The Hyundai Creta could be called the undisputed king of the mid-size SUV segment. After all, the SUV is topping the sales charts and it also holds the title of the best selling SUV in India according to Hyundai. Though the Creta might not get any heat from its competitors, its own sibling Alcazar might steal from sales from it due to the added practicality and the minimal price difference. The Alcazar does pack in some additions over Creta which could make it a better proposition than the Creta. Here are some of the ways in which the Alcazar could be better than the Creta.
The Alcazar and the Creta share their diesel powertrains which is the 1.5-litre CRDi unit that churns out 115ps and 250 Nm of torque. The engine can be mated to both 6 manual and automatic transmissions.
The talking point however is the 2.0 Nu petrol engine in the Alcazar which outperforms both the petrol engines offered in the Creta. The 159ps output of the Alcazar petrol is much higher than the 1.5-litre naturally aspirated engine’s 115ps and even the 1.4-litre turbo petrol unit which churns out 140ps. This propels the much larger and heavier Alcazar to 100 in under 10 seconds which is quicker than the smaller Creta!
The Creta already comes with a healthy list of features but the Alcazar one ups it by providing even more of them! The Alcazar additionally offers LED fog lamps, 64 colour ambient lighting, 360-degree parking camera, blind view monitor, 10.25 inch fully digital instrument cluster, front parking sensors and wireless charging for the second row.
The 360-degree camera is something that the Creta was missing and its competitor Seltos provided and a substantial one at that.
Being a 6/7 seater, it’s pretty obvious that the Alcazar is much more practical than the Creta. Hyundai has not just added an extra row of seats in the Alcazar, they have also stretched the wheelbase of the Creta to liberate more space in the middle row.
Even if one doesn’t use all the seats of the Alcazar, it can be used as a 4/5 seater but humungous boot space with the third row of seats folded.
The Alcazar is well priced for what it offers especially considering how well equipped it is right from the entry-level Prestige variant.
The difference between the top-end Creta diesel and petrol automatic variants and the entry-level Alcazar is a few thousand which makes the Alcazar worth considering. You might lose out on a few features from the top-end Creta but you would get a much more practical package.