Why the Hyundai Grand Creta is worth your attention
The Hyundai Creta has become a very popular option within the compact crossover segment however demand for more space from customers has resulted in Hyundai introducing the Gand Creta. This new offering features two extra seats, a longer body and wheelbase, a long list of standard features and a superior ride that all come at a very competitive price. Here is what you need to know.
Hyundai’s Grand Creta pairs a bold and tall stance with elegant design. The bold front grille with its dark chrome accents fits in with the rest of the Hyundai range, while giving the Grand Creta an identity of its own. The more-than-ample 20 cm ground clearance is evident from its recognisable SUV profile and emphasises the versatility that the Grand Creta offers its driver and occupants.
LED daytime running lights are standard on all derivatives and forms part of the neat headlight cluster. LEDs are also used for the headlights and the rear light cluster. At the rear, a dark chrome strip between the rear light clusters, a bold Hyundai logo above it and twin-tip, rounded square exhaust outlets round off the back design.
The interior of the Hyundai Grand Creta immerses you in uncluttered design. Complete with premium dual tone interiors and artificial leather seats in all derivatives, the carefully selected materials accentuate the aesthetic. An airy and cool ambience is created by the light-coloured seats.
The Elite version displays information for the driver on a 10.2-inch Supervision cluster and starts the engine with a push button. Other Elite features and conveniences in the interior include a sun-roof, automatic climate control, blue ambient lighting strips and curtains for the rear windows that slide out of the door panels.
An infotainment system with an 8-inch touch screen and connectivity for Apple’s CarPlay or Android Auto forms part of standard luxury features across the range, as well as a steering wheel with multi-function buttons for the sound system and cruise control. Wireless charging in the centre console for smartphones is a standard feature across the range.
With the rear seats down, the cargo area offers 1 670 cubic litres of space, and with all seat backs up, 180 cubic litres of space behind the third row. The second-row seat backs can be folded down in a 60:40 ratio, which enables several seating configurations – allowing inter alia the transportation of long objects.
The engine options
The Hyundai Grand Creta comes with two powertrains that include a 2-litre Smartstream MPi engine and a Smartstream 1,5-litre diesel CRDi engine with options of a 6-speed manual and a 6-speed automatic transmission.
In the entry-level Executive versions, the 2-litre naturally aspirated petrol engine is coupled with a 6-speed manual transmission and the 6-speed automatic gearbox, while the turbocharged 1,5-litre diesel engine is linked with the 6-speed automatic gearbox in an Executive and Elite derivative.
The petrol engine’s maximum power output is 117kW with a peak torque output of 191Nm. From the turbodiesel engine comes 85kW maximum power and peak torque of 250Nm between. The latter offers a consumption figure of less than 5 litres per 100km that can easily be obtained on the open road, which makes the official combined cycle figures of 6.5 litres per 100km very realistic.
The Grand Creta combines what is already a very decent compact SUV offering with more practicality. This makes it ideal for those who want to downscale without compromising on space.