In the rapidly evolving landscape of electric vehicles in India, two contenders have captured the spotlight – the Tata Nexon EV facelift and the all-new Hyundai Creta. Both vehicles represent the future of urban mobility, offering a blend of style, technology, and eco-friendliness. Let’s dive into a comparison to see how they stack up against each other.
Tata Nexon EV Facelift:
Topping the Charts:
The Tata Nexon EV has been a trailblazer since its 2020 debut, securing a top spot in electric car sales. Recognizing the need for an update in design, features, tech, and range, Tata Motors introduced the 2023 Nexon EV facelift.
The latest Nexon EV facelift offers six enticing variants – Creative+, Fearless, Fearless+, Fearless+ S, Empowered, and Empowered+. It’s available with two battery pack choices, Medium Range (MR) and Long Range (LR), and comes in seven appealing exterior colors.
Under the hood, the Nexon EV facelift packs a punch with 30kWh and 40.5kWh battery packs, generating 127bhp and 143bhp, respectively. While torque dipped slightly to 215Nm from 250Nm, the top speed increased from 130kmph to 150kmph. Notably, the range has seen a significant improvement. The MR variant boasts up to 325km on a single charge, while the LR version extends the range to a remarkable 465km. Charging is a breeze with a standard 7.2kW AC charger that fully juices up the battery in just six hours.
Tata Motors underwent a complete makeover for the Nexon EV facelift. The front features a distinctive look with a blanked-out grille, LED light bar, and a battery level indicator. LED headlamps now adorn the redesigned front bumper. The rear boasts a new bumper, connected LED taillights, a roof-top antenna, and a rear spoiler housing the wiper.
Inside, the Nexon EV’s cabin gets a dual-tone cream and black theme, oozing sophistication. The centerpiece is a 12.3-inch touchscreen infotainment system with a JBL sound system. The center console houses a JLR-style gear lever, rotary dial for drive modes, electronic parking brake, and a wireless charging pad. Features like height-adjustable ventilated front seats, a single-pane sunroof, a two-spoke steering wheel with an illuminated logo, and OTA updates add to the allure.
The facelifted Nexon EV comes with additional safety features compared to its predecessor. It includes an emergency assistance button, a 360-degree camera, six airbags, all-disc brakes, and an auto-hold function. Other features like blind-spot monitoring, hill ascent control, hill descent control, and electronic stability control provide added confidence.
Loaded to the Brim:
The all-new Hyundai Creta, set to launch on March 17, promises to be a formidable contender. It comes in five trim levels – E, EX, S, SX, and SX(O) – and offers five powertrain options, totaling 14 variants.
The Creta is packed with features, including a panoramic sunroof, wireless phone charging, ventilated front seats, a premium Bose sound system, and advanced safety tech like blind-spot monitoring, lane-keeping assist, and adaptive cruise control.
Hyundai offers a variety of powertrains for the Creta, mirroring the Kia Seltos lineup. Choices include a 1.5-liter petrol engine with a 6-speed manual or CVT automatic, a 1.5-liter diesel engine with a 6-speed manual or 6-speed torque converter automatic, and a 1.4-liter turbo-petrol engine paired with a 7-speed DCT automatic.
The Creta’s petrol and diesel-manual variants deliver mileage figures of 16.8kpl and 21.4kpl, respectively. The turbo-petrol variant offers a fuel economy of 16.8kpl.
In Conclusion, the Tata Nexon EV facelift and the Hyundai Creta represent compelling choices in the electric and combustion SUV segments, respectively. The Nexon EV shines with its impressive range and fresh design, while the Creta offers a more comprehensive package with a luxurious interior and advanced safety features. Choosing between these two SUVs will ultimately depend on your specific needs and preferences.