This is the 2018 Hyundai Creta. And it seems to be a Botoxed version of its predecessor. Face work really, so it could get rid of those faint crow’s feet and frown lines that come with middle age. In fact, any treatment done to it is just skin-deep. So, it’s the same as the older car mechanically; it gets the same engine and gearbox options; and the dozen plus trims continue as well. But, there are changes, and these are centered around features, gadgets, and styling.
Talking of styling, the Creta gets a bigger and shinier grille upfront. Revisions have been made to the front bumper. The SUV now gets new DRLs that wrap around the fog lamps. There’s no change, to speak of, in profile barring the new design for the alloy wheels. At the rear, the Creta gets a mildly updated bumper along with tweaked tail lamps.
Inside too, the 2018 Creta doesn’t exactly boast of major changes. The layout and design for almost everything is the same including the dashboard, and the various knobs, buttons and dials. The space on offer hasn’t changed, and neither has the quality or the look and feel of materials.
But, the new top-of-the-line Creta does get some additional features. There’s an electric sunroof, an electrically adjustable driver’s seat, wireless charging for the cellphone, and a smart key band. The latter, unlike the one for the Tata Nexon, isn’t waterproof. But, the Hyundai’s band doesn’t just lock and unlock the Creta; it also works as a fitness band, like a Fitbit, if you will.
Like the older car did. Which isn’t really a surprise given the 2018 edition hasn’t changed mechanically. Our test car has the 1.6-litre diesel with a manual transmission. It makes 126bhp and 260Nm of torque. And it is mated to a 6-speed transmission.
It’s the same unit as before. So, it is still quiet and free revving for a diesel. There’s still some turbo lag under 1800rpm, but not enough to be bothersome. And, the various controls like gearshifts, clutch and steering are still light and easy.
Now, the Creta was always a relaxing car to drive, courtesy good visibility, planted straight-line stability, and powerful and feedback-rich brakes. But, it was never overly sporty or fun. The 2018 edition maintains the status quo.
And, it is still a good family car. The ride isn’t plush, but it is comfortable. It has a quiet cabin. It gets six airbags. There’s cruise control. And, it has a good selection of cup and bottle holders as well, both front and back.