Tata Nexon vs Hyundai Creta: COMPARISON

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The Nexon is Tata‘s entry in the compact SUV segment. In this space, it competes against the likes of Vitara Brezza from Maruti Suzuki and EcoSport from Ford. Those are its direct competitors for now. However, it has got a number of indirect competitors. One of them is the Creta from Hyundai. Today, we have brought you our Tata Nexon vs Hyundai Creta comparison.

Tata Nexon vs Hyundai Creta

How are Tata Nexon and Hyundai Creta competitors, you may ask? There is a very slight overlap in the pricing of the two cars. True, both of these sit in different segments but should a small SUV buyer get himself a Nexon over the Creta and save some dough in the process? Let’s get to comparing the two models in this Tata Nexon vs Hyundai Creta comparison to see how the two cars stack up against each other.

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Tata Nexon vs Hyundai Creta – Price Comparison

Tata Nexon Price Rs 5.85 lakh – 9.45 lakh
Hyundai Creta Price Rs 8.92 lakh – 14.00 lakh

(all prices are ex-showroom)

The Nexon has a huge price advantage over all its immediate rivals. No surprise then, that, it ends up having a much bigger price advantage over the Creta. You can now see the reason behind this comparison. The Nexon has a starting price of Rs 5.85 lakh, while the most expensive model costs Rs 9.45 lakh. The Creta’s price starts from Rs 8.92 lakh, a point where it intersects the price range of the Nexon.

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Tata Nexon vs Hyundai Creta – Specifications Comparison

Diesel

Specifications Tata Nexon Hyundai Creta
Engine 1.5-litre RevoTorq turbo diesel 1.4-litre CRDi turbo diesel/1.6-litre CRDi VGT turbo diesel
Power 108BHP 89BHP/126BHP
Torque 260Nm 220Nm/260Nm
Transmission 6-speed MT 6-speed MT/6-speed MT or 6-speed AT

The Nexom comes with an all-new 1.5-litre turbo Diesel engine. This engine produces 108 BHP power and 260 Nm torque. It comes mated to a 6-speed manual gearbox. An AMT gearbox might be offered at a later date.

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The Creta comes with a choice of two diesel engines. The first one is a 1.4-litre turbocharged CRDi unit that makes 89BHP power and 220Nm torque. It comes mated to a 6-speed gearbox only. The other engine on offer is a 1.6-litre turbocharged CRDi VGT unit that makes 126BHP power and 260Nm torque. You can have this engine paired with either a 6-speed manual gearbox or a 6-speed automatic transmission unit.

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The price of Creta with diesel engine starts from Rs 9.79 lakh. This price tag is close to that of Tata Nexon’s top variant. So, the choice you have is either to opt for a 1.4-litre diesel engine with a 6-speed manual gearbox or go for a 1.5-litre diesel engine with either a 6-speed manual. We think the choice is clear here.

Petrol

Specifications Tata Nexon Hyundai Creta
Engine 1.2-litre RevoTron turbo petrol 1.6-litre Dual VTVT petrol
Power 108BHP 121BHP
Torque 170Nm 151Nm
Transmission 6-speed MT 6-speed MT or 6-speed AT

The Nexon comes with a 1.2-litre turbocharged RevoTron engine that makes 108 BHP of maximum power and 170Nm of peak torque. It comes mated to a 6-speed manual transmission. The Creta comes with a 1.6-litre Dual VTVT engine that makes 121BHP power and 151Nm torque. It can be had with either a 6-speed manual gearbox or a 6-speed automatic transmission unit.

Now, for the price of the top-spec petrol Nexon, you can opt for bottom two variants of the petrol Creta. You can probably have all the features that Nexon offers without settling for a not-so-feature-laden Creta. The choice is yours.

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Tata Nexon vs Hyundai Creta – Mileage Comparison

Car Mileage (petrol) Mileage (diesel)
Tata Nexon 17 KMPL (ARAI) 21.5 KMPL (ARAI)
Hyundai Creta 15.29 KMPL (ARAI) 21.38 KMPL/ 19.67 KMPL (ARAI)

The Nexon offers better fuel economy in both cases. Let’s talk about the petrol engine first. In this case, the Nexon benefits from using a small 1.2-litre turbo petrol RevoTron engine. Not just that, it also comes equipped with different drive modes, which help it in delivering the maximum fuel economy of 17 KMPL (as per ARAI). Since the Creta has a 1.6-litre Dual VTVT petrol engine, its mileage suffers in comparison to Nexon.

