2024 Hyundai Creta Facelift vs Rivals: Which Compact SUV Shines On The Road?

  • May 27, 2024
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Hyundai’s hot seller, the Creta, has been updated for 2024 and we put it through its paces with its rivals to find out if the best seller can be the best in our comparison

The 2024 Hyundai Creta facelift was launched in India in January 2024 with a handful of updates. Obviously, this means we have put it through our ‘scientific’ ride and handling test with its rivals to find out how it performs. So in this test, we compare the Creta facelift with the Kia Seltos, Honda Elevate, Volkswagen Taigun, and Toyota Hyryder

There are two missing faces in this test: the Maruti Suzuki Grand Vitara and Skoda Kushaq. But they are nearly identical to its badge-engineered siblings, the Hyryder and Taigun, so you can expect a similar performance for the missing names. 

Let the games begin!

Cornering Test 

Volkswagen Taigun

Let’s start with the most important test - the cornering test. Each of these cars is driven through a sharp corner at varying speeds to find out which one inspires maximum confidence. It must be noted that the Honda Elevate won this round the previous time we tested it with its rivals. So let’s find out if it still keep that top spot here:

Honda Elevate

At 60kmph, all these SUVs go through the corner without hitting any cones. But the Seltos runs a bit wide, while the sensitive electronic stability control in the Hyryder kicks in and starts cutting power. The Creta feels much more comfortable than its sibling, the Seltos. However, it’s the Taigun and Elevate that offer maximum confidence at 60kmph. 

Hyundai Creta

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Taking things a notch up, at 65 kmph, the Honda Elevate is composed and feels the most confidence-inspiring of the lot. The Taigun, this time around, drifts and steps its tail out, but doesn’t hit the cone. The Creta and Seltos also start understeering and running wide, and the former starts to lose grip. And once again in the Hyryder, the ESC kicks in and cuts down the power. 

That said, none of them hit the cone and it’s time to turn up the heat. 

Kia Seltos

At 70kmph, the Hyryder, Seltos and Taigun start running wide and knock down two cones. It must be noted that the Hyryder’s run is interfered with by a really intrusive ESC, while the Seltos you feel less of a connection to the road. The Taigun felt composed, but like the Seltos it lacked steering feedback. Meanwhile, the Creta and Elevate knocked down just one cone, Both felt like a step up from the other cars and always stayed composed. But in our photo finish, the Creta turned in the tightest, beating the Honda Elevate by a smidge. So we have a new cornering test champion here!

Specifications And Performance 

If you’re an avid ZigWheels reader, you will recall that this section would previously have been called the ‘Acceleration Test.’ But considering the sheer number of powertrains most of these cars offer, we have rebadged it to ‘Specifications And Performance.’ 

Hyundai Creta And Kia Seltos 

Kia Seltos

Parameters

1.5-litre NA Petrol

1.5-litre Turbo-petrol

1.5-litre Diesel

Engine

1.5-litre naturally aspirated four-cylinder

1.5-litre turbo-petrol four-cylinder

1.5-litre four-cylinder turbo-diesel

Power (PS)

115 PS 

160 PS

116 PS 

Torque (Nm)

144 Nm 

253 Nm

250 Nm

Transmission Options 

6-speed MT / CVT

6-speed iMT* / 7-speed DCT

6-speed MT / 6-speed iMT* / 6-speed AT

Creta 0-100 kmph (Real-world Test)

13.36 seconds (CVT)

Not Tested

12.26 seconds (AT)

Seltos 0-100 kmph (Real-world Test)

Not Tested 

9.24 seconds (DCT)

12.99 seconds (AT)

*Limited to Kia Seltos 

  • The Kia Seltos and Hyundai Creta offer a wide range of powertrain options, including a petrol, turbo-petrol, and a diesel. 

  • Meanwhile, the Seltos offers the most amount of transmission options in this test, including an iMT (clutchless manual) with the diesel and turbo-petrol engines. 

