The premium mid-size SUV segment continues to be dominated by the likes of the Hyundai Creta and the Kia Seltos. But, we also saw a number of brands including Maruti, Volkswagen, Skoda, and Toyota entering the segment with the launch of multiple new offerings. Honda however, is the last player to enter the segment and will soon be launching the new Elevate to take on the rivals.
Based on the same platform as the Honda City, the new Elevate not only promises to deliver impressive dynamics but also comes with a feature-rich and premium cabin. But does it have what it takes to challenge the supremacy of the Creta in India? Here is a detailed Hyundai Creta Vs Honda Elevate comparison you should not miss.
The Hyundai Creta is priced from ₹10.87 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi) and is not only offered with a long features list but also gets a number of powertrain options for the buyers to choose from. The Honda Elevate’s price in India is yet to be announced, but we are expecting the Japanese carmaker to price this new SUV between ₹12-14 lakh.
|Hyundai Creta||Honda Elevate|
|Starting Price (Ex-showroom, Delhi)||₹10.87 lakh||₹12-14 lakh (Expected)|
As of now, the buyers of the new Hyundai Creta can choose between two powertrain options—1.5L MPi petrol and 1.5L U2 CRDi diesel engine. The petrol engine delivers 113 bhp and 143.8 Nm while the diesel is claimed to deliver 115 bhp and 250 Nm of maximum torque. The transmission options include a 6-speed manual gearbox or an IVT (CVT) automatic for those opting for the petrol while the diesel is offered with a 6-speed manual or a 6-speed torque converter automatic gearbox. Just like the Honda City, the Elevate gets a 1.5-L i-VTEC engine with either a CVT or a 6-speed manual transmission option. While this engine may not boast great power output or torque output figures and thus a strong performance, it will surely impress those looking for a smooth and refined petrol motor. Those opting for the CVT gearbox might also notice a prominent rubberband effect on strong throttle inputs and not-so-great NVH levels once the RPMs go past the midrange.
Despite a slightly mediocre engine, the Elevate is an extremely engaging car to drive and scores high in the dynamics department. To begin with, the SUV not only handles well but boasts an engaging and accurate steering wheel which will not only impress the driver with its feel and feedback but is extremely light at slow speeds while it picks up weight as the speeds increase. Needless to say, the suspension setup too has been tuned brilliantly well in typical Honda fashion and not only delivers a comfortable ride quality but the well-tuned damping and slight firmness also keep the car stable at higher speeds.
The Hyundai Creta too offers a decent ride-handling balance for the buyers but gets a lighter steering wheel which feels vague at the centre and may not be appreciated by most of the driving enthusiasts. The ride quality however is great and so is the high-speed stability, but it is the Honda Elevate that offers a better package for the buyers.
|Hyundai Creta||Honda Elevate|
|Engine||1.5L MPi Petrol, 1.5L U2 CRDi Diesel||1.5L i-VTEC Petrol|
|Maximum Power||113 bhp (1.5L P)115 bhp (1.5L D)||118 bhp|
|Peak Torque||143.8 Nm (Petrol)250 Nm (Diesel)||145 Nm|
|Transmission||6-Speed MT, IVT (1.5L P)6-Speed MT, 6-Speed AT (1.5L D)||6-Speed Manual, 7-Step CVT|
|Mileage||16.76 km/l (P MT), 16.76 km/l (P AMT)21.35 km/l (D MT),18.46 km/l (D AT)||15.31 km/l (P MT)16.92 km/l (P CVT)|
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While the Hyundai Creta looks more sophisticated and features boxy styling, the Honda Elevate on the other hand looks bold and boasts a stronger road presence. The high-ground clearance and a massive front grille further give it a resemblance to many other Honda SUVs offered in the global markets. Both the SUVs have a lot in common when it comes to the exterior styling elements as both are offered with LED lights, machine-cut alloy wheels, LED tail lights, chrome door handles and more. Needless to say, the build quality levels of the two SUVs are largely similar and you will not go wrong with either of them. As far as dimensions are concerned, it is the Honda Elevate which measures longer and has the longest wheelbase in the segment.
|Hyundai Creta||Honda Elevate|
|Length||4,300 mm||4,312 mm|
|Width||1,790 mm||1,790 mm|
|Height||1,635 mm||1,650 mm|
|Wheelbase||2,610 mm||2,650 mm|
The new Honda Elevate, just like many other Honda cars, is offered with a premium and elegant dashboard layout. The dual-tone brown-black colour scheme further gives it a more premium look and the build quality levels are better than many other rivals. What you also get for your money are many other features like multiple airbags, automatic climate control, a new infotainment system, a sunroof, and wireless charging. It is however worth noting the fact that important features like seat ventilation, automatic wipers, 360-degree camera, and front parking sensors are a few of the missing features that the rivals offer at this price.
