All-new Hyundai Creta goes on sale

Second-generation Hyundai Creta designed to turn heads

Reuben Van Niekerk
New model launch
Hyundai
Creta
SUV

Hyundai has added a fresh face to their SUV range in the form of the new Creta, with eye-catching styling, extensive features and driving capabilities that are bound to make it an even more popular choice in this very competitive segment. The Creta is available in five derivatives with two specification levels, Premium and Executive.

 

Designed to turn heads

The second-generation Creta offers striking exterior looks that bears the styling DNA of its bigger SUV siblings. The all-new Creta is sure to be an eye-catcher on the road with its fresh new styling and two-tone colour scheme for the flagship Executive derivative. It is a visibly larger car than its predecessor, while the smoothly creased hood lines and voluminous body-coloured bumper and big, bold grille helps to make a dramatic first impression.The headlights take an unusual shape, with the daytime running lights above and on the side of the headlight cluster. Below them, the bumper houses the indicator lights and fog lights.

Viewed from the side, the Creta’s styling upgrade is impressive. It sports bold, almost square wheel arches that are accentuated by their design lines on the body panels above them. The two-tone derivatives with their Lava Orange and Black or Polar white and black colour schemes are even more attractive as the black C-Pillar and roof form a unit. The taillights repeat the design lines of the front end of the vehicle, with reverse lights located in the tidy black bumper. The attractive 17-inch alloy wheels on the Executive derivatives complete the picture. The Premium derivative is fitted with 16-inch alloys.

 

Inside story

Inside the styling has been taken up a few notches, it is clean, minimalistic, with beautiful red accents on the leather seats, steering wheel and air vents while the cabin is spacious for both front and rear passengers.

A multifunction steering wheel with remote control buttons for the infotainment system, trip computer and cruise control as well as a wireless charging pad are some of the convenience features found in the new Creta. An eight-inch touchscreen display supports Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

Manoeuvring the new Creta is made easy thanks to rear park assist sensors and a camera, which displays its view on the infotainment system’s screen.

 

Under the bonnet

Three engines are used in the all-new Creta range. A naturally aspirated, 1.5-litre, four-cylinder powers the entry-level derivative, the Creta Premium (six-speed manual) and Creta 1.5 Executive with Intelligent Variable transmission. This engine delivers 85kW at 6 300 rpm and 144 Nm at 4 500rpm. The new turbo diesel, which pushes out 85kW at 4 000rpm and 250Nm at 1500 rpm, delivers power in the Creta 1.5 Executive diesel paired to a six-speed automatic transmission.

The new 1.4-litre turbocharged petrol engine is reserved for the flagship derivative, the Creta 1.4 TGDI Executive that also features a seven-speed DCT and two-tone exterior colour finish. This engine boasts 103kW at 6 000 rpm and 242Nm from 1 500 rpm.

 

Ride, handling and suspension

A firm yet, comfortable ride makes a journey in the new Creta enjoyable both on tar and gravel, with the McPherson strut front suspension and torsion beam axle being tuned to give the new Creta a solid, surefooted feeling on all surfaces. Decreasing levels of noise, vibration and harshness have also received attention through increased body rigidity along safety-critical structures with the expanded use of industrial-strength adhesives that augment spot welds.

 

Keeping occupants safe

Front and side airbags for the driver and front passenger and two curtain airbags offer protection as part of the new Creta Executive’s safety package. Side and curtain airbags are not included in the Premium derivative.

 

Pricing

Creta 1.5 Premium (manual)                                                R 374 900

Creta 1.5 Executive IVT                                                        R 429 900

Creta 1.5 Executive IVT (2-tone)                                        R 434 900

Creta 1.5 Executive Diesel (automatic)                            R 469 900

Creta 1.5 Executive Diesel (automatic) (2-tone)            R 474 900

Creta 1.4 TGDI Executive DCT (2-tone)                            R 484 900