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Date: 08 Jul 2019 Author Type: Public Review
Author: Julian Lurie edited by Liam Mothilall
Source: Julian Lurie
Hyundai's Creta range, which has been a great success in the brand's local model line-up, is now, according to a media release from Hyundai, grown even further with the addition of a new flagship derivative and several attractive styling cues that sets it apart from its siblings. Since its launch in 2017, Hyundai Automotive South Africa has sold more than 11 600 Creta’s and this model has constantly been at the top of its market segment. The Creta portrays a strong road presence and embodies the aggressive stance of an SUV in its own style. It slots in below its Tucson SUV sibling, both in terms of size and price.

Only 500 of the special Creta’s with a "Limited Edition" badge on the hatchback door to denote the newcomer's exclusive status will be sold in South Africa. The special treatment is available for all three Creta variants; the 1.6 Executive manual, the 1.6 Executive automatic, and the 1.6 Executive turbodiesel automatic.

Apart from the Limited Edition moniker, the new model will be distinguished from the other derivatives by a black roof to create a two-tone exterior with the white body paint finish, exclusive two-tone 17" alloy wheel rims, a black and red interior, with red inserts on the dashboard and red stitching on the leather seats, and an infotainment system with Apple Carplay and Android Auto connectivity. Also available as an option is an SD card at a price of R2 100 for an off-line navigation function if they do not want to use Google Maps, Waze or Apple's Maps on Apple Carplay or Android Auto.

As with the other Creta derivatives, the Limited Edition also offers the option of customizing their compact Hyundai SUV further with the fitment of a black or chromed front nudge bar and black or chromed side skirts. Convenience features in the Creta include air vents for the rear passengers, a rear armrest with cup holders, cruise control and rear park assist sensors, and a camera that displays its image on the screen of the infotainment system. The multi-function steering wheel, with remote controls for the sound system and buttons for the trip computer and system information, is also covered in leather.

Static bending headlamps that improve side visibility when the vehicle turns in a curve on the road or at crossroads is not only a convenience, but also comes standard and improves safety for the driver at night. The three engine/gearbox combinations in the Creta range that will be available as the Limited Edition start with the Creta 1.6 Executive Manual, 4-cylinder 1,6-litre naturally aspirated petrol engine with a 6-speed manual gearbox, developing 90 KW of power at 6 300 r/min., and torque peaking at 150 NM at 4 850 r/min. Fuel consumption was measured at 7,9 litres / 100 km.

Next up is the Creta 1.6 Executive Automatic powered by the same petrol engine as above but coupled with a 6-speed automatic gearbox. The fuel consumption measured for this derivative is 8,4 litres / 100 km. At the top of the range is the Creta 1.6 Executive Turbo-diesel Automatic powered by a 1,6-litre turbo-charged diesel engine, together with a 6-speed automatic gearbox. Maximum power delivery is 94 KW at 4 000 r/min., with its torque peak of 260 NM is reached at 2 750 r/min. It has recorded a fuel consumption figure of 7,4 litres / 100 km in a real-world, combine test cycle. The engine is equipped with a Variable Geometry Turbocharger (VGT) that monitors the throttle and changes vane geometry accordingly, which in turn regulates turbo boost pressure for a smooth acceleration and maximum power at low engine speed.

The Creta is said to have exceptional ride quality and outstanding road holding are achieved by a McPherson strut front suspension with gas dampers. An optimized caster angle delivers a more stable, smoother high-speed travel. At the rear, revised geometries of the dampers used with the coupled torsion beam axle deliver an increased lever ratio that generates gentle understeer for better cornering performance.

The Creta can boast with class-leading noise, vibration and harshness (NVH) levels due to the use of enhanced sound absorption materials and advanced engineering design of the engine, transmission and body structural parts that ensures a quiet cabin.NVH levels have been also been well contained with the use of dashboard insulators, anti-vibration pads, a sound-deadener coating on the floor, optimized engine mounts, tunnel area rigidity and the application of a dual sealing structure on doors. The Creta is said to be one of the toughest and strongest SUVs in its segment. It is designed with a strong "Hive structure" body shell that ensures high structural strength stability and sturdiness. The ring-shaped frames applied at the B-Pillar, C-Pillar and engine bay brings a significant increase in body stiffness, which ensures precise handling while maintaining excellent ride quality.

Safety features in the Creta include; dual front and side airbags for driver and passenger, and curtain airbags for protection of rear passengers as well. The Creta is also equipped with an Anti-lock Brake System (ABS) and Electronic Braking Distribution (EBD).

The recommended prices of the Creta Limited Edition range start with the Creta 1.6 Limited Edition (manual) at R 372 900, followed by the Creta 1.6 Limited Edition (automatic) at R 397 900 and the flagship Creta 1.6 Limited Edition Turbodiesel (automatic) at R 438 900. The recommended retail price of the Creta includes; Hyundai's 7-year / 200 000 km manufacturers' warranty, roadside assistance for 5 years or 150 000 km while a 5-year / 90 000 km service plan adds further value to the package. Service intervals are 15 000 km.
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