Inspired by the ancient Grecian island of Crete, Hyundai’s latest addition to its growing SUV family, the Creta, impresses with a fair value offering in what must be the most competitive market segment.

Compared to its main competitors, the Creta offers excellent value in terms of more standard features, and by far the best warranty and service plan in the industry.

The Creta is packed with standard tech that includes details from tip to tail: fog lamps and ‘bending’ headlights; electric folding side mirrors and roof rails; a large touchscreen infotainment system with navigation; rear parking sensors and a rear-view camera; plus a multi-function steering wheel.

In terms of safety, there are six airbags and IsoFIX seat connectors, anti-lock brakes with electronic brake-force distribution, and a completely redesigned front- and rear suspension system that not only improves directional stability, but also the car’s general handling and ride comfort.

Three models make up the Creta range. Two 1.6-litre petrol versions are available with either a six-speed manual (R319,900) or automatic (R339,900), while a brand new 1.6-litre turbodiesel auto-only model rounds off the range at R369,900.

All Creta models also get Hyundai’s 5-year/150,000 km warranty with an added 2-year/50,000 km warranty on the powertrain, and a 5-year/90,000 km service plan.

Despite the fact that Hyundai has been selling the Creta in overseas markets since 2015, the arrival of the model in South Africa is likely to set the cat properly among the pigeons in the compact SUV segment. Creta looks good, is built solid, and will not break the bank – from the showroom floor, or to the pumps.