What is it?
Why would I buy it?
Power delivery, automatic convenience, petrol refinement
Why would I avoid it?
Rear headroom, not dynamically engaging to drive
What is it?
I still remember how the first-generation Hyundai Creta won hearts and went on to redefine the segment. Times have changed though, and buyers can now choose between Jeep’s Compass, the Tata Harrier, MG’s Hector and the Kia Seltos.
With the all-new 2020 Hyundai Creta, there’s added equipment and a fresh BS6 air about its engines like the 1.4-litre Kappa Turbo GDi petrol we have here. It certainly stands out too, with the sleek DRLs that boomerang around its cluster of headlamps. Striking indeed.
On the contrary, not only would I have loved bigger wheels for those bulging wheel arches, the latter makes the design around the C-pillar too busy for my taste. Likewise, although dazzling, I think designers went overboard at the boot section, with too many sheet metal creases and corresponding tail lamp arrangements.
How is it on the inside?
Finding a comfy driving position inside the new Creta is a breeze. There’s good visibility thanks to the tall seats and a reasonably large glass-area with slender door mirrors. As a matter of fact, the wide seven-inch touchscreen infotainment system, together with the ambient lighting and fresh design lines with snazzy orange highlights sprinkled all across makes for quite the visual treat.
Again, the superior resolution of the touchscreen infotainment system’s panel makes for vibrant colours, and the snappy touch sensitivity helps in swift toggling between screens. In fact, listening to your favourite tracks on the Bose unit is simply astounding.
Then there’s the contemporary part-digital, part-analog instrument cluster with colourful and attractive graphics whose sporty personality blends instantly with the flat-bottomed compact steering wheel. But the buttons lack the tactile feel, and the short volume-rockers aren’t great for someone with fat fingers. Similarly, the matte grey panel below the air-con controls felt tacky.
That aside, the Creta’s leatherette seats with firm cushioning is bound to make long journeys comfortable. The front cooled seats in particular, are accommodating, with lots of thigh and lateral support. Even tall people will appreciate the shoulder-and-head room. But this isn’t the case with the rear bench as tall occupants may brush their heads, and seating three abreast will still be a squeeze.
But having said that, the bench’s adequate contours coupled with an adjustable two-angle backrest makes for a comfortable seating posture. An experience that’s only further amplified by the generous legroom (I’m 5 feet 8 inches tall). We only wish it had a wee-bit more thigh support.
As for practicality, the 60:40 bench can liberate more boot space which can otherwise swallow two medium-sized suitcases and some soft bags. And, as the loading lip isn’t too far off the ground, lifting baggage on to the boot enclosure isn’t challenging. For more on this SX(O) variant’s features, read this story.