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Clash Of Segments: Toyota Yaris vs Hyundai Creta- Which Car To Buy?

Modified On Jun 29, 2018 10:30 AM By Saransh for Hyundai Creta

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The Yaris is a midsize sedan, while the Creta is a compact SUV. But which of the two would suit you better? Let’s find out

Yaris vs Creta

Priced from Rs 9.43 lakh to Rs 15.03 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi), the Creta not only competes with the likes of the Renault Captur and the Maruti S-Cross, but it also takes on some midsize sedans that fall in a similar price bracket. One such sedan is the Toyota Yaris, which is priced in the range of Rs 8.75 lakh to Rs 14.07 lakh. Let’s see how these two similarly priced cars fare against each other on paper.

Before going into details, here are the basic differences:

Toyota Yaris

Hyundai Creta

A midsize sedan: With the launch of the Yaris, Toyota entered the midsize sedan space in India in 2018. The Yaris’ cabin is focussed on pampering occupants with comfort and features. But the Yaris will comfortably seat 4 people only, thanks to the odd placement of the front armrest that eats into legroom of the middle rear passenger. Talking numbers, while the Creta has a maximum rear kneeroom of 920mm, the Yaris has 815mm of it. The Yaris has a rated boot space of 476 litres, which can be expanded to accommodate more luggage. 

A Compact SUV: The Creta is a 5-seater SUV, which recently received a midlife facelift in India. Like the Yaris, Creta’s cabin also gets an array of feel-good features but it can also comfortably seat 4 and 5 will be a squeeze, thanks to the limited shoulder room at the rear. At 1275mm, the Yaris beats the Creta (1250mm) in rear shoulder room. The Creta has a rated boot capacity of 400 litres. It can be expanded by folding the rear seats. The SX AT variant gets 60:40 split additionally, which adds to the versatility.

Safety is priority: The Yaris is the most well equipped car in its class, especially if you consider its lower variants. It offers various segment-first features like seven airbags, which are standard across the range, electrically adjustable driver seat, front parking sensors and roof-mounted AC vents.

High on creature comforts: With the update, the Creta has received a bunch of new features. Out of which, the highlight has to be the electric sunroof, which is a first in the segment. However, it is available only in two variants: the top-spec SX(O) and the SX AT.

Competition: Honda City, Hyundai Verna, Maruti Ciaz, Volkswagen Vento and Skoda Rapid

Competition: Maruti S-Cross, Renault Captur and Renault Duster

Yairs Vs Creta Engine: While the Creta is powered by a 1.6-litre petrol engine, the Yaris gets a smaller 1.5-litre motor. The Yaris’ engine is not only smaller, but is also the lesser powerful of the two, on paper. As far as the transmission is concerned, both the cars are available with a 6-speed MT and an automatic transmission, albeit of different types. While the Creta gets a 6-speed torque converter unit, the Yaris is offered with a 7-speed CVT with paddle shifters.

Variants and Features:

Hyundai Creta E vs Toyota Yaris J

Both the cars are available with petrol MT variants under the Rs 10 lakh bracket, however, the price difference between them is significant. While the Yaris’ J variant is priced at Rs 8.75 lakh, the Creta E is priced at Rs 9.43 lakh.

Hyundai Creta E

Rs 9.43 lakh

Toyota Yaris J

Rs 8.75 lakh

Difference

Rs 68,000 (Creta is more expensive)

Common features: Dual front airbags, ABS with EBD, manual AC, tilt-adjustable steering, all four power windows, height adjustable driver’s seat and keyless entry.

Hyundai Creta

Additional features on the Creta over the Yaris: Rear AC vents.

Toyota Yaris

Additional features on the Yaris over the Creta: Side, curtain and driver knee airbag, projector headlamps, electrically adjustable ORVMs, basic music system and 60:40 split rear seats.

