IT SEEMS that Mzanis especially fond of Hyundai SUVs.
SunWheels tested the newly updated Creta 1,6D – the turbo-diesel engine – to find out why it is becoming one of the top-selling compact SUVs in South Africa.
At face value, the Creta’s design changes look minimal but if you look closer, you’ll notice that especially the front-end looks sleeker thanks to redesigned headlights, a more prominent grille design and a new bumper.
Besides the nose job, there are new alloy wheels and a redesigned rear bumper too.
The inside is basically the same as before and the Executive model the only trim level available – is full of features. Luxuries include leather seats, a multimedia system that connects with smartphones, an air conditioner and a rearview camera with parking sensors.
The boot holds 420 litres too.
Our test unit had the 1,6-litre turbo-diesel engine, which is powerful enough to make sure it never feels like it struggles to maintain momentum.
Hyundai claims the diesel engine uses an average of 7,4 litres of fuel every 100km.
After spending a few days with the Creta it is again clear why it is so popular – it is well-built and comfortable, has a decent engine and is backed by Hyundai’s impressive warranty and service plan.
It may look a little bland but it has more practical worth than looks could ever offer.
Price: R409 900
Warranty: seven years/200 000km
Service plan: five years/100 000km