Hyundai recently launched its much-awaited 7-seat SUV Alcazar which is essentially based on the highest-selling SUV in the country, the Hyundai Creta. Hyundai has increased the wheelbase and added an additional row of seating along with plenty of changes on the inside as well as on the outside to differentiate the two. So, the question arises, which one suits you better? There are pros and cons to both these aspects and we shall try to discuss these in this post so that you can make the best decision for yourself. So without any further ado, let us get into this.
Hyundai Alcazar vs Hyundai Creta – Exteriors and Dimensions
Hyundai Alcazar features Hyundai’s sensual design language and looks ultra-modern. The front fascia of the Alcazar is clearly inspired by the Creta but there are key differences between the two. It features the Trio-Beam LED Headlamps and DRLs along with the bold and broad front grille with a completely different and attractive pattern with a chrome finish. The usage of chrome on the face is rather generous. The characteristic sculpted creases on the sides are new and the 18-inch Diamond-Cut Alloy Wheels are of completely different design as well. The side step will ensure easy ingress and egress for the passengers and the roof rails will enhance the practicality aspect. There is an appearance of a ring structure on the B-Pillar and D-Pillar which looks really sporty and modern and gives an entirely new dimension to the SUV. Hyundai claims that this will improve the rigidity for better handling. The rear end features a split LED taillamp setup along with a thick chrome slab connecting the two tail lamps and Alcazar engraved on it. The bumper below hosts the sporty skid plate and there is also the shark fin antenna.
When it comes to the exterior styling, the Hyundai Creta is definitely bold with polarising appearance. This generation of the Creta has adopted some new methods to really go for the uniqueness in terms of looks. The front end looks modern and broad with large chrome Cascading grille, Split LED Trio Beam Headlights, Fog Lamps and Skid Plates on the bumper down below. When you move on to the sides, the 17-inch Diamond Cut Alloy Wheels and uniquely design C-Pillar extend a distinctive look to the Creta. Moving to the rear, you are greeted by the split LED Tail lamp unit along with Shark Fin Antenna, Aerodynamic Rear Spoiler, Skid Plates and Red Light Strip on the centre of the rear. All-in-all the Creta is definitely a bold car with a muscular stance which makes it look modern compared to the traditional SUVs.
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The Alcazar is, obviously longer than the Creta because of which it has a longer wheelbase and space for the third row of seating. The appearance of both these SUVs is almost similar apart from the sides and rear. In terms of practicality, the Alcazar has a clear edge but also comes with a cost.
Hyundai Alcazar vs Hyundai Creta – Interiors and Features
Hyundai Alcazar boasts of a long list of modern features and amenities. When it comes to the features and interiors, Hyundai has always ensured that they packed all the latest and a few segment-first features in almost all its products. It is no different here either. This includes features like Dual-Tone Cognac and Black Upholstery, a 10.25-inch Digital Infotainment System with all the modern connectivity like Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, Advanced Blue Link Connected Car Tech, a 7-inch Digital infotainment System for Driver’s information, Wireless Phone Charging for the Second Row as well, Driver Centric Console with Automatic Climate Control, Ventilated Front Seats, Blind-View Monitor, Steering Mounted Audio Controls with Voice Recognition, Voice-Enabled Panoramic Sunroof, 8-speaker BOSE Premium Sound System, Air Purifier, 2nd-row one-touch tip and tumble seats, Rear Window Sunshade, 64 Coloured Ambient Lighting, 8-way Power Adjustable Driver Seat, Puddle Lamps with Hyundai Logo Projection, Leather-wrapped D-Cut Steering Wheel and much more.
The Hyundai Creta has as long a feature list as it gets. Hyundai is already popular in India for making cars that are rich in features and Creta is no exception. When you enter the inside of the Creta, you are greeted by either of the two interior colour schemes; Sporty All black interiors with Orange inserts or Modern and sophisticated Black & Greige Interiors. The features list includes a 10.25-inch Digital Infotainment System with all the modern connectivity like Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, Advanced Blue Link Connected Car Tech, a 7-inch Digital infotainment System for Driver’s information, Wireless Phone Charging, Driver Centric Console with Automatic Climate Control, Ventilated Front Seats, Steering Mounted Audio Controls with Voice Recognition, Panoramic Sunroof, BOSE Premium Sound System, Rear Window Sunshade, Soothing Blue Ambient Lighting, Leather-wrapped D-Cut Steering Wheel and much more.
Hyundai Alcazar vs Hyundai Creta – Safety
Safety being a key component these days, Hyundai has equipped the Alcazar with all the modern safety kit including 6 Airbags, ABS with EBD, Vehicle Stability Management, ESC, ISOFIX Child Seat Mounts, Tyre Pressure Monitoring System, Front and Rear Parking Sensors with Camera, Surround View Monitor, Hill Assist Control, All-four Disc Brakes, Burglar Alarm, Emergency Stop Signal and much more.
In the case of Hyundai Creta, the safety features include 6 Airbags, ABS with EBD, Vehicle Stability Management, ESC, ISOFIX Child Seat Mounts, Tyre Pressure Monitoring System, Rear Parking Sensors with Camera, Hill Assist Control, All-four Disc Brakes, Burglar Alarm, Emergency Stop Signal and much more.
Hyundai Alcazar vs Hyundai Creta – Powertrains and Prices
The Hyundai Alcazar comes with two powertrain options. The petrol engine will be a BS6 compliant 2.0-litre unit making 159 PS and 191 Nm. The diesel engine will be the 1.5-litre BS 6 compliant unit making 115 PS and 250 Nm. Both these engines can be paired with either a 6-speed manual or a 6-speed torque converter unit. Also, Hyundai claims the segment-best fuel efficiency from the diesel powertrain. There will be different driving modes on offer for the steering mapping, including Eco, City and Sport. Also, there will various Traction Control Modes as well (Snow, Sand, Mud) along with Paddle Shifters. The prices of the petrol trims of the Hyundai Alcazar start at Rs 16.30 lakh for the 7-seater Manual Prestige Trim and go all the way up to Rs 19.85 lakh, ex-showroom for the 6-seater Signature Automatic Trim. The diesel model costs Rs 16.53 lakh for the 7-seater Prestige Manual Trim and Rs 19.99 lakh, ex-showroom for the 6-seater Automatic Signature Trim.
The Hyundai Creta, on the other hand, comes with a plethora of engine-gearbox combinations including a 1.5-litre naturally aspirated petrol making 115 PS and 144 Nm, a 1.5-litre diesel making 115 PS and 250 Nm and a 1.4-litre Turbo petrol with direct injection making 140 PS and 242 Nm. These engines can be had with either a 6-speed manual, 6-speed automatic, 7-speed DCT or a CVT transmission options. The Hyundai Creta costs between Rs 9.99 lakh and Rs 17.53 lakh, ex-showroom.
Hyundai Alcazar vs Hyundai Creta – Verdict
Although both these SUVs are essentially the same, there is a world of difference between the two in terms of usage and price. Those are the primary reasons that one would decide to go with either of the two. If you are considering the option of multiple engine-gearbox combinations, along with modern design and features and would love to save some money, you can opt for the Hyundai Creta. However, if you want a bit more practicality in terms of the number of passengers, roomier cabin, a bit more features along with a premium cabin feel and don’t mind paying a bit extra for that, then the Alcazar is the one for you.