This addition to the Korean manufacturer’s car line-up marks the brand’s debut in this fast-growing segment and is set to appeal to buyers looking for an affordable SUV in a stylish, high quality package.
It comes with a fluidic sculpture 2,0 design which has been the design language seen on modern brands within the Hyundai family.
Launched on Tuesday this week in Harare, the 2015 Hyundai Creta will compete with the Renault Duster and Nissan Terrano on the local market.
The launch event was attended by local celebrities who include Zororo Makamba and Amara Brown.
The new Hyundai Creta is not a sub four meter vehicle but is larger than other compact SUVs like the EcoSport. If you look at the vehicle head on you will easily be reminded of the Santa Fe.
Hyundai Creta is offered with three different engines (one petrol and two diesel variants).
The 1,4 litre U2 CRDi produces 90PS while the 1,6 litre CRD. The petrol variant will only feature the 1,6 litre VTVT unit. The 1,6 diesel is refined and is quick off the block, traction control is offered in the top variants and does intervene during hard acceleration and in between gear shifts when there is wheelspin.
>The vehicle’s headlamps feature a projector and day light running lamps and are offered only in the top variants. Vertical inserts in the bumper house the fog lamps adding to the aggressive character.
Its window line runs upward and the entire side is flatter and less curvy than other Hyundai brands. Its shoulder line adds a lot of character is well defined and runs parallel to the window line all the way to the tail lamps.
Hyundai Creta’s design is appealing where the dashboard uses an edgy approach while the centre section is finished in beige while the rest of the interior is all black.
The centre screen is prominent since it’s a large touch screen unit and air vents in the centre are vertically placed for better air flow. There are two 12V sockets, one up front and one for the rear passengers.
The door grab handles are like the ones seen in premium SUVs and a few parts have been lifted from the i20.Its interior is well built and features best in class quality and materials and there is a lot of storage space too with bottle holders on all doors and cup holders on the centre console. The vehicle also has various other storage options near the gear lever and in the door as well as the centre armrest.
There is also a lot of comfort and safety features on offer and the vehicle has an optional seven inch stereo with navigation, six speakers ( five inch touch screen unit is standard), static bending lights, leather seats, shark fin antenna, keyless entry and push button ignition, electric folding mirrors, rear AC vents, up to six airbags, reverse parking camera, ESC, VSM and hill assist control (in the automatic variant mostly
The cabin is well insulated too and very little diesel clatter actually seeps in. Gear shifts are smooth and fall in place, like in the i20.