In this September update of the variants explained article, you'll find out which variant of the Hyundai Creta diesel you should buy based on the prices, variant-wise features and value for money. Here we compare and objectively analyse the 2020 Creta's diesel variants and the features. Then we will compare the engine specs, dimensions and mileage of the new Hyundai Creta with the other diesel-powered C-segment SUV - Kia Seltos.
What Are The Pros And Cons Of Hyundai Creta Diesel?
The pros or advantages of Creta diesel are:
The option of a diesel engine alone itself is worth highlighting as most other carmakers are skipping diesel engines altogether. On top of it, the Creta offers the diesel engine with manual as well as automatic transmission.
Creta’s popularity keeps its resale prices high in the used car market.
Good starting price of under Rs. 10 lakh.
Well loaded with features like powered driver seat, rear window sunshades, TPMS, panoramic sunroof, reclining rear seat, 6 airbags, Bose sound system, ventilated seats, etc. for the higher variants.
Widest service network for a car of this class.
The Hyundai Creta diesel has the following shortcomings or problems:
Expect poor real-world fuel efficiency from automatic transmission in stop-and-go traffic conditions because of fluid couplers’ power sapping nature.
The E variant misses out on some basic features like music system, steering-mounted controls, auto AC and a few others. Although, some of these are easy to install from the aftermarket.
EX, S and SX (O) offer poor value for money compared to the other variants.
Feature you might miss in the Creta - 360 camera, lane watch camera, powered tailgate and auto wipers.
Off-beat design may polarize opinions compared to the first-gen Creta’s mass-market appeal
What Is The Price Of 2020 Hyundai Creta Diesel?
The Hyundai Creta diesel is available in a total of 5 variants - E, EX, S, SX and SX (O). The manual transmission is available in all variants but the automatic transmission is only available in the top 2 variants. The Creta diesel MT prices start at Rs. 9.99 lakh and go up to Rs. 15.79 lakh. The Creta diesel automatic SX and SX (O) variants cost Rs. 15.99 lakh and Rs. 17.20 lakh, respectively. The Creta diesel automatic is Rs. 1.41 - 1.48 lakh more expensive than the diesel manual.
2020 HYUNDAI CRETA | PRICE LIST
EX-SHOWROOM INDIA | SEP. 2020
1.5L DIESEL MT
1.5L DIESEL AT
The Creta diesel manual variants are Rs. 1.05 - 1.5 lakh more expensive than the petrol manual variants. The EX variant carries the biggest price gap of Rs. 1.5 lakh over the petrol variant. The Creta diesel automatic is also Rs. 1.05 lakh more expensive than the 1.5L petrol CVT automatic.
The Creta’s diesel automatic variants cost about the same as the turbo petrol DCT variants. Only the Creta SX diesel automatic carries a Rs. 17,000 price premium over the Creta turbo DCT SX variant. Here’s the Creta’s petrol price list for reference:
Hyundai Creta Diesel E - Base Model Features & Review
The Hyundai Creta E variant is the most affordable one with the diesel engine and it costs just under Rs. 10 lakh. This allows buyers in most states to get it for a much lower on-road price compared to a car that costs more than Rs. 10 lakh. The notable features of the base diesel variant are:
2020 HYUNDAI CRETA 1.5L DIESEL | E VARIANT FEATURES
₹ 9,99,000 | EX-SHOWROOM, DELHI | SEP. 2020
Dual Front Airbags
Day & Night IRVM
ABS w/ EBD
Rear Parking Sensors
Driver & Passenger Seatbelt Pretensioners
Driver & Passenger Seatbelt Reminder
Speed Sensing Auto Door Lock
Impact Sensing Auto Door Unlock
Tyre Pressure Monitoring System
Halogen Projector Headlamps
The Creta’s base variant covers some of the must-have features but still misses out on several. Some of the features you might miss in the Creta diesel E trim are:
Steering mounted controls
If you can afford to live without some of these features or get them from the aftermarket, then you’ll get phenomenal value from the E variant as it appears to be underpriced. If you’d like some of those creature comforts, then you should stretch your budget a fair bit
The price difference between the Creta diesel E and EX variant is Rs. 1.5 lakh. The Creta EX diesel costs Rs. 11.49 lakh (ex-showroom) and is Rs. 1.5 lakh more expensive than the Creta EX petrol. The additional features you get for this sum are:
Even a back-of-a-paper-napkin calculation will easily tell you that this is a poor value for money compared to the E diesel variant. If you do want some of these features, then we’d suggest you consider stretching your budget for a higher variant or settling for the Creta E and accessorizing it to your taste and saving a lot of money upfront.
