V3Cars reviews all the diesel variants of the 2021 Hyundai Creta to give you a better idea about which variant offers the best value for money. The Creta gets powered by a 1.5-litre diesel engine that gets paired with manual and automatic transmission options.
What Are The Prices of 2021 Hyundai Creta Diesel?
The Creta diesel version’s entry-level E variant is priced at around Rs 10.31 lakh. This is only around Rs 30,000 more expensive than its corresponding E petrol variant. Apart from the base E variant, the rest of the variants with the 1.5 diesel engine are around Rs 1 lakh costlier than their petrol counterparts.
It is worth noting that the Creta diesel-manual powertrain is available in the SX Optional variant, while it is not available with the 1.5 petrol-manual powertrain option.
You can check out all the pricing details of the 2021 Hyundai Creta diesel and its price difference with the corresponding petrol variants in the table below:
HYUNDAI CRETA | PRICE LIST
EX-SHOWROOM DELHI | APR 2021
What Are The Engine Specifications of Hyundai Creta Diesel?
The Creta diesel version gets packed with a 1.5-litre diesel engine that is capable of generating 115PS of maximum power and 250Nm of peak torque. In this segment, apart from the Creta, only the Seltos is available with a diesel engine option, and both the cars get powered by the same engine. This diesel engine gets paired with both manual and automatic transmissions options. With the manual transmission the Creta’s claimed fuel efficiency is around 3kmpl more than with the automatic transmission.
The 1.5L diesel engine specification details of the 2021 Hyundai Creta are listed in the following table:
2020 HYUNDAI CRETA vs KIA SELTOS
DIESEL ENGINE SPECS
115PS @ 4000rpm
250Nm @ 1500-2750rpm
Manual Claimed FE
Automatic Claimed FE
What Are The Dimensions of Hyundai Creta?
The Creta is a C-segment SUV, and its length is more than the 4m mark. In terms of length, width and height, the Creta is smaller than the Seltos. However, the Creta and Seltos share the same wheelbase length, boot space as well as ground clearance. Similar to the Seltos, Creta also offers the bigger 17-inch wheels option.
You can check the dimension details of the 2021 Hyundai Creta along with the comparison with its rivals, in the following table:
CRETA vs RIVALS
Tyre Size (base)
Tyre Size (top)
Hyundai Creta - Variant-wise Features
What Are The Features of Hyundai Creta E Diesel Variant?
The base Creta E diesel variant is priced at around Rs 10.31 lakh.
The Creta E variant offers all the basic safety features, apart from which it gets added safety features like projector headlamps, day-night IRVM, speed-sensing auto door lock and impact-sensing auto door unlock.
You can view all the safety related features of the 2021 Hyundai Creta E base variant in the table below:
CRETA E | FEATURES
Std Safety Features
Speed Sensing Auto Door Lock
Day & Night IRVM
Impact Sensing Auto Door Unlock
Front Seatbelt Pretensioners
Halogen Projector Headlamps
Some of the key functional features of the base variant include: front & rear power windows, electrically adjustable ORVMs, tilt steering, rear AC vents, height-adjustable driver seat and front armrest.
Apart from body-coloured door handles, ORVMs and bumpers, there are also full wheel covers and flat-bottom steering wheel that form this variant’s key style related features.
You can see all the functional and style related features of the 2021 Hyundai Creta E variant in the following table:
CRETA E | FEATURES
Remote Central Locking
Front Power Outlet
Front & Rear Power Windows
Front Passenger Seat Back Pocket
Body Coloured Door Handles
Rear AC Vents
Gear Shift Indicator
Roof End Spoiler
Flat-bottom Steering Wheel
LED Positioning Lamps
Body Coloured ORVM w/ Side Indicators
Black Front Grille
Height-adjustable Driver Seat
Adjustable Front Headrests
Front Armrest w/ Storage
The base E variant misses some of the must-have features such as an audio system with steering mounted audio controls, adjustable rear headrests, rear parking camera, rear wiper and defogger. If you are looking for an entry-level variant only, whether you should choose the Creta’s E variant or the EX variant, we’ll discuss this after looking into the latter’s feature details.
