The Hyundai Creta’s pricing has put it in Mahindra XUV500 territory
The recently launched Hyundai Creta’s main rivals include the Renault Duster, Nissan Terrano and the Maruti S-Cross. However, the price band in which the SUV retails is so wide that it will end up competing with the likes of the Mahindra Scorpio and entry level and mid level variants of the Mahindra XUV500 as well. We have already compared it with the former and in this post we will pitch it against the latter to see how it fares. At the offset we would like you to know that these two do not belong to the same segment, the Hyundai Creta is a crossover small SUV while the Mahindra XUV500 is a bigger car and more of an SUV. Read our Hyundai Creta vs Mahindra XUV500 comparison to find out how which of these two SUVs makes more sense.
[box type=”shadow” ]Also See – Hyundai Creta Pre-Launch Report[/box]
The plastic cladding all around coupled with a SUV-like profile works really well for the Creta. The sharp headlamps with projector units and LED daytime running lights make the front end of the car the most attractive bit. The grille gets a generous helping of chrome, but it has been done tastefully and does not appear gaudy at all. The design gets tad bit fussy by the towards the rear of the Creta. Overall, styled along the lines of Hyundai’s Fluidic Sculpture 2.0 design language, the Creta looks very attractive from most angles. The Mahindra XUV500 recently got a facelift which makes the SUV appear slightly better than before. The front is a bit more flashy than the Creta’s and does not looks as attractive. The tail lamps detailing is quite attractive. Overall, the Mahindra XUV500 is bigger and has a bit more road presence than the Creta, but it is the Hyundai that is much better in terms of design.
[box type=”shadow” ]Also See – Hyundai Creta – All You Need to Know![/box]
On the inside, the Mahindra XUV500 and the Hyundai Creta both get a very smartly laid out dashboard and interiors, but the Creta’s are a notch above in terms of quality and fit and finish. In terms of design also we prefer the Creta’s interiors over the XUV500’s. The XUV’s interiors are much more spacious and offer an extra row of seats as well. But, at the end of the day, it all comes down to personal choice.
[box type=”success” ]The Hyundai Creta looks much better, but it is the XUV500 that has more street presence and space.[/box]
Both cars come packed to the gills with features such as automatic climate control, touchscreen infotainment with GPS navigation, 6 airbags, reverse camera, electrically adjustable and electric folding ORVMs. The top spec trim of the XUV500 gets a few more additional features such as automatic headlamps, rain sensing wipers, DVD playback, sunroof. But bear in mind that there is a fair bit of difference in prices of the top-end variants of both cars with the XUV500 being much more expensive. However, when we compare similarly priced variants the XUV500 still offers more kit than the Creta and comes with 7 seats as well.
[box type=”shadow” ]Also See – Hyundai Creta vs Renault Duster vs Ford EcoSport[/box]
[box type=”success” ]The XUV500 is more feature rich than the Hyundai Creta even if we compare the mid-level trims.[/box]
|Hyundia Creta||Mahindra XUV500|
|Type||1.6 L Petrol||1.6 L Diesel||1.4 L Diesel||2.2 L Diesel|
|Displacement||1,591 cc||1,582 cc||1,396 cc||2,179 cc|
|Power||121 bhp||126 bhp||89 bhp||140 bhp|
|Torque||155 Nm||259 Nm||224 nm||330 Nm|
|Transmission||6-speed manual||6-speed manual/6-speed auto||6-speed manual||6-speed manual|
|Mileage||15.29 kpl||19.67/17.01 kpl||21.38 kpl||16 kpl|
[box type=”shadow” ]Also See – Hyundai Creta vs Mahindra Scorpio[/box]
The Mahindra XUV500 gets only one engine and transmission option. For any prospective buyer the choice will be between the 1.6 litre engine of the Creta and the 2.2 litre engine of the XUV500. Out of these two the XUV500’s is more powerful and also comes with the option of 4WD. However, the Creta is more fuel efficient and comes with an optional automatic transmission as well. Also, the Creta’s engine is ample for its size.
[box type=”success” ]The Mahindra XUV500 is more powerful and offers 4WD while the Hyundai Creta offers more mileage and an automatic transmission option.[/box]
|Hyundai Creta||Mahindra XUV500|
|1.6 L Petrol||1.4 L Diesel||1.6 L Diesel||2.2 L Diesel|
|Base||INR 8.59 lacs||INR 9.46 lacs||–||W4||INR 11.29 lacs|
|S||INR 9.57 lacs||INR 10.42 lacs||–||W6||INR 12.57 lacs|
|S+||–||INR 11.45 lacs||–||W8||INR 14.31 lacs|
|SX||–||–||INR 11.59 lacs||W8 AWD||INR 15.12 lacs|
|SX+||INR 11.19 lacs||–||INR 12.67 lacs||W10||INR 15.19 lacs|
|SX(O)||–||–||INR 13.60 lacs||W10 AWD||INR 16.20 lacs|
|SX+ AT||–||–||INR 13.57 lacs|
all price ex-showroom, New Delhi
When we compare similarly specced variants of the Hyundai Creta and the Mahindra XUV500, the latter appears to be a slightly more value for money proposition as it offers a long list of features, and seven seats as well. The higher spec trims of the Hyundai Creta are a little overpriced, especially when seen in relative terms.
[box type=”success” ]The Mahindra XUV500 is a slightly more value for money proposition than the Hyundai Creta.[/box]
Even though the two SUVs belong to different segments, a buyer with a budget of around 11-15 lakhs is likely to take into consideration both these models, before making a decision. If space and off-road capability are not of paramount importance, then the Hyundai Creta with its premium design, high quality interiors, city friendly dimensions, fuel efficient engines, and a vast after=sales network makes a lot of sense. Plus, the optional automatic transmission adds to its appeal as a comfortable city crossover. The Mahindra XUV500, on the other hand, comes across as a slightly better value for money proposition, what with more steps and the larger real estate it covers. Even the entry level and mid level trims are relatively well specced and it offers more space and an extra row of seats.
[box type=”success” ]We feel the that in the INR 11-14 lakh range the Mahindra XUV500 turns out to be a slightly more value for money proposition than the Hyundai Creta. But if you’re looking for something within INR 11 lakhs then you can safely put your money on the Hyundai Creta.[/box]
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