Driven: Hyundai Creta 1.5D Executive

Hyundai’s compact SUV continues to make a ton of sense

What is it?
Meet Creta, smaller than a Tucson, bigger than a Venue – and that’s just perfect. We spent time with one of these second-generation Cretas upon its launch earlier this year, but spending a week with one is significantly more telling of its ability. It’s a car designed for me, a family man that rolls five deep, and often has to carry a bicycle or two.

How does it look?
Kind of odd, if we’re being honest. I like it, but there’s no denying it has an unconventional front-end, with a split headlamp cluster bookending the chrome and grey plastic grille. Beneath it is the obligatory chin diffuser matching the similar side sills add rear diffuser. Par for the course for compact gravel travelers then.

What about living with it?
This is where the Creta shines, with a well-appointed cabin, featuring a flurry of technology and modern conveniences. Smartphone integration, pleasant surfaces and then there’s the fact that it will swallow up my 29er mountain bike with both wheels on. Add to that a raft of safety features and it’s a compelling package.

How does it go?
This one is the 1.5D otherwise known as the 1.5l CRDI diesel with 84kW and 250Nm. And that will do. More noteworthy is how tractable the diesel motor is, and how pliant the suspension feels on a car that will spend the bulk of its time on highways and the suburbs. Critically, it won’t disappoint you when the tarmac runs out either.

Should you buy one?
If you’re on the market for a gravel-capable family car with a fair amount of luxury and space, good ground clearance, and an engaging driving experience then the Creta can’t be ignored. It’s decent value too, considering the amount of gear on board.

Quick Stats: Hyundai Creta 1.5 Executive Diesel (automatic)
Powertrain: 1.5l turbodiesel fwd, 84kW, 250Nm, 6-speed auto
Performance: 0-100kph in 11.7 seconds, 173kph top speed, 5.9l/100km fuel consumption

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