Creta vs Safari Storme Comparison

Hyundai Creta vs Tata Safari Storme:
Verdict: Creta is better than Storme

Maneuverability & Off-road Ability: Thanks to a smaller footprint (wheelbase & track), Creta is easier to squeeze through gaps in traffic than the portly Safari Storme. On the other hand the rugged Safari is a much more robust and capable off-roader than the soft-roader Creta. However, Creta is capable enough to drive over the typical Indian potholes without having to slow down to crawling speed and that is the very situation that 99% of personal vehicle owners are worried about while driving around in their small cars and low-slung sedans.

Fuel Efficiency: The ARAI certified mileage of the Safari Storme is 14 kmpl (13 kmpl 4x4), which is 5.67 kmpl less than the 1.6 Creta and 7.38 kmpl less than the 1.4 Creta. In our real world test the Safari was over 7 kmpl less efficient than both the Cretas. That translates to an added expense of 2 Lakh Rs. over an usage of 75,000 km.

Pricing & Features: The Safari Storme is around 1.5 Lakh Rs. more expensive than a Creta having similar features. The top-end Creta may be slightly more expensive than the Storme, but it has far more features than the Storme. Coupled with the savings in fuel costs and lesser depreciation, the Creta is bound to be 3-4 lakh rupees cheaper than the Storme over an ownership period of 5 to 7 years.

Performance & Drivability: In spite of having a huge 2200 cc engine the Safari Storme doesn't even have better performance than the 1.4 litre Creta. However, Storme's drivability is certainly better than both the Cretas, thanks to the turbo spooling up at lower rpm. In terms of outright acceleration though, the Storme is simply no match for the 1.6 litre Creta. Even the 1.4 litre Creta easily manages to keep up with the Storme. Not to forget, the Creta also has much better refinement than the Safari Storme.

Ride Quality & Handling: Even the sub-par handling manners of the Creta are still far superior to those of the Safari Storme. The Storme rolls, pitches, squats and yaws way more than any vehicle for developed after 1980 has any right to. Braking from high speeds in a Storme is a hair raising experience and not in a good way. But when it comes to smothering potholes and broken surfaces the Storme does leave the Creta biting the proverbial dust. The sheer authority with which the Safari can conquer Indian roads is simply mind blowing.

Space & Comfort: The sheer amount of in-cabin space of the Safari Storme is incredible. There is acres of knee-room, leg-room and head-room and so much shoulder room at the rear that 3 adult can sit without even touching each other. The Creta in comparison feels positively claustrophobic, with barely enough space for 4 passengers, with the 5th one being a real squeeze. The Storme however, has missed an opportunity to give a front facing third row of seats, which given its generous dimensions is a real failure of Tata's packaging abilities. Hyundai makes up for the lack of space with excellent fit and finish inside the cabin compared to the downmarket interiors of the Safari Storme.

Reliability & After Sales Service: Hyundai continues to build upon its stellar reputation for great service support earned over the last two decades. Tata's reputation on the other hand continues to decline, thanks in no small measure to the inherent lack of reliability of its products, made worse by the lack of company's grip on its dealers, making it a real hassle to get a Tata vehicle serviced at any of its authorised service outlets. No wonder then that today Tata cars are one of the fastest depreciating vehicles in the country, which means you can expect to lose around 2 lakh Rs. more than the Creta after an ownership period of 5 to 7 years.