The Hyundai Creta and Toy­ota C-HR are the new kids on the block. Which one would you choose?

Com­pact SUV or cheer­ful ur­ban cross­over. Which would you choose?

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HYUNDAI CRETA

If you han­ker af­ter a Santa Fe or a Tuc­son, but find both ei­ther too big or too ex­pen­sive, Hyundai has a third op­tion. Named af­ter Crete, the birth­place of Europe’s first ad­vanced civ­i­liza­tion, the Creta as­pires to live up to the legacy of the Mi­noans by be­ing a leader in the com­pact SUV seg­ment. There’s al­ready a host of de­cent com­pe­ti­tion in this seg­ment: ve­hi­cles like the Re­nault Duster, Ford EcoS­port and Suzuki Vi­tara, all of which cost less than the Creta. So what does the Creta of­fer that oth­ers don’t? Hyundai chose not to give the South African mar­ket the bare-bones, en­try-level ver­sion, which means that all mod­els have the same in­fo­tain­ment sys­tem with satel­lite nav­i­ga­tion, re­verse cam­era and cell­phone apps on an 8-inch touch screen. The in­te­rior is smartly de­signed and there’s a fair amount of legroom for all five oc­cu­pants. Two en­gine op­tions are on of­fer: a 1,6-litre petrol and a 1,6-litre turbo-diesel. The petrol mod­els come with ei­ther a six-speed man­ual or an au­to­matic gear­box; the turbo-diesel is auto only. All mod­els are front-wheel drive; an all-wheel-drive model isn’t on the cards. I tested the Creta on high­ways and twisty gravel roads and it did a fine job. But is “fine” good enough against the cheaper, 4x4 turbo-diesel Duster?

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