Hyundai Creta 2020: First Drive Review
- Jun 12, 2020
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We finally have a new compact SUV with a Honda badge on it. Yes, the Elevate, the brand’s first dedicated compact SUV, is finally here to take on the stalwarts of the segment. Granted, an official launch is still some time away, but bookings for it will begin in July 2023. Here’s everything you need to know about it, in 10 images:
Teasers from day one hinted at an upright rugged silhouette and that’s what the Elevate is: a traditionally boxy SUV that does not try any deceptive tricks to make you think otherwise. The facade is made up of a big grille flanked by sleek LED headlights. You also get quirky fog lamp housings on either side of the front bumper.
The profile features flared wheel arches for the 17-inch alloy wheels which look similar to the ones on the facelifted City. The side sills get a unique dual-tone insert in what is otherwise a very clean and smooth side profile.
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At the rear, the windscreen cascades down to the panel on the tailgate that connects the L-shaped LED taillights. The same strip also houses the Honda badge in the middle. The rear bumper extends from the wheel arches and features dual tone cladding and slim horizontal reflectors.
Staying true to Honda’s nature, the Elevate’s cabin follows a clean layout with a layered, flowing dashboard. The brown and black hues give the interior a contrasting look while the 10.25-inch floating touchscreen infotainment system naturally becomes the focal point of the cabin. The aircon controls below it look neat and so does the layout of the central console.
The three-spoke steering wheel has been derived from the one on the City and all in all, the cabin has a simple yet functional layout. Shoutout to Honda for offering physical buttons for key features and shortcuts beneath the infotainment system, which otherwise are mixed within the abounding options on a touchscreen system. Also worth a mention is the dedicated wireless charging area beside the glovebox in the central console – a neat touch.
At the rear, the seats look well cushioned with rather large, lounge-like headrests, though the central passenger doesn’t get one. You do get cupholders in the door pockets and the armrest as well. There’s also a provision of a central rear AC vent to keep the rear occupants happy and comfortable. But misses here are rear sunblinds and there is no USB charging as well, only a 12-V socket.
In terms of features, there's a 10.25-inch infotainment system with wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, a 7-inch TFT semi-digital driver’s display, rear AC vents, wireless phone charger, a single-pane sunroof and connected car technology. The safety kit packs six airbags, hill start assist, vehicle stability assist, ABS with EBD, rear parking sensors and the City’s ADAS suite. The latter includes functionalities such as lane-keeping assist, adaptive cruise control, and autonomous braking system.
The Elevate borrows its powertrain from the City and packs the 121PS 1.5-litre petrol engine, which is geared using a 6-speed manual or a CVT gearbox. The City’s 126PS strong-hybrid powertrain could be offered sometime after its launch in the country.
Honda should position the Elevate in a similar ballpark as other compact SUVs, so expect a starting price of around Rs 12 lakh (ex-showroom) when it gets launched sometime around August-September. It’ll fend off competition from the likes of the Hyundai Creta, Kia Seltos, Volkswagen Taigun, Skoda Kushaq, Maruti Grand Vitara, Toyota Hyryder and the upcoming Citroen C3 Aircross.
Hyundai Creta 2020: First Drive Review
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