In the case of the diesel engine, the Nexon does not have it easy. However, its 1.5-litre turbocharged RevoTorq diesel engine along with driving modes, delivers a respectable mileage of 21.5 KMPL (as per ARAI). The Creta’s 1.4-litre turbocharged CRDi diesel engine is outgunned in this department slightly. It is the more powerful 1.6-litre turbocharged CRDi VGT diesel motor that is no match for Nexon’s engine in this mileage comparison, be it paired to a manual gearbox or an automatic transmission.

If mileage is your primary concern, the Nexon is the safer bet of the two for you.

Tata Nexon vs Hyundai Creta – Dimensions

Dimensions Tata Nexon Hyundai Creta
Length (mm) 3,995 4,270
Width(mm) 1,811 1,780
Height (mm) 1,607 1,630
Wheelbase (mm) 2,498 2,590
Ground Clearance (mm) 209 201

The Nexon is a sub-4m compact SUV. Hence, it does not have an edge over the Creta in this respect is what many would have you believe. However, the reality is different. True, the Nexon, at 3,995mm is 275mm shorter than Creta, which is 4,270mm long. As a result, the Creta, at 2,590mm, has 92mm longer wheelbase than Nexon’s 2,498mm.

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In terms of width though, the Nexon has the Creta beat. The Nexon, at 1,811mm is 31mm wider than Creta, which is 1,780mm wide. What this means is that while the Creta is more suited to longitudinally-gifted folks, the Nexon is more suitable for generously-proportioned folks. The Nexon is 1,607mm high, which is 27mm less than Creta’s 1,630mm. This means that Creta offers more headroom but with more mass centralisation, the Nexon should prove to be the more spirited ride of the two.

In terms of ground clearance both cars have near identical ground clearance. However, with new ground clearance rules coming into effect, expect the numbers of both cars to see a downward revision in this respect.

Tata Nexon vs Hyundai Creta – Features

Tata Nexon Hyundai Creta
Dual front airbags Up to 6 airbags
Projector headlamps Projector headlamps with cornering function
Automatic Climate Control A/c Cluster ionizer with automatic climate control A/c
Floating touchscreen infotainment system Touchscreen infotainment system
8-speaker audio system 6-speaker audio system
AMT transmission option Automatic transmission option

In terms of features, both cars pretty well-equipped. However, there is still one caveat here – price. The Nexon’s price is such that for the price of a not-so-loaded Creta, you can have the top-spec Nexon Diesel. However, the Creta is not a direct rival of the Nexon. Hence, while its price may not do it any favours in this comparison, the Creta is equipped quite nicely in comparison to its direct rivals.

In essence, comparing the two cars’ features gives you a fair idea of how far the compact SUVs have come in terms of equipment. Consider this – the Nexon has a floating touchscreen infotainment unit, an 8-speaker audio system, AMT gearbox option and driving modes onboard. The Creta, while it sits in a segment above the Nexon, has none of these features. So, the Nexon has the Creta’s measure in terms of features too. It has to win this category as it is the newer car of the two and hence, will have more features onboard.

Tata Nexon vs Hyundai Creta – Exterior Design Comparison

Tata Nexon

The Nexon sports a refreshing design. There are no hints of making this car look like an SUV. Yes, its stance is that of a jacked-up car. However, with no square wheel arches or the like, this car does not pretend to be an SUV. With bulging wheel arches though, you will not think of this as just another car. This is why the Nexon’s design feels so nice. It feels cohesive and it does not indulge in any false pretenses. The styling elements just add to the design and enhance the car’s appeal.

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The front of the car has a wide grille with chrome strips along its top and bottom edges. The grille ends neatly on either end in the car’s headlamps. The fog lamp housings appear minimalistic and rounded off. On the side, there is one character line running from the front door to all the way back of the car. At the back, there is a chrome strip running across the width of the car and it partially surrounds the taillamps. The dual-tone treatment given to the body make it look trendy, helping it stand out in a nice way.

