Creta vs Vento Comparison

Hyundai Creta vs Volkswagen Vento Comparison
Verdict: Vento is better than Creta

Price & Features Comparison: Majority of customers in this price range tend to go for a diesel car with a sticker price of around 11.5 - 12 lakhs. In this price the buyer has an option of either buying the mid-range manual geared Creta 1.6 SX variant costing 11.6L or the top-end dual-clutch automatic Vento 1.5 Highline variant costing 11.87L. Vento has way more features than the equivalently priced Creta. Firstly, you get the state-of-the-art DSG gearbox in the Vento which alone is worth roughly a lakh of rupees. Secondly, the Vento also comes with expensive safety features like Electronic Stability Program & Smart Key System as well as other electronic bits detailed below, which are cumulatively worth well over another lakh of rupees. This means that compared to a similarly priced Creta, a Vento is at least worth 2 lakh rupees more in 'value'.
Common Features: ABS, Airbags - 2, Climate Control, Power Steering, Power Windows, Central Locking, Keyless Entry, Parking Sensors, Electrically Folding ORVM, Alloy Wheels, Stereo: FM, USB, Aux, Bluetooth + 4 Speakers, Steering Wheel Switches, Rear Defogger, Driver's Seat Height Adjust, Electrically Adjustable ORVM, Boot Lamp, Tilt Steering, Electric Boot Release, Auto-Up Anti Pinch Driver's Window, Fog Lamps, Electric Tailgate Release, Cornering Lamps
Extra Features in Creta: Projector Headlamps, LED DRLs
Extra Features in Vento: Dual Clutch Automatic Gearbox, ESP, Parking Camera, Hill Hold Assist, Fuel Computer, Push Button Start & Smart Key, Cooled Glovebox, Telescopic Steering Adjust, Window Operation via Remote, Cruise Control

Fuel Efficiency Comparison: Creta's 1.4 manual geared diesel has an ARAI certified fuel efficiency of 21.4 kmpl and of the 1.6 litre manual geared variant is 19.7 kmpl, which is 0.8 kmpl more and 0.9 kmpl less than Vento diesel's mileage of 20.6 kmpl respectively. However, in our back-to-back test, the Vento was consistently 1 kmpl more efficient than both the Cretas.
The automatic transmission equipped Creta 1.6 has ana ARAI efficiency of 17.0 kmpl which is 4.5 kmpl less than the DSG 'box equipped diesel Vento's 21.5 kmpl. In our real world tests, the difference was around 3 kmpl in favour of the Vento.
The Creta 1.6 petrol, which is available only with a manual transmission returns an ARAI certified mileage of 15.3 kmpl, which is 0.8 kmpl less than the Vento 1.6 manual rated at 16.1 kmpl by ARAI. In our real world tests, the Vento was consistently 1 kmpl more efficient than the Creta.
The DSG equipped 1.2 litre Vento automatic has an ARAI certified fuel efficiency of 18.2 kmpl and was consistently 2 kmpl more efficient than the manual Creta as per our test data.

Performance & Driveability Comparison:
Diesel: Vento has much better drivability than both the 1.4 & 1.6 litre Cretas. Both the 1.4 and 1.6 litre engines have been fitted with excessively big turbo-chargers by Hyundai. This gives them good outright acceleration at high revs, especially the 1.6 has enough grunt to achieve silly speeds once the turbo is spooled up well past 2000 rpm. But at the same time it hampers the cars' tractability in city traffic. The Vento on the other hand has much lesser turbo-lag, with the turbo spooling up at around 1500 rpm. It manages to perform slightly better than even the 1.6 Creta even in terms of mid-range overtaking ability and loses out to the 1.6 Creta only at the very top-end of the rev range. Amongst the automatics, Vento's DSG Dual Clutch gearbox makes it far far superior to Creta's Conventional torque convertor unit. DSG's shifts are so incredibly smoother that you would be hard pressed to notice when the gear-change took place. The Creta's 'box feels far too jerky and recalcitrant in comparison and also compromises its performance.
Power (PS@rpm): Creta 1.4 - 90@4000, Creta 1.6 - 128@4000, Vento - 105@4400
Torque (Nm@rpm): Creta 1.4 - 220@1500-2750, Creta 1.6 260@1900-2750, Vento - 250@1500-2500
Kerb Weight (kg): Creta 1.4 - 1260, Creeta 1.6 - 1290, Vento - 1208
Power to Weight Ratio (PS/ton): Creta 1.4 - 71, Creta 1.6 - 99, Vento - 87
Torque to Weight Ratio (Nm/ton): Creta 1.4 - 175, Creta 1.6 - 202, Vento - 207

Petrol: Both the Creta as well as the manual geared Vento have outdated petrol powertrains, still stuck with naturally aspirated respiration in this era of turbocharging. Even cheaper cars like the Tata Zest & Fiat Linea have already adopted turbo-petrols. However these engines deliver the best of what the bygone era had to offer, excellent refinement and a reasonably free revving characteristics but also low-end torque deficiency and a weedy mid-range. However, Volkswagen have at least plonked in a turbo with the DSG gearbox. But it has erred in terms of the cubic capacity by utilising the tiny 1200cc TSI instead of so many other powertrains that are available to them. This has translated into just an infinitesimal improvement over the naturally aspirated 1.6 litre mill. The midrange is slightly stronger and outright acceleration is marginally better too, but low-end torque is even worse than the 1.6 until the turbocharger wakes up. Creta, on the other hand does not offer an automatic geared petrol variant at all.
Power (PS@rpm): Creta - 123@6400, Vento 1.2 - 105@5000, Vento 1.6 - 105@5250
Torque (Nm@rpm): Creta - 151@4850, Vento 1.2 - 175@1500-4100, Vento 1.6 - 153@3800
Kerb Weight (kg): Creta - 1250, Vento 1.2 - 1164, Vento 1.6 - 1137
Power to Weight Ratio (PS/ton): Creta - 98, Vento 1.2 - 90, Vento 1.6 - 92
Torque to Weight Ratio (Nm/ton): Creta - 121, Vento 1.2 - 150, Vento 1.6 - 135

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