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1. A Brief Background
It was Circa July 2021, after having used a Polo 1.2 MPI for close to a decade, I finally decided on acquiring a new vehicle.
Few months back, I had replaced our 10 year old i10 1.2 (which was primarily used by my father), with an Ignis.
The Ignis would be a separate story, on a separate day.

This thread, however, would be a record of How I ended up owning a Creta Diesel MT, and My experiences with it.

2. The Buying Process

2.1 Criterion
1. Should fit into a budget of around Rs 13-17 Lakhs On-road
2. High Ground clearance
3. Punchy & Powerful Engine, Preferably Diesel
4. Adequate seating Space for 5 with decent boot space
5. Fuss-free service center experience

Based on the above criterion, I started out the buying process by shortlisting the following vehicles:
1. MS S-Cross
2. MS XL6
3. Honda City
4. KIA Seltos
5. Hyundai Creta

2.2 Notes:
My existing vehicle was the VW Polo (which is already a 4m vehicle).
Therefore, I did not consider any 4m Compact SUVs/Sedans.

Vehicles like Tata Harrier, Xuv700, Hector etc., were not considered due to their massive footprint, which would have been difficult to accommodate in my tight parking slot.

Vehicles like Taigun, Kushaq were not considered because of their high price (1.5 TSI variants) & un-reliable nature.
In addition, paying Rs 16.xx lakhs for a 1.0 capacity engine is not acceptable for me.

2.3 Test Drive Methodology
All of those above vehicles were test driven under the exact same test drive route (which is a 10Km route around my neighborhood).
All of the Test drive vehicles, were neatly maintained, and rattle free for most part.

2.4 Test Drive Impressions
The Test Drive impressions are not intended in any way to demean anyone.

Hyundai Creta (Diesel)
Likes:
1. Traditional, Beige colored interiors which gives an airy feeling
2. Good, Cushy ride quality
3. Excellent Diesel Engine - Scores well in Refinement, Efficiency, Performance.
4. Good Ground clearance and satisfactory under-body protection
5. Adequately feature loaded. The Basics are pretty much covered, even in Mid variants.
6. Very good service centers reach. More than 1200+ service centers.
7. Body panels do not flex much on application of finger tip force.

Dislikes:
1. Lack of some important features, compared to equivalent Seltos variants. In spite of Higher Sticker Price.
2. Controversial design will not appeal to everyone's tastes.
3. Poor expected safety record.
4. Fit & Finish though good, are still not up to VW levels.

Overall: An Almost Perfect vehicle (Except for the safety concern). No Major short-comings found.

S-Cross
Likes:
1. Decent equipment levels, at an affordable price tag.
2. Good ground clearance
3. Superb ride quality
4. Smooth & silent Engine, with good low rpm response.
5. Excellent Service center reach

Dislikes:
1. Black Interiors look uninspiring, and borderline dull.
2. Petrol Only Option.
3. Petrol Engine has no punch in Mid range.
4. Hatchback Appearance.
5. The MID along with it's adjustment 'stick' is a pain to use.
6. 5-Speed Gearbox is a serious handicap on the Highways.
7. Absolutely Zero under body protection.
8. Un-necessary hassles of Hybrid engine issues (ISG recalls, Long term reliability of the Li-Ion battery)
9. Thin body panels. Door panels flex easily in the finger tip test.

Overall: It came across as a very un-exciting, under-whelming vehicle, I simply could not 'connect' with the vehicle.

XL6
Likes:
1. Decent equipment levels, at an affordable price tag.
2. Decent ground clearance
3. Reasonable ride quality
4. Smooth & silent Engine, with good low rpm response.
5. Literally Acres of Space of the inside.
6. Decent Output from the All LED Headlamps.
7. Excellent Service center reach.

Dislikes:
1. Puny Tyres, un-deserving of a vehicle of this size.
2. Petrol Only Option.
3. Petrol Engine has no punch in the Mid range
4. The MID along with it's adjustment 'stick' is a shame.
5. 5-Speed Gearbox is a serious handicap on the Highways.
6. Absolutely Zero under-body protection.
7. Un-necessary hassles of Hybrid engine issues (ISG recalls, Long term reliability of the Li-Ion battery)
8. No 7 seat option. I needed 3 seats in the middle row.
9. Thin body panels flex with a finger tip force.