Hyundai Creta Diesel EX vs S Variant
The price difference between the Creta EX and S diesel variant is Rs. 1.28 lakh and the Creta S variant with the diesel engine and manual transmission costs Rs. 12.77 lakh (ex-showroom). The Creta diesel S variant is Rs. 1.05 lakh more expensive than the Creta S petrol. The Creta S trim adds the following notable features over the EX variant:
Rear Parking Camera w/ Guidelines
Stylish Wheel Covers
Driver Rear View Monitor
LED Tail Lamps
Front Fog Lamps
Smart Key w/ Push Button Start
Rear Wiper & Washer
Rear Window Sunshade
Metal Inside Door Handles
Rear Parcel Tray
Rear USB Charger
Driver Seat Back Pocket
The S variant of the Creta diesel gets a fantastic balance of good-to-have and must-have features you’d expect from a car of this class. However, not only does it not justify the price jump from the EX variant with additional features, but it also doesn’t address the massive price gap between the E and EX trims. You can either call the S variant overpriced or it appears so because the E variant is underpriced.
Either way, the S variant is not recommended in our opinion unless you can’t afford to stretch your budget and don’t want a basic feature set for your Creta diesel.
The price difference between the Hyundai Creta S and SX diesel MT variant is Rs 1.74 lakh. The Creta diesel SX variant costs Rs. 14.51 lakh with the manual and Rs. 15.99 lakh with the torque converter automatic transmission. The Creta SX diesel MT is Rs. 1.05 lakh more expensive than the Creta SX petrol MT. The price difference between the Creta diesel automatic and petrol automatic is also Rs. 1.05 lakh.
The SX variant gets the following additional features over the S trim:
Rear Disc Brakes
10.25-Inch HD Touchscreen
Auto Folding ORVM
17-inch Alloy Wheels
Electronic Stability Control
BlueLink Telematics and Internet-connected Features
The SX variant of the Creta diesel manual is on the expensive side, but compared to S and EX variants, this is a lot better value. It still doesn’t quite match the E’s value-for-money quotient but if you want your Creta to have a more upmarket vibe, then the SX is the variant to buy because of its feature set and a reasonable asking price.
For the automatic transmission, you pay an additional Rs. 1.5 lakh premium, which adds a few extra features like paddle shifters, traction control, air purifier and drive modes. While the automatic transmission itself carries a higher premium, it somewhat justifies that extra Rs. 50,000 price gap with these features. Therefore, with the automatic transmission also, the SX variant of the Creta diesel is our top recommendation.
