Hyundai's impressive Creta model is one of the toughest contenders in the ongoing battle of the compact SUV segment. It is stylish and modern and offers fierce competition for the current crop, which includes the Haval H2, Volkswagen Tiguan, and Toyota RAV4.
Similar to the ix25, which was a Hyundai-Kia project, the Creta promises a small, light, and highly capable SUV. It is as at home in the bush as it is in a business park, making it a vehicle for almost any occasion.
Does the nimble Hyundai Creta SUV have what it takes to dominate this highly competitive segment? Let's find out what the Creta is all about.
Like its ix25 model, Hyundai wanted to make a compact SUV that was suitable for the modern world. The result was the Creta. Also known as the Hyundai Cantus, the Creta was the label chosen for the international market during its 2015 launch campaign..
Available in a 1.6 L petrol or diesel engine, the Creta focuses on being a capable but efficient SUV.
The first-generation Creta is also the current model, with a new, second-generation model expected in 2020. This new model was unveiled at the 2019 Shanghai Auto Show. It again reflects a new approach to its overall design with sharper edges, a cleaner facia, and updated details and specifications.
The Hyundai Creta has a bold and striking stance, with design elements that mix curved edges with sharp angular lines, similar in design to other Hyundai models, like the i30. The Creta is a familiar sight on local roads, with NAAMSA reporting it to be one of the best-selling compact SUV models on the market.
The raised ride height of the Creta is achieved with 16-inch alloy wheels and decent ground clearance, while the underskirts and bumpers were just made for adventurous driving.
The interior of the Hyundai Creta is dominated by a large infotainment screen in the middle of the dashboard, surrounded by angular air vents. Hyundai South Africa also offers a Limited Edition Creta model, which boasts a black and white exterior and red interior trimming. It's also fitted with Apple Car Play functionality.
The entry-level Hyundai Creta 1.6 Executive MT model produces 90 kW and 150 Nm of torque while delivering an average fuel cycle of 7.9 L/100 km and emitting 164 g/km of CO2.
The Creta is available at any Hyundai dealership across South Africa. Find your nearest branch on the Hyundai South Africa website.
Hyundai offers a Finance Assist policy that helps customers build an affordable instalment agreement, with a balloon payment option on all new Hyundai Creta models.
The baseline Hyundai Creta 1.6 Executive MT retails from R359,900.
Hyundai South Africa is well-known for its excellent warranties on new vehicles and the Creta offering is no different. It comes with a standard five-year/150,000 km warranty along with an additional two-year/50,000 km warranty. You also get a five-year/160,000 km anti-perforation warranty and five-year/150,000 km roadside assistance plan.
Every model of the Hyundai Creta Service plan is valid for five-years/90,000 km, with service intervals being every 15,000 km.
If you want extra protection for your Creta, Hyundai offers a number of value-added products including Deposit Cover, Adcover, RenewTech – which fixes minor dents and scratches – rim and tyre protection, and vehicle tracking.
Hyundai is listed among the top 10 highest theft risk automotive brands in South Africa by the vehicle tracking and recovery agency, Ctrack. Be aware that car insurance companies will probably factor this into their risk assessments and it could negatively affect the price of a Hyundai Creta car insurance quote. Don't let that worry you though. When you use our online car insurance comparison tool, you can find a range of affordable quotes for your Hyundai Creta. Before you commit, hippo it!