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Buy Or Hold: Wait For Nissan Kicks & Tata Harrier or Go For Hyundai Creta?

Modified On Dec 27, 2018 06:20 PM By Jagdev Kalsi for Tata Harrier

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The Harrier is expected to cost more than the Creta, but it will be bigger as well. The Kicks, on the other hand, will be at par with the Hyundai

Tata Motors and Nissan are set to launch their latest SUVs to take on the Hyundai Creta in January. While Tata’s Harrier will be priced a tad more than the Hyundai, the Kicks is expected to be in the same ballpark. We analyse the strengths and weaknesses of each of these products to answer one simple question: should you wait for these new SUVs or go ahead and buy the Creta in the new year.

Nissan Kicks

Nissan is yet to finalise a date for the price announcement of the Kicks, but we know it’s going to come in January 2019 and bookings for the new model have also begun. Like the Creta, the Kicks will also be a compact SUV and is likely to be positioned in the Rs 8 lakh to Rs 15 lakh price range.

Dimensions

Nissan Kicks

Hyundai Creta

Length (mm)

4384

4270

Width (mm)

1813

1780

Height (mm) (with roof rails)

1656

1665

Wheelbase (mm)

2673

2590

Ground Clearance (mm) (max)

210

190

Boot (litres)

400

402

Petrol

Nissan Kicks

Hyundai Creta

Engine

1.5-litre

1.6-litre

Power

106PS @ 5600rpm

123PS @ 6400rpm

Torque

142Nm @ 4000rpm

151Nm @ 4850rpm

Transmission

5MT

6MT/6AT

Diesel

Nissan Kicks

Hyundai Creta

Engine

1.5-litre

1.4-litre / 1.6-litre

Power

110PS @ 3850rpm

90PS @ 4000rpm / 128PS @ 4000rpm

Torque

240Nm @ 1750rpm

220Nm @ 1500-2750rpm / 260Nm @ 1500-3000rpm

Transmission

6MT

6MT / 6MT & 6AT

While it will be available with both petrol and diesel engine options, the Kicks will only be offered with a manual gearbox. So those looking for a compact SUV with the convenience of an automatic gearbox still have no choice but to buy the Creta.

However, the Kicks will be a stylish offering, one that might attract young buyers. It will get dual exterior colour options and the colours are going to be bright and cheery. It’ll also pack features that offer convenience and modernity, including a 360-degree parking camera, LED headlamps, power adjustable and foldable ORVMs, and height adjustable driver seat. The cabin also features soft-touch materials and leatherette, and the sound insulation is another positive that goes in favour of this compact SUV. But if a sunroof is what you’re searching for on the Kicks’ brochure, you won’t find it.

Related: Read the Nissan Kicks review here.

Tata Harrier

The Harrier is not going to be a direct Creta rival but will be positioned slightly over it. So if you’re planning to spend around Rs 16-17 lakh on a Creta (a manual one, that is) and you’re buying it without stretching your budget, you could also consider the Harrier as an option. It’s likely to be priced upwards of Rs 13 lakh ex-showroom, and could go all the way to the Rs 18 lakh mark.

But like the Kicks, the Harrier will be available with a manual transmission only. There’s not going to be a choice of engines as well since it will only be offered with a 2.0-litre diesel unit. Looking for a petrol SUV, or one with an automatic transmission? You’d be better off if you head to a Hyundai showroom.

Tata Motors is set to reveal the Harrier’s prices on January 23 and we can expect deliveries to start around the same time. The bookings are open and Tata Motors is also showcasing the Harrier in select cities throughout the nation.

The one major reason for buying the Harrier is its road presence. Although it looks are somewhat polarising, there’s no doubt that it’s massive. As far as its size is concerned, it’s comparable to cars like the Honda CR-V and in that sense, it offers more than what you pay for. Not that you don’t have big SUVs under the Rs 20 lakh mark; you have the XUV500, the Tata Hexa and the Scorpio, but the Harrier will be a more urban or premium offering aimed at buyers who like their ride to get noticed.

Related: Read Tata Harrier review here.

Dimensions

Tata Harrier

Hyundai Creta

Length (mm)

4598mm

4270

Width (mm)

1894mm

1780

Height (mm) (with roof rails)

1706mm

1665

Wheelbase (mm)

2741mm

2590

Tyres

235/65R17

205/65 R16, 215/60 R17

Ground Clearance (mm) (max)

205mm

190

Boot (litres)

425

402

 

Tata Harrier

Hyundai Creta

Diesel Engine

2.0-litre

1.4-litre / 1.6-litre

Power

140PS

90PS / 128PS

Torque

350Nm

220Nm / 260Nm

Transmission

6MT

6MT / 6MT & 6AT

So should you go ahead and buy the Creta or wait for these two?

Wait for the Kicks if style matters to you more than anything. The Kicks appears to be relatively more fashionable and its cabin has a sense of occasion to it. It even makes you feel like you’re sitting inside a more premium vehicle.

Wait for the Harrier if you can stretch your budget over the Creta and, more importantly, want to own a large SUV within a strict budget.

Go ahead and buy the Creta if you’re looking for a petrol SUV, or one that is equipped with an automatic transmission, or one that gets a sunroof. Neither of the two upcoming SUVs get these options.

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sooraj r s nair
Dec 30, 2018 3:01:43 PM

looking for compact suv petrol model worth 8-10 lakhs, both city and highway . which would you will prefer? should i wait for Nissan kicks or XUV 300. Ford ecosport also in my option...

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cardekho
Dec 31, 2018 5:33:52 AM

It would be too early to give any verdict as both Kicks and XUV 300 has not been launched yet. Though, we suggest you to wait for some time for its launch, so that we can help you with the detailed comparsion among the offerings shared by both the options. Therefore, once the cars are launcehd than the experts reviews and ratings will also be available that would help you in making the fruitfull decision for the purchase.

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    gagan badwal
    Dec 27, 2018 4:31:13 PM

    creta ?? really ? never buy that old #$#$% wait for harrier , , i already have nissan and trust me i know the pain , car is in workshop since 7 months waiting for spairs .

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      deepu thukral
      Dec 27, 2018 12:50:12 PM

      Nice car.9210635752wtsp pls

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      cardekho
      Dec 28, 2018 6:11:41 AM

      Thank you for sharing the contact details, we will try to arrange a call back from our experts or feel free to call us on 1800-200-3000(Mon - Sat, 9:30 AM - 6 PM). We will be glad to help! Looking forward to an opportunity to interact with you.

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