With the launch of Hyundai Creta, the options for consumers in compact SUV segment have widened. The segment is currently dominated by Ford EcoSport and Renault Duster. The two cars were launched in 2012 and 2013 respectively and have been a success story for their respective companies since then. Mahindra did try to jump in the segment with Quanto, but the mid-sized SUV failed to catch eyeballs. Now then Hyundai, one of the leading car brands in India, has come up with a new vehicle- Creta and is hoping to give rivals EcoSport and Duster a run for the money. Also Read- Hyundai receives over 10,000 pre-bookings for Creta.

If you are looking to buy a compact SUV, then you have landed on the right page. Here we try to narrow down on these cars by comparing their engine specifications, price, and style- the three most features a consumer looks for while going to buy a car-

Under the hood

All the three cars are available in both petrol and diesel variants.

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Hyundai Creta comes with three engine options – 1.4-litre U2 CRDi, 1.6-litre CRDi diesel and 1.6-litre Dual VTVT petrol. The 1.4-litre U2 CRDi diesel engine churns out total power output of 90bhp and maximum torque of 224Nm, the 1.6-litre CRDi diesel engine gives a power output of 128bhp and total torque of 265Nm while the petrol variant 1.6-litre Dual VTVT petrol engine has total power output of 123bhp and 154Nm of maximum torque on offer.

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Ford EcoSport comes with a 1.5-litre petrol unit, 1.0-litre EcoBoost engine and 1.5-litre diesel engine. The 1.5-litre petrol engine gives out a total power output of 112 PS and a total torque of 140Nm. The 1.0-litre has a full power of 125 PS and 170Nm of total torque. The 1.5-litre diesel engine can produce a total power of 91 PS and 204Nm of total torque.

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Renault Duster has 1.6-litre petrol engine that churns out a total power output of 104 PS and a maximum torque of 145 Nm. Besides, it comes with two diesel options as well, both with a 1.5-litre turbocharged diesel engine. The one of the two diesel engines gives a total power of 85 PS and maximum torque of 200Nm while the other produces a power output of 110 PS and 245 Nm of maximum torque.

Money matters

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Upon comparing the ex-showroom price in Delhi Hyundai Creta’s base model, is priced higher than its rivals. The new Hyundai Creta is priced at Rs 8.59 lakh while Renault Duster is slightly cheaper and comes with a price of Rs 8.30 lakh. Ford EcoSport is the cheapest of all and has a price tag of Rs 6.75 lakh. A look at fuel efficiency EcoSport is a winner here, having a fuel economy of 15.80kmpl. Creta claims a mileage of 15.29 kmpl while Duster lags behind with 13.06kmpl.

The style

Creta, EcoSport and Duster score well on design and all have capabilities to grab eyeballs with their sporty look. All three vehicles have muscular shape and have an attractive SUV-like stance. Renault Duster has had a facelift recently, and Ford EcoSport will be available in the new avatar soon as well, but it is Hyundai Creta which walks away with honours as far as overall design is concerned.

The bottom line

If you are looking for an all new style, then Hyundai Creta should be your choice. But if fuel efficiency is your priority then go for Ford EcoSport, and if you can wait EcoSport’s facelift, which made its debut at the Geneva Motor Show this year, is around the corner. With the arrival of Creta, Renault’s Duster may see a decline in sales.