Overall: A very competent vehicle. The primary reasons of not considering this were the VAN type appearance, Puny wheels, and un-enthusiastic engine.

Honda City
Likes:
1. Very Good equipment levels
2. Superb Safety Kit even in base variants.
3. Smooth Petrol Engine, with decent low rpm response.
4. Efficient Diesel Engine.
5. Spacious cabin
6. Huge Boot
7. Good Ride quality at low speeds on broken roads.

Dislikes:
1. Low ground clearance due to the lower positioning of the engine guard & the Precariously long front overhang. On a 10 KM test drive around my neighborhood, it scraped it's belly 3 times, & the front bumper kissed the asphalt once.
2. Flat mid range of the Petrol Engine. The Engine gets a bit loud after 3K RPM.
3. Diesel Engine is neither punchy, nor refined.
4. Low seating position.
5. Skinny 185 section tyres.

Overall: The Low ground clearance issues sealed the fate for the Honda City.

Kia Seltos (Diesel)
Likes:
1. Wonderful Design inside & out
2. Great driving position
3. Adequately feature loaded
4. Good clearance and satisfactory under-body protection
5. Wonderful Diesel Engine.

Dislikes:
1. Slightly hard ride quality. Bumps and road imperfections make their presence felt.
2. Gloss Piano Black Plastics will be a pain to maintain.
3. Thin Dealership & Service Network
4. Poor Safety record

Overall: An Almost Perfect vehicle. Could not make the cut, primarily because of it's less than optimal Service Center Reach.


2.5 Final Conclusion
I opted for the Hyundai Creta Diesel MT.
The primary reasons that sealed the deal were the excellent Diesel Engine, Cushy Ride, and the vast service center outreach.
I had no choice, but to 'ignore' the potential poor safety rating, just because no other offering in the market was offering such a fantastic Diesel Option.

2.6 Variant Selection
I am not a fan of Sun-roofs, due to the falling coconuts phenomena in southern areas.
I am not a fan of too many features, bling etc. either.
Hence, I settled for the Mid Spec S variant.

2.7 The Diesel vs Petrol Decision
The turbo-petrol option was too expensive, and too fuel in-efficient for my needs.
The NA petrol option did not appeal too much either, due to it's subdued real world performance.
To add fuel to the fire, I had spent 2 months driving around in my Father-In-law's 1st Gen Creta (1.6 Diesel).
After experiencing the colossal torque of that Diesel, and the good fuel efficiency, I just could not go back to a Petrol.

2.8 The MT vs AT Debate
I prefer the simplicity & direct-ness of Manual Transmissions.
I do not like AT boxes.

3. Booking & Delivery Process
I opted to book the car via Advaith Hyundai, ORR Bangalore, as I had heard good things about them on the TeamBhp Creta thread.
The vehicle was booked in the last week of July 2021.
The Allocation was received exactly in 1 month time.
The vehicle was subsequently delivered, 9 days after the allocation.
The overall experience with the Dealership was extraordinary.
Dealer did not push for un-necessary up selling, useless accessories etc.
To add, on the delivery day, everything was smooth, and organized in a timely manner.
The documentation was ready, the vehicle was ready, everything was already streamlined, before I walked in for the delivery.

Some Pictures from Day 0.

The view from the Front:
My Hyundai Creta Diesel MT - An Ownership Review-front-view.jpg

Front Quarter:
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From the Sides:
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Towards the Rear:
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The quirky rear:
My Hyundai Creta Diesel MT - An Ownership Review-rear-view.jpg

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4. Initial Impressions
I have spent roughly 250+KM & about couple of weeks with the vehicle.
Based on the above, I have tried to put together my thoughts on the vehicle.

4.1 Interiors


Overall Ambiance
The Light Beige Colored Interiors are very easy on the eyes.
The design is simple & traditional.

There are very few bits which have gloss piano black finish. Just the way I like.
My personal Opinion is that, this Piano Black Finish looks good, only in Brochures & on Pianos.

A view of the Cabin:

My Hyundai Creta Diesel MT - An Ownership Review-interior-view.jpg


Classy looking Gear shift knob:

My Hyundai Creta Diesel MT - An Ownership Review-gear-shifter.jpg


Seats
The Front Seats are adequately comfortable.
Their default positioning is already high, and the bonnet is visible even for the lowest seat position.
It was very easy to get the perfect seating position for myself.