  • The 1.5-litre turbo-petrol engine is the most powerful in its segment and the Seltos Turbo is quicker than the Taigun 1.5-litre TSI.

  • It also must be noted that the Seltos and Creta are the only ones to offer a diesel engine in its segment. 

Toyota Hyryder 

Toyota Hyryder

Parameters

Toyota Hyryder NA Petrol

Toyota Hyryder CNG

Toyota Hyryder Hybrid 

Engine

1.5-litre naturally aspirated four-cylinder

1.5-litre naturally aspirated four-cylinder

1.5-litre naturally aspirated three-cylinder

Power (PS)

103 PS

88 PS (in CNG mode)

116 PS

Torque (Nm)

137 Nm

121.5 Nm (in CNG mode)

141 Nm 

Transmission Options 

5-speed MT / 6-speed AT

5-speed MT

e-CVT

0-100 kmph (Real-world Test)

13.99 seconds (MT AWD) / 15.13 seconds* (AT)

Not Tested 

11.55 seconds*

*Tested in Wet conditions 

  • The Hyryder, on the other hand, also offers three powertrain options, including an NA petrol, a CNG, and a strong-hybrid. 

  • All the three engines have the least amount of power here and focus more on efficiency. 

  • That said, the Hyryder NA petrol gets an optional AWD system and a CNG powertrain, making it (and the Grand Vitara) the only model in this test to get these options. 

  • The Hyryder hybrid posted a commendable 0-100 kmph time of 11.55 seconds.  

Volkswagen Taigun 

Volkswagen Taigun

Parameters

Volkswagen Taigun 1-litre

Volkswagen Taigun 1.5-litre

Engine

1-litre three-cylinder turbo-petrol

1.5-litre three-cylinder turbo-petrol

Power (PS)

115 PS

150 PS 

Torque (Nm)

178 Nm 

250 Nm

Transmission Options 

6-speed MT / 6-speed AT

6-speed MT / 7-speed DCT

0-100 kmph (Real-world Test)

13.08 seconds (AT)

8.89 seconds (MT) / 10.08 seconds (DSG)

  • Tha Taigun offers you the choice of two turbo-petrol engines instead of its rivals, which get a NA petrol unit as its base option. 

  • The 1-litre TSI petrol engine, when compared to its rivals’ NA petrol option, has the most torque. 

  • It must also be noted that the Taigun 1.5-litre TSI, paired with the manual transmission, is the quickest accelerating SUV we have tested till date. 

  • That said, the same engine paired with the DCT can’t match the Seltos DCT’s time in our acceleration test. 

Honda Elevate 

Parameters

Honda Elevate

Engine

1.5-litre naturally aspirated four-cylinder

Power (PS)

121 PS

Torque (Nm)

145 Nm

Transmission Options 

5-speed MT / CVT

0-100 kmph (Real-world Test)

12.35 seconds (CVT)

 

  • The Honda Elevate offers just one engine option: a 1.5-litre naturally aspirated petrol engine. 

  • It’s the most powerful NA petrol engine here. 

  • In our 0-100 kmph test, the Elevate CVT did it in 12.25 seconds, around 1 second quicker than Creta CVT.

Braking Test 

Honda Elevate

Whoa! The margins were really close in this department, but it was the Honda Elevate that had the shortest stopping distance here, despite having rear drum brakes. The Creta and Seltos, despite having all-wheel disc brakes, take second and third place, respectively. And coming up fourth is the VW Taigun. The Hyryder is the slowest car to come to a stop. 

Braking Test

Specifications

Kia Seltos

Honda Elevate

Volkswagen Taigun

Toyota Hyryder

Hyundai Creta

100-0 kmph

39.67 metres

37.98 metres

40.17 metres

40.58 metres

38.12 metres

80-0 kmph

23.92 metres

23.90 metres

25.00 metres

25.82 metres

24.10 metres

Braking Hardware (Front / Rear)

All-wheel disc brakes

Disc / Drum

Disc / Drum

All-wheel disc brakes

All-wheel disc brakes

Rough Road Patch Test

Toyota Hyryder

Trivia: We fill a 700 ml mug full of water and place it on the roof to see which car spills the least amount of water when driven over a rough patch of road. The one with the most amount of remaining water wins this test. 

