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Hyundai’s SUV of­fer­ing in South Africa has gone from strength to strength, with both the Creta and Tuc­son reg­u­larly out­selling their main ri­vals.

It has done so by of­fer­ing prop­erly en­gi­neered and lux­u­ri­ously spec­i­fied ve­hi­cles at rea­son­able prices.

With the re­cent facelift of both mod­els, Hyundai’s im­pres­sive sales fig­ures will likely im­prove even fur­ther.

On the Creta side of things, there isn’t much of a dif­fer­ence vis­ually but rather just a touch-up to keep it look­ing fresh. Up­dates were made to both the head­lights and grille, which is the most no­tice­able dif­fer­ence.

Like be­fore, only three mod­els are avail­able, all in the Ex­ec­u­tive spec­i­fi­ca­tion. As the Creta wasn’t hav­ing any prob­lems sell­ing be­fore, we weren’t an­tic­i­pat­ing any changes in this de­part­ment.

The three deriva­tives are pow­ered by two engines: one petrol and one diesel. The 1.6-litre four-cylin­der nat­u­rally as­pi­rated petrol is a tad old school but it pushes out a healthy 90kW and 150Nm of torque. This par­tic­u­lar model is avail­able with a six-speed man­ual or six-speed au­to­matic, with the claimed fuel con­sump­tion rang­ing be­tween 7.9 and 8.4l/100km.

The top-of-the-line tur­bocharged diesel is only avail­able with a six-speed au­to­matic, which suits it beau­ti­fully. This unit puts out 94kW and 260Nm of torque and Hyundai claims it will only con­sume 7.4l/100km on the com­bined cy­cle.

The Ex­ec­u­tive spec­i­fi­ca­tion caters nicely for all cus­tomers as it pro­vides ev­ery­thing the mod­ern cus­tomer needs with­out opt­ing for un­nec­es­sary lux­u­ries.

This in­cludes driver, pas­sen­ger, side and cur­tain airbags on the safety side, as well as man­ual air­con­di­tion­ing, and an in­fo­tain­ment sys­tem with the usual con­nec­tiv­ity fea­tures.

The Creta is sold as stan­dard with a five-year/ 150 000km war­ranty and a five-year/90 000km ser­vice plan. Ser­vices are sched­uled at 15 000km.

Things get slightly more in­ter­est­ing with the facelifted Tuc­son. While the pre-facelift was al­ready a hand­some thing, the new car adds a de­cent help­ing of el­e­gance thanks to new bumpers front and rear, a new grille, restyled LED day­time run­ning lights and a few new al­loy op­tions rang­ing from 17- to 19-inch.

The range is much smaller this time. The 1.7-litre diesel, all-wheel-drive mod­els and most of the man­ual ver­sions have been dropped, apart from the en­try-level 2.0-litre.

That means the line-up now con­sists of a nat­u­rally as­pi­rated 2.0-litre four­cylin­der petrol in man­ual and au­to­matic, a 1.6-litre tur­bopetrol mated to a dual-clutch trans­mis­sion, and the 2.0-litre four­cylin­der tur­bocharged diesel, which will join the range at a later date.

On the inside there’s a new dash­board, a re­vised in­stru­ment clus­ter and an up­graded in­fo­tain­ment sys­tem with op­tional nav­i­ga­tion. Spec­i­fi­ca­tion grades re­main the same, with all Tuc­son mod­els hand­somely spec­i­fied across the range.

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