2021 Hyundai Creta Petrol Variants Explained - Which One to Buy

2021 Hyundai Creta Petrol Variants Explained - Which One to Buy

V3Cars reviews all the petrol 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 normal petrol and a 1.4-litre turbo-petrol engine options. Both the normal petrol and the turbo petrol engines get paired with manual and automatic transmission options.

 

2021 Hyundai Creta

What Are The Prices of 2021 Hyundai Creta Petrol? 

The Hyundai Creta petrol version’s entry-level E variant price has been increased by around Rs 18,000, and it now costs almost Rs 10 lakh. The rest of the variants of the Creta petrol have received a price hike of around Rs 22,000. 

You can check out all the pricing details of the 2021 Hyundai Creta petrol and its price difference with the 2020 model in the table below: 

HYUNDAI CRETA | PRICE LIST

EX-SHOWROOM DELHI | JAN 2021

Variant

2020 Price

Difference

2021 Price

 

MANUAL

1.5 E

Rs 9,81,890

Rs 18,100

Rs 9,99,990

1.5 EX

Rs 10,60,900

Rs 21,900

Rs 10,82,800

1.5 S

Rs 11,83,900

Rs 21,900

Rs 12,05,800

1.5 SX

Rs 13,57,900

Rs 21,900

Rs 13,79,800

 

AUTOMATIC

1.5 SX CVT

Rs 15,05,900

Rs 21,900

Rs 15,27,800

1.5 SX(O) CVT

Rs 16,26,900

Rs 21,900

Rs 16,48,800

1.4 SX DCT

Rs 16,27,900

Rs 21,900

Rs 16,49,800

1.4 SX(O) DCT

Rs 17,31,900

Rs 21,900

Rs 17,53,800


What Are The Engine Specifications of Hyundai Creta Petrol?

The Creta’s 1.5-litre normal petrol engine is good to generate 115PS of maximum power and 144Nm of peak torque. This same engine also does the duty under the hood of Creta’s cousin - Kia Seltos with the same power and torque output. This engine is a bit more powerful than the Kicks and Duster’s normal petrol engine, and is more fuel efficient as well. This normal petrol engine is paired with both manual and CVT- type automatic transmission choices. 

The 1.5L normal petrol engine specification details of the 2021 Hyundai Creta are listed in the following table: 

CRETA vs RIVALS

PETROL ENGINE SPECS

 

Creta

Seltos

Duster

Kicks

S-Cross

Displacement

1.5-litre

1.5-litre

1.5-litre

1.5-litre

1.5-litre, Mild Hybrid

Cylinder

4

4

4

4

4

Capacity

1497 cc

1497 cc

1498 cc

1498 cc

1462cc

Maximum Power

115PS @ 6300rpm

115PS @ 6300rpm

106PS @ 5600rpm

106PS @ 5600rpm

105PS @ 6000rpm

Peak Torque

144Nm @ 4500rpm

144Nm @ 4500rpm

142Nm @ 4000rpm

142Nm @ 4000rpm

138Nm @ 4400rpm

Transmission

6-speed MT & CVT

6-speed MT & CVT

5-speed MT

5-speed MT

5-speed MT & 4-speed AT

Claimed FE

16.8kmpl & 16.9kmpl

16.5kmpl & 16.8kmpl

14.26kmpl

14.1kmpl

18.55kmpl & 18.43kmpl


The Creta’s 1.4-litre turbocharged petrol engine can produce 140PS of maximum power and 242Nm of peak torque. This engine is available only with a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. The same engine also powers the Seltos in the same tune, but in Seltos it also gets a 6-speed manual transmission option. The Duster and Kicks come equipped with a 1.3-litre turbo-petrol engine that is more powerful than the Creta and Seltos’ engine. In case of the Turbo-petrol engine as well, the claimed fuel efficiency is similar. 

In the table below, you can see the specification details of the 2021 Hyundai Creta’s turbocharged petrol engine and comparison with rivals:

CRETA vs RIVALS

TURBO PETROL ENGINE SPECS

 

Creta

Seltos

Duster

Kicks

Displacement

1.4-litre

1.4-litre

1.3-litre

1.3-litre

Cylinder

4

4

4

4

Capacity

1353 cc

1353 cc

1330 cc

1330 cc

Maximum Power

140PS @ 6000rpm

140PS @ 6000rpm

156PS @ 5500rpm

156PS @ 5500rpm

Peak Torque

242Nm @ 1500 - 3200rpm

242Nm @ 1500 - 3200rpm

254Nm @ 1600rpm

254Nm @ 1600rpm

Transmission

7-speed DCT

6-speed MT & 7-speed DCT

6-speed MT & CVT

6-speed MT & CVT

Claimed FE

16.8kmpl

16.5kmpl

16.3kmpl*

16.42kmpl


What Are The Dimensions of 2021 Hyundai Creta?