The Hyundai Creta continues to offer a strong blend of style, comfort, and functionality. A well-organised dashboard layout along with sorted ergonomics and a dual-screen setup further enhances the overall in-cabin experience. The seats at the front as well as at the rear are comfortable while there is no dearth of space in either of the rows. The build quality levels and fit-finish levels are better than the Elevate and the overall in-cabin experience is also similar.
|Hyundai Creta||Honda Elevate|
|Headlamps||LED Projectors||LED Projector Lights|
|Keyless Entry And Push Button Start/Stop||Yes||Yes|
|Driving Modes||Yes – Eco, Normal, Sport||No|
|Infotainment System||26.03 cm HD Infotainment System||26.03 cm HD Touchscreen|
|Apple CarPlay And Android Auto||Yes, Wireless||Yes, Wireless|
|Audio System||8-Speaker Sound System By Bose Audio||6-Speaker Sound System|
|Digital Instrument Console||Yes||Yes|
|Driver Seat Adjustment||8-Way Power Adjust||6-Way Manual Adjustment|
|Sunroof||Panoramic Smart Sunroof||Yes|
|Automatic Headlamps and Wipers||Yes||Yes|
|Surround View Camera||Rear-View Camera||Rear-View Camera|
|Electronically Adjustable ORVMs||Adjustable And Foldable||Adjustable And Foldable|
|Connected Car Tech||Advanced BlueLink||Yes|
|Voice Recognition And Commands||Yes||Yes|
|Foldable Rear Seat||60:40 Split Folding||60:40 Split Folding|
|Automatic Climate Control||Yes||Yes|
|Wireless Charging Pad||Yes||Yes|
|Rear AC Vents||Yes||Yes|
|Heads Up Display||No||No|
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The Hyundai Creta is offered with a long list of safety features and equipment and scored a three-star rating in the GNCAP safety crash tests. On the other hand, while the Elevate is yet to get any GNCAP crash test ratings, it remains one of the very few SUVs to be offered with an ADAS safety suite and many other advanced safety features. For those wondering, the Honda Safety Sense Suite comprises features like Collision Mitigation Braking System, Lane Keep Assist, Adaptive Cruise Control, and more.
|Hyundai Creta||Honda Elevate|
|Airbags||Yes, Up to 6||Yes, Up to 6|
|Traction Control, Electronic Stability Program||Yes||Yes|
|Hill Hold Control||Yes||Yes|
|Tyre Pressure Monitoring System||Yes||Yes|
|ADAS Safety Suite||No||Yes|
|Speed Sensing Auto Lock||Yes||Yes|
|Safety Ratings||3-Star GNCAP (Old Protocol)||NA|
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Both, the Hyundai Creta as well the Honda Elevate are likely to be offered with a similar after-sales support as both brands are well-renowned for their service and maintenance support. The long-term reliability of the two SUVs is also expected to remain similar in the long term while predicting which of the two SUVs will get a better resale value is difficult at this point of time.
|Standard Warranty Coverage|
|Hyundai Creta||3 Years/ Unlimited Km Standard Warranty and Roadside Assistance (RSA), Up to 5 Years Running Repair Package, Up to 5 Years Maintenance Package, Up to 7 Years Extended Warranty|
Strong and bold looks, a premium and comfortable cabin, along with a super-refined powertrain and impressive long-term reliability make the Honda Elevate a great choice for someone looking for a feature-rich and no-nonsense midsize SUV in India. Unlike most of its rivals, the Honda Elevate misses out on multiple engine options including the fuel-efficient diesel and powerful turbo-petrol. Despite this, this new Honda SUV in India did not fail to grab the attention of new buyers with its authentic SUV looks, high-quality interiors and extensive safety equipment list.
The Hyundai Creta however, offers a feature-rich and premium package, in addition to a wider range of powertrain options for the buyers. In addition to this, the Hyundai Creta also boasts many other features that are missing in the Honda Elevate.
Q. Which one has better mileage, the Hyundai Creta Or the Honda Elevate?
The Hyundai Creta offers better mileage when compared to the Honda Elevate and is also offered with a diesel engine.
Q. Which car is cheaper: Hyundai Creta or Honda Elevate?
While Honda is yet to announce the price of the Elevate, we are expecting the Hyundai Creta to cost less than the Elevate.
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