Those with keen eyes amongst you must’ve realised that after its introduction to our long-term fleet, the Creta disappeared from the long-term section until now, that is. And that’s because, after just a month of driving it, the Creta was needed back in Hyundai India’s press fleet for some in-house duties, and I’ve only regained possession of the SUV a few weeks ago.
In the meanwhile, I juggled quite a few vehicles for my daily commutes, but for a multitude of reasons, I missed the Creta quite sorely. Getting the Creta back and driving it for a couple of weeks confirmed my suspicion as to why that was the case. You see, with its 4.3-metre length, it is a perfect-size vehicle for me and my nuclear family, with comfortable seating for five and ample space in the boot. But at the same time, the Creta remains nimble in urban traffic and is easy to park.
Above all, I think the primary aspect of why I (and my family) missed the Creta is its bevy of standard features. While I love the Android Auto capability of the multimedia system and the ventilated front seats – they’re amazing, especially in summer – my kids prefer the multimedia touchscreen and the humongous sunroof. Pair that with the superb sounding Bose sound system, and it means that travelling in the Creta – with or without the family – is an utter delight.
When it came: October 2020
Current Odo reading: 15,120kms
Mileage this month: 805kms
Fuel efficiency: 15km/l
What's good: Ventilated seats, Bose audio
What's not: Long absence of the Creta
In my view, a mid-sized SUV is a perfect vehicle for me and my family. But you might ask why I’m declaring my preference for an everyday vehicle here? Well, that’s because I’ve just received delivery of the car I’m going to be driving daily for the next few months, and it happens to be a mid-sized SUV!
The Creta has been a runaway success in India, and after having driven it for the past few weeks, I can understand why that is the case. Sure, the design of the Creta might be a polarising aspect, but none of that applies when you’re actually inside the car. Sitting inside, the Creta is comfortable, refined, and loaded to the gills with tech.
If there’s one thing I would like changed though, it’s the operation of the electric hand brake when you first start the car. Releasing the hand brake is not the matter of just pushing the handbrake button, but you also have to press the brake pedal at the same time, which is not intuitive and can be very frustrating when you’ve pressed the button and yet the car refuses to move since you forgot to depress the brake pedal when pressing the button. Other than that, it’s been happy days for me with the Creta.
When it came: October 2020
Current Odo reading: 8,590kms
Mileage this month: 1,007kms
Fuel efficiency: 15.1km/l
What’s good: Comfort, stability
What’s not: Annoying electronic handbrake