Creta vs Duster Comparison

Hyundai Creta vs Renault Duster Comparison

Verdict: Creta is better than Duster

Pricing & Features Comparison: Most popular variant of the Duster customers is the diesel engined 85PS RxL (Opt) variant, which retails for 11.10 Lakh, Ex-showroom, Delhi. For just 35,000 rupees more retails the 1.4 S Plus variant of the Creta diesel, having a sticker price of 11.45 Lakh. Both cars have similar feature content, which makes the age-old Duster feel a tad too overpriced in comparison to the much more modern Creta.
Common Features: ABS, Airbags-2, AC, Power Steering, Power Windows, Central Locking Keyless Entry, Parking Sensors, Fog Lamps, Rear Defogger, Alloy Wheels, Electrically Adjustable ORVM, Rear AC Vents, Driver's Seat Height Adjust, Stereo: FM, USB Aux, Bluetooth + 4 Speakers, Touchscreen, Navigation, Steering Wheel Switches
Extra Features in Creta: Parking Camera
Extra Features in Duster: Rear Wash-Wipe

Performance & Drivability:
Petrol: Neither petrol cars have good drivability, both engines need to be revved hard to get the hefty SUVs rolling. Even the midrange is weak and they feel disappointingly out of breath on the highways. However, the Creta does get variable valve tech giving it a miniscule advantage over the Duster. But that being said, it's a crying shame that these so called SUVs and quite expensive ones still don't come with turbocharged engines in this day and age, given that cheaper hatchbacks and sedans have already landed some sweet turbos.
Power (PS@rpm): Creta - 123@6400, Duster - 104@5750
Torque (Nm@rpm): Creta - 151@4850, Duster - 148@3750
Kerb Weight (kg): Creta - 1250, Duster - 1240
Power to Weight Ratio (PS/ton): Creta - 98, Duster - 84
Torque to Weight Ratio (Nm/ton): Creta - 121, Duster - 119

Diesel: The Duster in the 85PS guise is remarkably turbo-lag free. The 110PS Duster and both the Cretas need a helping of revs to get going. The 110PS Duster and 1.6 litre Creta have excellent mid-range which makes them well suited for overtaking slow moving traffic. In terms of outright performance the 1.6 litre Creta easily manages to outwit the 110PS Duster. The Creta also has a huge advantage over the Duster in terms of refinement. The Duster feels positively agricultural compared to Hyundai's heavily sound deadened Creta.
Power (PS@rpm): Creta 1.4 - 90@4000, Creta 1.6 - 128@4000, Duster 85PS - 85@3750, Duster 110 PS - 110@4000
Torque (Nm@rpm): Creta 1.4 - 220@1500-2750, Creta 1.6 - 260@1900-2750, Duster 85PS - 200@1900, Duster 110PS - 245@1750
Kerb Weight (kg): Creta 1.4 - 1260, Creta 1.6 - 1290, Duster 85PS - 1258, Duster 110 PS - 1281
Power to Weight Ratio (PS/ton): Creta 1.4 - 71, Creta 1.6 - 99, Duster 85PS - 68, Duster 110PS - 86
Torque to Weight Ratio (Nm/ton): Creta 1.4 - 175, Creta 1.6 - 202, Duster 85PS - 159, Duster 110PS - 191

Fuel Efficiency: The 1.4 litre diesel Creta has an ARAI certified mileage of 21.38 kmpl, which is 1.41 kmpl more than the 19.87 kmpl of the 85PS diesel Duster. The 1.6 litre diesel Creta, on the other hand, has an ARAI certified fuel efficiency of 19.67 kmpl, which is almost identical to the 110PS Duster's efficiency of 19.64 kmpl. In our back-to-back tests both the Cretas and both the Dusters returned more or less equal fuel efficiency. The petrol Creta has an ARAI certified mileage of 15.29 kmpl, which is 2.24 kmpl more than the Duster's 13.05 kmpl. In our real world tests, the Creta was consistently 1 kmpl more efficient than the petrol Duster. The Creta's 1.6 diesel with the automatic gearbox has an ARAI certified fuel economy of 17.01 kmpl and in our real-world tests, it was just 1-2 kmpl less efficient than the manual geared Cretas.

Space & Comfort: Both the Duster & the Creta being based on hatchback platforms (Sandero & Elite i20, respectively) are quite a disappointment to someone exception true blue SUV levels of space inside. Neither of them have great ergonomics either, with the seats being a touch too soft and lacking any under thigh support. However, the Creta does have an immense advantage over the Duster, when it comes to the ambience of the interiors, both in terms of the look and feel of the materials & textures as well as their shape and style. Both cars do boast of capacious, 400+ litres of boot-space which is mid way between a hatchbacks and sedans.

Ride Quality & Handling: The Duster has a far better ride quality than the Creta. The way it absorbs the bumps and ruts without even breaking a sweat really does support its claims of being an ‘SUV’. The Creta on the other hand, wallows and skips awkwardly over the smallest of undulations, which really casts doubt over Hyundai’s competence in vehicle dynamics. In an attempt to avoid excessive body roll, Hyundai has given it a stiff suspension setup, but has failed to retain any semblance of bump absorption ability in the process. Its handling too is equally bad if not worse, with copious amounts of understeer made worse by the over-assisted steering setup that is devoid of any steering feel whatsoever. The Duster too doesn't fare well at corner carving, but at least has a more honest, old-school hydraulic steering setup that retains a little bit of steering feel and feedback.

Reliability & After Sales Service: Hyundai has proven its mettle, when it comes to the trouble free nature of its vehicles backed up by a fantastic after sales service network built over the past two decades in our country. Renault on the other hand has finally tasted success in the country with the rebadged Dacia Duster, based on the Dacia Logan platform, which was developed in Romania many years ago. The cars on Logan platform have proven to be durable and adept at facing the toughest of terrains, but have been plagued with minor niggles, which in the Duster’s case have not been sorted out satisfactorily by Renault’s dealers. Also, the sheer service availability offered by Hyundai’s 400+ touch points cannot be matched by Renault’s 150 odd outlets.

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