Hyundai Creta

An affordable SUV in a stylish and quality package

"A totally new sub-compact SUV, the Creta delivers a dynamic design, strong body structure and smooth drive"

"Prices start from $13,500, depending on each market"

"Over 28,500 enquiries already on the Creta"

"Creata is highly inspired by its Fluidic 2.0 design philosophy"

The Creta is set to strengthen Hyundai Motor Company's position as the region's second biggest automaker. This versatile new model, which will take its position as Hyundai's most affordable SUV, makes it presence felt with its dynamic styling, robust build and Modern Premium approach.

In the Middle East since November 2015, the capabilities of the Creta are driven by the option of a refined, powerful and efficient gasoline engine, which has been tuned for best performance and high fuel efficiency, combined with six speed transmissions that offer a blend of high performance and enhanced driving pleasure.

Exterior
Global research has found that exterior styling and appearance is the most important consideration when purchasing an SUV - 46 percent of customers considered it to be the key factor, ahead of performance and interior roominess. In line with this, Hyundai Motor Company has applied its Fluidic Sculpture 2.0 design approach to ensure that the Creta delivers striking looks and a dynamic, bold and distinguished character.

The front of the Creta represents dynamic urbanism. Head-on, the model is dominated by the triple slat chrome grille, which connects projector headlamps with embedded LED positioning lights. Framing the front of the new SUV are sporty skid plates, smoothly creased hood-lines and a raking windscreen, all of which result in this sporty urban feel.

The strong character of the Creta is complemented by the graceful and sophisticated side-lines of the car. Notably, the sloping roofline combines with a rising beltline that runs from front to rear, to neatly break the transition between the windows and the lower body; both of which combine to ensure that the Creta oozes sportiness and dynamism.

Sporty chrome door handles add further character, while the model is available with a choice of two alloy wheels: 16 inch clean silver alloys and 17 inch diamond cut alloys, depending on market, in addition to standard 16' inch steel wheels.

The progressive rear of the Creta bestows it with a prominent road stance from behind. Split type tail lamps with chrome edges and a sporty bumper characterize the model, while the sloping roofline and a stylish shark fin antenna define the SUV by reinforcing the sporty angle.

Interior
The Creta is the most spacious SUV within its segment, and exudes the kind of quality feel normally found in more expensive cars. Measuring 14 feet long, 5.8 feet in wide and 5.3 feet high, the Creta's 8.5 foot wheelbase allows it to comfortably seat five passengers, whilst offering generous rear seat legroom.

When seated inside the cabin, passengers are embraced by the fluid and delicate interior space. In the front, the Creta offers driver seat power, height adjust function and a generous armrest with ample storage. Enhancing onboard comfort and convenience, a central cluster ionizer and mood bar is located in the dashboard, which generates ions to purify and deodorize the cabin for a healthier and fresher environment.

Mounted audio and Bluetooth controls provide increased connectivity. Separate AC vents in the rear deliver optimum cooling performance for passengers - ideal for those hot African and Middle Eastern summers.

Perfect for families, the Creta boasts a 1,396 liter boot space with the seats folded and has the largest amount of rear space in the segment. For easy loading, the model boasts 60/40 split rear seating and additional storage features including a sunglasses holder, front and rear cup holders, central armrests and a parcel shelf.

The Creta is home to some of the most advanced technology in its segment. Highlights include a five inch LCD touchscreen display with radio data system (RGS), Bluetooth and rear camera, depending on the market.

The Creta offers a smart key and push button start to make getting going easier. This function allows drivers to enter the car with the press of a button on the door handle, without removing the key from their pocket.

For ease, the Creta features a rear parking assist system. Upon engaging reverse gear, the sensors with their built-in buzzer system will alert the driver of the proximity of any obstruction behind them. Supporting this function is the availability of a rear view camera display linked to the five inch central display unit, in order to help drivers park with ease.

Drivetrains
The Creta is driven by a refined, powerful and efficient engine, available depending on market. The gasoline option is a 121 hp, 1.6 dual MPI unit. It is mated to six speed manual or automatic transmissions. The Creta will be available with a 2WD option which allows two wheels to receive power from the engine simultaneously.

Verdict
The Creta is Hyundai's debut entry into the growing sub-compact SUV segment where it will compete with models such as the Renault Duster, Nissan Juke, Ford Ecosport and Chevrolet Trax. The vehicle takes its inspiration for its looks from Hyundai's Fluidic 2.0 design philosophy and is also influenced by design features from the current Hyundai Motor Company SUV range, which includes the Santa Fe, Grand Santa Fe and the all new Tucson. Buyers looking for a compact or mid-size SUV will be pleased to know that the Creta is well built, comfortable inside and very well-equipped. It feels reasonably composed and easy to drive.

Pros: Exterior styling, features, 5 star safety rating
Cons: No 4x4 driving capabilities, enclosed rear cabin
One word: easy-to-drive
3.5 stars

Specs
1.6 L dual VTV, inline-4 cylinders, 121 hp @ 6,400 rpm, 151 Nm @ 4,850 rpm
6 speed automatic transmission, FWD
Weight: 1,180 kg

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