Hyundai Creta

The Creta has been among us for some time now. However, it still looks as handsome as it used to when it came to India. Attribute Hyundai’s Fluidic Sculpture 2.0 design language for making this car look as good as it does. It makes the car look taut and athletic, while making it look flamboyant and upmarket too. A tough job to pull off, but Hyundai did it. Kudos to the South Korean brand for such an achievement.

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In terms of styling, the car gets swept-back headlamps (projectors with LED DRLs). The three-slat grille makes this car look handsome. There are trapezoidal fog lamps that you will definitely not miss. There is a character line on the side that is quite prominent from its point of origin on the front fender. It keeps getting thinner as it runs across the length of the car, ending ultimately in the taillamps. At the back, the wrap-around taillamps are narrow and give the rear a sense of minimalism. There is chrome applique on the registration plate housing. Rounding off the elements present on the rear of the Creta is a faux skid plate.

Tata Nexon vs Hyundai Creta – Interior Design Comparison

Tata Nexon

The Nexon’s exterior design theme carries over to the inside too. The Tata Nexon sports a dual-tone black-beige interior colour scheme. This dual tone colour scheme has been given to the dashboard and doors trims. Let’s talk about the dashboard of the car, which looks premium and gives this car’s interior a sense of spaciousness. The dashboard sports a brushed aluminium insert that runs across the width of the dashboard. The steering wheel also has brushed aluminium insert too.

Tata Nexon Dashboard Touchscreen

Let’s talk about this interior’s most interesting bit, the centre console. It has a floating touchscreen infotainment unit sitting prominently on the dashboard. It is a 6.5-inch unit and looks great. Below it are two A/c vents for front passengers. Below these are HVAC controls. There are few more switches below to control various car functions. Ahead of these switches sits the gear shifter and a rotary knob to hep switch between Sport, Eco and City driving modes of the car. Ahead of all this sits the sliding tambour door to help you access some storage. All in all, the Nexon’s interior is done cleverly and neatly. Impressive.

Hyundai Creta

The Creta’s interior is quite a nice place to be in. The dual-tone black-beige colour scheme The door trims get the same colour treatment as do the seats. The three-spoke steering wheel has a brushed aluminium insert. The trapeziodal A/C vents have brushbed aluminium inserts too. This interior colour scheme lends the Creta’s interior a sense of spaciousness while giving it a touch of luxury. The centre console is dominated by a touchscreen infotaintment unit measuring 7.0 inches.

hyundai-creta-review-dashboard

Below the infotainment unit sit the HVAC controls, below which sit a few ports to connect your smartphone and other accessories to the car. The Creta’s interior exudes class while looking a bit flamboyant too. This sits well with its exterior design and helps the car look and feel well-rounded on the inside too, just like the outside.

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Tata Nexon vs Hyundai Creta – Conclusion

Price – Both cars sit in different price brackets. After all, the Nexon is a sub-4m SUV while the Creta is longer than 4 metres. Hence, Nexon naturally has the clear edge here.

Specifications – The Creta offers more engine options than Nexon but the Tata car offers similar specs for a lower price. Also, it comes equipped with driving modes to alter the throttle response as per requirement. Buyers will likely gravitate more towards the Nexon than Creta.

Mileage – The Nexon’s smaller-than-Creta’s engines should help it deliver good fuel economy. The driving modes should aid the engines in delivering great mileage too. Thye Creta’s big engines cannot hope to match the Nexon in this respect.

Dimensions – The Creta is longer and taller than the Nexon but is narrower than the Tata car. So, if you have tall passengers to seat in a car, the Creta wins. If it is generously-proportioned guys who will be sitting in your car, it better be the Nexon.

Features – Nexon is the clear winner here as it is the newer car and hence, has more standout features to offer than Creta.

Design – Both cars feature great design inside and out. The Nexon’s design feels cohesive and well-finished. The Creta’s design feels taut and flamboyant. Inside, both cars feel amply luxurious with dual-tone colour scheme on offer. In this Tata Nexon vs Hyundai Creta comparison, both are winners in their own right.

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14 COMMENTS

  1. as explained theoretically, NEXON is a clear cut winner, however need to be watched for REAL performance, comfort and economy in due course of time.

    Best regards,
    PARVEEZ AHMED

  2. tata is clearly making headlines with this…with its aggressive pricing nexon is thumbs up…except a little bit height

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