What Are The Features of Hyundai Creta EX Diesel Variant?
The Creta EX variant is almost Rs 1.5 lakh costlier than the E variant.
CRETA DIESEL | PRICE COMPARISON
For this additional premium, the EX variant offers a handful of extra features, such as an 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and steering-mounted audio controls, front USB charger, sunglass holder, tyre pressure monitoring system and shark-fin antenna.
The following table lists all the additional features that the 2021 Hyundai Creta EX variant offers over the base E variant:
CRETA EX | FEATURES OVER E
Safety & Functional
Functional & Style
Tyre Pressure Monitoring System
8-Inch Touchscreen Infotainment system
Apple CarPlay & Android Auto
Front USB Charger
4 speakers w/ Front Tweeters
Steering Mounted Controls
Silver Front & Rear Skid Plates
USB & Bluetooth Connectivity
Silver Side Sill Garnish
Arkamys Sound Mood
For the mentioned additional features of the EX variant, its incremental cost of Rs 1.5 lakh is too high. We would not recommend buying the EX variant, as it’s incremental cost is expensive. Nevertheless, we would not recommend the E variant either, as given its price, it lacks a number of basic features.
What Are The Features of Hyundai Creta S Diesel Variant?
The Creta S variant is Rs 1.23 lakh costlier than the EX variant.
CRETA DIESEL | PRICE COMPARISON
For this additional premium, the S variant adds-in a range of features.
This variant’s key additional safety features include rear parking camera, driver rear view monitor, fog lamps, rear defogger, rear wiper and washer.
Some of the important functional and style related features of the S variant are: automatic headlamps, auto AC, smart key with push-button start/stop, cruise control, rear window sunshade, roof rails and sporty steel wheels.
You can check out all the additional features of the 2021 Hyundai Creta S variant over the EX variant, in the table below:
CRETA S | FEATURES OVER EX
Rear Parking Camera
Rear Parcel Tray
R16 Styled Wheels
Driver Rear View Monitor
Rear USB Charger
LED Tail Lamps
Front Fog Lamps
Smart Key w/ Push Button Start/Stop
Driver Seat Back Pocket
Silver Roof Rails
Chrome Front Grille
Rear Wiper & Washer
Rear Window Sunshade
Metal Inside Door Handles
According to our internal data, the S variant’s added features do not justify its price increment. However, whatever features are expected in a car at this price point, those are mostly offered by the Creta S variant. Nevertheless, the S variant still has some missing features, the most notable of which include adjustable rear headrests, electronic stability control and hill start assist.
In case you do not wish to spend anymore over the S variant’s asking price, then you can consider this variant, compromising a bit on the value aspect.
What Are The Features of Hyundai Creta SX Diesel Variant?
The Creta SX variant costs Rs 1.74 lakh more than the S variant. For this additional premium, this variant offers a whole host of added safety, entertainment, functional as well as style related features, but apart from the safety ones, most others are feel-good features.
CRETA DIESEL | PRICE COMPARISON
In terms of added safety features, the SX variant’s key offerings include - rear disc brakes, electronic stability control, hill start assist and LED headlamps.
When entertainment related features are concerned, the variant adds-in a bigger 10.25 inch touchscreen for the infotainment system.
The added key functional features of this variant include - auto-folding ORVMs, rear armrest, rear headrest cushion, wireless charger and 60:40 split rear seat with 2-step recline, meaning , the backrest of the rear seat is angle adjustable. This variant’s additional functional features are primarily rear seat focused.
As far as the cosmetic or styling features are concerned, this variant adds quite a handful including - 17-inch alloy wheels, LED DRLs, chrome outside door handles, leather-wrapped steering wheel and panoramic sunroof.
