Shootout: Hyundai Creta vs Renault Captur
Shootout No. 178
Price OTR Mumbai: Rs. 10.98 – 18.10 lakhs (Hyundai Creta), Rs. 11.73 – 17.05 lakhs (Renault Captur)
The Creta is all about premium appeal and features while the Captur is focused on being more aesthetic and engaging to drive
SUVs are the current rage not only in Asia but the world over. Keeping in mind the Asian context, the compact SUV and sub-compact SUV segments are the most happening. Renault kickstarted the compact SUV segment in Asia through the launch of the Duster. The vehicle sold like hotcakes in its initial years and subsequently lost steam as new entrants came, one such is the Hyundai Creta. People didn’t mind spending extra for a product that offered more features and a more premium feeling and hence the Creta now sells in very good numbers. As an answer to the Hyundai Creta, Renault came up with the Captur which they are portraying as a premium SUV. The Creta recently got a facelift and that quite compels us to do this shootout and in the process, we tell you which one among the two should you be putting your money on.
Motor Quest: The Hyundai Creta has been on sale in Asia for the last three years. It has become so popular that many carmakers are either planning or have started working on a compact SUV to rival it. Meanwhile, the Renault Captur was launched just last year and this isn’t the same model that’s on sale in global markets. The Asia-spec model is based on the Duster’s platform while the one in global markets is based on the Clio.
Exteriors – In terms of design and styling, both the Hyundai Creta and the Renault Captur are equally good looking cars. Both look modern, sophisticated and premium and pack in quite a lot of equipment both outside as well as inside. The Hyundai Creta recently got a facelift and there’s no denying that it looks the freshest of the two. Having said that, the Creta is the more imposing one as it dons a proper compact SUV avatar. The vehicle gets Hyundai’s signature cascade effect grille, projector headlamps and the heavily sculpted bumper with the huge faux silver skid plate and fog lamps with LED DRLs.
The Creta looks pleasing and familiar while the Captur has a curvy bodystyle
The Renault Captur is a compact crossover rather than a traditional square SUV but is equally intimidating and aggressive-looking as the Creta. It gets a large grille finished in gloss black and flanked by full-LED headlamps with dynamic swipe indicators. The bumper houses the C-shaped LED DRLs and its intentions to look like an SUV are apparent with the faux skid plates, black cladding and the raised ground clearance. Both the vehicles sit on 17-inch diamond-cut alloy wheels. The Creta gets a shark fin antenna and regular tail-lights while the Captur gets a regular antenna and ripple-effect tail-lights. Both the cars are also available in dual-tone colour options while the Captur gets a host of customisation options as well.
Interiors – Both the Hyundai Creta and the Renault Captur get a dual-tone dashboard (black and beige in Creta and black and ivory in Captur) with a 3-spoke multi-function steering wheel and a touchscreen infotainment system. Having said that, the infotainment system on the Creta feels more intuitive to use and packs in a host of connectivity options like Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and MirrorLink, all of which are missing in the Captur’s unit. The instrument console in the Creta is a conventional two-pod unit with a MID in between but the Captur gets a smarter-looking cluster that houses a digital display for the speedometer and flanked by a tachometer on one side and fuel-level indicator on the other. Overall, in terms of fit and finish levels, the Creta has a better cabin.
The Creta is generously loaded but the Captur also has good features
Coming to the features on offer, both the vehicles in this comparison are generously loaded. Both offer climate control AC, navigation, electrically foldable and adjustable ORVMs, rear AC vent, cruise control, push-button start, automatic headlights and wipers, reverse parking camera with guidelines and leather upholstery. Additionally, the facelifted Creta also offers an electric sunroof, 6-way power adjustable driver’s seat, wireless phone charger and a Smart Key Band.
Both the Creta and the Captur’s front seats are supremely comfortable and offer good back support but the rear seat story is different. The Creta has a good amount of headroom, knee room and under-thigh support which the Captur’s rear seat doesn’t have. Yes, the Captur has lesser legroom, headroom and under-thigh support is not as good as the Creta’s. The Hyundai Creta gets a boot capacity of 400-litres while the Captur isn’t far behind at 392-litres. So, be it in terms of features, the quality of the materials used inside the cabin and the space on offer, the Creta wins hands down in this department.