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Hyundai Creta’s exterior design is as impressive as it gets in the compact SUV segment, the reason being this small of an SUV seeks inspiration from Hyundai’s flagship offering, Santa Fe. Creta seeks design cues from Fluidic Scuplture 2.0 which happens to be the brand’s new design language to be seen on all modern cars. The front gets a multi slate chrome dipped radiator grille with edgy sweeping headlights. It also features high intensity projector lights with LED position strips and cornering lamps. The lower section of the front bumper is finished in contrasting matte and has vertically slotted fog lamps. The side has a strong shoulder line with darkened B-pillar and rugged cladding running by the rocker moulding. The rear gets a compact tail lid with sharp tail lights and a high positioned registration plate. The lower half again features the same matte cladding.
Hyundai i20 Active:
Hyundai i20 Active gets rugged additions over the premium hatchback. It gets an inverse radiator grille with slats done in matte black. The front gets impressive dual tone bumpers which have the body shade as well plastic cladding to make it look tough. The front bumpers also house conventionally shaped round fog lamps instead of the sleek version. Also, making it look modern are the projector lights with LED positioning strips.
The cladding which is seen on the front bumper can be seen on the side too. The i20 Active gets differently styled 16-inch alloy wheels. Hyundai has increased the ground clearance of this crossover to make it stand as tall as some SUVs out there at 190mm. It gets contrasting roof rails on top. These measures were taken to make sure the i20 Active looks different than the standard hatchback.
The interiors of Hyundai Creta, much like the exteriors, earn a lot of praise on various grounds. Firstly, the dashboard and the console are neatly placed and the entire arrangement doesn’t feel clustered. The interiors are done in dual shades of beige and black. In terms of comfort, the seats in theoffer the best in the segment.
They are well cushioned and supported except for a minor under thigh support missing. The legroom for front and rear occupants is decent. Only the driver seat gets height adjustment. The design of the dashboard and the central console doesn’t eat up on the front passenger space which makes it rooms. Also, the overall design of the roofline makes it offer better headroom than some of its rivals. To make sure the rear occupants are in comfort too, there is a centrally located AC vent which maintains the same temperature as front. In terms of features and in typical Hyundai style, the Creta too features a 2-DIN music system with BT, USB and Aux-In connectivity options. The system also has an on-board 1GB memory storage option. Also, seen in the Creta are the numerous storage options with a generously sized boot space.
Hyundai i20 Active:
The Hyundai i20 Active is as rich in features as the hatchback. This one too offers 2-DIN music system with 1GB on-board memory along with standard options of Bluetooth, USB and Aux-In Connectivity. The music system is impressive and makes use of 8 speakers with twin tweeters to channelize the right audio output. Also, the rear AC vents help maintain the right temperature throughout the cabin.
Inside, the built quality of trims and interiors of the Hyundai i10 Active appear robust. The interiors are done in dark shades of black to make it look sportier that the one in the Elite i20. The instrumental cluster makes use of the same twin dial arrangement as seen on the hatch and can also exhibit all possible information of the car on the central multi information screen. In terms of comfort, there is great amount of knee and leg room for front occupants with a height adjustment option for the driver seat only. The seats are done in dual tone fabric of beige and black. The feeling is similar in the rear zone as well with decent levels of occupant comfort.
The Hyundai Creta comes with numerous engine options. The petrol motor makes use of a 1.6-litre Dual VTVT engine that produces 121 bhp of power at 6400 rpm and 154Nm of torque at 4850 rpm. The engine is mated with a 6-speed manual transmission only. It delivers a mileage of 12.65 km/l. The diesel comes in a 1.4-litre CRDi configuration that makes 88 bhp of power at 4000 rpm and generates a torque output of 224 Nm at a band of 1500 to 2750 rpm also delivers a mileage of 21km/l. The Creta also comes with a higher displacement 1.6-litre CRDi motor that makes 126 bhp at 4000 rpm and 265 Nm of torque between 1900 to 2750 rpm. In addition to a 6-speed manual, this unit comes with an optional 6-speed automatic box.
