The battle of SUVs is one that is constantly raging and will continue to be so for a long time. These vehicles have quite literally replaced premium hatchbacks and mid-size sedans as the default purchase option for many buyers. So, automakers have done what they can to meet this demand while also closely monitoring the market. In the sea of SUVs in India, there’s one name that sticks out – the Hyundai Creta.
The Hyundai Creta has been on sale in the country since 2015, having gone through two major upgrades. In the six years that followed its initial debut, Creta has become the market leader when it comes to its sheer sales volume. The Korean auto major recently announced that the Creta has sold over 6 lakh units since its arrival – a feat that hasn’t been matched by its key rivals. Back in October 2020, Hyundai had mentioned that it had sold over 5 lakh units – fresh bookings at the time alone stood at over 1.1 lakh.
What’s even more impressive is that the all-new model of the Hyundai Creta found over 1.2 lakh buyers by March 2021. Note that the latest iteration of the Creta was only launched in March 2020, which means new sales averaged at least 10,000 units per month. With cars flying out of showrooms, the Hyundai Creta was being ranked as the best-selling SUV in India per month and/or year. Of course, there were months when sales weren’t chart-busting, but the actual numbers have never really been bad.
In fact, even as the pandemic raged on, Hyundai was still finding buyers for the Creta in India. For the most part, the automaker said that it was the diesel variants of the Creta that were the most popular. And with the price of petrol going through the roof, chances are that this will hold true for some more time. However, sales of the petrol variants have averaged between 30 to 40 percent of the total volume. Customers can choose from five different trim levels, with costs ranging between Rs 10.00 Lakh and Rs 17.71 Lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi).
According to Hyundai, the top SX and SX (O) trims and automatic versions of the Creta saw the most takers. This stems from the fact that these trims are packed with many high-end features to match their high prices. Some of the cool tech found in the top-end Cretas include a panoramic sunroof, ventilated front seats, an 8-speaker Bose audio system, and a 10.25-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay & Android Auto. The Creta can also be had with automatic LED headlamps, leather seats, paddle shifters, cruise control, a drive mode selector, and an electronic parking brake.
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The Hyundai Creta is also equipped with several safety features. The most important of these include six airbags (top-end trims), Hill Hold Control, Vehicle Stability Management, Electronic Stability Control, ABS with EBD, ISOFIX anchor points, and parking sensors with a rearview camera. Powertrain options in the Hyundai Creta include two petrol engines & one diesel motor and a choice of manual and automatic transmissions. The engine options include a 1.4 Kappa turbo-petrol with 138hp and 242Nm, a 1.5-liter naturally-aspirated petrol with 113hp and 144Nm, and a 1.5-liter turbo-diesel with 113hp and 250Nm. Meanwhile, transmission options include a 6-speed manual, 6-speed automatic, a CVT, and a 7-speed twin-clutch automatic gearbox.