Creta vs City Comparison

Hyundai Creta vs Honda City Comparison
Verdict: City is better than Creta

Price Difference: The Creta is around 1 Lakh rupees more expensive than a Honda City with similar features. In fact for just 25,000 Rs. more you can have a City with a cutting-edge Automatic CVT gearbox with Paddle Shifters, than a manual Creta. Considering that the City is also better than the Creta in terms of Ergonomics, Ride-Handling, Drivability & Fuel Efficiency, it is definitely far better Value-for-money than the Hyundai Creta.


Space & Comfort: Honda City is a much more comfortable car than the Creta. Firsty, City has much better legroom than the Creta be it at the front or the rear. Secondly, City's seats are much more ergonomically designed than the Creta with outstanding lower back support as well as under thigh support, which goes a long way in making the City far more comfortable car than the Creta. Thirdly Getting in and out of the City is much easier than the Creta. You just feel like you are walking into a City but in a Creta you need to climb up a bit and then slide on to the seat which can be difficult for shorter people as well as senior citizens.

Handling & Ride Quality: Honda City is a much more stable car around the corners as well as under panic braking situations thanks to a lower centre of gravity. It also has much better steering feedback as well as better balance than the Creta while cornering. Creta's tall height coupled with soft suspension makes it wallow over a series of bumps and makes it a bit scary to drive at high speeds. Creta's low speed ride is a bit softer than the City's but as the speeds rise, the City becomes better than the Creta at tackling bumps and ruts. Even though the Creta may trump the City on that particular bit of road which has big potholes due to its higher ground clearance, the rest of the time it will neither have the comfort nor the stability of the Honda City.

Performance & Drivability:
Petrol: City easily outperforms the Creta be it in terms of drivability around town or overtaking ability on the highway. Honda's 1.5 litre iVTEC mill is a real gem. It revs so quickly and smoothly that the Creta's engine feels agricultural in comparison. The City is easily the more tractable car here and aided by the light and positive gearbox is a joy to drive fast. Even at the top-end of the rev range the Honda spins effortlessly always asking for more and more revs while the Creta's mills starts getting a bit vocal and gruff.

Diesel: On one hand you have the faultlessly drivable nature of Honda's Earth Dreams iDTEC diesel unit, which has absolutely no turbo-lag while on the other hand you have Hyundai's CRDi mills, which take their own sweet time till the blower comes into action well past 2000 rpm. This makes the Hyundai's quite a chore to drive around town with constant gearshifts being needed to make any forward progress. Quite unlike the Honda which pulls cleanly from low revs at surprisingly low speeds even in 4th & 5th gear. On the highways, the City is slightly ahead of the 1.4 litre Creta at pulling overtaking maneuvers. But the 1.6 Creta is in a league of its own leaving the City and 1.4 Creta far behind in terms of its overtaking prowess. One parameter in which the Creta is able to convincingly outsmart the City is in terms of its sound deadening (not to be confused with refinement).

Fuel Efficiency: ARAI certified mileage of the 1.4 diesel Creta is 21.38 kmpl which is 4.62 kmpl less than that of the diesel City, while that of the 1.6 manual is 19.67 kmpl, which is 6.33 kmpl less than the City. In our back-to-back tests also the 1.4 Creta was around 3-4 kmpl less efficient than the City, while the 1.6 Creta was consistently 4-5 kmpl less fuel efficient. Which means that the 1.4 & 1.6 Creta will be 75,000 Rs. & 1.1 lakh Rs. more expensive than the diesel City respectively, over a running of 75,000 km. The petrol Creta has an ARAI mileage of 15.29 kmpl which is 2.51 kmpl less than the City. In our real world test the difference was even more, around 3 kmpl in favour of the City. That means a petrol Creta will be around 90,000 Rs. less economical than a City over a span of 75,000 km.

Reliability & After Sales Service: Both Hyundai and Honda have proven that they are more than competent in providing great Service experience in the past 2 decades in India. Both have excellent product reliability backed by an equally good After Sales network in the country. Honda is slightly ahead of Hyundai when it comes to affordability of service, while Hyundai is slightly ahead of Honda when it comes to the spread of its service network. But overall, it is no wonder that cars from both brands hold outstanding resale value in the market thanks to their outstanding reputations for After Sales.