The Creta is a C-segment SUV, and its length is more than the 4m mark. In terms of dimensions, the Creta is smaller than the Seltos, Kicks and Duster. The Creta and Seltos share the same wheelbase length, which is just better than the S-Cross’. The Duster’s boot space is most spacious in this segment, while the Kicks boasts of the segment-best ground clearance. In the C-segment, all the SUVs offer 16-inch wheel size in their lower variants. Similar to the Seltos and Kicks, Creta’s higher variants offer bigger 17-inch wheels. 

You can check the dimension details of the 2021 Hyundai Creta along with the comparison with 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 Petrol - Variant-wise Features

What Are The Features of Hyundai Creta 1.5 E Petrol Variant? 

After the price increase, the Creta E base variant’s price is now Rs 10 lakh. Apart from the price increase, Hyundai has also stripped this base variant off of some features like tyre pressure warning system and cooled glovebox. 

Now, 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 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 are 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 1.5 EX Petrol Variant?

The Creta EX variant is now almost Rs 83,000 more expensive than the E variant. In many states the on-road price difference between these 2 variants will be around Rs 1.2 lakh. This is because the EX variant costs more than the Rs 10 lakh slab, and will attract more tax.

CRETA PETROL | PRICE COMPARISON

1.5 E MT

DIFFERENCE

1.5 EX MT

Rs 9,99,990

Rs 82,810

Rs 10,82,800


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 these additional features, the incremental cost of Rs 83,000 is not justified. Hence, 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 Petrol Variant?

The Creta S variant is Rs 1.23 lakh costlier than the EX variant.

CRETA PETROL | PRICE COMPARISON

1.5 EX MT

DIFFERENCE

1.5 S MT

Rs 10,82,800

Rs 1,23,000

Rs 12,05,800


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 w/ Adaptive Guidelines

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

16k

38k

5k

18k


According to our internal data, the S variant’s added features do not justify its price incremene. 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 on the value aspect.

What Are The Features of Hyundai Creta SX Petrol 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 PETROL | PRICE COMPARISON

1.5 S MT

DIFFERENCE

1.5 SX MT

Rs 12,05,800

Rs 1,74,000

Rs 13,79,800


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. 

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 all the other variants of this SUV. 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 major miss in this variant is an auto-dimming IRVM.

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

What Are The Features of Hyundai Creta 1.5 SX CVT VARIANT?

CRETA PETROL | PRICE COMPARISON

1.5 SX MT

DIFFERENCE

1.5 SX CVT

Rs 13,79,800

Rs 1,48,000

Rs 15,27,800


The Creta 1.5 petrol mein SX CVT is Rs 1.48 lakh more expensive than the SX manual version. The automatic transmission version offers all the features listed above for the SX manual version, and adds-in 5 more features on top of that. These are - Electronic Parking Brake, Air Purifier, Traction Control, Drive Modes aur Paddle Shifters. 

The added features of the Creat SX CVT over its manual counterpart are listed in the table below:

CRETA 1.5 SX CVT | FEATURES OVER 1.5 SX MT

Safety

Functional

Electric Parking Brake w/ Auto Hold

Drive Modes

Air Purifier

Paddle Shifters

Traction Control Modes

 


For the mentioned added features and the automatic transmission, we think that the SX CVT’s additional asking price of Rs 1.48 lakh is quite justified. So, should you choose the Creta’s 1.5 SX automatic variant or the SX(O) variant₹We’’ discuss this after looking into the details of the latter. 

What Are The Features of Hyundai Creta 1.5 SX(O) CVT Variant? 

In the Creta 1.5 petrol-automatic range, the SX(O) variant is Rs 1.20 lakh costlier than the SX variant. 

CRETA PETROL | PRICE COMPARISON

1.5 SX CVT

DIFFERENCE

1.5 SX(O) CVT

Rs 15,27,800

Rs 1,20,200

Rs 16,48,800


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

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

8-Inch Digital Instrument Cluster

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

   

Rear Door Metallic Scuff Plates

Tyre Pressure Monitoring System (Highline)

     


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. Thus, both the variants of the Creta 1.5 CVT are worth buying. 

What Are The Features of Hyundai Creta 1.4 Turbo SX DCT VARIANT?

The Creta 1.4 Turbo DCT SX variant is Rs 1.22 lakh more expensive than the 1.5 CVT SX variant.

CRETA PETROL | PRICE COMPARISON

1.5 SX CVT

DIFFERENCE

1.4 Turbo SX DCT

Rs 15,27,800

Rs 1,22,000

Rs 16,49,800


Apart from the more powerful engine and better transmission, the Turbo SX variant offers some additional styling features as well both on the outside and inside. 

The exterior cosmetic upgrades include twin-tip rear exhausts, dark chrome front grille, black skid plates and differently designed alloy wheels. 

On the inside, there is all-black interior scheme with sporty orange inserts, instead of the dual-tone black-beige theme. 

