Tucson vs Creta Comparison Review

Updated on: Jan 03, 2016
Hyundai Creta vs Tucson Comparison Review:

"Once you buy a car you are going to use it for at least 5 to 7 years, which is about 20% of your entire 'driving life' of around 35 years. If you have the money, there is no need to suffer through a compromised driving experience of the Creta, for a fifth of your driving life."
Pricing & Features:
Hyundai Tucson’s entry-level, 'Base 2WD MT' diesel, retails for 25.6 lakh on road Delhi, which is an eye-watering 8.5 Lakh Rs. more expensive, than the range-topping Creta diesel ‘SX O’ manual, costing 17.1 Lakh Rs.

In spite of being immensely cheaper, the Creta ‘SX O’ has numerous extra features that are absent in the other Tucson ‘Base’ like, Side & Curtain Airbags, ESP, Hill Assist, Cornering Lamps, Leather Upholstery, Automatic Climate Control, Push Button Start & Smart Key and Rear AC Vent. Tucson ‘Base’ on the other hand, also has a few extra features over the Creta ‘SX O’ like Heated outside Mirrors, Variable Steering Weight Modes, ISOFIX Seat Mounts and Telescopic Steering Adjustment.

Pricing of other Variants (on road Delhi): Tucson 'Base’ petrol-manual’ – 22.05 Lakh
Creta ‘SX Plus’ petrol-manual – 13.70 Lakh

Tucson 'GL 4x2 petrol-automatic’ – 25.25 Lakh
Creta ‘SX Plus AT’ petrol-automatic – 14.90 Lakh

Tucson 'GL’ diesel-automatic’ – 27.80 Lakh
Creta ‘SX Plus’ diesel-manual – 17.10 Lakh

Common Features: ABS, Airbags – 2, AC, Power Steering, Power Windows, Central Locking, Keyless Entry, Parking Sensors, Parking Camera, Stereo: FM, USB, Aux, Bluetooth + 6 Speakers, Touch-screen, Navigation, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, Steering Wheel Switches, Rear Wash-Wipe-Defog, Driver's Seat Height Adjust, Electrically Adjustable & Folding Mirrors, Cruise Control, Automatic Light Sensing Headlamps, Fog Lamps, Alloy Wheels, Auto-down Anti-pinch Driver’s Window, Projector Headlamps, LED DRLs

Extra Features in Creta (SX O): Side & Curtain Airbags, ESP, Hill Assist, Cornering Lamps, Leather Upholstery, Automatic Climate Control, Push Button Start & Smart Key, Rear AC Vent

Extra Features in Tucson (Base): Heated Outside Mirrors, Variable Steering Weight Modes, ISOFIX Seat Mounts, Telescopic Steering Adjustment

Performance & Drivability:
Diesel:
The diesel Creta is no match to the mammoth performance of the Tucson. The Tucson is an incredible 40% more torquey and 30% more powerful in terms of torque-to-weight and power-to-weight ratios than the Creta! The Tucson effortlessly beats the Creta at any speed in any gear. The difference in performance is so stark that when you get into a Creta immediately after driving a Tucson, you feel like there's something wrong with the engine as if the car is stuck in the limp-home mode. The problem with the Creta is that it suffers from copious amounts of turbo-lag right up to 2200 rpm, making it an utter pain to drive in city traffic. The Tucson on the other hand has much lesser turbo lag and a monstrous mid-range which makes it effortless to overtake fast moving traffic on the highways.

Power to Weight Ratio (PS/ton): Creta 1.6 – 94, Tucson – 124 (difference 32%)
Torque to Weight Ratio (Nm/ton): Creta 1.6 – 195, Tucson – 274 (difference 41%)


Power (PS@rpm): Creta 1.6 – 128@4000, Tucson - 185@4000
Torque (Nm@rpm): Creta 1.6 - 265@1900-2750, Tucson - 410@1750-2750
Kerb Weight (kg): Creta 1.6 – 1360, Tucson – 1495

Petrol:
The petrol cars pale in comparison to the diesels. Here again the petrol Tucson performs better than the Creta across the rev-range, but by a small margin. Both petrol cars have a weak low-end and need to be revved to make any progress. Both of them score top marks on the refinement front as well. But the Tucson is just a notch better. Both engines are as noiseless as they come, but the utter lack of wind-noise, tyre-noise and road-noise is just incredible in the Tucson.

