The C-SUV segment is one of the most profitable segments in India. Most of the SUVs in this segment are a proper blend of space and features. As some of you may know, the Hyundai Creta has an iron hold in this segment. Since its launch in 2015, it has written records after records in this segment. But things are going to get interesting as Maruti is bringing a proper SUV to compete with the Creta. The recently-unveiled Maruti Grand Vitara really packs in elements that will help it take on the fierce rival. So, should a Hyundai Creta buyer wait for the Maruti Grand Vitara? In today’s article, let’s compare the Hyundai Creta vs the Maruti Grand Vitara.
The Hyundai Creta is 4300mm in length, 1790mm in width & 1635mm in height. It sits on a wheelbase of 2610mm and has a ground clearance of 190mm. In comparison, the Grand Vitara is 4345mm in length, 1795mm in width & 1645mm in height. It sits on a wheelbase of 2600mm and has a ground clearance of 210mm. From the dimensions, it is clear that the Grand Vitara is longer, wider and taller. However, the Creta has a longer wheelbase than the Grand Vitara.
Creta vs Grand Vitara – Specifications
The Creta comes with a plethora of engine and transmission options. It comes with two petrol engines and one diesel option. The petrol engine options include a 1.5-litre naturally-aspirated unit capable of producing 113bhp & 143Nm of torque, while the 1.4-litre turbo-petrol unit is capable of producing 138bhp & 242Nm of torque. The 1.5-litre NA unit comes with manual and an iMT gearbox options, while the 1.4-litre turbo unit comes with manual and DCT options. Diesel duties are handled by a 1.5-litre unit capable of producing 113bhp & 250Nm of torque. The diesel also comes with a manual and automatic torque converter gearbox options.
Contrary to the Creta, the Maruti Grand Vitara comes with a 1.5-litre petrol engine only. However, the same engine comes with mild hybrid and strong hybrid setups. The mild hybrid setup (1.5-litre petrol with ISG) makes 103bhp & 137Nm of torque. On the other hand, the strong hybrid setup (1.5-litre petrol with the Intelligent Hybrid system) makes 113bhp & 122Nm of torque. The Grand Vitara’s secret weapon is the AWD system which is a segment-first (shared with the Toyota Urban Cruiser HyRyder). Moreover, fuel-efficiency is something that Maruti will definitely bank upon. The strong hybrid system claims a mileage of 27.97kmpl which is definitely mouth-watering for mileage-conscious buyers.
The Creta has long been the epitome of features. It comes with features like a 10.25-inch infotainment system, ventilated seats, a panoramic sunroof, connected car technology, electronic parking brake, etc. In terms of safety, the Creta comes with six airbags, hill assist control, all disc brakes, VSM, ESC, TPMS, etc.
Can the Grand Vitara match it? It certainly can as it comes with features like a 360-degree camera, a floating 9.0-inch infotainment system, digital instrument cluster, heads-up display and more. In terms of safety, it gets elements like ESP, hill hold, TPMS, six airbags, all disc brakes, etc.
Both SUVs are equally matched in terms of safety features, however one thing to note is that the Creta scored a 3-star rating in GNCAP crash tests. The Maruti Grand Vitara still awaits a rating however being based on the Global-C platform, a minimum 4-star rating is expected for this SUV.
Creta vs Grand Vitara – Conclusion
So should Creta buyers wait? Definitely. The Grand Vitara does look like a competent product. It comes with features and the exclusive AWD system. Maruti’s reliability and service network will also help in offering a hassle-free ownership experience. Moreover, with the high fuel-efficiency figures and the expected higher safety, the Maruti SUV does steal some numbers here. However, the Creta has still been a benchmark product in this segment with its features. Moreover, this SUV has the added advantage of a diesel engine and you ultimately get a tried-and-tested product. Ultimately, the chances of going wrong with either of them are slim.
With all of this being said, a lot will also depend on the pricing of the Grand Vitara. So, what do you think should the Grand Vitara be priced at? Also, which SUV excites you more? Do let us know in the comments.
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