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27 November 2020

Creta undergoes a metamorphosis

Hyundai has released the next generation of its Creta crossover.

The styling is arguably the biggest change, replacing what was a rather unexciting look with something that is the exact opposite. Following similar concepts to their Kona and Venue, the new Creta has a deconstructed layout for the front and rear lights. In both cases, the LED daytime running lights are split between their own unit, and the main lighting units (which are the same shape front and rear), with third “highlight’ element between the two. In front, the headlights are divided by a wide chrome grille, while at the rear, a trim strip with incorporated brake light links either side.

Depending on model, the Creta range runs on either 16- or 17-inch alloy wheels, with the two-tone paint option being a further highlight.

Another big change is the addition of a new spec level. Previously only offered in Executive spec, the Creta is now offered with a new Premium entry-level spec.

For the interior, depending on spec level, the Creta is fitted with a two-tone trim, or black leather. A touchscreen infotainment system sits on top of the centre stack, below which are controls for the manual aircon and, in higher spec models, a wireless charging tray. Standard interior features across the range include electric windows all round, rear park distance control with reversing camera and cruise control.

The Creta has grown in size, and now offers more interior space thanks to an increased wheelbase. Similarly, load space has increased, and a wider loading aperture means easier access to the boot. Safety includes ABS, hill start assist and, on all except the entry level model, 6 airbags.

The engine lineup is made up of two petrol and one diesel option, with a choice of gearboxes. The 1.5 MPI petrol, with 85kW and 144Nm, is available with a 6-speed manual or Hyundai’s new Intelligent Variable Transmission (IVT), which the company says is smoother, more efficient and offers a wider gear ratio span. The other petrol option is a 1.4 turbo, with 103kW / 242Nm, and is only available with a 7-speed dual-clutch gearbox. The diesel is a 1.5 4-cylinder unit with 85kW and 250Nm, matched to a 6-speed auto.

Hyundai Creta lineup:

1.5 Premium MT
R 374 900
1.5 Executive IVT
R 429 900
1.5 Executive IVT 2 Tone
R 434 900
1.5 Executive Diesel AT
R 469 900
1.5 Executive Diesel AT 2 Tone
R 474 900
1.4 TGDI Executive DCT 2 Tone
R 484 900

All models are sold with a 7 year / 200 000km manufacturer warranty, a 4 year / 60 000km service plan and 7 years’ / 150 000km roadside assistance.