Hyundai confidently enters sub-compact SUV market with new Creta

A strong statement from Hyundai!

Hyundai Automotive SA has entered the busy sub-compact SUV market segment with the new Creta, which is set to make a very strong statement and fill an important slot in the local model range of the South Korean carmaker. In Hyundai's local SUV range, the new Creta will slot in just below the top-selling Tucson in terms of price as well as size, with the bigger Santa Fe as the largest of the trio.

Based on Hyundai Motor's evolved Fluidic Sculpture 2.0 design philosophy, the Creta demonstrates all the essential attributes of dynamism, comfort, safety and style.


On the inside, the Creta's styling is as striking and attractive. The dashboard, with its futuristic water flow inspired design and smart ergonomic contours, make the cabin environment of the new Creta a pleasing and enjoyable place to spend time in.

Comfortable seats covered in two-tone full-leather upholstery exude a sense of modernity and a premium feel. Rear seats come with 60:40 split which allows better flexibility and more storage space.

The multi-function steering wheel, with remote controls for the sound system and buttons for the trip computer and system information, is also covered in leather. Rear passengers also benefit from convenience features such as rear air vents and rear centre armrest with cup holders.


The Creta is driven by a couple of refined, powerful and efficient engines - one is a petrol and the other a turbodiesel - which have been tuned for best performance and high fuel efficiency.

With a combination of these engines and a manual and automatic transmissions, the Creta range is available in three derivatives:

The Creta 1.6 Executive manual, powered by a 4-cylinder, 1 591 cc naturally aspirated petrol engine linked to a six-speed manual gearbox. This multipoint electronic fuel-injection engine delivers 90 kW maximum power at 6 300 rpm, and 150 Nm maximum torque at 4 850 rpm. Fuel consumption measured on a combined test cycle was 7,9 litres per 100 km, and its CO2 emission figure is 162 g/km.

The Creta 1.6 Executive automatic, using the same 1,6-litre petrol engine coupled with a six-speed automatic gearbox. With the automatic transmission the average fuel consumption was measured at 8,4 litres per 100 km, and CO2 emissions at 173 g/km.

The Creta 1.6 Executive CRDi automatic - it is the flagship version with a 1,6-litre turbodiesel engine that delivers its power to the front wheels via a six-speed automatic transmission. Maximum power is 94 kW at 4 000 rpm, with a healthy 260 Nm maximum torque delivered at 2 750 rpm. It sips fuel very frugally at a measured figure of 7,4 litres per 100 km, and CO2 emissions were pinned at 156 g/km.

All three Creta derivatives come with front-wheel drive and run on 16-inch wheels. The fuel tank capacity is 55 litres, which gives the Creta a range of close to 700 km on the open road.


Six airbags - front and side for driver and front passenger, and curtain airbags - offers safety protection in case of an accident. The Creta is also fitted with an Advanced Braking System (ABS), as well as Electronic Brake Distribution (EBD).