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Hyundai Creta vs Hyundai i20 Active

The Hyundai Creta and i20 Active might appear to be very different products, but they do have their fair share of similarities. Both are based on the same platform i.e. the Elite i20‘s. Both are essentially crossovers which are more suited to the urban environment than off then the road. While the Hyundai Creta will compete with the Renault Duster and Ford EcoSport and the i20 Active competes with the Volkswagen Cross Polo, Fiat Avventura and Toyota Etios Cross, the two crossovers could end up competing with each other as well. In this Hyundai Creta vs Hyundai i20 Active comparison here we will try to analyze whether spending a lakh or two extra on the Creta over the i20 Active makes sense or not. Especially for buyers looking for a budget crossover.


[box type=”shadow” ]Also See – Hyundai Creta Pre-Launch Report[/box]


The Hyundai i20 Active is based on the current generation i20 hatchback and gets certain SUV-like elements such as the black cladding, faux skid plates, increased ground clearance, roof rails, etc. But that does not make it an SUV and it still remains more of a beefed up hatchback. It doesn’t have the road presence of an SUV either. The Hyundai Creta has been designed to look like an SUV from the ground up and has the upper hand in terms of SUV-like design and presence. It looks more aggressive and can tackle off-road conditions slightly better.

Much like the exteriors, the interiors of the Hyundai i20 Active have been lifted off the Elite i20 albeit with a different colour scheme. The Hyundai Creta’s dashboard appears slightly more premium and better designed. But then again, looks are a matter of personal taste and it ultimately comes down to the buyers preferences.

[box type=”shadow” ]Also See – Hyundai Creta [ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW][/box]

[box type=”success” ]Both cars from Hyundai are attractive packages, but the Creta looks more of an SUV than the i20 Active.[/box]


The Hyundai Creta and the Hyundai i20 Active are both feature packed crossovers, typical of Hyundai cars these days. Projector headlamp units, LED daytime running lights, reversing camera, alloys, automatic climate control etc. Perhaps the only additional feature on the Creta is the touchscreen infotainment system with GPS navigation which is not available on the i20 Active.

[box type=”shadow” ]Also See – Hyundai Creta First Drive Review[/box]

i20 Active centre console
No touchscreen for the i20 Active

[box type=”success” ]No major differences in terms of features except for the touchscreen infotainment system. But then that is available only on the top-spec trims of the Creta which cost significantly more.[/box]


1.6 L Petrol 1.6 L Diesel 1.4 L Diesel 1.2 L Petrol 1.4 L Diesel
Displacement 1,591 cc 1,582 cc 1,396 cc 1,197 cc 1,396 cc
Power 121 bhp 126 bhp 89 bhp 82 bhp 89 bhp
Torque 155 Nm 259 Nm 224 nm 115 Nm 220 Nm
Transmission 6-speed manual 6-speed manual/6-speed auto 6-speed manual 5-speed manual 6-speed manual
Mileage 15.29 kpl 19.67 kpl/17.01 kpl 21.38 kpl 17.19 kpl 21.19 kpl

The Hyundai Creta offers more engine and transmission options, but they come at a price. The ace up the Creta’s sleeve is the 6-speed automatic diesel. However, under general urban conditions the i20 Active’s engines offer sufficient punch and good fuel efficiency as well.

[box type=”shadow” ]Hyundai Creta vs Rivals! [Duster, EcoSport, Scorpio, S-Cross][/box]

Hyundai Creta gets a 6-speed auto with the 1.6 L diesel

[box type=”success” ]The Hyundai Creta offers more options, but they do come at a price. The i20 Active’s engine line-up is good enough for most conditions.[/box]


Hyundai Creta Hyundai i20 Active
  1.6 L Petrol 1.4 L Diesel 1.6 L Diesel 1.2 L Petrol 1.4 L Diesel
Base INR 8.59 lacs INR 9.46 lacs INR 6.39 lacs INR 7.63 lacs
S INR 9.57 lacs INR 10.42 lacs INR 7.10 lacs INR 8.35 lacs
S+ INR 11.45 lacs
SX INR 11.59 lacs INR 8.90 lacs
SX+ INR 11.19 lacs INR 12.67 lacs
SX(O) INR 13.60 lacs
SX+ AT INR 13.57 lacs

all prices ex-showroom, Delhi

As we mentioned earlier, the Hyundai Creta vs Hyundai i20 Active comparison has been carried out to see if it spending a couple of lakhs on the Creta over the i20 Active is justified or not. For the price of the top end version of the i20 Active, you will just about get the base petrol of the Creta. This is why the i20 makes a compelling case for itself. It gives crossover like benefits for the price of a hatchback. But then for the extra money the Creta offers more space, premium-ness and more of an SUV appeal.

i20 Active
i20 Active

[box type=”success” ]The Hyundai Creta is slightly on the expensive side. The Hyundai i20 Active is better value for money.[/box]


On paper, both crossovers are among the best in their respective segments. However, when compared with each other giving an outright verdict is not easy. The Hyundai i20 Active might be much cheaper than the Hyundai Creta, but then the latter offers a lot more in terms of appearance, space, interiors, engines, transmissions, etc.

[box type=”success” ]If you are looking for a crossover and budget is not an issue then the Creta is will undoubtedly be our pick. But if there are budget constraints then it makes more sense to go for the Hyundai i20 Active in the fully loaded diesel guise.[/box]

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