2021 Hyundai Creta Diesel Variants Explained - Which One to Buy

2021 Hyundai Creta Diesel Variants Explained - Which One to Buy

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.

 

2021 Hyundai Creta

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

Variant

1.5 Petrol

Difference

Diesel

 

MANUAL

E

Rs 9,99,990

Rs 31,410

Rs 10,31,400

EX

Rs 10,82,800

Rs 95,000

Rs 11,77,800

S

Rs 12,05,800

Rs 1,00,000

Rs 13,05,800

SX

Rs 13,79,800

Rs 1,00,000

Rs 14,79,800

SX(O)

--

 

Rs 16,07,800

 

AUTOMATIC

SX

Rs 15,27,800

Rs 1,00,000

Rs 16,27,800

SX(O)

Rs 16,48,800

Rs 1,00,000

Rs 17,48,800


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

 

Creta

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

6MT

6MT

Manual Claimed FE

21.4kmpl

21kmpl

Automatic Transmission

6AT

6AT

Automatic Claimed FE

18.5kmpl

18kmpl


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

DIMENSION COMPARISON

 

Creta

Seltos

Kicks

Duster

S-Cross

Length

4300mm

4315mm

4384mm

4360mm

4300mm

Width

1790mm

1800mm

1813mm

1822mm

1785mm

Height

1635mm

1645mm

1669mm

1695mm

1595mm

Wheelbase

2610mm

2610mm

2673mm

2673mm

2600mm

Boot Space

433-lt

433-lt

400-lt

475-lt

353-lt

Ground Clearance

190mm*

190mm*

210mm

205mm

180mm*

Fuel Tank

50-lt

50-lt

50-lt

50-lt

48-lt

Tyre Size (base)

205/65 R16

205/65 R16

215/65 R16

215/65 R16

215/60R16

Tyre Size (top)

215/60 R17

215/60 R17

215/60 R17

215/65 R16

215/60R16

*unofficial

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. 

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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

Safety

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

Functional

Style

Remote Central Locking

Front Power Outlet

Body-colored 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 Wheel

Tilt Steering

Luggage Lamp

LED Positioning Lamps

16-inch Wheels

Electrically-adjustable ORVMs

Follow-me-home Headlamps

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

E MT

DIFFERENCE

EX MT

Rs 10,31,400

Rs 1,46,400

Rs 11,77,800


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

Entertainment

Functional & Style

Tyre Pressure Monitoring System

8-Inch Touchscreen Infotainment system

Apple CarPlay & Android Auto

Shark-fin Antenna

Front USB Charger

4 speakers w/ Front Tweeters

Steering Mounted  Controls

Silver Front & Rear Skid Plates

Sunglass Holder

USB & Bluetooth Connectivity

Voice Recognition

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

EX MT

DIFFERENCE

S MT

Rs 11,77,800

Rs 1,28,000

Rs 13,05,800


For this additional premium, the S variant adds-in a range of features.

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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

Safety

Functional

Style

Rear Parking Camera

Auto Headlamps

Rear Parcel Tray

R16 Styled Wheels

Driver Rear View Monitor

Auto AC

Rear USB Charger

LED Tail Lamps

Front Fog Lamps

Smart Key w/ Push Button Start/Stop

Driver Seat Back Pocket

Silver Roof Rails

Rear Defogger

Cruise Control

Cooled Glovebox

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

S MT

DIFFERENCE

SX MT

Rs 13,05,800

Rs 1,74,000

Rs 14,79,800


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. 

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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

Safety

Entertainment

Functional

Style

Rear Disc Brakes

10.25-Inch Touchscreen

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

ISOFIX

 

2-Step Reclining Rear Seat

Leather-wrapped Steering Wheel

Burglar Alarm

 

60:40 Split Rear Seat

Panoramic Sunroof

LED Headlamps

 

Wireless Charger

Ambient Lighting

   

Driver Side Auto Up-Down Power Window

Metallic Front Door Scuff Plates

   

Adjustable Rear Headrests

LED Cabin Lamps

   

Connected-car Tech

 
   

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.

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From the SX variant onwards, the Creta lineup also offers the option of an  automatic transmission.

The SX variant with automatic transmission is Rs 1.48 lakh costlier over its manual counterpart. 

CRETA DIESEL | PRICE COMPARISON

SX MT

DIFFERENCE

SX AT

Rs 14,79,800

Rs 1,48,000

Rs 16,27,800


Apart from the automatic transmission, this variant also offers a few additional features such as - electric parking brake, drive and traction modes, air purifier and paddle shifters. 

You can check the additional features of the 2021 Hyundai Creta SX diesel automatic variant in the table below:

CRETA SX AUTOMATIC | FEATURES OVER SX MANUAL

Safety

Functional

Electric Parking Brake

Air Purifier

Auto Hold

Drive & Traction Modes

 

Paddle Shifters

   


For the automatic gear shifts and the mentioned additional features, the  incremental cost of Rs 1.48 lakh is almost justified. 

What Are The Features of Hyundai Creta SX (O) Diesel Variant?

In the Creta SX(O) diesel variant is Rs 1.30 lakh costlier than the SX variant. 

CRETA DIESEL | PRICE COMPARISON

 

SX

DIFFERENCE

SX(O)

MANUAL

Rs 14,79,800

Rs 1,28,000

Rs 16,07,800

DIFFERENCE

Rs 1,48,000

 

Rs 1,41,800

AUTOMATIC

Rs 16,27,800

Rs 1,21,000

Rs 17,48,800


For the additional price, the SX(O) variant adds-in some safety, functional as well as style-related features over the SX variant. 

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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

Safety

Entertainment

Functional

Style

Side & Curtain Airbags

Bose Sound System with 8 Speakers

Ventilated Front Seats

R17 Machined Alloys

Auto-dimming IRVM

 

8-way Powered Driver Seat

Leather Upholstery

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.

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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

Variant

VFM Rank

Price (ex-showroom)

Recommendation

MANUAL

E

Rank 2

Rs 10,31,400

Lacks basic equipment for the price

EX

Rank 4

Rs 11,77,800

Lacks some basic features, expensive upgrade

S

Rank 5

Rs 13,05,800

Expensive upgrade, but offers a good mix of features

SX

Rank 3

Rs 14,79,800

Top recommended

SX(O)

Rank 1

Rs 16,07,800

Worth upgrading

AUTOMATIC

SX

Rank 2

Rs 16,27,800

Top recommended

SX(O)

Rank 1

Rs 17,48,800

Worth upgrading


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.

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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