Hyundai Alcazar – Revamped Creta with 7 seats?

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Is the new Hyundai Alcazar as same as its five-door sibling Hyundai Creta or does it have more to offer? Let us find out in this Hyundai Alcazar review.

Hyundai Alcazar Review

The Alcazar has been introduced into a segment where all its rivals are yet to make a mark. Its direct rivals are the Tata Safari and MG Hector Plus both of which are fairly new as well. Hyundai aims to trump the competition with the launch of their new 7 seater SUV. With supremely capable rivals, the Alcazar has a lot riding on its shoulders and the already popular rivals have set a benchmark with their extensive feature list and competitive pricing. Let’s explore the Alcazar further and see whether it has what it takes to be the perfect family SUV.

Exterior

Hyundai Alcazar Review

Starting off, the front will remind you of the Creta but if you look closely, there are some changes made to the design. For starters, the grille has been changed and has been replaced by cubes instead of the mesh grille, the bumper has been given a subtle change and the fog lamps have become larger too. Coming to the side, it has bold cuts and creases which are complemented by the new 18 inch diamond cut alloy wheels. The rear of the Alcazar looks smart and is sure to make heads turn. The bumper cladding gives it a sporty feel as well. Overall, the design of the Alcazar is modern and a bit futuristic and doesn’t make the car look ungainly.

Interior and Features

Hyundai Alcazar Interior Features

Just like the exterior, the dashboard of the Alcazar also shares some similarities with the Creta but is not the same completely. The Alcazar gets a tan brown interior which makes the car plush and premium, however, there are no soft touch materials inside the cabin but the quality of the plastics is good and the textured brown plastics make the cabin even more pleasant. The Alcazar gets a 10.25 inch screen in the instrument cluster which gets three distinctive themes and a blind view monitor which is triggered by pressing down on the indicators. It also gets a 10.25 inch touchscreen in the center console which is easy to use and has great legibility.

Hyundai Alcazar Features

Another feature different from the Creta is the panoramic sunroof which can be opened with voice commands. Other features include a 360 degree reverse parking camera, 64 colour ambient lighting, 8 way electrically adjustable driver seat, ventilated seats and an air purifier. All of these stand out features make the Alcazar feel more modern and upmarket and would make you feel that your money is well spent.

Performance and Ride Quality

Hyundai has equipped the Alcazar with two engine options, a diesel and a petrol. The petrol is a 2.0 litre unit which produces 159 bhp and 191 nm of torque. This naturally aspirated engine has good driveability in the city as well as the highway. The power delivery is smooth and the engine in itself is pretty refined. The diesel unit is the same as the Creta which is a 1.5 litre unit producing 115 bhp and 250 nm of torque. The diesel is not a peppy engine to drive but it gets the job done and gives a positive feedback from behind the wheel. The 6 speed torque converter unit helps in increasing comfort and the gear shifts are smooth too with minimal delay.

The Alcazar claims a fuel economy of 14.5 kmpl with the petrol engine and 20.4 kmpl with the diesel engine. These figures aren’t as impressive but it remains to be seen what the real world mileage would be. Both of these engines will get the job done but if you are a person who often travels with all the three rows full, then the petrol would be a much better buy.

The Alcazar with its big windows and panoramic sunroof, make the cabin feel airy and nice. It makes the cabin feel larger than it actually is and no passenger would feel claustrophobic. The space at the third row is a grade lower than its rivals and is best suited for children, but can accommodate adults for shorter journeys. The Alcazar comes in a 6 or 7 seater configuration, but with the narrow dimensions of the Alcazar, the 6 seater version would be a better choice. The seats on the Alcazar are comfortable and passengers won’t feel tired even after longer journeys. The ride quality on the Alcazar is plush and supple and filters out almost every pothole in its stride. However, at cruising speeds a soft judder can be felt inside the cabin when it goes over a bad patch of road. Overall, the rear seat experience is comfortable and chauffeur driven people won’t have a problem in this backseat.

Safety

Hyundai Alcazar Safety Features

The Alcazar comes with a host of safety features which include 6 airbags, ABS with EBD, Electronic Stability Control (ESC), blind spot monitor, 360 degree reverse parking camera, ISOFIX child seat mounts and hill assist.

Price

hyundai alcazar on-road price in india

The Alcazar has been launched with prices similar to that of its rivals.

Variants

Price (Ex Showroom)

Prestige Diesel

Rs 19.74 Lakhs

Prestige Diesel 7 seater AT

Rs 21.18 Lakhs

Platinum 7 seater Diesel

Rs 21.69 Lakhs

Signature Diesel

Rs 22.26 Lakhs

Signature Dual Tone Diesel

Rs 22.58 Lakhs

Platinum Diesel AT

Rs 23.24 Lakhs

Signature Diesel AT

Rs 23.49 Lakhs

Signature Dual Tone Diesel AT

Rs 23.82 Lakhs

Prestige 7 seater

Rs 18.98 Lakhs

Prestige

Rs 19.17 Lakhs

Prestige AT

Rs 20.83 Lakhs

Platinum 7 seater

Rs 21.17 Lakhs

Signature

Rs 21.72 Lakhs

Signature Dual Tone

Rs 21.94 Lakhs

Platinum AT

Rs 22.69 Lakhs

Signature AT

Rs 23.02 Lakhs

Signature Dual Tone AT

Rs 23.25 lakhs

Verdict

The Alcazar is a capable family SUV offered by Hyundai in this largely popular segment. It goes against the likes of Tata Safari and MG Hector Plus. Hyundai has equipped the Alcazar with an extensive feature list, capable engine options and a plush ride quality. Along with all these characteristics, the Alcazar has been priced competitively and is capable of undercutting the competition and make it a desirable option for a prospective family SUV buyer.

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