I feel like I have said this a thousand times before, and that is probably because I have, but the compact SUV segment is just booming. It is the fastest growing segment and so manufacturers have to ensure that the product they have in this playing field is up to scratch. No manufacturer can afford to lose a piece of this pie. Hyundai has come to the party with its new Creta, which happens to be one of the best-selling compact SUVs in our market. It is only outsold by the Mazda CX3 and Volkswagen T-Cross.
The new look has some people torn. I personally love the new look. It needed to up its game in this department and I think Hyundai has done a great job in bringing a new, bold and fresh look to what was becoming a rather stale, boring and bland looking car. The new headlights are really what keep people scratching their heads. But it is obvious that people either love them or hate them.
The interior has also seen a complete redesign with the centre console now as sleek as ever. It is uncluttered and looks super modern and refreshed. There is only one stand out issue with the interior and that was the centre console that felt quite plasticky and which moved and creaked if you rested your leg against it. Bearing in mind that when driving an automatic, you generally lean your leg against this area and so that could prove quite annoying for many people.
The entire range boasts a touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay plus Android Auto, as well as Park Distance Control with a rear-view camera. And the Creta, overall, is now winder, longer and higher than the previous model. It is a very spacious car and one I think small families will really appreciate. The boot is also bigger now offering 433-litres as opposed to the 402-litres it used to offer.
Three new engines are available. They are a naturally aspirated 1.5-litre unit which replaces the outgoing 1.6-litre one we see in the Kia Seltos, the diesel lovers can opt for the 1.5-litre turbodiesel which only comes with an auto ‘box, and then there is the range-topping 1.4-litre turbopetrol.
On the safety front, there is a driver and passenger airbag, ABS with EBD, Electronic Stability Programme and Hill-start Assist Control across the range, except for the top of the range that adds curtain and side airbags.
There is no doubt that the Creta will remain a top seller. The value for money offering is high and for those needing just that extra bit of space will be grateful for it in this new model.
PRICING OF THE NEW HYUNDAI CRETA
Creta 1.5 Premium MT: R374 900
Creta 1.5 Executive IVT: R429 900
Creta 1.5 Executive IVT 2 Tone: R434 900
Creta 1.5 Diesel Executive AT: R469 900
Creta 1.5 Executive AT Diesel 2 Tone: R474 900
Creta 1.4 TGDI Executive DCT: R484 900