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The Korean’s new second B-segment SUV launched in Malaysia. The 2023 Hyundai Creta, positioned just under the Hyundai Kona.
Fully-imported (CBU) from Indonesia, Hyundai-Sime Darby Motors (HSDM) is offering the single variant Creta 1.5 Plus at MYR 149,888 (on-the-road, w/o insurance).
Price includes a five-year/300,000 KM mileage warranty and a three-year/50,000 KM free maintenance service, for the first 150 buyers.
Five exterior colours. Creamy White Pearl, Titan Grey Metallic, Midnight Black Pearl, Galaxy Blue Pearl and Dragon Red Pearl.
Weighing in at 1,367 KG, the 2023 Creta stands at 4,315 MM long, 1,790 MM wide, 1,630 MM tall, and with a wheelbase spanning 2,610 MM.
Solid and sporty, it has an overall square-ish shape, of which is very obvious when viewed from the front.
Uniquely designed, the front features a ‘Parametric Jewel’ patterned grille, paired to a stretched-out lower air-intake.
Angular contours and other trim elements command the rest of the outlook, completing a strong character.
Boxy and robust, the rear end compliments the front nicely, featuring just a hint of a coupe-esque roofline that gets a sportily subtle roof-edge spoiler.
Clean and simple, it sees the Creta script boldly and largely placed in the middle of the tailgate, with angular lines from the four corners moving inwards into it.
Completing the layout is a black-coloured bumper, paired to a stretched-out lower intake and other trim elements, just like the front.
Unique, the bumper-mounted automatic LED headlamps are paired to an individual-block-designed hidden-type (grille-integrated) LED Daytime Running Lights (DRL).
The split-styled tail lamps have a very sleek outlook, accentuating the sporty and minimalistic rear layout well. They are LED combination units.
The side mirrors are electronically adjusted and folded, with turn- and blind spot-indicators.
Fitted are ventilated disc brakes, measuring 381 MM (front) and 356 MM (rear). It also gets an Electronic Parking Brake (EPB) with Auto Hold.
It rides on a set of 17-Inch five-spoke single-tone alloy rims, wrapped in 215/60 R17 Kumho Solus HS63 tyres. Also included is a full-sized steel spare (215/60 R17).
The 2023 Creta sees a minimalistic dashboard outlook. Premium quality, the main highlights are the modern features installed.
Outfitted with all-black panels, silver trimming and other details, the dash is paired to an elevated style centre console.
Overall clean and strategically placed, every accessibility on the dash is ergonomically positioned for the driver.
Installed is a fully digital, 10.25-Inch TFT LCD Supervision Cluster.
Interior of the five-seater comes in an all-black fabric upholstery, featuring manual adjustable front seats and 60:40 split-folding rear seats.
A proper SUV, its athletically stocky silhouette offers generous head, shoulder and legroom, thus front and rear occupants get ample space.
The uniquely designed, four-spoke black with silver trimming leather steering wheel gets multi-switches, paddle shifters, manual tilt and telescopic adjustments, and features Electric Power Steering (EPS).
It has several storage areas. E.g., centre console compartments, large sized door pockets, back seat pockets, and a decent-sized glove box.
There are four cup holders, two located in the front centre console, two in the rear centre armrest. Also, there are four bottle holders, located at each side door pocket.
Equipped are three USB ports (two-front, one-rear), and two 12-V sockets (front, boot).
It supports a load capacity of 416-Litres with the seats up, and 1,384-Litres when folded.
The 2023 Creta gets the Hyundai SmartSense suite of Advanced Driver Assistant System (ADAS). Featured are Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist (FCA), Conventional Cruise Control, Blind-spot Collision-Avoidance Assist (BCA), Lane Keeping Assist (LKA), Lane Following Assist (LFA), Driver Attention Warning (DAW), Leading Vehicle Departure Alert (LVDA), Rear Occupant Alert (ROA), Rear Cross Traffic Collision Avoidance-Assist (RCCA), Safe Exit Warning (SEW) and High Beam Assist (HBA).
Passive safety includes six airbags (driver, front passenger, side, curtain), seat belts (reminders, pre-tensioners, anchors), ISOFIX (two-rear), parking assist system (rear), rear-view camera with Dynamic Parking Guide, parking sensors (four-front, four-rear), Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS), Electronic Stability Control (ESC) and Hill-Start Assist Control (HAC).
Four drive modes are at the driver’s disposal. Eco, Normal, Sport and Smart.
Installed is an 8-Inch touchscreen unit supporting MP3 playback, AUX-in, USB, Bluetooth, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto (wireless), navigation and voice recognition.
The suite of ADAS will make long and short journeys less tiresome, at the same time easing the day-to-day manoeuvrability of the SUV.
The sound system comes with a setup of four speakers and two tweeters.
The 2023 Creta harbours a Smartstream G1.5-Litre MPI inline four-cylinder petrol engine, producing 113 HP at 6,300 RPM and 144 NM of torque at 4,500 RPM.
Mated to the mill is a Smartstream IVT (Intelligent Variable Transmission).
Power is transmitted to the front wheels via a two-wheel drive system (2WD).
It can go from 0 to 100 KM/H in 12 seconds and hit a top speed of 170 KM/H.
It has a fuel tank capacity of 50-Litres.
The 2023 Creta has smart key with push start button, remote start function, single-zone auto temperature control with rear air-conditioning vents, multi-function steering wheel, Electronic Parking Brake (EPB) with Auto Hold, individual interior reading lights, rear armrest, reverse camera, parking sensors, automatic wipers and headlamps, voice control and speed sensing door locks.
There are rear air-conditioning vents present in the rear cabin.
It offers a nice solid experience. It is very spacious with firm handling and is very suitable as a daily driver. Overall, inside and out, performance- and comfort-wise, the ride quality is satisfactory.
Good sound insulation with the NVH aspects accounted for. The cabin is well-designed, enhancing the in-car ambience.
Overall, the cabin is able to suppress unwanted noises well and make them barely noticeable, even when cruising through bumpy asphalts or at high speeds.
The new Hyundai Creta is built with a robustly sporty appeal, offering uber space and practicality.
Its beautifully sculpted exterior is very well designed, with angular lines donating a powerful overall contour, emphasising its big silhouette.
Quality of the equipment and materials installed inside, is also impressive with the clean and minimalistic detailing.
Overall, the 2023 Creta bargains more than just good looks, as it is also suitable to be driven every day.