Hyundai is South Africa’s fifth most popular car brand and it’s no surprise really with their range of mid-range, compact SUVs. With efforts to keep up with new trends and technologies, Hyundai is ringing the changes to their legendary SUVs, the Tucson and Creta. Adding to their collection of in-demand vehicles, the Hyundai Creta and Hyundai Tucson are now available with additional comfort features and elegant styling. The larger Hyundai Tucson also gets a few mechanical changes.
While both SUVs benefit from subtle improvements in styling, the Tucson follows most of the Creta upgrades. The smaller Hyundai Creta gets a new combination grille and bumper design along with improved illumination functionality through daytime LEDs. The rear now also features LEDs as well as an under-bumper skid plate.
The Creta’s elegantly designed positioning lamps add further styling while a rear spoiler enhances aerodynamics and includes a high-mounted stop lamp for improved visibility. In addition, the Creta offers further convenience and safety with a rear parking assist system. The rear-view camera display and steering adaptive guidelines will help you park even in the tightest spots.
Hyundai knows how important it is to stay connected and the features speak for themselves. The touchscreen Infotainment system with built-in satnav can help find your way while an iPod, USB or Bluetooth connection enables you to stream your favourite music from the radio or your phone.
As for the Hyundai Tucson, most of the changes are evident at the rear as it features redesigned taillights and a new bumper moulding. Both the Creta and Tucson SUVs are bolstered even further with a range of new alloy wheel designs. The smaller Creta comes with 16-inch alloys while the Tucson 1.6 TGDI Elite gets the bigger 19-inch wheels.
Beyond the exterior styling, there are additional features now available with the Hyundai Tucson. The seamless integration of Smartphones with your car’s infotainment system has been a major focus. As one can expect from a technologically savvy Korean brand, Hyundai is expected to offer some of the best synching capability on the market. The new stylish cabin shows improved architecture and a 7-inch infotainment screen embedded with Apple CarPlay functionality. A rearview camera, dual automatic climate control and a steering wheel with audio and cruise controls are among other nifty features.
It goes without saying that one of the most impressive changes to the Hyundai Tucson is mechanical. The most powerful engine on offer is a 2-litre turbodiesel (131kW/400Nm) which now drives the front wheels through a new 8-speed automatic transmission gearbox. Earlier Tucson models featured six-speed transmissions so the two extra gears should really improve throttle response and overall fuel consumption.
In terms of pricing, the new Hyundai Creta entry-level model starts at R339 900 while the top of the range is R399 900. The Hyundai Tucson starts at R399 900 with the range-topping derivative reaching R569 900.
* Pricing is correct as of September 2018