Plenty of Available Space at the Rear, with Driver Seat set for my driving position:

My Hyundai Creta Diesel MT - An Ownership Review-rear-seat-space.jpg


The Rear Seats do not have Adjustable headrests, which is a downer.

There is an ugly gap between the rear seat and the parcel tray.
Small objects will easily fall into this gap, when the Parcel tray is lifted.

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Sunshades have been provided in the Rear.
These are neatly integrated, and provide decent protection from the Sun.

Infotainment System
The 20cm Infotainment system works very well.
The Resolution is acceptable, if not extra-ordinary.
The Touch Sensitivity is decent, but not smartphone level sensitive.
The System has physical buttons, which I really appreciate.
Despite fiddling around for hours, the system works fine, without any restarts/hiccups.

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The Sound quality is just about average.
For comparison's sake, it is no-where close to JBL/Infinity Quality, found on Tata/MG offerings.
The S variant is equipped with 'normal' speakers (4+2).
During the Test Drive, I had sampled the Bose system on the SX(O), and that was also equally average.

Wireless Android Auto works like a charm, without any hiccups whatsoever.

MID
The MID is a decent unit, which shows quite a lot of information.
It is super easy to scroll through the various views, and update vehicle settings using the MID Controls.

The MID has good integration with the Infotainment System.
Some Android Auto related stuff is intermittently displayed in the MID as well.

The MID Views:

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Instruments
Analogue old-school Instruments are clear and legible under all scenarios.
I prefer these over the digital ones.
A dedicated Coolant Gauge has been provided.

A view of the Instruments & the MID:

My Hyundai Creta Diesel MT - An Ownership Review-cluster-instr.jpg


When Switched Off:

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Plastics & Switchgear
Switches are of Acceptable quality. Nothing too special here.
The ones on my decade old VW are of a different level altogether.
However, things are simple, and easy to use.

There is no auto up/down of the windows:

My Hyundai Creta Diesel MT - An Ownership Review-pwr-sitch.jpg


A close-up of one of LHS stalk:

My Hyundai Creta Diesel MT - An Ownership Review-stalks.jpg


The RHS Stalk:

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Air-Conditioning
The Air Conditioning works as expected.
It cools down the cabin in very less time.

The Auto AC unit is very simple to operate.
It has physical buttons, which I really appreciate.

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Premium looking AC Vents have a bit of silver garnish.

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Reverse Camera & Sensors
The set-up works as expected.
Both in the day, as well as in the night.
Nothing to complain about.

Tell tale
The Immobilizer light (the small red color blinking one) has been skimped.
A rather poor cost cutting exercise.

Noise Insulation
The Noise insulation is decent.
It is almost at par with VW levels.
Wind & tyre noise at 100kmph is low.

Glove Box
The Glove Box is a size smaller than expected.
It has a cooling mechanism, with can be used to cool fizzy drinks & water bottles.
It has a very 'mild' cooling power, just don't expect portable refrigerator type of cooling here.

My Hyundai Creta Diesel MT - An Ownership Review-glove-box.jpg


Boot Space
Decently sized boot with a claimed 433L capacity (under the parcel tray).
With the parcel tray removed, the boot space is more than adequate for airport shuttles.

My Hyundai Creta Diesel MT - An Ownership Review-boot.jpg


There is a lot of space in the Spare wheel compartment.
This space can be used for storing Knick knacks like Dusters, Cloths, Car cover etc.

My Hyundai Creta Diesel MT - An Ownership Review-below-boot.jpg

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4.2 Exterior

Paint Quality
The Paint quality is pretty average.
It appears to be much inferior (thin), compared to the 'deep' finish on My Polo.
I have a feeling, that this is will scratch easily, and develop swirls, if utmost care is not taken while cleaning.

Thankfully, the lower areas of the door are also painted.
There is no Venue-Type cost cutting here.

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Wheels
The S variant is equipped with Stylized Steel Wheels.
These are not alloys.
These are plain old steel wheels, that have been cut into shape, and have alloy imitating plastic covers on them.
My initial plan was to swap them with Venue 16inch alloys OR Momo Stuff.
However, have postponed this exercise for later.

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Spare wheel
Spare wheel is thankfully of the same size as the rest of the wheels.
It is a normal steel wheel though, and not of the stylized variety.

Tyres
The OEM Apollo Alnac 4G 205/65 R16 95H tyres are decent.
These are reasonably silent in operation.
In my opinion, these are better than the Kumho/Nexen Tyres, that Hyundai was using earlier.

