Compared to the exterior, the new Creta’s cabin looks a lot more sober and mature. The dash design is conventional and easy on the eye. You get a well-defined V-shaped centre console with the high-res 10.25-inch display taking centre stage. The instrumentation looks futuristic thanks to the large TFT screen that shows you loads of information including speed, trip and tyre pressures. This display is flanked by analogue dials for the tachometer and the fuel gauge, but they are extremely small and hard to read. When it comes to quality, the new Creta is a step up compared to the old car but you do find some cheap bits. For example, the speaker grille on top of the dash could have been better finished and even the plastics around the climate control and gear selector look a bit too plain. Then there is the fake stitching on the dashboard which you dont expect on a car at this price, but thankfully you won’t find it anywhere else in the cabin.
In terms of interior colour options, you get an all-black cabin if you choose the 1.4-litre turbo petrol variants, while on the diesel, you get a two-tone beige-and-black theme. The front seats on the Creta are large and accommodating and even the cushioning is spot-on. You get an 8-way powered driver seat which makes finding an ideal driving position easy. But a glaring omission is the fact that the steering adjusts only for height and not reach (no telescopic adjust) which is something that you expect on a car that costs almost Rs 20 lakh.
The rear seats too are comfortable with a good amount of shoulder room and knee room. Hyundai has also scooped out the back portion of the seat base which not only generates more headroom but also gives more underthigh support. What makes the rear seat experience even better is the massive panoramic sunroof which makes for an extremely airy cabin. You also get rear window sunblinds and an adjustable two-step backrest at the rear. The wide bench is good enough for three people too. Surprisingly, Hyundai hasn’t given an adjustable headrest for the centre passenger which the Seltos offers.
There are loads of storage spaces in the Creta’s cabin and they are thoughtfully designed too. The cupholders behind the gear lever are of two different sizes, which makes it great to hold either a big water bottle or a coffee cup snugly. Even the door pockets are big and the glovebox too is deep. The boot size is big enough but isnt class leading. You get 433 litres of space and the luggage bay is well shaped. You also get a 60:40 split folding rear seat for added convenience.
Technology and Features
In the top variants we have on test, the Creta comes loaded with features. You get LED headlamps, LED DRLs, and LED tail lamps. Even the lower variants of the Creta are offered with bi-functional halogen projector headlamps. For convenience, you get Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connectivity, electronic parking brake, cooled front seats, paddle shifters for the automatic variants, and an air purifier. You also get automatic headlamps but surprisingly auto wipers have been given a miss.
The 2020 Creta gets connected car tech. The Blue Link system allows owners to track their car, set up geo-fencing, and even remotely operate the engine. This feature is present even on the manual variant, albeit in the top-spec SX(O). The electronic parking brake, a feature present in the Creta, is required for remote engine start in the manual variant.