 

Model

Water Remaining

Kia Seltos 

275 ml / 700 ml

Hyundai Creta 

275 ml / 700 ml

Honda Elevate 

250 ml / 700 ml

Volkswagen Taigun 

210 ml / 700 ml 

Toyota Hyryder 

200 ml / 700 ml 

 

From the above table, it’s evident that the Kia Seltos and Hyundai Creta spilled the least amount of water in this test. The Honda Elevate takes second spot here with 250ml of remaining water. All three cars feel more at ease here when the going starts to get tough, thanks to their suspension set up, which can take more beating. 

On the other hand, the Taigun and Hyryder felt more out of their comfort zone in the rough roads with more body movement. As a result, they come fourth and fifth, respectively. 

On Road Ride And Handling 

Kia Seltos

Out on the open road, if you want a comfortable ride, then it’s the Honda Elevate, Kia Seltos, and Hyundai Creta that you should consider. All these three cars feel more at ease when compared to the Taigun and Hyryder when the going gets tough. 

The Seltos’ slightly stiffer suspension setup offers a balance between sporty and comfortable. Handling also feels reassuring, especially when pushing it through a set of corners. The Hyundai Creta also feels very similar to the Seltos, but its slightly softer suspension setup makes it offer a tad more comfortable ride. 

Volkswagen Taigun

Meanwhile, the Honda Elevate, with its softer suspension setup,  is a more comfortable riding car than the Seltos, especially at slower speeds. But the negative side of this setup is that it tends to have a little more movement over undulations, but not to the point of feeling uncomfortable. 

The Volkswagen Taigun and Toyota Hyryder also have a comfortable ride when driving over smooth city roads. Even on the highways, both these cars feel evenly matched to the other three cars here. But these two start losing points when the going gets tough as they feel unsettled over bad roads compared to the other three. 

Verdict 

 

Hyundai Creta Facelift

Kia Seltos 

Honda Elevate

VW Taigun 

Toyota Hyryder

Ex-showroom Price

Rs 11 lakh to Rs 20.15 lakh

Rs 10.90 lakh to Rs 20.35 lakh

Rs 11.69 lakh to Rs 16.51 lakh

Rs 11.70 lakh to Rs 20 lakh

Rs 11.14 lakh to Rs 20.19 lakh

Toyota Hyryder

In the confines of this test, it’s the Hyryder that comes in last. It had a really intrusive ESC kicking in while cornering, was the slowest to come to a halt in our braking test and spilled the most amount of water in our rough road test. Brownie points, though, come in the form of it being the only one to offer a hybrid, CNG and even an all-wheel-drive option. 

Volkswagen Taigun

Up next, taking fourth spot is the Taigun. Yes, its turbo-petrol engines offer plenty of punch and it feels the sportiest to drive of the lot. But it lags behind in ride quality and braking.

Honda Elevate

Taking third place is the Honda Elevate. It feels very composed in our cornering test and even has the best braking performance of the lot. That said, what lets it down is its engine, which we wish offered a bit more punch. Also, the Honda Elevate couldn’t beat the Seltos and Creta in our rough road challenge, making it lose a bit more valuable points. 

Kia Seltos

The Kia Seltos is now the runner-up of this test. It offers plenty of choice when it comes to powertrains and is right up there with the best when it comes to rough road tests. Even the ride and handling offers the perfect balance between sporty and comfortable. What let it down here was the cornering performance, which just wasn’t its forte. 

Hyundai Creta

This brings us to the 2024 Hyundai Creta facelift, which takes the prize in this test. It knocked down just one cone, performed the best in our rough road test and braking performance was right up there with the best. The Creta, like the Seltos, also offers you a handful of powertrain options to choose from. 

All in all, the best-seller becomes the best in our ride and handling test. 

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