The new Hyundai Creta has officially touched down in South Africa, with the front-driven local range now featuring three engine options and three transmission choices.

While the original line-up was limited to two engine options across three derivatives, the second-generation range features four variants (two of which can be specified in two-tone guise for an extra R5 000) and three powertrain choices.

The new line-up starts with the Creta 1,5 Premium at R374 900, which interestingly sees the entry-point drop some R14 000. This naturally aspirated petrol four-pot sends the front axle 84 kW and 143 N.m (down slightly on the outgoing 1,6-litre unit’s 90 kW and 150 N.m) via a six-speed manual gearbox.

Hyundai Automotive SA also offers this engine with a continuously variable transmission and the Executive trim level, which pushes the price to R429 900. With the CVT fitted, the claimed fuel consumption improves from 6,5 L/100 km to 6,3.

Next up is the 1,5 Diesel Executive AT, which for R469 900 offers 84 kW and 250 N.m (down slightly on the 94 kW and 260 N.m generated by the outgoing 1,6D engine) from its oil-burning heart, delivered to the front wheels through a six-speed torque-converter automatic gearbox. Hyundai says this model – which shares its engine with the diesel-powered Kia Seltos – will sip at 5,9 L/100 km.

Finally, the 1,4 TGDI Executive DCT tops the range, boasting a turbocharged 1,4-litre petrol mill with 103 kW and 242 N.m (yes, precisely the same peak outputs offered by the Seltos with this engine). The flagship variant is priced at R484 900, sprinting from zero to 100 km/h in a claimed 9,7 seconds and using 7,2 L/100 km. It features a black roof as standard.

Standard safety features across the range include ABS with EBD, an electronic stability programme, hill-start assist control and IsoFix child-seat anchors. The base Premium derivative has dual front airbags, while the Executive variants add curtain and side items to the mix (for a total of six each).

Inside, all models in the Creta range boast items such an eight-inch touchscreen system, rear parking sensors, a reversing camera and cruise control. Executive versions add features such as wireless smartphone charging, faux-leather upholstery and an electrochromatic rear-view mirror.

Hyundai’s five-year/150 000 km warranty plus an additional two-year/50 000 km powertrain warranty ship standard, along with a five-year/90 000 km service plan with intervals of 15 000 km.

Pricing:
Hyundai Creta 1,5 Premium: R374 900
Hyundai Creta 1,5 Executive CVT: R429 900 (+R5 000 for two-tone)
Hyundai Creta 1,5 Diesel Executive AT: R469 900 (+R5 000 for two-tone)
Hyundai Creta 1,4 TGDI Executive DCT: R484 900