TPMS
The S variant is equipped with a 'Lowline' Tyre Pressure Monitoring System.
The 'Lowline' System shall display only a warning, if any of the Tyres has low pressure.
It is not capable of displaying real time Tyre Pressure values.

Front Lighting
C-Shaped LED DRL/Positioning lights have been provided.
These can be switched ON, from the controls on the stalk.
These DRLs are not very bright during the day.

The low & high beam duties are handled by Halogen Projector Lamps (60watt Bulb).
They are just about average.
An upgrade to HID set-up may be necessary.
The LED DRLs are activated, the moment one switches on the Low or High Beam.
There is no way to use the Low or High Beam on their own, without the LED DRLs.
The Auto Headlight functionality works well though.

My Hyundai Creta Diesel MT - An Ownership Review-headlamp2.jpg


Good Detailing on the Headlamps:

My Hyundai Creta Diesel MT - An Ownership Review-headlamp.jpg


The Fog lamps (25watt Halogen Bulb) are not at all good.

My Hyundai Creta Diesel MT - An Ownership Review-fog-lamp.jpg




Rear Lamps
The rear lamps are LED units.
They look quite good, when lit up at night.

Horn
Fantastic sounding Dual trumpet-tone horns have been provided.
Nothing to complain here.

There are two Horn Units. One at each end of the Front Grille.

My Hyundai Creta Diesel MT - An Ownership Review-horn.jpg


Door Handles
Chunky to hold. They do the intended job without any issues.
The Request Sensor is provided only in the Driver door & the Rear Tail-Gate (Hatch).

Outer rear view mirrors
Well sized units.
The mirror can be adjusted electrically.
However, electrical folding option has been skipped.

Doors
Large Doors open up fairly wide.
There is some reasonable thickness in the metal panels of the Doors.
The Door panels do not flex too much with finger tip force.

Bonnet
The Bonnet is very heavy.
A Good amount of insulation has been provided under it.

Tail gate
The Tail Gate is surprising light.
Just for comparison's sake, the Hatch of my humble Polo was much much heavier.

Roof-Rails
The Roof Rails are purely cosmetic.
Given that Cheaper vehicles like XL6 etc. have functional ones, Hyundai should have provided functional Roof Rails here.

Ground Clearance & Under-body
Clean Under-body, with no protruding elements, no dangling wires etc.
The Engine & gearbox are adequately covered using a thick plastic guard.
The ground clearance is rated at 190 mm.

My Hyundai Creta Diesel MT - An Ownership Review-underbody.jpg


Water wading
Before you start laughing at the mention of such things for a Crossover,
let me assure you that in current times, one may face water crossings in his/her backyard itself.
Hence, it is always good to be informed and aware of the capabilities and limitations of the vehicle.

As per the user manual, a water wading depth of 'till the axle hub' is supported.
This is quite conservative. Nevertheless, a quick calculation, gives us a SAFE figure of 336 mm.

The Engine's Air Intake is placed just at upper tip of the Front Grille.
That is substantially higher than the axle level.

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4.3 Driving Impressions

Ride Comfort
On 16inch 65 profile rubber, the Creta glides over potholes and road imperfections.

At low speeds, broken roads and potholes are handled with aplomb.
There is almost negligible side to side movement while going over bad roads.

At higher speeds, the ride remains flat & composed.
There is no bounciness or Boat type motion, which was typical of earlier Hyundai Vehicles.

Stability
The vehicle is stable at highway speeds.
There is no bounciness of the previous gen Creta here.

Body Roll
Minimal. Not noticeable in normal driving scenarios.

Steering
The D-Cut Steering wheel is a delight to operate.
The Steering Effort is super light.
However, it is direct, and not vague.
There is no play or any kickback in the steering.

Braking
The Braking is satisfactory, rather than extraordinary.
The rear brakes are drum-type.
For a vehicle which a Gross Vehicle Weight of around 1.7 Tons, rear discs should have been provided.

There is no sharp bite feel from the brakes.
However, it must be mentioned that the brakes are progressive in their feel, and easy to modulate.
There is a little nose dive during hard braking.

Engine Refinement
In one word, it is 'outstanding'.
Just for comparison sake, in my honest opinion, this 1.5 Diesel is superior in refinement to some of the 3 Cylinder Petrols (including the one in my Polo 1.2MPI).