The noise levels inside the Hyundai Creta are very well contained as there is no unnecessary noise seeping inside the cabin. The credit to this feature goes to the impressive manufacturing technology that Hyundai uses to make sure the vehicle is put together in the best way possible. The power delivery varies with the engines as the petrol seem well spirited for shorter dash but then runs out of breath on highways while for the diesel, the performance gets impressive as it enter longer and empty stretches of road and not the most suggested to be driven inside the city. The automatic box helps greatly in removing the woes of multiple shifts.
Hyundai i20 Active:
Powering the front wheels of Hyundai i20 Active are petrol and diesel engines with no option of an automatic transmission. The petrol variants make use of a 1.2-litre Kappa unit that makes 82 bhp of power and 115 Nm of torque while the diesel variants use a 1.4-litre U2 CRDI motor that makes a health 89 bhp of power and a hearty torque of 220Nm. The diesel engine comes equipped with a 6-speed manual transmission while the petrol unit does away with a 5-Speed box.
The entire crossover arrangement with stiffened suspensions and raised ground clearance contribute greatly to make the cabin aloof from any disturbances caused on the tarmac. It uses the same mechanism as seen on the Hyundai Verna 4S with a longer travelling suspension. As a result of which the ride quality is highly impressive.
Ride and Handling:
The Hyundai Creta does fit in the SUV category with its bulging exteriors and tall stance but none of that come across as an obstacle when it comes to tackling city traffic or swallowing long miles on the highway. The driving dynamics is similar to any hatchback as the steering is extremely light making it easy to drive in tight situations. The suspensions setup does a good job in making the Creta drive over surfaces with great ease. The front is powered by a McPherson Strut with Coil Spring suspension while the rear is equipped with a Coupled Torsion Beam with Coil Spring. Collectively, they do a great job in making the ride feel confident and comfortable at the same time.
Hyundai i20 Active:
On straight lines, the i20 Active does a great job of maintain its stance and also feels highly confident at great speeds. Even on corners at high speeds, there is no body roll. The only negative aspect has to be the light steering wheel which feels a bit vague at speeds. While commuting inside a city, it feels convenient but the need for a stronger feedback from it is always felt on highways. The diesel motor revs very freely and behaves unlike any diesel motor in the segment. The low end power delivery of this motor is quite impressive for a city centric car and does not feel heavy even at low speeds which make it unique.
The smooth shifting 6-speed gearbox is very effective at maturing from one cog to the other without the need of any effort. Due to a the mighty torque output, the need to change gears at low engine speeds has totally vanished as one can drive freely at lower speeds without noticing any engine knocking or stuttering.
Value for Money:
Hyundai Creta :
The prices of Hyudai Creta petrol variants lie between Rs 9.01 lakhs to Rs 11.74 lakhs while that of diesel variants vary between Rs 9.93 lakhs to Rs 12 lakhs. The more powerful 1.6L diesel variants are priced between Rs 12.16 lakhs to Rs 14.23 lakhs. Hyundai Creta offers the best of design, feel and performance and is also one of the best options in the segment.
Hyundai i20 Active:
Hyundai i20 Active prices for the petrol variants range from Rs 6.77 lakhs for the Base variant to Rs 8.30 lakhs for the premium SX version with AVN. The diesel variants of i20 Active are priced between Rs 8.08 lakhs for the Base variant to Rs 9.60 lakhs for the top end SX variant that too comes with AVN. All the prices mentioned are ex-showroom Mumbai. The i20 Active with the host of feature and rugged additions feels well equipped for a crossover.
Hyundai Creta vs Hyundai i20 Active:
The Hyundai Creta and i20 Active are both great products. If you do not use the boot that often then it is the i20 Active that will be the clear winner.