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Should it be Venue over the Creta?

Get some answers ahead of Hyundai’s SUV launch on May 21

While most potential buyers know exactly where the upcoming Hyundai Venue fits into the overall scheme of things, many are still wondering if the Venue can do it all – does one really need to stretch their budget for a Creta? It’s a question that’ll be on the mind of every individual who has either of the two SUVs on their shopping list, so we’ve tried to answer all your questions.

Is the Hyundai Venue an alternative to the Creta?

In case you’re wondering, the Venue is not intended to be an alternative to the hot-selling Creta. It is Hyundai’s first-ever compact SUV, one that will enter what is possibly the hottest segment in the Indian passenger-vehicle market today, and will go up against established rivals such as the Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza, Ford EcoSport, Tata Nexon and the Mahindra XUV300.

How much of a size difference is there between the Venue and Creta?

Being a sub-four-metre SUV, the Venue is much smaller than the Creta, which is a proper midsize SUV. The Creta is a full 275mm longer than the Venue, a good 75mm taller and also has a 90mm longer wheelbase, which gives it an advantage over the Venue in terms of interior space. Ultimately, for someone who needs the extra space, the Creta will still be the SUV to pick.

How do the Hyundai Venue’s engine and gearbox options compare to the Creta’s?

When it comes to petrol engines, the Hyundai Creta has only one option on offer – a 1.6-litre, four-cylinder unit that produces 123hp and 151Nm of torque. Gearbox options for the Creta petrol include a 6-speed manual and a 6-speed automatic transmission.

On offer with the Venue are a 1.2-litre, four-cylinder petrol engine that makes 83hp and 115Nm of torque, and a brand-new, 1.0-litre, three-cylinder T-GDI turbo-petrol churning out 120hp and 172Nm of torque. While the 1.2-litre petrol can only be had as a 5-speed manual, buyers can pick either a 6-speed manual or a 7-speed dual-clutch gearbox for the 1.0-litre turbo-petrol.

What the Creta does get, is a bigger diesel engine. Yes, it does have a smaller 1.4-litre unit available too (making 90hp and 220Nm of torque), but the one that sees most takers is the 1.6-litre diesel that makes 126hp and 260Nm of torque. In comparison, the Venue diesel borrows the 1.4-litre diesel motor from the Creta in the same state of tune.

The Creta pulls out an advantage in its gearbox options – while a 6-speed manual is standard for diesel versions of both SUVs, the Creta also has the option of a 6-speed automatic gearbox available with the 1.6-litre diesel engine. No, there will be no auto ’box offered with the Venue diesel – at least at launch.

Should it be Venue over the Creta?

Does the Hyundai Venue have more features than the Creta?

The Venue packs in most of what its bigger sibling does in terms of features. The biggest differentiator for the Venue is its BlueLink infotainment system, which, with an e-SIM, offers 33 connectivity features, including giving owners the ability to track their vehicle, remotely switch the engine and air-conditioning on or off, and more.

Both SUVs get projector headlights with LED DRLs, alloy wheels, an electric sunroof, cruise control, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility, rear AC vents and six airbags. The Creta, in top-spec form, also packs in a six-way power-adjustable driver’s seat and ventilated front seats, which are feel-good features but add to the price. They are, hence, missing from the Venue. Feature-savvy buyers might just be drawn to a top-spec Venue over a mid-spec Creta.

How much lower will the Hyundai Venue’s price be than the Creta’s?

While we’ll only know for sure after its launch on May 21, it’s certain the Hyundai Venue’s price will undercut the Creta’s by a significant margin. Benefiting from tax sops for small cars, we expect the Venue’s prices to range from Rs 8-12 lakh – much lower than the Creta’s price range of Rs 10-15.65 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi).

That said, you will see an overlap in prices. For instance, a top-spec Venue could cost as much as a mid-spec Creta; and while it will likely have a lot more equipment, it will still be a significantly smaller SUV – on both the outside and inside.

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