Ford EcoSport vs Hyundai Creta Comparison Review

Hyundai Creta vs Ford EcoSport Comparison Review:


"EcoSport corners with precision and enthusiasm, of a hot hatch rather than a compact SUV. It has extremely well controlled body roll, excellent grip as well as a quick and precise steering rack, with even a bit of feel and feedback, unexpected in such a tall vehicle. The Creta on the other hand is an utter disappointment around the curves. It feels dull and ponderous, with early onset under-steer and rolls enough to make even the most seasoned occupants nauseous."

Creta vs EcoSport Video Comparison Review:


Pricing & Features:
The top-end variant of the Ford EcoSport, the ‘Titanium+’ diesel retails for 11 Lakh Rs. on road, Delhi. Creta’s mid-range, ’SX Plus’ diesel-manual, costs 15.8 Lakh Rs. which is an eye watering 4.8 Lakh Rs. more expensive than the EcoSport. Both cars have a few extra features, that are absent in the other car. The Creta ‘SX Plus’ has Parking Camera, Touch-screen, Navigation and Cornering Lamps. While the EcoSport ‘Titanium+’ has extra Side & Curtain Airbags, Leather Upholstery, Speed Sensing Auto Door Lock, Automatic Rain Sensing Wipers, Automatic Light Sensing Headlamps and an Auto Dimming Inside Mirror.

Pricing of other Variants: 
Creta ‘SX Plus’ (petrol-manual) costs 13.70 Lakh Rs.
Creta ‘SX Plus AT’ (petrol-automatic) costs 14.90 Lakh Rs.
Creta ‘SX Plus AT’ (diesel-automatic) costs 17.15 Lakh Rs.

EcoSport ‘Titanium+ 1.0’ (petrol-manual) costs 10.55 Lakh Rs.
EcoSport ‘Titanium 1.5 AT’ (petrol-automatic) costs 10.75 Lakh Rs.

Common Features: ABS, Airbags - 2, Climate Control, Power Steering, Power Windows, Central Locking, Stereo: FM, USB, Aux, Bluetooth + 4 Speakers & 2 Tweeters, Steering Wheel Switches, Rear Wash-Wipe Defog, Driver's Seat Height Adjust, Electrically Adjustable & Folding Mirrors, Push Button Start & Smart Key, Fog Lamps, Alloy Wheels, Telescopic Steering Adjust, Boot Lamp, Fuel Computer, LED Signature Lamps, Parking Sensors

Extra Features in EcoSport (Titanium+): Side & Curtain Airbags, Leather Upholstery, Speed Sensing Auto Door Lock, Automatic Rain Sensing Wipers, Automatic Light Sensing Headlamps, Auto Dimming Inside Mirror

Extra Features in Creta (SX Plus): Parking Camera, Touch-screen, Navigation, Cornering Lamps

Reliability & After Sales Service: 
Hyundai is second only to Maruti, in terms of the overall Service Support it extends to customers, in India. Ford still has a long way to go even get close to Hyundai, both in terms of the inherent reliability of its products as well as the quality of Service provided at its service stations. Although things have improved with the EcoSport compared to Ford’s older models, the quality and durability is still a notch below that of Hyundais. Ford’s dealerships are also improving steadily, but the parent company does not have the vice like grip that Hyundai has over its touch points. Ford’s network reach with it 300 odd outlets is also no match to Hyundai’s reach with over 800 touch points. However, Ford’s service cost is now quite competitive within each of the segments it competes in, whereas Hyundais are becoming increasingly expensive to service, day by day.

Fuel Efficiency:
The EcoSport diesel-manual has an ARAI certified mileage of 22.7 kmpl, which is a notable 3 kmpl more than the corresponding Creta. In our real-world tests the EcoSport was almost 2 kmpl more efficient than the Creta. Creta diesel-automatic has ARAI certified mileage of 17 kmpl, but it was over 3 kmpl less efficient than the EcoSport diesel, which is only available with a manual gearbox.