You can check all the additional features of the Hyundai Creta SX 1.4 turbo DCT variant over the SX 1.5 CVT variant, in the following table: 

CRETA 1.4 DCT SX | FEATURES OVER 1.5 CVT SX

Style (Exterior)

Style (Interior)

R17 Grey Alloys

Front & Rear Skid Plates & Roof Rails in Matte Black

All-Black Interiors w/ Orange Color Pack

Leather Wrapped Steering w/ Contrast Stitching

Twin Tip Exhausts

Dark Chrome Grille

Orange Accent around AC Vents

Sports Pedals

Optional Dual Tone Exterior with Glossy Black Arch on C-Pillar

Black Side Sill Garnish

Rear Door Metallic Scuff Plates

 

Body Colour Outside Door Handles (instead of chrome)

     


All these extra features of the 1.4 Turbo SX variant are primarily cosmetic in nature. According to us, the price increment for this variant’s powertrain and cosmetic upgrades is a bit on the expensive side.

If you are willing to compromise a bit on the value to get better performance, then should you settle down with the 1.4-litre turbo petrol SX or the SX(O) variant -- this we’ll discuss after looking into the details of the latter. 

What Are The Features of Hyundai Creta 1.4 Turbo SX(O) DCT Variant? 

The Creta turbo-petrol engine version’s SX(O) variant comes with an incremental price of Rs 1.04 lakh over the SX variant.

CRETA PETROL | PRICE COMPARISON

EX-SHOWROOM DELHI | NOV 2020

1.4 SX DCT

DIFFERENCE

1.4 SX(O) DCT

Rs 16,49,800

Rs 1,04,000

Rs 17,53,800


For this additional premium, the Turbo SX(O) variant adds in a whole host of features in the safety, functional, entertainment and styling fields.

You can see all the additional features in the 2021 Hyundai Creta SX(O) Turbo variant over the SX Turbo variant in the following table: 

CRETA SX(O) | FEATURES OVER SX

Safety

Entertainment

Functional

Style

Side & Curtain Airbags

Bose Sound System with 8 Speakers

8-Inch Digital Instrument Cluster

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)

     


     


According to our internal data, the SX(O) Turbo variant’s added features completely justify the additional premium of Rs 1.04 lakh. So, if you are looking to buy the Creta 1.4 turbo petrol version, then we would recommend that you choose to go with the SX(O) variant. 

Hyundai Creta Petrol Variants - Which One To Buy?

If you wish to buy the Hyundai Creta with its 1.5-litre petrol engine equipped with the manual transmission, we suggest that you go for the SX variant. The 1.5L normal petrol engine powered SX variant is reasonably priced and is suitably packed with a good mix of must-have and feel-good features.

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 suggest 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.

In the previous year model, we did recommend the base E variant for the budget buyers, along with the suggestion to retrofit an audio system. However, now we feel that this variant compromises on a lot of must-have features at this price. If you can’t really stretch your budget over the Creta’s base E variant, then we suggest that you choose some other suitably loaded car instead in this price range.

The following tables offer you a brief look at our variant-wise recommendations for the 2021 Hyundai Creta petrol:

CRETA 1.5 PETROL MANUAL | RECOMMENDATION

Variant

VFM Rank

Price (ex-showroom)

Recommendation

E

Rank 2

Rs 9,99,990

Lacks basic equipment for the price

EX

Rank 3

Rs 10,82,800

Not recommended

S

Rank 4

Rs 12,05,800

Expensive upgrade, but offers a good mix of features

SX

Rank 1

Rs 13,79,800

Top recommended


In case of the Creta 1.5 petrol-CVT variants, we again highly recommend the SX variant. This variant offers a few more extra features along with the automatic transmission, which is a very sensible buying option over its manual counterpart. In this powertrain option, the SX is our top recommended variant. This powertrain also comes in the SX(O) variant, and it is a suitable option for those buyers who would like to get the benefits of 6 airbags and additional feel-good features. 

CRETA 1.5 PETROL CVT | RECOMMENDATION

Variant

Price (ex-showroom)

Recommendation

SX

Rs 15,27,800

Top Recommended

SX(O)

Rs 16,48,800

Worth upgrading


If you are looking to buy the Creta with the 1.4-litre turbo-petrol engine for better performance as well as added cosmetic features, then our top recommendation will be the SX(O) variant. The SXO Turbo is a better value-wise option than the SX. 

CRETA 1.4 TURBO-PETROL DCT | RECOMMENDATION

Variant

Price (ex-showroom)

Recommendation

SX

Rs 16,49,800

Better buy SX(O)

SX(O)

Rs 17,53,800

Top Recommended


What Are The Exterior Colour Options Available Hyundai Creta?

The Creta with its 1.5-litre petrol engine is available for sale in 7 monotone exterior colour options : Silver, Black, White, Grey, Red, Blue and Orange. The turbocharged petrol version comes with 2 dual-tone colour scheme options: White with Black roof and Orange with Black roof, while there’s also a monotone option, namely - Green. 

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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