. I saw this in the Skoda Rapid and am not 100% sure if its the same in the Ventos and Polos. Though the Creta does not have this exact seamlessness, the downtime is hardly a second. Its far better than my earlier Maruti Ertiga where the music would be down for some time before getting to life again
6. Cooled seats is genuinely a great feature
7. Cruise Control engaging and re-engaging when you employ brakes to slow down, is a dream. The fuel average shoots up when you use this feature on stretches like the journey to the airport.
8. Braking with all 4 discs is spot on
9. Lots of settings options like
a. Deciding whether or not you want the "Welcome" sign of the mirrors opening up when you approach the car,
b. How many flashes do you want when you use the lane change signalling,
c. When you want the doors to unlock? (Upon getting the Auto Box to P, or when you switch off the car, etc.)
and some more
10. Lovely spray for cleaning the windscreen unlike the jets in some other cars which are honestly old gen
The Not So Good Parts
1. Rear AC does not have controls. People at the back want a more powerful experience, then you will need to increase the speed of the fan for the whole car. Honestly very irritating
2. The inbuilt maps don't switch off. They are NOT intuitive and once switched on will haunt you. I have just put it on mute now to save my soul!
3. Now this can be very personal and possibly controversial. In the first 300kms of driving the car the parking brake lights started coming on suddenly when I was driving. It even started giving me messages that the parking brake vacuum has an issue. Bringing the car to a halt and restarting only resulted in short term relief with the problem re appearing. The Hyundai service guy came over and reset the systems electronically (something like bringing things back to factory settings) and after that its not happened again. Just that too many electronics can lead to such snafus and I would loudly call out CAVEAT EMPTOR.
4. As has been said in the review too, the shock absorbers are slightly on the harder side but much better than the Seltos which I avoided purely for this reason.
5. Stock tires of JK seemed to be cheap for a car that costs 21 L OTR in Bangalore. Changed them to Pirelli P7 the day I got the car.
6. Lots of electronics are visible if you peep under the driver and co passenger seats due to the cooled seats and electronic adjustment of driver seat features. I don't know how these things look in other cars that have these features, but I felt they could have been managed better.
7. There is a small perceptible lag in gear shift speed, that can be felt at lower speeds and though this is no way a deal breaker, probably these are some of the points were the VW products would score higher points.
8. For getting into the Sports mode of driving you have the option of either employing the mode selector or just pulling in the auto gear lever to the right. Doing the latter does not change the color of the speedo to red the way it does when you choose sports mode through the mode selector. Someone here can correct me if you feel this expectation is wrong.
9. Should not the option to have the Auto Hold function getting employed automatically once the car is started, not have been done? Needs to be manually employed every time.