“What good is an SUV if it is not the Hyundai Creta” is the tagline for Hyundai Motors’ popular SUV, Creta that it prides itself on. It is one of the brand’s most loved cars, and despite its aggressive pricing, it has been a consistent hit in the Indian market.
Creta’s initial response was immensely positive leading to a 6-month waiting period within weeks of its launch. With sales figures skyrocketing, more than 2 lakh Cretas were sold in merely two years! Such astounding sales also resulted in a win-win situation for the used car market, making this car an instant favourite amongst other old cars.
If you’re planning to get behind the wheels of a pre-loved Hyundai Creta, here’s what you need to know.
Creta features a stunning touchscreen AVN system in its dashboard that makes it a drool-worthy feature. However, this 7-inch screen often falls prey to several glitches. Some common issues are lags, hangs, frequent noises, and irregular powering on.
Some users have also complained of failed navigation and Bluetooth functions. Hyundai took note of these problems and came up with a software upgrade that solved most of these issues.
If you find yourself gravitating towards the Creta, you must take a good look at all the tech functions that the AVN system has to offer.
Many Hyundai car owners have complained of a steering rattle that gets bothersome with time. If you’re driving through rocky terrain, there’s a possibility of the car producing a peculiar noise that sounds like an aggressively leaking tap.
You will hear this sound after you turn the steering wheel while driving on bumpy patches or even rumble strips. Before you buy a pre-owned Creta, you must take a test drive and look out for any such rattling sounds when you drive the car over uneven terrain.
The Creta comes with a sensitive clutch system. If used harshly, the clutch plates need a change after the car has been driven for over 20,000 kms. When you take a test drive, you should always ensure that the clutch is not too worn out because this can be a hassle for you later.
It is best that you get an experienced driver to assess this aspect as they would be able to conduct an accurate analysis of the clutch especially while changing gears or navigating through heavy traffic.
The boldly designed Creta might look like it can take on excessive wear and tear but it is best suited for urban roads. The Creta comes fitted with plastic cladding that does not provide adequate protection for off-road use.
If you’re someone who likes to push the limits on your vehicle, you must check the existing under-body damage on a pre-owned Creta before you purchase it.
This sounds basic but is key to owning a car. You must always ensure that the pre-owned vehicle you’re interested in, comes with all necessary documents like the Registration Certificate, Pollution Certificate, and the Insurance Certificate.
This is to prevent any chances of theft, fraud, or forgery. Once you’re done with the test drive and have finalised the car, take some time out to vet all the essential paperwork and the details mentioned on them. Some other documents you should take a look at are the service booklet, purchase invoice, and loan documents, if any.
Buying a used car comes with perks and a few shortcomings, and we believe it’s ideal to be aware of both positives and negatives.
After careful inspection of the car, its model and engine, a decent deal for a preowned Creta would be a price between ₹9 – ₹12 lakhs.
|Price When New||From ₹9.44 Lakh|
|Engine||4 Cyls, 1591cc, Petrol/ 4 Cyls, 1396cc, Turbo-diesel/ 4 Cyls, 1582cc, Turbo-diesel|
|Boot Capacity||400 litres|
Hyundai Creta 1.6 CRDi SX
|Price When New||₹11.59 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi)|
|Engine||1582cc, 4 cyls|
You can consider pre owned models of cars like the Tata Nexon, Mahindra XUV 500, Skoda Kushaq, or the Maruti Suzuki Brezza in place of the Hyundai Creta.
Clogged fuel injectors might be an issue in diesel SUVs and this is something you must review before buying the car.
Creta’s Manual Petrol variant offers 16.8 km/pl while the Diesel Manual offers 21.4 km/pl. In automatic variants, the claimed mileage is 21.4 km/l.
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