Go the Distance
In last month’s report on the Creta’s performance as my long-termer, I’d indicated that there might be a long highway trip that could be coming up – and that it would give me a good opportunity to test the car’s abilities over long distances. As luck would have it, the trip came through. A close friend’s marriage was coming up, and this was the perfect time to take the Creta out onto the highway. Thankfully, due to the holiday season around Holi, and some strategic planning as to when to leave for my destination, I encountered little or no traffic.
The Creta, of course, behaved very well, and I must say I quite enjoy the long-geared feel of the car in its higher gears. In fact, I tended to leave the car running in 6th gear for extended periods of time. The 1.6-litre diesel unit on our car is also quite impressive, and easily the most refined and punchy engine in its segment. It delivers power in a very linear fashion and there’s very little turbo lag at all. The long gears also help with fuel efficiency on the highways, as witnessed on this journey. On a single tank, the Creta covered well over 800 kilometres – which is quite a feat, and it means that this car is a great machine for long distance travel.
The seats too are quite comfortable and feel like quality items, but I would prefer a tad more lumbar support. More impressive is the practicality of the car, as the large boot and adequate interior space makes travelling with five passengers a breeze. Overall, I think the Creta has left me even more impressed with its abilities and the comfort it offers. It doesn’t really pretend to be an off-roader, but the main task its designed for – comfortable on-road travel – is something the car does very well.
Now, if only I can find some time to send it to the workshop to get that cracked windscreen replaced, I would have nothing to complain about at all. On second thought, perhaps I should just leave it as is – so I have something to complain about!