EcoSport's much touted 1.0 Ecoboost, has an ARAI certified fuel efficiency of 18.9 kmpl, which is 3.6 kmpl more than the equivalent Creta, but in our back-to-back tests, the difference was less than 2 kmpl, in favour of the EcoSport. The Dual-clutch equipped EcoSport 1.5 automatic is rated at 16.5 kmpl by ARAI, which is 1.2 kmpl more than the Creta petrol-automatic. However, in our back-to-back tests it really impressed us with more than 2 kmpl advantage over the Creta.

ARAI Mileage (kmpl):
EcoSport (diesel, manual) – 22.7, Creta (diesel, manual) – 19.7
Creta (diesel, automatic) – 17.0

EcoSport 1.0 (petrol, manual) – 18.9, Creta (petrol, manual) – 15.3
EcoSport (petrol, automatic) – 16.5, Creta (petrol, automatic) – 15.3                                

Fuel Cost for 75,000 km (in Lakh):
EcoSport (diesel, manual) – 2.50, Creta (diesel, manual) – 2.90
Creta (diesel, automatic) – 3.35

EcoSport (petrol, manual) – 3.60, Creta (petrol, manual) – 4.45
EcoSport (petrol, automatic) – 4.10, Creta (petrol, automatic) – 4.45

Resale after 5 to 7 years est. (Lakh): 
The Creta is definitely bound to retain better residual value than the EcoSport, thanks to better durability and the insane demand for the thing.

EcoSport Titanium+ (diesel, manual) – 6.30 Lakh
Creta SX Plus (diesel, manual) – 9.50 Lakh
Creta SX Plus AT (diesel, automatic) – 9.30 Lakh

EcoSport 1.0 Titanium+ (petrol, manual) – 5.70 Lakh
Creta SX Plus (petrol, manual) – 7.85 Lakh
EcoSport 1.5 Titanium AT (petrol, automatic) – 5.50 Lakh
Creta SX Plus AT (petrol, automatic) – 8.50 Lakh

Total Cost of Ownership (in Lakh): (Vehicle Price + Fuel Cost – Resale Value)
Overall, the Creta works out to be around 2 Lakh Rs. more expensive than the equivalent EcoSport. The price difference between Creta and EcoSport's equivalent variants is so huge than even with outstanding resale value, it can only make up for half of the difference.

EcoSport Titanium+ (diesel, manual) – 7.30 Lakh
Creta SX Plus (diesel, manual) – 9.20 Lakh
Creta SX Plus AT (diesel, automatic) – 11.25 Lakh

EcoSport 1.0 Titanium+ (petrol, manual) – 8.45 Lakh
Creta SX Plus (petrol, manual) – 10.35 Lakh
EcoSport 1.5 Titanium AT (petrol, automatic) – 9.40 Lakh
Creta SX Plus AT (petrol, automatic) – 10.85 Lakh

Performance & Drivability: 
Petrol:
On paper, the three time world-engine-of-the-year award winning 1.0 Ecoboost, seems like a miracle engine, with better power-to-weight and torque-to-weight ratio, than a 60% bigger engine powering the Creta and 50% bigger engine that powers its own automatic variant. But in reality is completely different. The problem with the Ecoboost, is that it suffers from copious amounts of turbo-lag, making it an utter nuisance to drive in city traffic. Creta's 1.6 and EcoSport's 1.5 litre naturally aspirated engines have much better drivability, in comparison, though still nowhere as good as the diesels, of course.

Once the road opens up, the EcoSport 1.0 does outperform the other two, and its potent mid-range really makes a difference during overtaking heavy vehicles on the highways. But for day-to-day commuting, the automatic variant makes way more sense. EcoSport's cutting-edge DSG transmission is far superior than Creta's conventional automatic in every aspect imaginable, be it smoothness of transition, speed of gearshifts or response under kick-down.

