JOHANNESBURG, South Africa – Hyundai has added a fresh model to its medium-sized sport utility vehicle range: five derivatives of a revised Creta in Premium and Executive guise powered by, variously, a 1.5-litre petrol engine and two turbos – 1.5 and 1.4-litre.
Their power is transmitted variously through a manual transmission, a variable transmission, and a dual-clutch auto – that last for the flagship Creta TGDI Executive.
The first of the midsize Cretas was launched in 2017 and had a modest mid-term facelift in 2018. The 2021 version just launched in South Africa has, Hyundai says, ”a striking exterior that bears the styling DNA of its bigger SUV siblings – the Tucson, the Santa Fe, and the smaller Venue.
SA buyers snapped up 14 811 of the first-generation Creta.
The 2021 units’ cabins have been given a complete redesign, the bodies are slightly longer and wider, and the fascia, centre console, and instrument panel, Hyundai says, ”are impressive and create tranquillity”.
The ”flagship” Executive units are said to be ”eye-catching” thanks to refreshed styling and two-tone body colours, creased bonnet, and ”a voluminous body-coloured bumper and big, bold, new grille”.
The headlights (halogen for Premium units, diodes for Executives) have been reshaped with the daytime running lights above and to the sides of the headlight clusters. Below them the bumper houses turn signals and foul-weather lights (Executive models).
The tail-lights have followed the front designs except for the reversing lights sunk into the black back bumper. The Exec units ride on 17” tyre/rim combinations, the Premiums on 16” alloys and seven body colours are available across the range: Blue, Orange, Black, White, Red, Grey, and Silver.
The cabin is described by Hyundai as ”minimalistic, with red accents on the leather seats and air vents”. The flat-bottomed steering-wheel is leather-clad with red stitching.
Rear passengers will have a centre armrest with cup-holders that fold out of the backrest for the middle rear seat.
THREE MODEST ENGINES
The driving seat is adjustable for height and reach and all seats will be available in grey and black cloth for the Premium derivatives, grey and black leather for the Executives, and black leather with red accents for the flagship Creta 1.4 TGDI Executive DCT.
More detail for the driver, varying according to model, include controls for the infotainment system, trip data computer and cruise control and a wireless charging pad. There’s a button of the wheel for the Bluetooth phone connection (Apple Carplay and Android Auto). A 20cm touchscreen enables all occupants to select functions through voice command and supplies the driver with surrounding images for parking.
Three modest-displacement engines feature variously: a 1.5-litre four-cylinder; a four-cylinder 1.5-litre turbodiesel, and a 1.4-litre turbo petrol.
Depending on model, they spin a six-speed manual, six-speed auto, six-speed variable transmission that uses a chain belt and pulley system with an increased gear ration span, or a seven-speed dual-clutch unit.
Each drives the front wheels.
Noise, vibration and harshness, Hyundai says, have been reduced thanks to a stiffer shell and the use of ”industrial strength” adhesives and spot welds while revisions to the engine mounts and redesigned intake/exhaust manifolds have also played key roles in reducing NVH.
STABILITY CONTROL, TOO
Crash mitigation bags exist front and sides for the driver and front passenger; two curtain bags will cushion rear passengers (side and curtain airbags are not included in Premium units). IsoFix child-seat anchors, however, are standard across the range along with conventional three-point inertia-reel belts restraints.
Electronic stability control will help to prevent loss of steering; tyre-pressures are monitored,, and newbie drivers will appreciate the hill-start control.
AND SO TO THE PRICES…
- 2021 Hyundai Creta 1.5 Premium – R374 900
- 2021 Hyundai Creta 1.5 Executive IVT – R429 900
- 2021 Hyundai Creta 1.5 Executive IVT two-tone – R434 900
- 2021 Hyundai Creta 1.5 Executive Diesel a/t – R469 900
- 2021 Hyundai Creta 1.5 Executive Diesel at two-tone – R474 900
- 2021 Hyundai Creta 1.4 TGDI Executive DCT (two-tone) – R484 900
Each will be delivered with a seven-year or 200 000km* manufacturer’s warranty, four-year or 60 000km* service plan; and seven years’ or 150 000* roadside assistance.