Buying second-hand Hyundai Creta in India (2018 to 2020)

Soham Thakur

Applies to: Exquisite engine, function list

Pay close attention, beware, be careful: Worn clutch, EPS motor

Hyundai Creta, the king of mid-size SUVs, is a compelling choice in the used car market. However, before proceeding with the purchase, you should know a few things.

The first-generation Hyundai Creta was launched in 2015 and was immediately welcomed by buyers due to its SUV style, interior quality and functionality. In addition, sophisticated engine options, comfortable cab and light control make it an ideal urban SUV. Hyundai decided to update Creta in 2018 to visually transform it, add features and make some changes to its machinery.

In terms of design, the facelifted Creta model adds a new larger front grille, a new front bumper, a reshaped projector headlight and a C-shaped LED DRL around the fog lights. At the back, the adjusted taillights are equipped with LED elements and a new bumper. Hyundai also introduced a new diamond cut design for the 17-inch alloy wheels.

Over the years, Creta’s upright, SUV-like posture has resonated with buyers.

Hyundai did not make any major changes to the cabin, retaining the same dashboard design as before. However, Creta made a facelift and got a lot of equipment in this update. The top SX(O) interior gets a power sunroof, power driver’s seat, smart key belt, cruise control, wireless phone charging and auto-dimming internal rearview mirror. Other features include six airbags, ESC, ISOFIX bracket, 7.0-inch touch screen with Android Auto, Apple CarPlay and modern Autolink app connection function, artificial leather interior and automatic climate control. Please note that Hyundai also added ventilated seats to Creta SX(O) at a later stage.

When looking for second-hand options, it is best to choose a model with a higher specification, whether it is SX or SX(O), because their load is really good. That being said, if you have budget constraints, even the mid-range S variants are well equipped.

The quality of the materials inside is good; the two-tone interior looks good.

Hyundai also made fine adjustments to Creta’s suspension through an update. The setting is soft, which means it feels very smooth at low speeds. However, some sharp bumps did manage to filter into the cabin. The steering is light and easy to use in the city, but at high speeds, the steering power is insufficient.

As an engine option, the Creta facelift will transfer it from its predecessor. There is a 1.6-liter gasoline engine that can output 123hp and 151Nm of torque, which can be used in conjunction with a 6-speed manual transmission or a torque converter automatic transmission. According to ARAI, the driving speed of Creta gasoline is 15.8kpl (MT) and 14.8kpl (AT).

The facelifted Creta model offers two diesel engine options: 90 hp 1.4 liters and 128 hp 1.6 liters. The 1.4-liter unit is only paired with a 5-speed manual gearbox, which is claimed to reach 22.1kpl (ARAI). At the same time, the larger 1.6-liter engine can be equipped with a 6-speed manual transmission or a torque converter automatic transmission. According to ARAI, the ratings of Creta 1.6 diesel are 20.5kpl (MT) and 17.6kpl (AT).

All three engine options on Creta are exquisite and reliable, so choosing the right engine for you really depends on your usage. We chose the 1.6-liter diesel automatic Creta because it is more powerful than gasoline, more fuel efficient, and has good starting performance. For those on a tight budget, 1.4 diesel is also a good choice.

Modern cars are usually reliable, so the used Creta won’t have much problem. The construction quality is good, and the mechanical performance is also reliable. In addition, authorized service centers are widely available, and their spare parts and service costs are the same as those of competitors.

Buyer, beware…

Clutch wear

Some car owners complained about premature wear of the Creta clutch (approximately 20,000 kilometers). Check whether the clutch pedal feels unusually hard or slips when the clutch is engaged. A new clutch assembly will cost you 15,000 rupees, including labor.

EPS motor

On the test drive, check whether the EPS light in the dashboard is on, or whether the steering feels too heavy when changing from one lock to another. This may be a sign of a failure of the power steering motor. Some owners have reported this issue on their Creta.

Brake pads worn

Creta’s brake pads are also prone to wear, especially on the automatic version. Check whether the car makes a harsh noise when braking, as this indicates that the brake pads are worn.

Still worth knowing

During the test drive, please check whether the power transmission is stable and whether the car is stalling. In diesel SUVs, clogged fuel injectors can be a problem, which would be an expensive solution. Before buying, you also need to check the car’s body panels, air conditioning system and suspension.

How much does it cost

RS 9 -12 LAKH

Depending on the engine and model, it is a good choice to use a second-hand Creta facelift anywhere between 9-12 lakh rupees. This is a fairly new model with only 3 years of history. As a modern car, it also has a good resale value. However, there is still a bargain.

2018-2020 Hyundai Creta Fact Document
Production Year 2018-2020
New price From 9.44 million rupees
engine 4-cylinder 1591cc gasoline / 4-cylinder 1396cc turbocharged diesel / 4-cylinder 1582cc turbocharged diesel
power 123 hp / 90 hp / 128 hp
Torque 151 Nm / 220 Nm / 260 Nm
Ground clearance 190 mm
Boot capacity 400 liters

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