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.
If the rugged Hyundai Creta has always been one of the top performing SUVs in the Indian and Chinese markets, and has made strong inroads in our local market as well of late. If you’ve been a fan of this robust beauty up until now, it’s time to get really excited, because the well-loved Creta is about to get a mid-life facelift that is about to launch it to a whole new level.
So, what’s in the cards for the reimagined Creta? Quite a bit! Here are a few of the high notes.
In 2017, Hyundai and Renault launched their contenders for the compact medium SUV segment with the Hyundai Creta and Renault Duster. Hyundai joined the title fight with its new 1.6-litre diesel, while Renault introduced the Duster range and added an automatic gearbox to its 1.5-litre diesel variant. The question on everyone’s lips, however, is which one will set the benchmark. Grab a ringside seat and let’s have a look.
The past year was a good one for the compact SUV segment. Throughout the course of 2017, Hyundai came to the party with the 1.6-litre diesel Creta, while Renault stepped up their game with an updated Duster range and the inclusion of an automatic gearbox on the 1.5-litre variant. So how do you choose which one is best for you? Here’s a breakdown of how the diesel variants of the two SUVs compare.
You would have seen it in the press and spotted it on South African roads over the past few months, so their should come as no surprise to find out that we’re regularly asked the question “so what does the Hyundai Creta drive like?” We’ll we got a few of our lucky Group 1 Hyundai staff together and asked them to take it for a spin. When they got back the overwhelmingly positive results prompted us to write this blog post.
The Hyundai Creta was first set loose in South Africa’s urban jungle in late February 2017. Since then the smallest of the Hyundai crossovers has proliferated in the underbrush but has not yet seen the same meteoric rise in sales figures experienced in India (an average of 7,500 units per month). In contrast and taking into account the more heavily stocked crossover market in South Africa, Hyundai has set its sights on a very achievable 400 units per month. We went in search of the opinions of South Africans, with their feet planted firmly on Terra Sudafrica (as opposed to “our Indian correspondent” or similar second hand reviews) to see whether the Creta measures up.
The newest member of the Hyundai family is set to hit the South African showrooms early in February, and it looks to make quite a stir. First launched at the Beijing Motor Show back in 2014, the Hyundai Creta has been a huge success in both China and India and is soon to be seen on our roads too.
Like most big car manufacturers, Hyundai has recognised the need for a stylish but affordable crossover sports utility vehicle, and the Creta is just that. The rugged exterior ticks all the boxes for those looking for that off-road appeal, while the inside is comfortable and well styled, and the price looks set to please as well.
In South Africa, bakkies are serious business. And so too, apparently, in Brazil. Hyundai’s unveiling of its concept bakkie at the Sao Paulo Motor Show in early November is proof positive that Hyundai is keeping its ear to the ground, judging whether the time is right for them to toss their hat into this particular ring. We South Africans can only hope that, when Hyundai dusts off its knees, we will see a stampede of these compact bakkies boil over our borders.