2020 HYUNDAI CRETA 1.5L | SX VARIANT | FEATURES OVER CRETA S
BlueLink Telematics and Internet connected Features
Driver Side Auto Up-Down Power Window
Crescent Glow LED DRL
Hill Start Assist
BlueLink Integrated Smartwatch App
Rear Seat Headrest Cushion
Chrome Outside Door Handles
Child Seat Anchor
2-Step Rear Reclining Seat
Puddle Lamps with Welcome Function
60:40 Split Rear Seat
Smartphone Wireless Charger
Rear Center Armrest w/ Cup Holders
Metallic Door Scuff Plates
Electric Parking Brake w/ Auto Hold (AT only)
LED Map & Reading Lamps
Air Purifier (AT only)
Adjustable Rear Headrests
Traction Control (AT only)
Drive Mode Select (AT only)
Paddle Shifters (AT only)
Hyundai Creta Diesel SX vs SX (O) Variant
The price difference between the Creta SX and SX (O) diesel is Rs. 1.28 lakh for the manual and Rs. 1.21 lakh for the automatic transmission. The Creta SX (O) diesel costs Rs. 15.79 lakh with the manual and Rs. 17.2 lakh with the automatic transmission. The Creta SX (O) diesel automatic is Rs. 1.41 lakh more expensive than the manual. The Creta SX (O) diesel automatic is Rs. 1.05 lakh more expensive than the Creta SX (O) 1.5 CVT petrol automatic.
The Hyundai Creta SX (O) diesel gets the following additional features over the SX variant:
The top-spec SX (O) variant focuses on uplifting the cabin environment to a new level with good-to-have features like Bose speakers, powered driver seat, ventilated front seats, full-colour instrument cluster and a few other features. However, none of these features is must-have in our books. Moreover, the asking price is also a bit higher than expected. For this price, perhaps they should have also added a powered tailgate, which is available in the MG Hector. For most buyers, the SX variant will suffice as it gets a better balance of must-have functional and good-to-have style features and also offers a better value for money.
Which Variant Of The New-Generation Hyundai Creta Diesel Should You Buy?
The Hyundai Creta diesel’s base E variant is a phenomenal value for money. It’s worth buying for budget buyers as it covers most of the must-have features. The E variant is so good, that it makes the EX and S appear overpriced. In isolation, these two variants may not look so expensive.
But, they don’t offer the same return on investment in the form of features for the additional money you pay on top of the E variant. Even if you can stretch your budget for the SX variant, you should skip the EX variant completely and at least consider the S trim. This variant has a better balance of must-have and good-to-have features and is a better value for money than the EX variant.
The SX and SX (O) variants add the option of an automatic transmission to the menu. After the E trim, the SX variant offers the next best value for money and enough upmarket features to satisfy even the demanding buyers’ needs. The SX (O) variant adds mostly good-to-have, luxurious features and is also a bit expensive. So, consider this variant only if you’re okay with the higher asking price for these features.
Regardless of your transmission preferences, the SX variant of the Hyundai Creta diesel remains our top pick followed by the E variant, which offers exceptional value for money.
2020 HYUNDAI CRETA 1.5L DIESEL | MANUAL VARIANTS
EX-SHOWROOM INDIA | SEP. 2020
Exceptional value for budget buyers
Good balance of must-have and good-to-have features. But, an expensive upgrade. Buy only if you don’t want to stretch for the SX variant.
Slightly expensive upgrade
What Are The Engine Specifications Of The New Hyundai Creta Diesel?
The Creta’s 1.5L turbo diesel engine makes 115PS of power and 250Nm of peak torque between 1500 and 2750rpm covering most of the usable rev band. The Kia Seltos also has the same engine and makes the same power and torque but promises a little less mileage. There is no other C-segment SUV with a diesel engine as the S Cross, Kicks and Duster are offering only petrol engines since the BS6 norms kicked in.
2020 HYUNDAI CRETAvs KIA SELTOS
DIESEL ENGINE SPECS
115PS @ 4000rpm
115PS @ 4000rpm
250Nm @ 1500 - 2750rpm
250Nm @ 1500 - 2750rpm
6-speed Torque Converter
6-speed Torque Converter
What Are The Dimensions Of The New Hyundai Creta?
The Creta diesel only has 1 direct rival, the Kia Seltos, which shares the mechanical bits with the Creta. So, there’s very little difference between the two cars. It’s still worth noting that the Creta is still 1cm lower, 1cm narrower and one-and-a-half-centimetre shorter than the Seltos.
Other than that, the two cars have identical wheelbase, boot space, fuel tank capacity, tyre size and ground clearance.