Hyundai Creta – Old vs New: What all has changed?

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Change is inevitable. All that talk about the young replacing the new is quite a stark reality in the car world. In fact, the success of many best selling cars over the years has been down to how good the successive models turn out to be. So with that in mind, we thought it would be a good time to shine the light on the Hyundai Creta.

If you’ve been living under a rock or just don’t like SUVs, the Creta first came to the market back in 2015. In just five short years, the Creta has been a runaway success for the Korean brand in India. Naturally, when the all-new Creta came around in 2020, all eyes are were glued to see if the new one can match or outdo the older one. To help with this, here’s a list of things that have changed from the old to the new.

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1. Engines:

On the powertrain front, the previous generation Creta came with three options. A 1.6-litre naturally aspirated petrol engine which came mated to either a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic gearbox, a 1.4-litre diesel engine which came mated to a five-speed gearbox, and a 1.6-litre diesel engine which came mated to a six-speed manual or automatic gearbox.

This time around, there’s a 1.5-litre naturally-aspirated petrol engine parable to a six-speed manual or CVT gearbox. Then there’s the 1.5-litre diesel engine parable with either a six-speed manual or a six-speed torque-converter automatic. And finally, a 1.4-litre turbocharged petrol engine which comes with a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission only.

2. Design:

Visually, the 2020 Creta is starkly different from the older generation. Mind you, we’re referring to the 2018 facelift of the Creta, which did have some visual updates. Despite that, the all-new Creta comes with more rounded design and modern elements like the LED headlamps and a dashboard layout. Both on the inside and outside, the 2020 Hyundai Creta looks a lot more in line with Hyundai’s current design language.

The older generation model had a more conventional approach to the compact SUV, with squared-off lines and a simple yet functional cabin layout. Now, however, things have changed quite a bit. Everything from the front cascading grille to the flared wheel arches is new. Whether this design is to everyone’s liking can only be discussed once some time has gone by and we can asses the crowd’s reaction.

3. Features:

Given that the Creta comes from the house of Hyundai, this was always one of its strongest suits. While the older generation Creta had set benchmarks for the kind of features it came loaded with, the 2020 Creta is no slouch in that manner. For example, the older Creta came with a more conventional sunroof while the newer one comes with a panoramic one. Similarly, there’s a semi-digital instrument cluster this time around, compared to the conventional dials the older Creta had.

Furthermore, there’s an electronic hand brake now on the Creta now, the older hand lever has been dropped. There’s an eight-way adjustable driver seat, compared to the older six-way one. Also, there’s a 10.25-inch touchscreen infotainment system this time around; the older Creta came with a seven-inch one. The 2020 Creta even gets traction control modes, driving modes and an air purifier. What’s surprising is the fact that this only scratches the surface in terms of features.

4. Dimensions:

As mentioned earlier by us earlier, the new Creta is 30mm is longer and 10mm wider than the older Creta. It has also 20mm increase in wheelbase and an additional 33 litres of boot space. However, the height is now down by 30mm. As far as the look goes though, the Creta looks like the Venue’s elder sibling. Wouldn’t you agree?

5. Price:

This again was a major reason for the success of the older generation model. Hyundai had gotten the pricing bang on. With the 2020 Creta, Hyundai appears to have done it again. The new model range is priced Rs 9.99 lakh to Rs 17.20 lakh, while the older one has priced from Rs 9.99 lakh to Rs 15.67 lakh. A significant increase but one that can be justified thanks to the tech and features loaded onto the all-new Creta. Once again, Hyundai could have a winner on the cards.