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CAPE TOWN – In many ways, popularity is important. You may just get added to the wedding-of-the-decade guest list, be picked for a top sports team or have your name put forward when a promotion is on the cards. Obviously, you still need the talent to back up the initial trust.

The Hyundai Creta has done just this by selling more than 8 000 units since its launch in 2017 and more the 500 units per month on average in 2018. And this facelift aims to further increase its popularity.

So, what's new?

The subtle updates to the Creta are mostly cosmetic, which makes for an interesting game of “spot-the difference”. Look closely and you'll see that the grille is now bolder with more chrome accents, while new lights have been added all round. The roof rails are now neatly integrated, while the bee-sting aerial has been ditched in favour of a shark-fin design. There is also a fresh wheel design on offer.


As before, the only level of specification available is Executive, but in addition to the sort of kit this included before – such as rear parking sensors (with a reversing camera), leather seats and air vents for the rear passengers, to name but a few (sat-nav is an optional at R2 552) – this trim level now features items such as cruise control and folding side-mirrors. Inside, there are still no soft plastics to be found, although the cabin feels rather well screwed together.

Under the bonnet, nothing has changed either, which means the naturally aspirated 1,6-litre petrol engine still delivers 90 kW and 150 N.m to the front wheels via either a six-speed manual or automatic transmission (the 1,6 turbodiesel engine is again exclusively paired with a six-speed automatic ‘box).

Driving it

Although more compact than the Tucson, the Creta is still large enough to fulfil most family needs. The driving position is good and it's easy to familiarise yourself with the switchgear and infotainment system.

I sampled the 1,6-litre petrol with automatic transmission, which is perfectly adequate for day-to-day driving, thanks mostly to its easy-going nature. The downside of this engine's lowly torque output is that the engine needs to be worked hard if you need to up the pace. Of course, this sees the indicated fuel consumption figure quickly jump from the claim of 8,4 litres per 100 km to more than 10 litres per 100 km.

At CAR, we ran the 1,6-litre turbodiesel as a long-termer and, in my opinion, the additional torque and lower fuel consumption figure are worth the extra R40 000 if your budget allows.


The test route included Franschhoek Pass, where the Creta impressed with nimble but stable handling, for this class of vehicle. It was also largely unfazed by a section of dirt road that we covered at good speed, although the suspension was occasionally caught out by deep ruts which sent a judder through the chassis.


It's clear why the small Indian-built SUV from Hyundai has become so popular in South Africa. It offers excellent value at the price-point and is a real option if your budget doesn't quite stretch to the Tucson...

Author: Nicol Louw

Manufacturer Specifications

Standard - standard Optional - optional
  • Leather upholstery: artificial
  • Seats quantity: 5
  • Split rear seat: Standard
  • Folding rear seat: Standard
  • Air conditioning: Standard
  • Cup bottle holders: front + rear
  • Front armrests: Standard
  • Antilock braking system (ABS): Standard
  • Electronic brake distribution (EBD): Standard
  • Driver airbag: Standard
  • Front passenger airbag: Standard
  • Front side airbags: Standard
  • Curtain airbags: Standard
  • Airbag quantity: 6
  • Automatic drive away locking: Standard
  • ISOFIX child seat mountings: outer rear
  • Approach home safe lighting time delay park headlights: Standard
  • Alloy wheelsrims: Standard
  • Power steering: Standard
  • Multifunction steering wheel controls: Standard
  • On board computer multi information display: Standard
  • Navigation: Optional
  • Cruise control: Standard
  • Bluetooth connectivity: Standard
  • Aux in auxiliary input: Standard
  • USB port: Standard
  • Powersocket 12V: front
  • Central locking: remote
  • Remote central locking: Standard
  • Electric windows: front + rear
  • Auto dim interior mirror: Standard
  • Electric adjust mirrors: Standard
  • Heated exterior mirrors: Standard
  • Daytime driving running lights: LED
  • Frontfog lamps lights: Standard
  • Highlevel 3rd brakelight: Standard
  • Rear fog lamps lights: Standard
  • Park distance control PDC: rear + rear camera
  • Camera for park distance control: rear
  • Rear spoiler: Standard
  • Metallic pearl escent paint: Optional
  • Fuel Type: petrol
  • Fuel range average: 655 km
  • Driven wheels: front
  • Driven wheels quantity: 2
  • Gearratios quantity: 6
  • Gearshift: automatic
  • Transmission type: automatic
  • Front tyres: 205/65 R16
  • Reartyres: 205/65 R16
  • Spare wheel size full: Standard
  • Length: 4280 mm
  • Width excl mirrors incl mirrors: 1780 mm
  • Height: 1630 (1665 with roof rails) mm
  • Wheel base: 2590 mm
  • Ground clearance minimum maximum: 190 mm
  • Turning circle wheels body: 10.6 m
  • Approach angle: 23
  • Break over ramp angle: 21.1
  • Departure angle: 28.4
  • Load volume / capacity: 402 L
  • Unladen/tare/kerb weight: 1240 kg
  • Load carrying capacity / payload: 520
  • Gross weight (GVM): 1760 kg
  • Towing capacity - unbraked: 750
  • Towing capacity - braked: 1000
  • Fuel tank capacity (incl reserve): 55l
  • Fuel consumption average: 8.4 l/100km
  • CO2 emissions average: 175g/km
  • Emission control phase Euro EU level: 2
  • Power maximum: 90 kW
  • Power maximum total: 90 kW
  • Power peak revs: 6300 r/min
  • Power to weight ratio: 72.6 kW/ton
  • Torque maximum: 150 Nm
  • Torque peak revs: 4850 r/min
  • Torque maximum total: 150 Nm
  • Torque to weight ratio: 121 Nm/ton
  • Acceleration 0-100 kmh: 12.1s
  • Maximum top speed: 169 km/h
  • Engine position/ location: front
  • Engine capacity: 1591 cc
  • Engine size: 1.6l
  • enginedetailshort: 1.6
  • Engine + detail: 1.6
  • Cylinder layout: inline
  • Cylinders: 4
  • Cylinder layout + quantity: i4
  • Cam: dohc
  • Valves per cylinder: 4
  • Valves quantity: 16
  • Warranty time (years): 5 vehicle / 7 drivetrain
  • Warranty distance (km): 150000 vehicle / 200000 drivetrain km
  • Service plan: Standard
  • Service plan time (years): 5
  • Service plan time (distance): 90000 km
  • Roadside assistance time: 5
  • Service interval (distance): 15000 km
  • Brand: Hyundai
  • Status: c
  • Segment: passenger car
  • MMcode: 265572101
  • MMVariant: CRETA 1.6 EXECUTIVE A/T
  • Introdate: 2018-09-04
  • DuoportarecordID: HyunCret1Fe2

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