The Hyundai’s popular compact family car, the Creta, has received a mild facelift, although the range’s line-up remains unchanged.
Since its introduction in early 2017, the Creta has found favour in the market (more than 8 000 units have been sold to date) thanks to its solid value proposition: it’s a spacious, well equipped and -made vehicle, which was notably a finalist in its category of the 2017/18 Cars.co.za Consumer Awards – powered by WesBank.
The aesthetic updates are relatively minor: they include a bolder, cascading grille with a chrome bezel; a new front bumper with a dual-tone finish and bigger skid plates; redesigned fog lamps with C-shaped LED daytime running light surrounds; plus lower-profile roof rails. The rear aspect of the Creta has also been revised: the tail lamps are similarly shaped as before, but now include LED detailing, the reflectors have been repositioned on the reprofiled bumper and the skid plate has been enlarged.
the interior has not changed dramatically; although it includes a few specification upgrades. Leather upholstery is matched with a similarly-trimmed multifunction steering wheel that includes audio-, driver info menu and cruise control (a new addition) toggles. The side mirrors fold electrically, the rear-view mirror dips automatically and the locally sourced touchscreen setup (radio, MP3, auxiliary-, iPod and USB inputs, RDS, Bluetooth) can be updated with satnav functionality for R2 522.
Other features include rear park assist with a reverse-view camera, dual front-, side- and curtain airbags and ABS with EBD, while aft occupants benefit from ISOfix child seat anchorage points, separate ventilation outlets, a pair of cupholders in the armrest and a 60:40-split seatback.
All the derivatives in the range have the same spec (Executive) and although the engine and transmission combinations remain the same (a 90 kW/150 Nm 1.6-litre petrol with either a 6-speed manual or 6-speed automatic and a 94 kW/260 Nm 1.6-litre turbodiesel – automatic only), although the front suspension has an increased caster angle, while the rear damper geometries have been adjusted, for “smoother high-speed travel” and “increased lever ratio” respectively, Hyundai claims.