Associate Contributor: Mthuthuzeli Mpiti – Date: 31 Aug 2018

The Hyundai brand has proved their winning formula with the likes of the of the Tucson and Creta. We attended the launch in Cape Town of their facelifted and ever-popular two SUV’s.

Named after the island of Crete in Greece and associated with the word “Creative”  the Hyundai Creta is on its Update while merely being introduced in South African Market last year and 2015 in other markets, think of it as more like Hyundai I30 on high Heels.

Creta-1But what’s new: The face-lifted Creta has a bigger and meaner looking cascading grille. Its bumpers have also been slightly tweaked New LED daylight running lights (DRL) around the fog lamps as well as bi-focal projector headlights, However roof rails are deleted. The Side and rear-end have also been given subtle treatment with new taillights and a nice updated cabin.

Creta-3Safety equipment is in the form 6 Airbags, ISOFIX child seat anchor Points, ABS and EBD, however, there is no traction control function.

My test unit on Launch was a 1.6L Diesel engine, which was mated to a 6 speed automatic gearbox, Park Distance Control (PDC) was present but no rear camera in transit, also noticed the absence of Apple car play having been spoilt with the likes of the CarPlay system which mirrors whats on your iPhone on some of the latest cars, I was expecting it on this test unit since it’s top of the range within the line up, however, there’s still Multifunctional Steering Wheel for Audio, Bluetooth and Onboard computer controls. Decent infotainment touchscreen, MP3, Aux iPod as well as USB and 12V connecting outlet.

How does it handle?

It does handle the Tar roads and dirt roads in a decent manner with less of road noise and soaked uneven roads of Botrivier in acceptable mandate and order.

Negatives: Still very reminded that you in a diesel derivative with some engine grunt, always a margin of room for improvement reserved in future, however, the engine remains a firm unit which delivers a good drive.

Creta-2Verdict: For its asking price you get your cake and you get to eat it too. While I am personally not a big fan of its design philosophy, it’s not about me here! It’s a decent built car, but if you opt for it’s grown up sister Hyundai Tucson, I won’t blame you even though you will have to pay extra.

Quick Facts:

With a lucrative starting price of R339 900, R359 900 and lastly R399 900 for the Diesel engine.

MY18 engine line up is in the form of 1.6L engine derivatives across the range. Manual transmission, automatic and diesel automatic.

Manufacturers warranty is 5yrs /150 000km as well as additional 2yrs/50 000km powertrain warranty and that totals to a whopping hard to ignore and impressive 7yrs/200 000km worth warranty peace of mind. Service plan is 5yrs/90 000km while Roadside assistance is 5yrs/150 000km.

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