Hyundai Creta Diesel Variants Explained - Which One To Buy?

Hyundai Creta Diesel Variants Explained - Which One To Buy?

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.

 

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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

E

₹9,99,000

-

EX

₹11,49,000

-

S

₹12,77,000

-

SX

₹14,51,000

₹15,99,000

SX(O)

₹15,79,000

₹17,20,000

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:

Also Read - Hyundai Creta Petrol Variants Explained - Which One To Buy?

2020 HYUNDAI CRETA | PRICE LIST

EX-SHOWROOM INDIA | SEP. 2020

 

1.5L PETROL MT

1.5L PETROL CVT

1.4L PETROL DCT

EX

₹9,99,000

-

-

S

₹11,72,000

-

-

SX

₹13,46,000

₹14,94,000

₹16,16,000

SX(O)

-

₹16,15,000

₹17,20,000

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:

  • Dual Front Airbags
  • Day & Night IRVM
  • ABS w/ EBD
  • Remote Central Locking
  • Rear Parking Sensors 
  • Tyre Pressure Monitoring System
  • Halogen Projector Headlamps
  • Front & Rear Power Windows
  • Rear AC Vents
  • Flat-bottom Steering
  • Tilt Steering
  • Cooled Glovebox
  • LED Positioning Lamps
  • 16-inch Steel Wheels With Wheel Covers
  • Electrically-adjustable ORVMs
  • Luggage Lamp
  • Black Front Grille
  • Height-adjustable Driver Seat
  • Front Armrest w/ Storage
  • Adjustable Front Headrests

Also Read - New Honda City V vs Hyundai Creta EX Petrol MT Comparison - Which One To Buy?

2020 HYUNDAI CRETA 1.5L DIESEL | E VARIANT FEATURES

₹ 9,99,000 | EX-SHOWROOM, DELHI | SEP. 2020

Safety

Dual Front Airbags

Day & Night IRVM

ABS w/ EBD

Central Locking

Rear Parking Sensors 

Driver & Passenger Seatbelt Pretensioners

Driver & Passenger Seatbelt Reminder

Speed Sensing Auto Door Lock

High-Speed Alert

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:

  • Music system
  • Auto AC
  • Steering mounted controls
  • Parcel tray

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

2020 HYUNDAI CRETA 1.5L | E VARIANT FEATURES

₹ 9,99,000 (DIESEL MT) | EX-SHOWROOM, DELHI | SEP. 2020

Functional

Style

Keyless Entry w/ Foldable Key

Front Power Outlet

Body-coloured Bumpers

Roof Antenna

Front & Rear Power Windows

Front Passenger Seat Back Pocket

Body Coloured Door Handles

Black-Greige Interior

Rear AC Vents

Gear Shift Indicator

Roof End Spoiler

Flat-bottom Steering

Tilt Steering

Cooled Glovebox

LED Positioning Lamps

16-inch Wheels

Electrically-adjustable ORVMs

Luggage Lamp

Front & Rear Silver Skid Plate

Black Front Grille

Height-adjustable Driver Seat

Follow-me-home Headlamps

Body Coloured ORVM w/ Side Indicators

 

Front Armrest w/ Storage

Adjustable Front Headrests

  

Hyundai Creta Diesel E vs EX Variant

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:

  • 8-Inch Touchscreen Audio system
  • Apple CarPlay & Android Auto
  • Front USB Charger
  • 4 speakers w/ Front Tweeters
  • Steering Mounted  Controls
  • Sunglass Holder
  • USB & Bluetooth Connectivity
  • Shark-fin Antenna

2020 HYUNDAI CRETA 1.5L | EX VARIANT FEATURES OVER E VARIANT

₹11,49,000 (DIESEL MT) | EX-SHOWROOM, DELHI | SEP. 2020

Entertainment

Functional & Style

8-Inch Touchscreen Audio system

Apple CarPlay & Android Auto

Front USB Charger

4 speakers w/ Front Tweeters

Steering Mounted  Controls

Sunglass Holder

USB & Bluetooth Connectivity

 

Shark-fin Antenna

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
  • Automatic Headlamps
  • Stylish Wheel Covers
  • Driver Rear View Monitor
  • Automatic AC
  • LED Tail Lamps
  • Front Fog Lamps
  • Smart Key w/ Push Button Start
  • Rear Defogger
  • Cruise Control
  • Chrome Grille
  • 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.

Also Read - 2020 Hyundai Creta vs Tata Harrier - Price, Specs, Features, Mileage Comparison

2020 HYUNDAI CRETA 1.5L | S VARIANT | FEATURES OVER CRETA EX

₹ 12,77,000 (DIESEL MT) | EX-SHOWROOM, DELHI | SEP. 2020

Safety

Functional

Style

Rear Parking Camera w/ Guidelines

Automatic Headlamps

Stylish Wheel Covers

Driver Rear View Monitor

Automatic AC

LED Tail Lamps

Front Fog Lamps

Smart Key w/ Push Button Start

Silver Roof Rails

Rear Defogger

Cruise Control

Chrome Grille

Rear Wiper & Washer

Rear Window Sunshade

Metal Inside Door Handles

 

Rear Parcel Tray

 
 

Rear USB Charger

 
 

Driver Seat Back Pocket

 