Power to Weight Ratio (PS/ton): EcoSport 1.5 - 89, EcoSport 1.0 - 104, Creta – 98 
Torque to Weight Ratio (Nm/ton): EcoSport 1.5 - 111, EcoSport 1.0 - 142, Creta – 121 (difference 17%)

Power (PS@rpm): EcoSport 1.5 - 112@6300, EcoSport 1.0 - 125@6000, Creta 1.6 - 123@6400
Torque (Nm@rpm): EcoSport 1.5 - 140@4400, EcoSport 1.0 - 170@1400-4500, Creta 1.6 – 141@4850
Kerb Weight (kg): EcoSport 1.5 - 1258, EcoSport 1.0 - 1200, Creta – 1250

Diesel: 
When it comes to diesels, the Creta's 1.6 litre mill seems to be considerably better than the EcoSports, on paper. Bolting an excessively large blower has given Hyundai better specs for bragging rights. But in reality, a big blower requires lots of revs to spool up, and until it does, there's plenty of turbo-lag to suffer through, resulting in painful city commutes. EcoSport's engine on the other hand is perfectly judged, with hardly any turbo lag and yet more than adequate performance on the open roads. Both engines deserve an honorable mention for being one of the most refined and rev happy diesel mills in the business.
 
Power to Weight Ratio (PS/ton): EcoSport - 80, Creta 1.6 – 99 (difference 24%)
Torque to Weight Ratio (Nm/ton): EcoSport - 164, Creta 1.6 – 202 (difference 23%)

Power (PS@rpm): EcoSport - 100@3750, Creta 1.6 - 128@4000
Torque (Nm@rpm): EcoSport - 205@2000-2750, Creta 1.6 – 265@1900-2750
Kerb Weight (kg): EcoSport - 1248, Creta 1.6 – 1290

Space & Comfort: 
In spite of Creta being bigger on the outside, it is no more spacious than the EcoSport on the inside. Both cars have adequate space for five adults and more or less similar leg-room, knee-room and elbow-room. The only advantage the Creta has over the EcoSport is an extra 50 litres of boot-space. However, the Creta's interiors feel far more luxurious and well built compared to the EcoSport. The quality of materials and fit-finish feels way better than the EcoSport. EcoSport's dashboard layout itself feels far too dated compared to Creta's well designed and up-to-date cabin.

Boot-space (lit): EcoSport – 346, Creta – 402

Length (mm): EcoSport – 3999, Creta – 4270
Width (mm): EcoSport – 1765, Creta – 1780
Height (mm): EcoSport – 1708, Creta – 1630
 
Ride Quality & Handling:  
This is where the EcoSport redeems itself against the Creta! Driving these cars back-to-back is a lesson on what makes up the best as well as the worst dynamics in the the business, in the EcoSport and Creta, respectively. EcoSport corners with precision and enthusiasm, of a hot hatch rather than a compact SUV. It has extremely well controlled body roll, excellent grip as well as a quick and precise steering rack, with even a bit of feel and feedback, unexpected in such a tall vehicle. The Creta on the other hand is an utter disappointment around the curves. It feels dull and ponderous, with early onset under-steer and rolls enough to make even the most seasoned occupants nauseous.

What makes it worse is that, it doesn't even ride well. It transfers impact from even the smaller bumps and ruts to the occupants and loses its composure when faced with a series of undulations. The EcoSport's unbelievable bump absorption and suppleness over bad roads is quite uncanny. No wonder Ford of Europe is often given credit for bringing about the dynamics revolution in Europe over the past two decades.

Ground Clearance (mm): EcoSport – 200, Creta – 190
 
Tyre Size:
EcoSport – 195/65R15 (Ambiente/Trend), 205/60R16
Creta - 205/65R16 (Base/SX/SX Plus), 215/60R17 (SX O)

Wheelbase (mm): EcoSport - 2520, Creta - 2590
 
Verdict: 
The EcoSport is a fundamentally superior automobile than the Creta, with state-of-the-art technology like the gasoline-direct injection turbo-petrol engine or the dual clutch transmission. It has immensely better dynamics, far better drivability, it is considerably more efficient and just as refined as the Creta. It is also no less practical than the Creta, in spite of its smaller size and footprint. But most importantly it is incredibly better value-for-money than the Creta, thanks to an almost 5 Lakh rupee lower price tag and yet a long list of extra features that are absent in the Creta. It simply makes the Creta look grossly overpriced for what it offers and thus claims the top spot in this shootout.

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