Power to Weight Ratio (PS/ton): Creta – 97, Tucson – 110
Torque to Weight Ratio (Nm/ton): Creta – 111, Tucson – 136

Power (PS@rpm): Creta – 123@6400, Tucson – 155@6200
Torque (Nm@rpm): Creta - 141@4850, Tucson – 192@4000
Kerb Weight (kg): Creta – 1265, Tucson – 1415

Fuel Efficiency:
The Tucson diesel-manual has an ARAI certified mileage of 18.4 kmpl, which is just 1.3 kmpl less than the 400 cc smaller engined, manual-geared, Creta 1.6 diesel’s mileage of 19.7 kmpl. The Tucson diesel-automatic on the other hand has an ARAI certified mileage of 16.4 kmpl, which is just 0.6 kmpl less than the corresponding Creta’s mileage of 17 kmpl. In our back-to-back tests the Tucson was consistently 1 kmpl less efficient than the corresponding Creta. This translates to a miniscule savings of just 20,000 Rs. on diesel, over a usage of 75,000 kilometers.

The Tucson petrol-manual has an ARAI certified mileage of 13.3 kmpl, which is 2 kmpl less than the manual-geared, Creta petrol’s mileage of 15.3 kmpl. The Tucson petrol-automatic has an ARAI certified mileage of 13 kmpl, which is 2.3 kmpl less than the corresponding Creta’s mileage of 15.3 kmpl. In our back-to-back tests the Tucson was over 2 kmpl less efficient than the equivalent Creta. This translates to a savings of around 80,000 Rs. on petrol, over a usage of 75,000 kilometers.

ARAI Mileage (kmpl):
Tucson (4x2, petrol, manual) – 13.3, Creta (petrol-manual) – 15.3
Tucson (4x2, petrol, automatic) – 12.95, Creta (petrol-automatic) – 15.3
Tucson (4x2, diesel, manual) – 18.42, Creta (diesel-manual) – 19.67
Tucson (4x2, diesel, automatic) – 16.38, Creta (diesel-automatic) – 17.01


Fuel Cost for 75,000 km (in Lakh):
Tucson (4x2, petrol, manual) – 5.35 Lakh, Creta (petrol-manual) – 4.65 Lakh
Tucson (4x2, petrol, automatic) – 5.50 Lakh, Creta (petrol-automatic) – 4.65 Lakh
Tucson (4x2, diesel, manual) – 3.20 Lakh, Creta (diesel-manual) – 3.00 Lakh
Tucson (4x2, diesel, automatic) – 3.60 Lakh, Creta (diesel-automatic) – 3.45 Lakh

Space & Comfort:
The Tucson is just a little bit more spacious than the Creta along every dimension. It has marginally better knee-room, headroom and shoulder-room than the Creta. However, even the Tucson's rear seat isn't wide enough to seat 3 full-size adults in comfort, the Creta is marginally worse. Tucson's boot-space is also around 100 litres better than the Creta. Even the Interiors of the Tucson feel like a slight upgrade over the Creta in terms of their fit-finish and quality of materials used.

Boot-space (lit): Creta - 402, Tucson - 488

Length (mm): Creta - 4270, Tucson - 4475
Width (mm): Creta - 1780, Tucson - 1850
Height (mm): Creta - 1630, Tucson - 1660

Ride Quality & Handling:
The Tucson has much better road manners than the Creta. The Creta is based on the Elite i20's platform, whereas the Tucson is based on the Elantra platform. As such the Elantra platform is a much more rigid and accomplished platform than the humble Elite i20. This becomes quite evident in the way these car handle. The Creta feels nervous around the bends, with tremendous body roll, early onset understeer and a vague, ponderous feeling steering rack. The Tucson fares much better with a noticeably stiffer setup, holds its line well around the curves and a much more precise steering setup. The Creta has an extremely soft ride at low speeds, while the Tucson feels marginally stiffer, but as the speeds rise, the Creta gets unsettled quite easily, while the Tucson remains far more stable and poised.

