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Hyundai Creta Driven | Turbo Petrol Is Back, Diesel Still On Offer | First Drive Review

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To make something like the Creta look pretty, you need a clean backdrop. You need Rajasthan’s ‘gulabi sunrise,’ and you need a little bit of sand to showcase ‘SUV’ credentials. Did it work?

The face of this new Creta does not split opinions like the one it just replaced. A good start, but that also means it’s not cutting-edge as it used to be. It’s taken a mature approach, drawing inspiration from a bunch of SUVs like the Santa Fe and the Venue. What’s likable is the deletion of shiny chrome - it’s now replaced with darker bits, and the DRLs are chunky and textured, adding a bit of character to the Creta.

The silhouette remains unchanged which means the sporty sloping roof line remains, and that unmistakably Creta-C pillar decorated in that shade of silver retains bits on the side that we all loved. A new set of shoes for the Creta, the design looking almost similar to the i20’s, and integrated roof rails have been added to give it a bit more road presence.

The rear - somehow does not work for me. In isolation, I love those elements - like the connected taillamp and a rugged skid plate, but all put together looks like a forceful mix of sporty and tough. It is worth noting, the execution of changes is spot on, and yes, there are similarities between the Venue and the Creta, but the quality of fit and finish is substantially higher.



TopGear Magazine June 2024