The 2021 Hyundai Creta SX variant adds some more added features apart from the once mentioned above, over the S variant. We can view them all in the following table:
CRETA SX | FEATURES OVER S
Rear Disc Brakes
Auto Folding ORVM
R17 Alloy Wheels
Electronic Stability Control
BlueLink Integrated Smartwatch App
Rear Center Armrest w/ Cup Holders
Crescent Glow LED DRL
Hill Start Assist
Rear Seat Headrest Cushion
Chrome Outside Door Handles
2-Step Reclining Rear Seat
Leather-wrapped Steering Wheel
60:40 Split Rear Seat
Driver Side Auto Up-Down Power Window
Metallic Front Door Scuff Plates
Adjustable Rear Headrests
LED Cabin Lamps
Puddle Lamps w/ Welcome Function
According to us, the Creta SX variant with all its additional features, offers the best value over its lower variants. The SX variant is also a complete package when all types of features are concerned. So, we would highly recommend choosing the Creta SX variant. We think that the one key missing feature in this variant is auto-dimming IRVM.
Some of the key additional features of this variant include - Side & Curtain Airbags, Auto-dimming IRVM, Bose Sound System, 8-inch Digital Instrument Cluster, Ventilated Front Seats, Powered Driver Seat and Leather Seat Upholstery. The variant also gets machined alloy wheels, but the wheel size remains 17-inch. With the manual transmission, this variant adds features like electric parking brake and air purifier as well.
The following table offers you a look at all the additional features of the 2021 Hyundai Creta SX (O) variant over the SX variant:
CRETA SX(O) | FEATURES OVER SX
Side & Curtain Airbags
Bose Sound System with 8 Speakers
Ventilated Front Seats
R17 Machined Alloys
8-way Powered Driver Seat
Height Adjustable Front Seatbelts
Air Purifier (MT)
Leather on Door Armrest
Lane Change Indicator Flash Adjustment
Remote Engine Start (MT)
Rear Door Metallic Scuff Plates
Tyre Pressure Monitoring System (Highline)
8-Inch Digital Instrument Cluster
Electric Parking Brake w/ Auto Hold (MT)
The SX(O) variant is a sensible choice over the SX variant, given its added safety and feel-good features. This variant is also a sensible choice in terms of value.
Hyundai Creta Diesel Variants - Which One To Buy?
Now, it’s time to sum up all the variant-wise recommendations for the 2021 Hyundai Creta diesel. If you wish to buy the Hyundai Creta diesel with the manual transmission, then we suggest that you settle for the SX variant. The SX variant is reasonably priced and is suitably packed with a good mix of must-have and feel-good features. Over the SX, the SX(O) variant is a good choice for its added safety features, and it’s also reasonably priced.
If you wish to choose only an affordable variant of the Creta, then we would recommend the S variant. Although you will compromise a bit on value with this variant, you’ll get most of the must-have features in it. We cannot recommend the base E variant, as it lacks basic must-have features, while the EX variant is not a sensible choice in terms of both value and features.
The following table offers you a brief look at our variant-wise recommendations for the 2021 Hyundai Creta diesel:
CRETA DIESEL | RECOMMENDATION
Lacks basic equipment for the price
Lacks some basic features, expensive upgrade
Expensive upgrade, but offers a good mix of features
In case of the Creta diesel automatic powertrain option, there are only 2 variants to choose from - the SX and SX(O). You can go ahead and choose any of these 2 variants, as both offer good features and are sensibly priced. Simply choose the one that suits your personal budget and features requirement.
What Are The Colour Options of Hyundai Creta?
The Hyundai Creta diesel is available for sale in 7 monotone exterior colour options : Silver, Black, White, Grey, Red, Blue and Orange.
We think that the Creta looks best in the Black colour option. Let us know, which exterior colour option of the Creta you like the best in the comment section.
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.