All New Hyundai Creta 2020 Expert Review

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  • Published On: 21 November 2020
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Does the 2nd Generation Hyundai Creta supersede its predecessor, well that is what we are here to find out?

Launched this year, the second generation compact SUV has the potency but can it prove its mettle beyond what the ‘Creta’ moniker really stands for, well let’s check it out for ourselves. 

How does it look on the outside?

Before we get to that, let's throw some light on the fact that what does an SUV actually stand for? A boxy design with rather subtle looks for the urban dweller but sadly, all of that is about to change now. Some might like it and others could dismiss it as very ugly but one thing is clear that it does make a statement. In your face, the New Creta does have an imposing front end with the signature cascading grille which has become the symbol of Hyundai’s design language. Split headlamps with LED DRLs are increasingly becoming a preferred option for new product introductions while a pair of fog lights make their presence felt too. Completing the SUV’s dominating appearance upfront is a skid plate.

Moving to the sides, the sloping roofline becomes a key attraction. So does the C-Pillar which seems more compressed than before. Roof rails, muscular wheel arches and diamond cut alloy wheels make it all the more tempting. Towards the rear, it caters to a unique tailgate. One can also notice a rather compact rear windscreen with the culmination of split LED tail lights, roof mounted spoiler, a piano black finished strip, reflector inserts on either sides and the presence of a skid plate. On the whole, in comparison to the first generation, this one has taken on a totally new dimension for its sheer size, looks and appeal. Based solely on exterior design, what I can say is that it will attract a lot of perspective customers to the showrooms as well as online.

What is the Interior like?

Like the exterior design, the cabin is totally new. In fact, more upmarket and enticing to say the least, rest as you can see there are a whole lot of things worth checking out. For instance, it’s dual tone interior gives a very airy kind of a feeling to the occupants and not to dismiss the presence of a panoramic sunroof. The dashboard in particular is a departure from what we have been seeing in the past, since it is totally new and hence there are a lot of elements that instantly grab your attention.

For instance the instrument cluster which is partly digital and analog. The flat bottom steering wheel with mounted controls and sporty looking AC vents with silver inserts which can also be found throughout the cabin make it feel premium. It’s center console stands to provide a 26.03cm HD touchscreen infotainment system which comes compatible with BlueLink Technology, Apple CarPlay & Android Auto. To use this system is very intuitive and does not feature any lag especially while switching between different functions. Furthermore, the system is mated to a Bose sound system that helps in providing soothing music tunes to your ears while being on the move. A chrome strip featuring control buttons for the music system is an added touch to the cabin. Having said all of this, there is one aspect which did not go down to well and that was the textured dashboard finish provided in front of the co-passenger. At this price point and with so much on offer, the company could have done better by giving it a leather finish. 

As for the seats, they are offered in a perforated leatherette upholstery with front seats catering to ventilation which was not there before. In fact this is a feature that we have been seeing recently on most of Hyundai’s latest introductions. When we talk about comfort, the compact SUV did well and with this generation too, the story is the same. In terms of space, there is ample of leg, shoulder and headroom in the front while the rear despite its sloping roofline does reasonably well especially in the aspect of headroom. Rest shoulder and leg space is also good for the rear occupants. The cushioning of seats is also good for both short and long distance driving. 

While looking back, the overall quality of the cabin has definitely been improved. This is visible from the fact that the fit and finish helps provides a superior feel to the interior. On the whole it is an interior that most of us would like to associate with and be in.

How is it to drive?