STRUTTING IN STYLE
Having driven the Baleno for a few days this month, just before the madness that is the Auto Expo started, my new long-termer, the Hyundai Creta finally made an appearance. I don’t need to elaborate on the success of the Creta in India, and it’s a long-termer that I had been waiting for quite eagerly. Hyundai, as a manufacturer has figured out the exact formula for creating successful products for the Indian market, and their sales success over the past few years shows that they have their products and target audience well sorted.
A detailed look at the Creta shows the reasons for its success, the interiors are spacious and feel quite premium, in fact the weekend after the Auto Expo, I had some friends visiting and five of us fitted in the car without any issues. The boot is also quite spacious, and this reflects on the practicality of the Creta as an everyday vehicle. More importantly, despite being a monocoque, the styling of the car is butch enough to make it stand out amongst its competition. The fact that interior quality and equipment levels on the Creta trumps its rivals pretty much explains its success.
The car we have is the top-spec SX version fitted with the 1.6-litre diesel engine and a six-speed manual gearbox. But despite being the top-end model, it lacks some equipment compared to the i20 – such as the automatic headlights and electronically dimming rear-view mirror – which is a bit of a disappointment, especially when you consider what the Creta costs. To that extent, I have to say it does feel a bit over priced.
However, this is mostly forgotten when you drive the car around, the diesel engine is pretty responsive and revs quickly, and gives the Creta sprightly performance. Contributing to the driving appeal is the well-tuned suspension and rock solid stability, which makes cruising long distances an easy task. This is precisely the reason why, despite having the car for only two weeks, I’ve already managed to drive it for almost 1,500kms! One could say that things are looking promising for this long-term car of ours.