The much awaited compact SUV from Hyundai Motors India Limited – the Creta was launched just on the 21st of July this year. This launch comes at a time when the car buyers in the country are obsessed with compact sedans and compact SUVs. It would be really interesting to see how the Creta will prove its worth in this tough race. Nevertheless the model has already begun its conquest by getting over 10000 pre-booking orders.
The Hyundai Creta diesel automatic
One reason that makes the Creta stand over its rivals is its automatic diesel engine, which is the very first and also the only one in its segment. While the 1.4-litre diesel and 1.6-litre diesel engines get a 6-speed manual gearbox, the 1.6-litre diesel engine can be bought either with a 6-speed manual or a 6-speed automatic transmission. The automatic versions have been perfectly tuned in for highway cruising as well as urban city drives. Indians have now got a taste of the automatic transmission and the demand for these cars is now increasing at a fast pace, which makes the Creta diesel very special.
The 1.4-litre CRDi diesel powertrain produces maximum power of 90 PS along with 220 Nm of top torque while the 1.6-litre diesel motor produces 128 PS of peak power and 260 Nm of maximum torque. Conversely the 1.6-litre VTVT petrol engine is capable of churning out only a high power of 123 PS along with 151 Nm of top torque. All the engines are refined and the gear shifts are quite smooth. Mileage offered is also decent at 17-19 kmpl for the diesel ones and 15-21 kmpl for the petrol one. Another striking feature here is the well-controlled NVH levels.
Rich in features
Adjustable front head rests, keyless entry, power windows, height adjuster for driver’s seat, adjustable rear seat head restraints, 7 inch infotainment system with steering mounted controls for audio system and Bluetooth, audio-video navigation and smart key with push button are some of the worthy comfort features. In addition, the automatic diesel modelgets Child seat anchor, chrome-finish outside door handles, leather-finished gear-lever knob, smart key with push-button start and 60:40 split rear seats. Features like engine immobilizer, six airbags, impact sensing auto door unlock, electronic stability control with hill assist control, rear parking camera with guidelines and sensors and rear parking sensors make it an absolutely safe car.
Hyundai offers the Creta diesel models in a price range of Rs 9.46 to Rs 13.57 lakhs. The high-end 1.6 SX + AT Diesel model at Rs 13.57 lakhs seems slightly pricey, but then one should remember that it is the only diesel automatic vehicle in its league.