Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza showcased at the Auto Expo 2016 was an instant hit among show-goers and the auto industry experts alike. After the commercial launch of the sub-compact SUV in Mumbai at Rs.6.99 Lakhs, there had been so much buzz going on in how it would be staked in the competitive segment against the top-selling contenders like Hyundai Creta, Ford EcoSport, Renault Duster Mahindra TUV300 and Nissan Terrano.
The SUV market space was led by the potent product from the South Korean maker, the Creta when Brezza launched. Pitting it against the Vitara Brezza has made for a fascinating comparison. As we expected the Brezza created a strong statement in the pecking order of the sales charts in the following months. In March 2016, the Vitara Brezza managed to garner a sales of 5,563 units which led to 7,832 sold examples the next month and was breathing down Creta’s neck.
In July, the popularity of Brezza sore to a new level as an astonishing 10,232 units were retailed while Creta could only manage 7,981 units. The first-ever fully Indian-born vehicle from the leading auto manufacturer was conceptualised and engineered at the local facility as well as developed by an Indian team headed by Chief Engineer Mr. CV Raman.
The first indigenous product in the company’s over 30-years-long history has had only rust endurance and wind tunnel testing conducted at Suzuki’s global engineering facility in Japan. The stylish exterior, contemorary interior and features alongside affordable price range in the sub-compact segment has made the Vitara Brezza one of the top-selling models in the country right now. In this article, we have come up with a specs comparison of the two A-listers:
Vitara Brezza vs Creta Design & Dimension Comparison:
Each of the contending SUVs in the segment has unique design traits and it depends on individual preference to pick which is the best looking of the lot. The Hyundai Creta launched last year has an elegant styling and sharper stance partly because of the fluidic design adapted by the brand. The front fascia is fitted with hexagonal chrome grille, vertical fog lamps with black surrounds, swept-back LED headlights, blackened air dam and wide bonnet wrapping a muscular package.
Carrying design attributes from the flagship Santa Fe SUV, the side profile has character lines angled towards the rear from the front flared wheel arches. It has tapered roofline and roof rails, vertically stacked rear with two sections, wrap-around tail lights, black bumper and diamond-cut alloys to round out a boxy yet beautiful design.
The Hyundai Creta measures 4270 mm in length, 1780 mm in width, 1630 in height and comes with a generous wheelbase of 2590 mm, ground clearance of 183 mm and boot capacity of 398 litres.
The Vitara Brezza’s styling is inspired by the Suzuki iv-4 concept, it features a bolder design with tapered roofline and a vertical-slated chrome grille, neatly designed clamshell bonnet, large honeycomb air dam, prominent body cladding and silver skid plates, round-ish fog lamps with rectangular enclosures and muscular bumper up front.
The Vitara Brezza measures about the sub-4m segment standard 3995 mm in length, 1790 mm in width, 1640 in height and comes with a wheelbase of 2500 mm, ground clearance of 198 mm and boot capacity of 328 litres.
Furthermore, the exterior is embellished with dual tone body colour with ORVMs and integrated turn lights, small quarter glass windows, big roof rails, stylish projector headlights with a secondary halogen unit and multi-spoke alloy wheels amongst others. It’s the first vehicle in India to be in accordance with offset and side impact crash tests that are come into effect in 2017.
This is due to the stronger Suzuki TECT hi-tensile steel body structure. At the back, it has a pair of two-piece tail lamps with neatly aligned lights, rear windscreen wiper and a rather tamed rear bumper. Exterior-wise the Creta and Vitara would stand toe-to-toe and will be hard for customers to pick just one.
Maruti Vitara Brezza vs Hyundai Creta Features Comparison:
The Hyundai Creta has interior layout similar to the Verna sedan and it comprises of keyless entry and start/stop button, supervision cluster, auto headlamps and wipers, five-inch touch-screen infotainment system with CD/MP3/Radio/USB/ AUX-in and Bluetooth connectivity, steering mounted controls, FATC with cluster ioniser, 1GB internal memory, navigation, climate control and rear AC vents to top-off an upmarket cabin feel.
Six airbags are offered in the top-end model with two airbags standard from base variant. Other safety features provided in the SUV are Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD), Vehicle Stability Management (VSM), Electronic Stability Control (ESC), Hill-start assist control and Rear parking camera. Hyundai employs premium soft-touch material for the dashboard while the top-spec versions get leather seats with contrast stitching.
The Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza has the interior design inspired from the premium Baleno hatchback and some of the equipment have been carried over from the Swift hatchback. The dual tone colour scheme certainly adds premium appeal while the positioning of automatic control system means there’s a good amount of storage space below. The well laid out cabin has good quality upholstery and dashboard materials with the piano-black finished centre console featuring Smartplay infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and cruise control.
The car also comes equipped with sliding front armrest, chilled glovebox, Mapcare navigation, three-spoke multifunction steering wheel, reverse parking camera, voice command function and Bluetooth connectivity with safety technologies like ABS with EBD, keyless entry, push button start/stop, etc. Both SUVs are stuffed with features but considering the price range i which both are offered, the Vitara Brezza is the safe bet for the buyer seeking affordability.
Maruti Vitara Brezza vs Hyundai Creta Engine Specs Comparison:
The Hyundai Creta comes available in three engine options: a 1.6-litre gamma dual VTVT petrol, 1.4-litre U2 CRDi and 1.6-litre CRDi diesel units. The 1.6-litre, four-cylinder Gamma Dual VTVT petrol engine is capable of pushing out a maximum power output of 123 bhp and 154 Nm of peak torque. The 1.4-litre U2 CRDi diesel motor allows for a total power output of 90 bhp and 224 Nm of peak torque while the powerful 1.6-litre U2 CRDi diesel engine makes out 128 bhp and maximum torque of 265 Nm.
The two transmissions being offered are a six-speed manual and a six-speed automatic. The 1.6-litre dual VTVT petrol has a claimed fuel efficiency of 15.29 kmpl, the 1.4-litre U2 CRDi diesel is ARAI-certified to return 19.67 kmpl and the 1.6-litre CRDi diesel mill has a fuel efficiency of 21.38 kmpl and the fuel is fed from a 55-litre capacity tank.
The Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza is propelled by the same fuel-efficient 1.3-litre DDiS 200 Multijet diesel engine powering the Swift, Baleno and S-Cross and is capable of producing a maximum of 88.5 bhp at 4,000 rpm and a peak toque of 200 Nm at 2,000 rpm. The engine will come coupled with a five-speed manual transmission. A petrol variant with an option of AMT is more likely to come in a later time.
Despite the lower power, the Vitara has good amount of torque compared to the Creta and the mileage of 24.3 kmpl is way better than Creta’s claimed 21.38 kmpl in the 1.4-litre CRDi diesel. Maruti Suzuki has always played the mileage game better over its competitors and in comparison the Brezza is no different by being nearly 3 kmpl frugal.
Vitara Brezza vs Hyundai Creta Price:
The Hyundai Creta is being sold in 10 variants from 1.6 Base Petrol to 1.6 CRDi SX+ AT. The seven colours options are polar white, magic blue, sleek silver, red passion, pearl beige, stardust and phantom black shades. The base variant is priced at Rs. 8.87 lakh and it goes all the way up to Rs. 13.98 lakh for the range-topping variant (ex-showroom prices, Delhi).
The recent price hike of Rs. 27,192 to around Rs. 65,000 due to the Union Budget 2016 will have significant impact on the buyers’ perception as well. Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza is priced in the region between Rs.6.99 lakh and Rs.9.68 lakh.
Maruti Vitara Brezza vs Hyundai Creta Comparison Verdict:
With the Vitara Brezza being a sub-four metre SUV, it is priced significantly lower than the Hyundai Creta and to be sold from Maruti Suzuki’s regular dealerships means nation wide, its aesthetics and interiors will appeal to the customers who would opt towards the South Korean SUV. The Indo-Japanese brand’s name and trademark service network will be another added boost.
The dual-tone colour scheme will try to attract young buyers and the fuel-efficient 1.3-litre diesel engine will fit the bill for majority of the potential owners. It has lesser wheelbase, not-so-powerful engine and boot volume than the Creta but the packed features list, higher ground clearance and the trusted driveability could be the other important sales attributes that would put Vitara Brezza above all of its competitors.
With Hyundai Creta, you can choose from 1.4 Diesel, 1.6 Diesel, 1.6 Petrol engine options along with AT option as well where in Maruti Brezza, you will only have one option i.e 1.3 Diesel engine but don’t forget, price will play the key role here.