Vibrations at idle are next to zero.
Vibrations during start-up are also next to zero.

The Engine Noise at Idle is surprisingly low. In addition, it is also a smooth Idle, and not a clattery one.
Once on the move, the Engine Noise gets further subdued. The user would be hard pressed to hear anything.
Post 3000rpm, however, the engine sound make it's presence felt. (By the way, 3000rpm, in a diesel, is a lot!)

The Engine Bay is neatly organized.
Note the Air Intake, starting from the tip of the front grille, and snaking its way to the Turbo.
My Hyundai Creta Diesel MT - An Ownership Review-engine-bay.jpg

A look at the firewall:
My Hyundai Creta Diesel MT - An Ownership Review-firewall.jpg

Heavy duty Engine Mounts, do a fine job at keeping vibrations at bay:
My Hyundai Creta Diesel MT - An Ownership Review-mounts.jpg

The 62Ah Battery is of Exide make:
My Hyundai Creta Diesel MT - An Ownership Review-battery.jpg



Engine Performance
There is more than enough grunt at low & idling rpms.
The 250NM of Torque, spread over 1500-2500rpm, makes it a breeze to drive around town.
The First Gear is a bit too short, therefore, the Second gear is perfectly good for speed-breakers.
The car marches forward with very little accelerator input through the gears.

Out on the highway, 100Kmph comes up at 2000rpm approx. in sixth gear.
This is bang in the middle of the peak torque band.
Slow moving vehicles can be overtaken with just a slight tap on the pedal.

Clutch
The Clutch Action is super light & very easy to modulate.
Un-believable for a 1.5L 250NM Diesel.
The bite point is also wide, and perfectly calibrated.

Gear-Shift
The Gear Shift has some heft/weight to it.
It is not finger light, like the ones on Maruti & VW Petrols.
The reverse has to be engaged, by using the switch, which needs to be pulled up, and the gear-shift will then allow the shift to the Reverse position.

Cruise Control
The Cruise Control is super easy to enable, and disable.
It is possible to make adjustments to the cruise speed on the fly, just by using the up/down button on the steering.

Efficiency
On the city grind, the MID fluctuates between 12-16kmpl, depending on the traffic conditions.
Whereas, on the highway, the MID displays 20+ kmpl figures.
I am yet to verify these MID claims, using tank to tank method.

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5. Other Points

DPF
Hyundai has provided a procedure, which can be followed at home, to clear the DPF, if it is clogged.
This is documented in the User Manual.

There are also some recommendations, that broadly state that too much Idling, Short Trips etc., should be avoided to keep the DPF healthy.

The slightly confusing Procedure from the User Manual:

My Hyundai Creta Diesel MT - An Ownership Review-dpf-procedure.jpg

Accessories
The Standard kit (Rs 6000) consisting of Rubber Mats, Mud Flaps, Perfume, Idol, Cleaning Kit, Key Ring has been installed.
Important stuff, like Seat Covers, Body Covers are out of stock, at most dealerships.

Warranty
Hyundai offers a flexible 'wonder' warranty on the Creta, where in the user can select the duration (3yr Unlimited Km/4yr 60000Km/5yr 50000Km) as per his needs.
I selected the 5year 50000Km option, as that would match will my usage requirements.

Useful Links

Link to the User manual:
https://www.hyundai.com/content/dam/...creta-su2i.pdf

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6. Acknowledgements

I would like to take this opportunity to thank:

1. Bhpian D'Ro@dSt@r (Darpan) who provided me with the reference to a wonderful Sales Person in the Hyundai Dealership.

2. OD (Odisha) Group Bhpians (Which include Bhpians ashis89, Sudeep_Kimster, Turbokick, and many others) who helped me out immensely with my decision making process.

3. Team-Bhp Forum & Moderators, who have given this wonderful platform, for sharing my thoughts.


6.1 A Parting Shot

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Excellent ownership review. Would love to hear more on the fuel efficiency front, as I expect that the manual diesel might be a bit more fuel efficient than the AT. Although I personally havent found an issue with the fuel efficiency- in fact in the speed range of 80-100 kph on regular highways, I have noticed FE numbers above 21 kmpl consistently.

Just a thought- perhaps if you could have stretched a bit by about 1.5 to 2 lac, you could have got the SXO Manual version, which is fully loaded (minus drive modes). Did you think about that ?
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Congrats on your new purchase. Fantastic write up individual department good and not so goods, especially paint, simple buttons and no rear seat headrest which helps in whiplash.

