Is Honda Elevate better than Hyundai CRETA
Japanese carmaker Honda has unveiled the all-new Elevate model in India. Its bookings will start this July. The four-wheeler has an imposing appearance, a spacious cabin with ADAS facilities, and a 1.5-liter, DOHC, i-VTEC petrol engine that generates 120hp of power. In our market, the car rivals Hyundai's mid-size CRETA SUV. However, which one is a better choice? Let us find out.
Honda Elevate is more pleasing to the eye
Honda Elevate has a flat bonnet, a large black grille, sleek LED headlights with DRLs connected by a chrome bar, skid plates, roof rails, door-mounted ORVMs, wrap-around taillamps, and 16-inch alloy wheels. Hyundai CRETA sports a muscular hood, a huge grille, split-style LED headlights, indicator-mounted ORVMs, roof rails, LED taillamps, and 17-inch alloy rims. It also gets front and rear skid plates.
Honda Elevate has overall bigger dimensions
Honda Elevate has a length of 4,312mm, a width of 1,790mm, a height of 1,650mm, and a wheelbase of 2,650mm. Hyundai CRETA is 4,300mm long, 1,790mm wide, 1,635mm tall, and offers a wheelbase of 2,610mm.
From sunroof to ventilated seats
Honda Elevate gets a black and beige-colored five-seater cabin with premium seats, a large center console that divides the driver and passenger areas, silver accents on the dashboard, and a three-spoke steering wheel. The Hyundai CRETA offers a cabin with five seats, a blacked-out dashboard, leather upholstery, and a two-spoke steering wheel. Both cars are available with a sunroof.
What about technology?
Honda Elevate comes with ambient lighting, cruise control, auto climate control, USB chargers, a 7.0-inch digital instrument cluster, a rear-view camera, a 10.25-inch touchscreen infotainment panel with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay support, and a Honda Sensing ADAS suite. The CRETA gets cruise control, auto climate control, an air purifier, a 10.25-inch touchscreen, and traction control. It misses out on ADAS.
The CRETA gets more engine options
Honda Elevate runs on a 1.5-liter, DOHC, i-VTEC petrol engine that makes 120hp/145Nm. The mill is linked to a 6-speed manual or a CVT gearbox. Hyundai CRETA is fueled by a 138.12hp/242Nm, 1.4-liter turbo-petrol mill; a 113hp/144Nm, 1.5-liter petrol motor; and a 1.5-liter diesel unit that generates 114hp/250Nm. Transmission duties are handled by a 6-speed manual, a 6-speed automatic, and an iVT gearbox.
Which one is a better choice?
In India, the Honda Elevate is expected to cost around Rs. 12-17 lakh, while the Hyundai CRETA falls in the price bracket of Rs. 10.87-19.2 lakh (all prices, ex-showroom). Both cars are almost evenly matched. However, our vote goes in favor of Elevate for its better looks, larger dimensions, and ADAS safety suite, which its rival misses out on.Share this timeline