New Hyundai Creta edges past Kia Seltos in official fuel economy

    They might share engines and gearboxes, but it is the Hyundai that promises an edge in fuel economy.

    Published On Mar 03, 2020 06:00:00 AM

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    New Hyundai Creta edges past Kia Seltos in official fuel economy

    UPDATE: 2020 Hyundai Creta launch moved forward to March 16

    The second generation of Hyundai’s immensely successful Creta SUV will be launched in India on March 17. The upcoming SUV shares its five powertrain options with the Kia Seltos and will be sold in five trim levels – a total of 14 variants for buyers to choose from.

    The new Creta will come with three BS6-compliant engine options at launch – a 115hp, 1.5-litre, naturally-aspirated petrol engine that can be had with either a 6-speed manual or a CVT automatic gearbox; a 115hp, 1.5-litre turbocharged diesel unit that will come with 6-speed manual and torque converter automatic gearbox options; and a 1.4-litre turbo-petrol mill that will be available only with a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox.

    We have got our hands on the claimed fuel efficiency figures of the second-generation Hyundai Creta ahead of its launch and compared it with figures for its arch rival (and cousin) the Kia Seltos.

    New Hyundai Creta vs Kia Seltos fuel efficiency
    ConfigurationNew Hyundai CretaKia Seltos
    1.5 Petrol MT16.8kpl16.5kpl
    1.5 Petrol IVT17.1kpl16.8kpl
    1.5 Diesel MT21.4kpl21kpl
    1.5 Diesel AT18.3kpl18kpl
    1.4 Turbo-petrol DCT16.8kpl16.5kpl

    The new Creta with the 1.5-litre petrol engine will do a claimed 16.8kpl with the manual gearbox and 17.1kpl with the CVT automatic. Meanwhile, the new Creta in the 1.4-litre turbo-petrol DCT configuration is claimed to do 16.8kpl. As for the diesels, the Creta AT is said to do 21.4kpl while the manual manages 18.3kpl fuel efficiency.

    When compared to the Seltos’ figures, the new Creta is certified with better fuel efficiency across all configurations. While detailed specifications are awaited, a marginally lower kerb weight and taller gearing could be responsible for the Creta's better numbers.

    But just having higher fuel-efficiency figures won’t be enough for the Creta to reclaim its crown from the Seltos, which was the highest-selling UV in January with 15,000 units. Hyundai aims to one-up the Seltos by offering more equipment such as a panoramic sunroof, a 7.0-inch full-digital instrument cluster and an electronic parking brake – all of which are not available with the Seltos yet. The carmaker released interior images which confirmed some features that will be on offer when the new SUV is launched on March 17. 

    Bookings for the new Creta have been opened, with the booking amount set at Rs 25,000. Apart from the Seltos, the new Creta will also have to contend with other midsize SUVs in the Indian market like the MG Hector, Renault Duster and Nissan Kicks.

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