CRETA OR HUYNDAI? WHICH ONE TO GO FOR

Easily one of the most highly anticipated launches of 2019, the Hyundai Venue has finally launched in India at an eye-catching (and introductory) starting price of Rs 6.50 lakh (ex-showroom, pan-India). With such aggressive pricing, it’s only natural that Hyundai is likely to lure potential buyers away from a number of cars, and it isn’t surprising to see some of those who were earlier considering buying a Hyundai Creta growing a bit curious about this new five-seat SUV. previously brought you the differences between the two in terms of dimensions, their engine options and features.

Now, it’s time to see how the Hyundai Venue compares to its elder sibling on fuel efficiency and price fronts. Starting things off is the Hyundai Venue with the new, 1.0-litre turbo-petrol engine mated to a 6-speed manual gearbox, which has an economy of 18.27kpl. Next up is the 1.0 turbo-petrol with the 7-speed dual-clutch automatic that has an ARAI-tested mileage figure of 18.15kpl. The Venue 1.2 petrol (available only with a 5-speed manual gearbox) delivers a notably lower 17.52kpl.

The turbo-petrol’s fuel efficiency figures are not only the best-in-class, but also much higher than that of the Hyundai Creta. The Creta’s 1.6-litre petrol engine – paired with a 6-speed manual gearbox – has an official economy figure of 15.29kpl, which is 2.2kpl lower than the Venue 1.2 petrol. The official fuel efficiency figure for the Venue 1.0 GDI (MT and DCT) is nearly 3kpl higher, an advantage the Venue enjoys thanks to its smaller size and relatively lower kerb weight. What makes the Venue stand out is the fact that its three-cylinder turbo-petrol engine nearly matches the Creta’s 1.6-litre unit on power, and at 172Nm, has a good deal more torque, which should make it a sprightly drive.

With the Venue, Hyundai truly saved the best for last. The aggressive pricing (albeit introductory) caught many by surprise, and it is when you place the Venue’s price sheet next to the Creta’s that you realise how cleverly Hyundai has positioned its first-ever sub-4-metre SUV. Not only does it sit bang in the middle of the crowded compact SUV segment, but also manages to steer largely clear of stepping on the toes of its bigger sibling. Yes, the Venue’s sparsely-equipped 1.2-litre petrol variants are present majorly to make for an attractive starting price, but even so, the higher variants of the Venue aren’t priced close to those of the Creta.

 

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