Verdict: If you are on a tight budget, we will recommend you to go for the Yaris. It's not only more affordable but also offers a lot of substantial features, which are not available in the Creta E.

Hyundai Creta E+ vs Toyota Yaris G

Hyundai Creta E+

Rs 9.99 lakh

Toyota Yaris G

Rs 10.56 lakh

Difference

Rs 57,000 (Yaris is more expensive)

Common Features (over previous variant): LED turn indicators on ORVMs, electrically adjustable ORVMs, rear AC vents, touchscreen music system and steering-mounted controls.

Additional features on the Creta over the Yaris: None.

Toyota Yaris

Additional features on the Yaris over the Creta: Side, curtain and driver knee airbag, rear parking sensors, projector headlamps, front and rear fog lamps, electrically foldable ORVMs, automatic climate control, push button start and 60:40 split rear seats.

Verdict: The Yaris is certainly the better equipped one among the two and the price premium it attracts over the Creta is well justified. So, if your are planning to buy the Creta E+, you can considering extending your budget and go for the Yaris G as it will make for a more premium purchase.

Hyundai Creta SX vs Toyota Yaris V

Hyundai Creta SX

Rs 11.94 lakh

Toyota Yaris V

Rs 11.70 lakh

Difference

Rs 24,000 (Creta is more expensive)

Common Features (over the previous variants): Rear parking sensors with reverse camera, front fog lamps, alloy wheels, electrically foldable ORVMs, projector headlamps, front fog lamps, push button start, automatic climate control and cruise control.

Hyundai Creta

Additional features on the Creta over the Yaris: LED DRLs, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and MirrorLink support and Arkamys Sound-tuned music system.

Toyota Yaris

Additional features on the Yaris over the Creta: Side, curtain and driver knee airbag, rear disc brakes, front parking sensors, rear fog lamps, automatic headlamps, rain-sensing wipers and 60:40 split rear seats.

Verdict: The Yaris, while being more affordable, packs more safety and convenience features than the Creta. So for those who’re not particular about body style, the Yaris would again make more sense.

However, that doesn’t mean that the Creta is not a value for money pick. As a package, it includes most of the features you expect from an SUV of its size. So, for those, who want to opt for a vehicle with a higher seating position, the Creta is worth considering.

Hyundai Creta SX AT vs Toyota Yaris V CVT

While the Creta is available with an automatic transmission in the SX variant only, the Yaris gets the option of a CVT right from the base-spec J variant.

Hyundai Creta SX AT

Rs 13.43 lakh

Toyota Yaris V CVT

Rs 12.90  lakh

Difference

Rs 53,000 (Creta is more expensive)

Common Features: Rear parking sensors with reverse camera, front fog lamps, alloy wheels, electrically foldable ORVMs, projector headlamps, push button start, automatic climate control and cruise control.

Hyundai Creta

Additional features on the Creta over the Yaris: ISOFIX child seat anchors, electric sunroof, LED DRLs, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and MirrorLink support and Arkamys Sound-tuned sound system.

Toyota Yaris

Additional features on the Yaris over the Creta: Side, curtain and driver knee airbag, rear disc brakes, front parking sensors, rear fog lamps, automatic headlamps and rain-sensing wipers.

Verdict: The Creta could be the more appealing car here for some as it gets a sunroof and an audio system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity. And most people won’t even mind trading off features like automatic headlamps and rain-sensing wipers for these.

But again, the Yaris can’t be totally written off here for the additional safety it has to offer. So if you’re someone who’s looking for a car for the family, often hit the highways and, more importantly, are not particular about the body style, the Yaris can be your pick. If the Creta, with its sunroof and other additional features, has caught your fancy, go ahead, it’s still good value for money.