Hyundai Creta Diesel S vs SX Variant

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
  • Driver Side Auto Up-Down Power Window
  • LED DRL
  • Hill Start Assist
  • Rear Seat Headrest Cushion
  • Chrome Outside Door Handles
  • ISOFIX Child Seat Anchor
  • 2-Step Rear Reclining Seat
  • Leather-wrapped Steering
  • Puddle Lamps with Welcome Function
  • 60:40 Split Rear Seat
  • Panoramic Sunroof
  • Burglar Alarm
  • Smartphone Wireless Charger
  • Ambient Lighting
  • LED Headlamps
  • Rear Center Armrest w/ Cup Holders
  • Metallic Door Scuff Plates
  • LED Map & Reading Lamps
  • Adjustable Rear Headrests

Also Read - 2020 Hyundai Creta vs MG Hector Plus - Price, Specs, Features, Mileage Comparison

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

₹ 14,51,000 (DIESEL MT) | ₹ 15,99,000 (DIESEL AT) | EX-SHOWROOM, DELHI | SEP. 2020

Safety

Entertainment

Functional

Style

Rear Disc Brakes

10.25-Inch HD Touchscreen

Auto Folding ORVM

R17 Alloy Wheels

Electronic Stability Control

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

Leather-wrapped Steering

Puddle Lamps with Welcome Function

 

60:40 Split Rear Seat

Panoramic Sunroof

Burglar Alarm

 

Smartphone Wireless Charger

Ambient Lighting

LED Headlamps

 

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:

  • Side & Curtain Airbags
  • Bose Sound System with 8 Speakers
  • 8-Inch Cluster w/ Digital Display
  • 17-inch Machined Alloys
  • Auto-dimming IRVM
  • Ventilated Front Seats
  • Leather Upholstery
  • Height Adjustable Front Seatbelts
  • 8-way Powered Driver Seat
  • Leather on Door Armrest
  • Lane Change Indicator Flash Adjustment
  • Tyre Pressure Monitoring System (Highline)

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.

2020 HYUNDAI CRETA 1.5L | SX(O) VARIANT

₹ 15,79,000 (DIESEL MT) | ₹ 17,20,000 (DIESEL AT) | EX-SHOWROOM, DELHI | SEP. 2020

Safety

Entertainment

Functional

Style

Side & Curtain Airbags

Bose Sound System with 8 Speakers

8-Inch Cluster w/ Digital Display

R17 Machined Alloys

Auto-dimming IRVM

 -

Ventilated Front Seats

Leather Upholstery

Height Adjustable Front Seatbelts

 -

8-way Powered Driver Seat

Leather on Door Armrest

Lane Change Indicator Flash Adjustment

 - - -

Tyre Pressure Monitoring System (Highline)

 - - -

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

Variant

Manual

Automatic

Recommendation

E

₹9,99,000

-

Exceptional value for budget buyers

EX

₹11,49,000

-

Not Recommended

S

₹12,77,000

-

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.

SX

₹14,51,000

₹15,99,000

Top Recommended

SX(O)

₹15,79,000

₹17,20,000

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 CRETA vs KIA SELTOS

DIESEL ENGINE SPECS

 

Hyundai Creta

Kia Seltos

Displacement

1.5-litre

1.5-litre

Cylinder

4

4

Capacity

1493 cc

1493 cc

Maximum Power

115PS @ 4000rpm

115PS @ 4000rpm

Peak Torque

250Nm @ 1500 - 2750rpm

250Nm @ 1500 - 2750rpm

Manual Transmission

6-speed

6-speed

Manual Mileage

21.35kmpl

21kmpl

Automatic Transmission

6-speed Torque Converter

6-speed Torque Converter

Automatic Mileage

18.46kmpl

18kmpl

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.

HYUNDAI CRETA vs KIA SELTOS

DIMENSION COMPARISON

 

Creta

Seltos

Length

4300mm

4315mm

Width

1790mm

1800mm

Height

1635mm

1645mm

Wheelbase

2610mm

2610mm

Boot Space

433-lt

433-lt

Ground Clearance

190mm*

190mm*

Fuel Tank

50-lt

50-lt

Tyre Size (base)

205/65 R16

205/65 R16

Tyre Size (top)

215/60 R17

215/60 R17

What Are The Colour Options Of The New Hyundai Creta?

The new Creta is available in the following 7 monotone and 2 dual-tone colour options:

  • White
  • Silver
  • Red
  • Orange
  • Black
  • Blue
  • Grey
  • White with black roof
  • Orange with black roof

Note: Here is a quick look at our length-based segmentation of cars to give you an idea of how we are classifying cars based on their size.

CLASSIFICATION OF CARS

SEGMENT

SUB-SEGMENT

LENGTH

EXAMPLE

A Segment

A

< 3699mm

Alto, Kwid (Exception), Santro, Celerio

    

B Segment

B1

3700-3850mm

Ignis, GO, Nios, Swift, Tiago

B2

3850-3999mm

Altroz, Baleno, Dzire, Amaze, Nexon, Brezza

    

C Segment

C

4000-4499mm

Ciaz, New City (Exception), Rapid, Creta, Seltos, Compass, T-Roc, Ertiga

    

D Segment

D

4500-4750mm

Octavia, XUV500, Elantra, Civic, Harrier, Hector, Innova, Kodiaq, CR-V

    

D+ Segment

D+

4750+mm

Fortuner, Superb, Endeavour, Camry, Carnival

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Lakshya Khanna

Lakshya loves to talk about cars and, therefore, he's mostly in the front of the camera doing the talking. He's usually blunt in his opinion -- good or bad, and backs it up with logic. Lakshya is a senior member of V3Cars editorial team.

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