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Clash Of The Segments: Tata Nexon Vs Hyundai Creta- Which One To Buy?

Modified On Feb 28, 2018 01:23 PM By Dhruv for Tata Nexon

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Should you buy the bigger but more expensive Creta over the feature-rich Nexon? We answer.

We would like to clear upfront that the Tata Nexon and Hyundai Creta are not natural rivals. The top-end diesel Nexon ends at Rs 9.62 lakh while the base petrol Creta starts at Rs 9.29 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi). There are differences in size, features and even the drivetrain, hence the two can’t be directly pitted against each other.

But in case you are considering buying the Nexon, does it make sense to stretch your budget and opt for the Creta instead or does the Tata offer better value? Let’s first compare their technical specifications and then move on to features.

Technical specifications

Dimensions

Tata Nexon

Hyundai Creta

L x W x H (all in mm)

3994 x 1811 x 1607

4270 x 1780 x 1630

Wheelbase (mm)

2498

2590

Ground clearance (mm)

209

190

Boot space (litres)

350

400

 

Nexon 1.2 L  Petrol

Creta 1.6 L Petrol

Nexon 1.5 L Diesel

Creta 1.4 L Diesel

Displacement

1198cc

1591cc

1497cc

1396cc

Max. power

110PS

123PS

110PS

90PS

Max. torque

170Nm

154Nm

260Nm

224Nm

Transmission

6MT

6MT

6MT

6MT

Claimed FE

17kmpl

15.3kmpl

21.5kmpl

21.4kmpl

Hyundai Creta

Prices:

Prices of the Hyundai Creta start from Rs 9.29 lakh (petrol) and 9.99 lakh (diesel). However, the base E variant of the Creta feels significantly under-equipped compared to the Nexon XZ+, which costs Rs 8.57 lakh (petrol) and Rs 9.42 lakh (diesel), so we would not recommend that. In order to level the playing field, we have picked Creta petrol’s E+ variant and Creta diesel’s S variant. Also Read: Hyundai Creta Variants Explained

Tata Nexon

Prices

Hyundai Creta

Prices

XZ+ Petrol

Rs 8.57 lakh

1.6L MT Petrol E

Rs 9.29 lakh

XZ+ Petrol Dual tone

Rs 8.77 lakh

1.6L MT Petrol E+

Rs 9.99 lakh

Tata Nexon

Prices

Hyundai Creta

Prices

XZ+ Diesel

Rs 9.42 lakh

1.4L CRDi MT Diesel E

Rs 9.99 lakh

XZ+ Diesel Dual tone

Rs 9.62 lakh

1.4L CRDi MT Diesel S

Rs 11.38 lakh

Prime Differences

Basis

Tata Nexon

Hyundai Creta

Rivals

The prime contestants against the Tata Nexon are the other sub-4 meter SUVs such as the Maruti Vitara Brezza, Ford EcoSport and Honda WR-V.

Hyundai Creta with its bigger frame rivals against the Renault Captur, Renault Duster and its top variants slog it out with the Jeep Compass as well.

Kerb Weight

1237kg(petrol) to 1305kg(diesel)

1265kg (1.6L petrol), 1326 kg (1.4L diesel)

Driveability

The Nexon is softly sprung giving it a comfortable ride; body roll around the corners is not much making it a decent handler on the highways and corners.

Creta makes for a great city commuter with its light steering and delivers sprightly performance on the highways as well. The smaller 1.4-litre diesel on offer here, however, is a bit tame.

Driving Modes

3 driving modes- Eco-City-Sports to suit your driving style

No driving modes

Now let’s get down to the features that each of the variants have on offer.

Tata Nexon: First Drive Review

Hyundai Creta - First Drive Review

Features

 

Tata Nexon XZ+

Hyundai Creta S

Hyundai Creta E+

Lights

Projector headlamps with  DRLs upfront and LED taillights

Follow-me Home Halogen Headlamps

Follow-me Home Halogen Headlamps

Wheels

16-inch machine cut alloy wheels with 215-section tyres

16-inch steel wheels wrapped in 205-section tyres

16-inch steel wheels wrapped in 205-section tyres

Infotainment System

6.5-inch floating dash infotainment system from Harman with 8-speakers, Android Auto, voice command and read out with video playback

5-inch touchscreen with USB, AUX, Bluetooth, CD Player 1GB internal memory linked to 4-speakers with two front tweeters

5-inch touchscreen with USB, AUX, Bluetooth, CD Player 1GB internal memory linked to 4-speakers with two front tweeters

ORVM

Power folding mirrors with integrated indicator

ORVMs with integrated indicator

ORVMs with integrated indicator

HVAC Unit

Auto climate control with rear AC vents

Manual AC with rear vents

Manual AC with rear vents

Safety

Dual airbags and ABS with EBD(standard), park assist with camera and rear sensor, front,  rear fog lamps and rear defogger

Dual airbags and ABS with EBD (standard). Day/night IRVM with impact sensing door unlock

Dual airbags and ABS with EBD (standard). Day/night IRVM with impact sensing door unlock

Takeaway

As aforementioned, both the SUVs in this comparison are quite different from each other. The Creta is bigger but the variants in question don’t get as many features as the Nexon besides being more expensive. However, if you’re still confused about which SUV makes better sense, we have listed down a few reasons why you should buy one over the other. Watch Video: Tata Nexon Variants Explained

Why Buy Creta E+ Petrol:

  • Bigger and more spacious: Should seat 3 at the rear more comfortably; bigger boot useful for hauling extra luggage
  • Powerful 1.6-litre petrol engine likely to offer a more exhilarating drive compared to Nexon petrol
  • Should depreciate at a lower rate since it sells in more numbers
  • Hyundai’s wider service network should make for a more hasslefree ownership experience

Hyundai Creta - First Drive Review

Why Not:

  • Expensive by Rs 1.22 lakh over Nexon XZ+ petrol dual tone
  • Misses out on essential features like rear parking sensors with camera, keyless entry, height adjustable driver’s seat (E+) and automatic climate control compared to the Nexon XZ+
  • Facelift around the corner: The Nexon was recently launched while the Creta has been around since 2015 and will soon get an update

Tata Nexon: First Drive Review

Why Buy Creta S Diesel:

  • Bigger and more spacious
  • Hyundai’s wider service network
  • Lower rate of depreciation

Why Not:

  • Expensive by Rs 1.76 lakh over Nexon XZ+ diesel dual tone
  • Less powerful 1.4-litre diesel engine compared to Nexon’s 1.5-litre unit
  • Facelift around the corner
  • Gains Height adjustable driver seat but continues missing out on features like rear parking sensors with camera, keyless entry and automatic climate control compared to the Nexon XZ+

Why Buy Nexon XZ+ Petrol

  • Loaded with features - top-end variant is fully kitted with projector headlamps with DRLs, LED tail lamps, 16-inch machine cut alloys, 6.5-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Android Auto, rear parking sensors with camera and more (see table above).
  • Compact dimensions make it easier to drive in the city
  • Radical styling may appeal to some; dual-tone paint job further enhances its looks

Why not:

  • Less powerful engine
  • Fit and finish of interior plastics not upto the mark

Why Buy Nexon XZ+ Diesel:

  • Gets more features
  • Compact dimensions make it easier to drive in the city
  • More powerful and torquier engine

Why not:

Read More on : Nexon on road price

Tata Nexon

Rs.6.23 - 10.67 Lakh* Get On Road Price
Petrol17.0 kmpl
Diesel21.5 kmpl
TransmissionManual/Automatic
*Ex-showroom Price in New Delhi
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