It doesn’t take more than just one look to know that the Alcazar is a bigger Creta. It comes with three rows, a similar face but an all-new rear design. However, this is more than just a Creta; at least that’s what Hyundai thinks of its new product. The Alcazar is longer and taller and comes with more ground clearance. Plus, it gets a bigger 2.0-litre petrol engine and more equipment. We tell you if it’s worth the extra moolah.

A bigger Creta?

From the front, the Hyundai Alcazar looks very identical to the Creta, but not without some noticeable changes. The grille is more prominent and gets a brushed metal finish along with horizontal blocks. The fog lights get a chrome encasing with LED lights and a new scuff plate.

It also gets 18-inch alloy wheels and metallic running boards beneath the doors. Everything beyond the B-pillar is new, and its extended rear is all-new. The Hyundai Alcazar gets broad creases towards the rear, plus the taillights are completely different to look at. There’s a chrome strip that runs the width of the back and the design of the tailgate shares nothing with the Creta. Petrol variants of the Hyundai Alcazar come with a 2.0 badge at the back.

Room aplenty

With all seat rows up, boot space is decent at 180 litres. There’s even more room for luggage if the last row is folded away. Now although the Alcazar may be the smallest in its segment, it has the longest wheelbase and that means more interior room. At the front, there are some changes that make it look different. The tan leather upholstery and dashboard give it an upmarket look.

The steering and gear lever get a perforated effect, plus you get more brushed silver accents on the steering wheels and doors, and the central console gets a glossy black look. The quality and finish are excellent and the front seats offer good cushioning and ventilation as well. The driver’s seat gets power adjustment and visibility out-front is good.

A 10.25-inch touchscreen comes standard on all the variants, but in the Alcazar, you get a fully digital instrument cluster. Based on the drive modes, the displays change and the car features a blind spot monitoring system that gives the driver an almost rear-view mirror like glance. Like all the other Hyundai Cars, this SUV comes packed with features.

Naturally-aspirated petrol

Hyundai Cars have equipped the Alcazar with a new 2.0-litre naturally aspirated petrol engine, producing 156bhp and 191Nm of torque. The diesel engine in the car makes 113bhp and 250Nm of torque.

Thanks to its lightweight, power delivery doesn’t feel sluggish; power is sufficient if the SUV isn’t loaded. The engine is refined and it picks up the pace well. The 6-speed automatic gearbox is smooth and shifts precisely in case of a downshift. At low speeds, the engine does struggle a little and some jerks can be felt when up-shifting. The engine runs smoothly once you get going, making it good for the highways.

On inclines, it does feel like it runs out of breath. And that means more down-shifting. The engine feels stressed. The petrol engine, on the other hand, feels the stronger of the two. It is reined and revs rather seamlessly. However, it doesn’t like being taken to its redline very often. The engine also comes mated to a 6-speed torque-converter which is smooth in shifting and performance is far better than that of the diesel version. It also manages to pull weight more easily.

There is no strong mid-range that you’d find on a turbo motor, but torque is always at your disposal. We’re just happy this naturally-aspirated engine brings with it predictability and a certain charm to it we miss on other cars.