Hyundai Creta SX Dual Tone vs Toyota Yaris VX

Hyundai Creta Dual Tone

Hyundai Creta SX dual tone

Rs 12.44 lakh

Toyota Yaris VX

Rs 12.85 lakh

Difference

Rs 41,000 (Yaris is more expensive)

Common Features: Rear parking sensors with reverse camera, front fog lamps, alloy wheels, electrically foldable ORVMs, projector headlamps, front fog lamps, push button start, automatic climate control and cruise control.

Additional features on the Creta over the Yaris: Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and MirrorLink support and Arkamys Sound-tuned sound system.

Additional features on the Yaris over the Creta: Side, curtain and driver knee airbag, rear disc brakes, front parking sensors, hill start assist, vehicle stability control, tyre pressure monitoring, infotainment system with gesture control, 8-way electrically adjustable driver seat, rear fog lamps, automatic headlamps, rain-sensing wipers and 60:40 split rear seats.

Verdict: For a premium of Rs 41,000, the Yaris offers a lot of features over the Creta. However, if we look at the value for money quotient, the second-to-top variants of both the cars are a sensible pick. But if you wish to choose one among the Yaris VX and Creta SX dual tone, we suggest you go for the top-spec Yaris VX.

Hyundai Creta SX(O) vs Toyota Yaris VX

Hyundai Creta SX(O)

Rs 13.59 lakh

Toyota Yaris VX

Rs 12.85 lakh

Difference

Rs 74,000 (Creta is more expensive)

Common Features (over the previous variants): side and curtain airbags, electronic stability control, hill launch assist and electrically adjustable driver’s seat.

Hyundai Creta

Additional features on the Creta over the Yaris: Vehicle stability management control, smart key band, electric sunroof, wireless mobile charger, Apple Carplay, Android Auto and MirrorLink support and Arkamys sound tuned sound system.

Additional features on the Yaris over the Creta: Driver knee airbag, front parking sensors, tyre pressure monitoring, infotainment system with gesture control, rear fog lamps, automatic headlamps, rain-sensing wipers and 60:40 split rear seats.

Verdict: The Yaris is the more sensible pick here as it is not only more affordable than the Creta, but it also offers more safety and utilitarian features. However, if you are looking for a car with sunroof, the Creta SX (O) is the only one (with a manual transmission) here to offer that. The premium of Rs 74,000 that the Creta SX(O) commands over the Yaris VX could be on the higher side for most buyers though.

Toyota Yaris

Why Buy the Yaris:

  • Safety: The Yaris is one of the most well equipped cars in its class as far as safety features are concerned. It gets seven airbags and ABS with EBD as standard. The top-of-the-line variants are equipped with features such as front and rear parking sensors, vehicle stability control, hill launch assist and tyre pressure monitoring system.
  • Boot Space: At 476 litres, the Yaris has a larger boot in this comparison.
  • Automatic variants: The Yaris is the only car in its segment to offer an option of automatic transmission right from the base variant. This makes it one of the most affordable midsize automatic petrol sedans in the country.
  • NVH and ride quality: Thanks to the acoustic and vibration control glass and thick sidewall tyres, the Yaris has one of the best NVH levels and ride quality compared to cars priced under Rs 20 lakh.

Also Read: Toyota Yaris: 6 Things That Could Have Been Better

Hyundai Creta

Why Buy Creta:

  • More Space: The Creta’s cabin feels airier thanks to more headroom and it’s also overall larger than the Yaris. That should make it the better car to seat five people.
  • Electric sunroof: If you hold electric sunroofs in high regard, the Creta is the only car here to offer that.
  • Powerful engine: The Creta’s 1.6-litre petrol engine is the more powerful one in the comparison. In fact, it is also the most powerful in its class.

Also Read: Clash Of Segments: Ford EcoSport Vs 2018 Hyundai Creta – Which SUV To Buy?

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Hyundai Creta

Rs.9.44 - 15.04 Lakh* Get On Road Price
Petrol15.8 kmpl
Diesel22.1 kmpl
TransmissionManual/Automatic
*Ex-showroom Price in New Delhi
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