The second generation Creta has left me feeling very impressed, the first noticable feature is that the bold exterior styling of the front and rear lights really pushed this Korean SUV to the forefront against its competitors in terms of futuristic styling.
By SHAWN DONOVAN BRETT
*Prices accurate at time of publishing – Gay Pages Special Collector’s Edition 2021 – Edition 98
Highlights of the ride has to be the spaciousness and general comfort, along with a stylish two-tone leather interior which extends to the dashboard design. Inside you can expect to find two modern day essentials, wireless charging for your phone and beautiful ambient lighting along the dash. It is also packed full of standard features such as stability and traction control, EBD, brake assist, seven airbags, auto on/off xenon lights, high beam assist, daytime driving running lights and cruise control, to name a few.
With my general dislike to a CVT gearbox, the Creta surpassed my gearbox performance expectations with its intuitive and always ready attitude, no long droning gear changes in the redline of the limiter, it performs well and efficiently. Thanks to the engine configuration and well suited gearbox, the Creta manages an incredible fuel efficiency even when driven enthusiastically.
There are two additional engines on offer from Hyundai, another 1,5 four-potter turbo diesel which also offers 84kW, the same as the petrol derivative I reviewed. The difference being the normally aspirated petrol makes 143Nm and the turbo diesel a healthier 243Nm. At the top of the range offering is a petrol 1,4 model with 103kW and 242Nm of petrol turbo power which I imagine would not feel any form of struggle in the performance department.