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Confusion: Hyundai Verna 1.5 turbo petrol DCT or Creta 1.5 diesel AT

Or should I consider the Mahindra XUV700 AX5 diesel AT at the price of the Hyundai Creta with 4 airbags, no ADAS, and non-ventilated fabric seats?

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Hello,

Please help me choose between:

  • Verna 1.5 Turbo Petrol DCT SX(O) - ~21 Lakh on road, and
  • Creta 1.5 Diesel AT SX(0) - ~24 Lakh on road (Stretched end of the budget)

Preferences:

Must haves:

  • Safety: Verna has a 5-star GNCAP safety rating with an unstable body shell. Expecting facelifted Creta to score better with the upgrades in facelift body structure.
  • Performance: Both car variants mentioned offer sufficient performance. (I like torquey cars so kept out 1.5 NA Petrol CVT variants.)
  • Boot space: My family loves to carry a lot of luggage on trips. The bigger the better. The Verna trumps here.
  • Resale value: Creta is a popular crossover, and the country moving towards high-ground clearance crossovers, expecting the Creta to fetch more money in resale. However, not sure if that justifies the higher initial price.

Nice to have:

  • Ventilated seats: They are a boon in hot Indian weather.
  • Ground clearance: This might be a must-have for many but coming from a sedan right now, I have made up my mind that a sedan might scrape once in a while and it would not be worrisome.
  • Panoramic sunroof: A small sunroof is unusable most of the time due to pollution, and dust. We are hoping that we can take the wiser off from the panoramic sunroof at least a few times when the weather is good.

Points leading to the confusion:

Reliability

This is the most crucial one. With a sea of complaints about Turbo DCT overheating in bumper-to-bumper traffic, I am a bit skeptical about choosing Verna Turbo DCT. Also, I see a few incidences of BS VI diesels choking DPF filters once in a while in heavy traffic. Don't see it as common as heating issues in DCT.

Does spending extra for diesel AT on Creta make sense?

Hyundai also provides a 7-year extended warranty but not sure if they do anything in case of heating issues.

Price

Creta is around 3 lakh expensive with only a few additions like a Panoramic sunroof, blind view monitor camera, 360-degree camera, and slightly premium interiors (better-arranged screens), etc. If I choose the Creta, I would be stretching my budget though.

Fuel economy

Although claimed fuel efficiency figures are better for Turbo DCT, turbo petrol engines are known to be sensitive to driving styles. With my heavy right foot or fondness for quick acceleration, I fear it to be in single digits in the city and below 15 on the highway.

Another option: Should I consider the Mahindra XUV700 AX5 Diesel AT at the Creta price with 4 airbags, no ADAS, and non-ventilated fabric seats?

Here's what BHPian ssoni.1411 had to say about the matter:

It all boils down to which engine is suitable for your driving needs. The Diesel engine has DPF hence if your highway running is high, I would suggest you to buy the Creta. It has an incredible street presence, smart styling and the Diesel engine is an excellent mile muncher.

If your running is low, you can go with either of the Creta or the Verna DCT. The DCT issues have been minimized and Hyundai even offers you a 7-year extended warranty program. I have a Venue DCT in the family and we haven't encountered any heating issues as of yet.

Here's what BHPian Aniket Verma had to say about the matter:

Any specific reasons for not considering the Creta N8/N10 Turbo DCT? N8 comes under Rs 22 lacs OTR (as you are ready to skip ADAS & 360-degree camera).

Some important points for your consideration:

  • Extended Warranty: 7 years extended warranty is available only for Petrol models and not for Diesel models.
  • DCT Transmission: Though dry DCT in Korean twins have been relatively reliable, if you are going ahead with DCT, 7 years warranty is a must-have.
  • 360 Degree: Camera quality of Creta is best for a car under Rs. 30 lacs. I have found this to be the most useful feature.
  • High Sitting positions: I have also moved from a Sedan to CSUV and am really enjoying the sitting position that Creta offers.
  • N-line specific features: N Line comes with stiffer suspensions (more suited to highway / aggressive driving) and a relatively better steering wheel.
  • N8 vs N10 : N10 comes with ADAS, 360-degree cameras and Ventilated seats. Whereas N8 offers an inbuilt Dashcam and wireless Android Auto / Apple Carplay

I have just completed a Delhi-Jaipur-Delhi journey, and driving with a higher sitting position, ADAS (adoptive Cruise control and Lane Assist) & Ventilated seats made this journey more comfortable in 42 degrees, compared to my old Sedan.

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