After a tough couple of weeks of driving, which the Creta faced during the Auto Expo last month, things have been far more relaxed – both for the car and for me – this month. With the madness over, some semblance of order has returned to our lives. And, for the want of a better description, I’ve returned to a schedule of frequent travel. But, for the most part, it’s been regular work hours and getting home on time – much to my family’s surprise.
However, the month of March began with a slightly sad note for the Creta. On a regular trip towards Greater Noida, a truck ahead of me threw up a small stone at very high velocity straight onto the Creta’s windscreen. As a result, our Creta now has a stone chip in the windshield – which has quickly grown into a foot-long crack. As driving around with a windscreen crack that big is no fun at all, I think the Creta might be going in for some quick repairs in the coming few weeks – as long as I match the trip to the workshop with my travel schedule.
Other than the small mishap with the windshield, life has been going well with the car – which, with its excellent interiors, imposing looks, and comfortable ride, just reaffirms its popularity in the market. Inside, it feels like a quality item. And, despite my personal impression being that the Creta is a tad overpriced, looking at the competition and then sitting inside the Creta gives me an idea of why customers in our market are so fond of it. Some aspects of the interior that I personally am quite fond of are the all-black interiors, which are a breeze to keep clean – unlike the beige interiors of my Getz CRDi – and the audio quality of the standard music system is quite impressive too. The large touchscreen in the centre of the console is also quite responsive. The only trouble is – despite its recessed positioning – it’s hard to read in direct sunlight.
Next month, I’m hoping to take the Creta for a long road trip – and hopefully that’ll give me more opportunities to test the abilities of the car further. Nevertheless, given its combination of good quality, refined dynamics and a feeling of luxury, the Creta is proving to be an excellent choice as a daily driver.