I did test drive of Creta last year - its wonderful package of features. The engine was too good. The dealers were initially not responsive enough but were buttering up after I shared my woes for getting a test drive - an important & primary work of any sales executive.

But I had to let go of Creta after I tasted Duster's excellent handling of worst roads in my vicinity. Wish I had better roads to have simply settled with Creta Diesel MT - most VFM C-SUV.
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Just a thought- perhaps if you could have stretched a bit by about 1.5 to 2 lac, you could have got the SXO Manual version, which is fully loaded (minus drive modes). Did you think about that ?
Many Thanks for the Appreciation.

Regarding the SXO Manual, the reasons I stayed away from it were:

1. Price difference of about 4 Lakhs On road, over the S variant.

2. Huge waiting Periods on the SXO variants.

The Erstwhile SX variant (which was still 2.2 Lakh dearer) was discontinued by Hyundai temporarily.

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Crisp, detailed and so well written! What a review sir
'S' is terrific VFM considering the price and the amount of essential features it gets.
We have a Verna (2020) in the SX trim and since it came with halogens + projectors (same as your car) from the factory, we installed 55w HIDs on it and oh boy, the output is brilliant!
Hence would strongly recommend you to go for some good HIDs for the headlights as well as the fogs.
For the fixed headrests at the back, you can change the whole seat back! An accessory store in Mumbai has started this for lower trims, the owner orders the SX variant seat from Hyundai Genuine parts and installs it.

Congratulations on your new machine!
Wishing you lacs of happy and trouble free miles with the Korean Beast!
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What a wonderful read to start a busy office week. Loved reading through. Nicely structured and very informative with high quality pictures. Really liked your crystal clear requirements, limitations & selection process. Not often do we see this. Rated your thread the well deserved 5 stars.

Wish you a long enjoyable & safe companionship with the very practical car. 1.5 diesels are a sweet spot in fun, practicality, reliability & cost of ownership. Sad to see that the world is trying to move away from them while having a bias towards petrols :-p. Anyway - we'll enjoy them as long as we can. Keep the thread updated. Cheers!
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There is an ugly gap between the rear seat and the parcel tray.
Small objects will easily fall into this gap, when the Parcel tray is lifted.

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I know that the rear seats of Creta recline to a 2nd position. Curious to know if this gap is still there after reclining the seat fully?
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Crisp, detailed and so well written! What a review sir
'S' is terrific VFM considering the price and the amount of essential features it gets.
We have a Verna (2020) in the SX trim and since it came with halogens + projectors (same as your car) from the factory, we installed 55w HIDs on it and oh boy, the output is brilliant!
Hence would strongly recommend you to go for some good HIDs for the headlights as well as the fogs.
For the fixed headrests at the back, you can change the whole seat back! An accessory store in Mumbai has started this for lower trims, the owner orders the SX variant seat from Hyundai Genuine parts and installs it.
@Nazaar25, Many Thanks for your feedback.
I have not yet considered the HID upgrade seriously, as I avoid Night Highway Drives altogether.

The absence of Rear Seat Headrests are not impacting me directly, as the rear seat is solely occupied by my 7yo Kid.
I will definitely give this a thought in the future.

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What a wonderful read to start a busy office week. Loved reading through. Nicely structured and very informative with high quality pictures. Really liked your crystal clear requirements, limitations & selection process. Not often do we see this. Rated your thread the well deserved 5 stars.
@Reinhard, Thanks for the kind words. Means a lot, coming a Distinguished Member.

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I know that the rear seats of Creta recline to a 2nd position. Curious to know if this gap is still there after reclining the seat fully?
@StrikerK, I tried to 'recline' the seats to the laid back position, but couldn't do it.
I have to check with the Service Guys on how to do it.
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Excellent post Abhishek. After having owned & driven the First Genx Creta 1.6 Diesel (very first batch in fact), I doubt anyone will enjoy the kind of driving pleasure that this 1.6 Diesel mill generates. Its a drivers car through and through. and driving this version for 2 months would have definitely been the ultimate clincher in your decision making process.
After 80K kms in my Diesel 1.6 CRDi SXO, its still love on every long drive, and its a workhorse with pax & luggage filled cross country trips. Truly a VFM buy, despite a few niggles.
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