Ground Clearance (mm): Creta - 190, Tucson - 172

Tyre Size:

Creta – 205/65R16 (Base/SX/SX Plus), 215/60R17 (SX O)
Tucson - 225/60R17 (MT), 225/55R18 (AT)

Wheelbase (mm): Creta - 2590, Tucson - 2670

Reliability and After Sales Service:

Hyundai has worked very hard to build and maintain its track record as a reliable and customer friendly car maker over the past two decades in in the market. The Creta and the Tucson will surely continue this legacy for years to come. Hyundai's service reach is also well spread out, covering even the smaller towns and tier-2 areas quite well. Recently, their service cost have become quite steep, but at least they ensure that customer's complaints are resolved satisfactorily. Overall though they are second only to Maruti in terms of providing peace of mind to their customers and the Tucson & Creta are bound to be no different.

Resale & Cost of Ownership:
Larger and more expensive cars always tend to depreciate steeper in the used car market. That is because the efficiency and maintenance cost of expensive cars is significantly higher. This makes them less in-demand in the used car market. Purely for this reason, the Creta is bound to depreciate lesser than the Tucson (in percentage terms).

Overall, the Creta diesel-manual works out to be 5.5 Lakh Rs or 30% cheaper than the equivalent Tucson in terms of Total Cost of Ownership. The difference between their automatic versions (diesel) is around 9 Lakh Rs. The petrol powered Tucson manual & automatic work out to be 5.7 & 8.5 lakh Rs. more expensive than top-end petrol Cretas respectively.

Resale after 5 to 7 years est. (Lakh):
Tucson '4x2 petrol-manual’ – 11.25 Lakh, Creta ‘SX Plus’ petrol-manual – 8.90 Lakh
Tucson 'GL 4x2 petrol-automatic’ – 11.15 Lakh, Creta ‘SX Plus AT’ petrol-automatic – 8.70 Lakh
Tucson '4x2 diesel-manual’ – 11.35 Lakh, Creta ‘SX O’ diesel-manual – 8.25 Lakh
Tucson ‘GLS’ 4x2 diesel-automatic – 11.30 Lakh, Creta ‘SX Plus AT’ diesel-automatic - 8.25 Lakh

Total Cost of Ownership (in Lakh): (Vehicle Price + Fuel Cost – Resale Value)
Tucson '4x2 petrol-manual’ – 16.20 Lakh, Elantra ‘SX O’ petrol-manual – 9.45 Lakh
Tucson 'GL 4x2 petrol-automatic’ – 19.60 Lakh, Elantra ‘SX O’ petrol-automatic – 10.90 Lakh
Tucson '4x2 diesel-manual’ – 17.40 Lakh, Elantra ‘SX O’ diesel-manual – 11.85 Lakh
Tucson ‘GLS’ 4x2 diesel-automatic – 21.90 Lakh, Elantra ‘SX O’ diesel-automatic – 12.30 Lakh

Verdict:
If you can afford the Tucson go for it! Especially the diesel Tucson. It may be quite a bit more expensive than the Creta but then, it is also incredibly better than the Creta. It genuinely feels like it's a good two segments higher-up than the Creta. It's performance, comfort, refinement and sheer quality is quantum leap over the Creta's. Once you buy a car you are going to use it for at least 5 to 7 years, which is about 20% of your entire 'driving life' of around 35 years. If you have the money, there is no need to suffer through a compromised driving experience of the Creta, for a fifth of your driving life. The Tucson is better than the Creta in every way imaginable! Without any doubt, it is the clear winner of this test.

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