Hyundai Creta CNG – Does India Need One?

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Hyundai Creta CNG - Does India Need One?
Hyundai Creta CNG - Does India Need One?

The Hyundai Creta is a very sought-after SUV in its segment. It has been consistently showing up in the top 10 cars every month, and people love it. While the diesel variant of the Creta is decently fuel efficient, the petrol variants might hurt the owners’ pockets. So today, let’s see if India needs a Hyundai Creta CNG variant!

  • What’s the fuel efficiency?

The Creta gets 2 petrol engines, a 1.4L turbo and a 1.5L NA. Let’s talk about the 1.5L first. This naturally aspirated engine produces 115HP and is mated to either a 6-speed manual or a CVT gearbox. The general mileage this engine gives is around 9 – 11 KM/L in the city and 13 – 15 KM/L on this highway. This stands true for both the manual and the CVT since a CVT is almost just as efficient as a manual, if not more. The 1.4L turbo petrol engine makes 138HP and is mated to a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission. In the city, you can expect around 8 – 9KM/L and on the highways, you can expect around 12 – 14KM/L. Since the 1.4L variant is a performance-oriented one, owners may feel tempted to push the engine every now and then. While doing so, don’t be surprised if the mileage drops to 6 – 7KM/L!

  • Are there complaints about the efficiency?

In reality, there aren’t too many complaints about the fuel efficiency of the Hyundai Creta. The manufacturer has carefully given us buyers the option to choose between performance and mileage. The 1.5L engine returns a very respectable mileage for a car of this size. Of course, if you drive it only in the eco mode along with a very light foot on the pedal, you will bet better numbers. As for the 1.4L turbo variant, people buying it know what they’re signing up for. It is not a secret that a turbocharged engine with a DCT will not be very fuel efficient. 

  • Is a Hyundai Creta CNG required?

No, the Hyundai Creta CNG is not particularly required in India. There are a few reasons behind this, including:

  1. Social Stigma – People looking to buy a car at this price point do not want to associate with the fact that they drive a CNG. The Creta is still considered a premium car for most buyers and having a CNG kit on it will not be something that the customers would like to see.  
  2. Price – The top-end variant of the Creta already costs over Rs. 20 Lakhs, adding a CNG kit will only increase the cost of the car. With increased pricing, the Creta will have to directly compete with much bigger SUVs like the Tata Harrier and the Mahindra XUV700. Moreover, the cost might also sideline the sales of the Alcazar.
  3. No demand – As of now, not many customers have actively requested a Hyundai Creta CNG variant. Therefore, the costs of including a CNG kit in the production line would not be justified with the sales of this car.
  4. Competition with EVs – If The Hyundai Creta CNG does come into the market, it would cost roughly Rs. 24 lakhs (on-road). This will make it more expensive than the Nexon EV MAX, which is one of the best-selling EVs in India right now. It won’t make any sense for buyers to spend that much money on a Hyundai Creta CNG when they can just buy an EV.
  • An alternative to the Hyundai Creta CNG!

Instead of going for a CNG variant, Hyundai should launch a strong-hybrid variant of the Creta. With the Toyota Hyryder and the Grand Vitara offering this in the same segment, there are chances that buyers might lean more towards these cars. The Hyundai manages to include a strong-hybrid system in the 1.5L NA engine(which already has a CVT), and bring costs to less than Rs. 23 Lakhs(on-road), they will be more than successful in knocking the competition off the game!

What do you think about having a Hyundai Creta CNG? Would you buy it? Let us know in the comments below!

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