Significant appearance and interior improvements, new convenience and comfort features, and improved safety are all part of the Hyundai Creta facelift. To see what’s new, we took a test drive in the revised second-generation model, which now includes the 1.5-liter turbocharged petrol engine.
Hyundai has sold a Creta every five minutes since the first-generation model was introduced eight and a half years ago, for a total of 9.8 lakh units sold to date. Considering that a car typically costs Rs 15 lakh ex-showroom, those are astonishing figures. The popularity of this SUV among Indian automobile purchasers hasn’t diminished despite the introduction of newer models, some of which are better equipped than the Creta and others of which are superior in other ways.
Hyundai has completely redesigned its best-selling vehicle, the Creta, with additional features, improved safety, and a new turbocharged petrol drivetrain in less than four years after the second-generation model debuted.
The rounded features of the previous model have been replaced with a more squared-off look on the front and rear. A full-length LED light bar with inverted L-shaped ends at both ends is located up front, while stop lamps at the back have the same form. The headlamps, which are lower and separate from the DRLs in the case of higher-end trims, are LEDs.
The black cladding on the bumpers and the dark chrome finish of the new rectangular grille give the vehicle a more tough appearance than it did previously. Grey lower sections complete the effect.
From a side perspective, the new version’s similarities to the previous one are immediately noticeable, with the 17-inch two-tone alloy wheels’ new appearance being the only modification. The color palette has been expanded to include a new hue that is a quite regal shade of green. Overall, the design of the redesigned Creta is noticeably more universally appealing than that of the vehicle it replaces, which received harsh criticism for its layout but didn’t appear to have any detrimental effects on sales.
In comparison to the outgoing model, Hyundai chose to use softer colors throughout the cabin, which results in an interior that feels marginally more spacious than it actually is. All versions, including the petrol turbo, now come standard with this two-tone, shaded gray interior style.
Hyundai is likely to debut the all-black interior with red accents seen in the previous Creta petrol turbo edition with the next Creta N Line. Bronze accents on the engine start/stop button, the seats, and the screen edges inject some color into the otherwise monochrome interior. Ambient illumination is there; however, it is not color-changeable like it was previously.
The dual 10.25-inch screen arrangement on the dashboard is one of the biggest changes. The Alcazar’s fully digital instrument cluster shares the Eco, Normal, and Sport themes in rhythm with the drive modes.
The Hyundai Creta now boasts a dual zone air conditioning system in addition to its previously impressive list of creature comforts, which also includes ventilated front seats, an 8-speaker Bose audio setup, a panoramic sunroof, a wireless phone charger, a two-step rear bench recline, and an electrically adjustable driver’s seat, to mention a few.
In an otherwise extremely well-equipped cabin, the lack of wireless support for Android Auto and Apple CarPlay stands out like a sore thumb. A 360-degree camera, front and rear parking sensors, and ADAS have all been added to increase safety. Even in low light, the feed from the cameras for the blind-view monitor and the 360-degree image that appears on the instrument cluster are bright and sharp.
Our time spent driving the new Creta has shown us that driver assistance features (ADAS) such as adaptive cruise control, lane keep assist, front collision warning with auto braking, and others are really well calibrated for Indian roads.
The 1.5-liter naturally aspirated gasoline and 1.5-liter diesel engine options are still available with manual or automatic transmissions, and they have not altered. Hyundai canceled the IMT models, citing poor sales.
The way the new Hyundai Creta drives in comparison to the previous model is identical. For good reason, the 1.5 NA gasoline has been the most popular version, as it effectively satisfies the needs of the majority of customers. It lacks the punch of the diesel and the thrill of the recently released 1.5 turbo petrol, but most Creta buyers aren’t really looking for thrills.
Of the three engine options available, the Hyundai Creta’s 1.5 turbo petrol model is unquestionably the most thrilling. This is the same engine that we saw in the Alcazar and Verna, with a maximum power output of 160 horsepower and a peak torque of 253 Nm. It only works with a 7-speed DCT; a manual is not available. This engine is speedier and feels more refined to operate than the previous 1.4 turbocharged petrol engine.
To find out exactly by how much, though, we’ll have to wait till we get our hands on the new Hyundai Creta for an official road test. The various drive modes (available in all automatic gasoline and diesel types) are Eco, Normal, and Sport, which modify the steering and powertrain characteristics in precisely the manner that you would anticipate.
The Hyundai Creta continues to provide a smooth ride, handling both good and rough roads with ease. The cars we drove were more held down and stable through turns and over bumps, and minor adjustments had been made to the suspension arrangement to make it more pliant overall. The changed suspension tuning may possibly result from body shell improvements that improved crashworthiness, which likely raised the kerb weight.
2024 Hyundai Creta evaluation results
Starting at Rs 11 lakh (ex-showroom), the Hyundai Creta range for 2024 goes up to Rs 20 lakh (ex-showroom) for the premium diesel AT and turbo petrol DCT models. As expected, this results in a price hike across the spectrum, with the range-topping SX (O) trims seeing the biggest increase due to the addition of the ADAS suite and all those other additional features. The majority of purchasers in this market already favored the Hyundai Creta by default, and with the new look, the SUV now presents an even better case for itself.
Improved safety and the addition of the previously mentioned features that the previous model did not have could have led some purchasers to consider its competitors. If the previous Creta was difficult to criticize, the new model is much more so, and it is certain to maintain its leadership in the market and solidify its position as one of the bestsellers.
Hyundai Creta 2024 engine specifications
1.5 liters of petrol, a naturally aspirated 4-cylinder, 1,497 cc
1.493cc 4-cylinder turbocharged 1.5 diesel
1,5 turbocharged gasoline, 1,482cc 4-cylinder
1.5 fuel; 115 horsepower at 6,300 rpm
1.5 diesel, 116 horsepower at 4,000 rpm
160 horsepower at 5,500 rpm with 1.5 turbo gasoline
1.5 gasoline, 143.8 nm at 4,500 nm
Diesel 1.5 – 250 Nm at 1,500–2,750 rpm
1.5 turbo gasoline with 253 Nm at 1,500–3,500 rpm
6-speed MT/IVT with 1.5 gasoline
MT/6-speed, 1.5 diesel, 6-speed ATT
1.5 turbocharged gasoline, 7-speed DCT LxWxH
Wheelbase: 4,330 x 1,790 x 1,635 mm
2,610 mm for the boot
433 liters; size of tires
Fuel tank 215/60 R17 (S (O), SX, SX Tech and SX (O))
50-liter liters Fuel economy
1.5 mpg gasoline: 17.4 mpg (MT) and 17.7 mpg (IVT)
21.8 kmpl (MT)/19.1 kmpl (AT) for 1.5 diesel
Petrol 1.5 turbocharged: 18.4 kmpl (DCT)
Price of 2024 Hyundai Creta (ex-showroom)
Hyundai Creta 1.5 petrol 6-speed manual transmission: Rs 11.00–17.24 lakh
Hyundai Crete IVT for 1.5 liters of gasoline: Rs 15.82–18.70 lakh
Hyundai Crete 1.5 diesel 6-speed manual transmission; Rs 12.45–18.74 lakh
Hyundai Cree Rs 17.32-20.00 lakh for 1.5 diesel 6-speed AT
Rs 20 lakh for a Hyundai Creta 1.5 turbo petrol 7-speed DCT