Following its initial introduction to the local soil in 2017, the Hyundai Creta has enjoyed great levels of success after 14,811 models of the first-gen model found homes across SA.

Before the end of the year 2020, Hyundai then introduced the second generation Creta which boasted a contemporary design as it ushered buyers into a whole new world of SUVs. This year, Hyundai has given the new Creta a much-needed nip and tuck to keep it fresh in the competitive segment.

Now built at the brand’s manufacturing plant in Indonesia alongside the Santa Fe and IONIQ 5 electric vehicle, the new Creta is a product following the investment of 1,55 billion US dollars to develop the hub.

The new Creta joins the market segment in three derivatives with two different specifications; Premium and Executive.

What Changed?

Aesthetically, the new Hyundai Creta gets a new, fresh exterior styling that comes courtesy of a reworked front fascia with a new grille a tad similar to the one fitted in the current Tucson SUV with neatly integrated LED daytime running lights.

As for the Premium model, it comes equipped with halogen headlights. Going for the range-topping Executive equips the Creta with LED headlights and front fog lights. 

Moving to the rear, it’s safe to say that it takes die-hard fans of the Creta to notice the subtle changes. However, it spawns a newly designed tailgate with the Creta model name imprinted in bold chrome just below the Hyundai insignia.

Regarding the wheel sizes, the Premium model is shod with 16-inch alloy wheels and 17-inch for the Executive model. There are six body colours available in the new Creta range; Magnetic Silver, Optic White, Titan Grey Metallic, Midnight Black Pearl, Dragon Red Pearl, Galaxy Blue, Lava Orange, Phantom Black, Polar White, Red Mulberry, Titan Grey and Typhoon Silver.

How Is The Interior?

Moving inside, the new Hyundai Creta’s interior doesn’t benefit much from the update but it’s worth mentioning that it gets an electronic parking brake instead of the manual setup in the old car, this has freed up space in the centre console.

As for the infotainment system, there is an 8-inch touchscreen with wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto and Bluetooth smartphone pairing. The update also sees the new Creta gaining an extra 12-volt power socket, three USB ports (two in front and one for the rear passengers) and rear air vents.

The Executive model gets a wireless charging tray. The seat trims are available in black cloth for the Premium derivative and black artificial leather for the Executive version.

Power

Powering the range is a single 1.5-litre four-cylinder naturally-aspirated petrol engine with 84 kW of power and 144 Nm of torque. In case you are wondering, Hyundai has discontinued the forebear’s 1.5-litre diesel and 1.4-litre TGDI engines for the unit that is built in Indonesia.

An IVT automatic transmission sends power to the front axle in the case of the Premium and Executive models. The lesser variant can also be had with a six-speed manual transmission.

Safety

The Creta boasts airbags with the Executive adding side and curtain airbags. Both trim levels come standard with ISOFIX child seat attachments plus three-point inertia reel safety belts with pre-tensioners for the front seats.  Other safety features include ESC, tyre pressure monitoring system and hill-start assist control.

Verdict

Even though the segment in which the Creta plays is a highly contested one, it remains Hyundai fighting weapon that is hard to fault. By the look of things, it really should do well in SUV-craze SA.

Pricing and Warranty

The Creta 1.5 Premium with a manual transmission comes in at R409,900, R429,900 for the 1.5 Premium IVT and R469,900 for the Executive IVT.  All Creta models are sold with a 7-year / 200 000 km manufacturer’s warranty; a 4-year / 60 000 km service plan; and roadside assistance for 7 years or 150 000 km.

What We Like: Comfortable, impressive engine 

What We Don’t Like: No diesel option