Creta vs Elantra Comparison

Hyundai Creta vs Elantra Comparison
Verdict: Creta is better than Elantra

Price & Features Comparison: For all those prospective car buyers who were about to buy an Elantra but are now considering the newly launched Creta as well. Which is why we have compared the top-end Creta 1.6 SX (O) variant costing 13.60L to the top-end manual geared, diesel engined Elantra 1.6 SX variant  costing 16.98L (all prices Ex-showroom, Delhi). Overall, the Creta is a whopping 3.4 lakh rupees cheaper than an Elantra having similar features.
Common Features: ABS, Airbags - 2, AC, Power Steering, Power Windows, Central Locking, Keyless Entry, Stereo: FM, USB, Aux, Bluetooth + 4 Speakers, Steering Wheel Switches, Rear Defogger, Driver's Seat Height Adjust, Electrically Adjustable ORVM, Boot Lamp, Tilt Steering, Fuel Computer, Electric Boot Release, Fog Lamps
Extra Features in Creta: Climate Control, Electrically Folding ORVM, Alloy Wheels
Extra Features in Elantra: Parking Camera, 5" Colour Display

Performance & Driveability Comparison:
Diesel: Both the Creta and Elantra share the exact same engine giving them more or less similar performance. Both cars are low-end torque deficient, making them a chore to drive in stop and go traffic conditions. However, once turbo starts whistling, they make rapid progress dismissing slow moving traffic on the highways with consummate ease. Typical of diesel Hyundais, both cars boast of excessive sound deadening making them one of the quietest diesel cars around. Just the way majority of Indian customers prefer them.
Power (PS@rpm): Creta 1.4 - 90@4000, Creta 1.6 - 128@4000, Elantra 1.6 - 128@4000
Torque (Nm@rpm): Creta 1.4 - 220@1500-2750, Creta 1.6 - 260@1900-2750, Elantra 1.6 - 260@1500-2750
Kerb Weight (kg): Creta 1.4 - 1260, Creta 1.6 - 1290, Elantra 1.6 - 1200
Power to Weight Ratio (PS/ton): Creta 1.4 - 71, Creta 1.6 - 99, Elantra 1.6 - 107
Torque to Weight Ratio (Nm/ton): Creta 1.4 - 175, Creta 1.6 - 202, Elantra 1.6 - 216

Petrol: The Elantra's 1.8 litre engine feels far better suited to these cars weighing well over a ton, than the 1.6 litre mill doing duty inside the Creta. What exactly were Hyundai smoking when they decided to plonk the smaller 1.6 & ridiculously even the 1.4 litre mill in the Creta? As long as Hyundai gets their turbo petrols to the market, they should have at least gone the old fashioned solution of higher cubic capacity to the Creta. No surprise that the heavier Creta is no match to the performance of the Elantra's power delivery across the rev-range. 
Power (PS@rpm): Creta 1.6 - 123@6400, Elantra 1.8 - 150@6500
Torque (Nm@rpm): Creta 1.6 - 151@4850, Elantra 1.8 - 178@4700
Kerb Weight (kg): Creta 1.6 - 1250, Elantra 1.8 - 1150
Power to Weight Ratio (PS/ton): Creta 1.6 - 98, Elantra 1.8 - 130
Torque to Weight Ratio (Nm/ton): Creta 1.6 - 121, Elantra 1.8 - 155

Space & Comfort: The Creta has more than enough room in all directions to accommodate four full grown adults in absolute comfort, but the Elantra is even better, it really does give you mini limousine levels of knee-room and leg room at the rear. However, fifth passenger will be comfortable only over short distances in both the cars, thanks to a bucketed profile of the rear seat and an intrusive transmission tunnel. The Elantra hides a humongous boot under that stylish boot of it’s, which has reasonably more space than the Creta’s. But the Creta has the ability to fold its rear seats and make room for big appliances or furniture as and when required. Even with the rear seat occupied it also has adequate space to carry four peoples luggage for a week long road trip.

Ride & Handling: Neither the Elantra nor the Creta are any good at either absorbing the bumps or at taking corners. That being said the Elantra’s road manners certainly feel more grown-up than the Creta’s. It corners flatter than the Creta, and even though it shares the overtly light, uncommunicative steering characteristics of the Creta, at least it has a higher threshold of grip before it gives in to under-steer. Elantra’s ride quality is also noticeably better than the Creta, as is the stability at high speeds and during panic braking. However, the Creta is better suited to pothole laden Indian road conditions. Thanks to its higher CG you don’t have to worry about the under-body scraping on those weirdly shaped speed breakers, the way you do in the Elantra.

After Sales Service: Hyundai has proven that it makes outstandingly reliable products and also provides the backing for years of hassle free service. However, Hyundai’s service costs are nowhere as low as Maruti, especially for the Creta and Elantra, the service bills are going to be steep. But unlike their American and European competitors, the quality of service is guaranteed to be up-to-the-mark. Both cars are bound to hold excellent resale value even after years and years of ownership.

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