The crossover segment in the Philippines is filled with new vehicles, which means more for Filipino buyers to choose from. Enter the Chery Tiggo 5x and the recently launched Hyundai Creta. They are in the same segment and are also in the same price bracket. Each one offers consumers a unique set of features in terms of the technology they offer along with the power that they have on tap. As these vehicles are similar, we are going to put them head-to-head to see which one will come out on top based on their specifications.
The styling of these two crossovers differs greatly in what they offer. The Hyundai Creta goes for a more futuristic look thanks to its unique front fascia that borrows design elements from its bigger brother the Hyundai Tucson. It comes with large LED daytime running lights that are positioned along its equally large grille. Like its other siblings within the Hyundai lineup, its headlights are found on its lower bumper.
Moving to its side and it comes with muscular lines similar to what you would find in an SUV. At the rear, its unique design continues with its dual-layer LED tail lights. This gives the vehicle a distinctness making it hard for you to mistake it for anything else.
The Chery Tiggo 5x comes with the brand’s signature crouching tiger grille and sports halogen headlights. Unlike its Hyundai rival, this crossover goes for more conventional styling with sleeker and clean lines being the overall theme. The sides of the crossover do come with body cladding which extends to the rear. Speaking of the rear it comes with C-shaped LED taillights and sports a chrome accent on the tailgate.
This ultimately boils down to personal taste when it comes to choosing between the design of both vehicles. However, we have to point out that the Creta comes with more modern lighting equipment and LED technology.
Just like their exterior designs, the Tiggo 5x and Creta come with different approaches. The Creta goes with a more futuristic yet minimal look that matches its exterior. It also comes with a generous amount of leather accents for its interior and more premium materials. It also has a dual-tone interior which isn't present in the Tiggo 5x.
As previously mentioned, traditional and utilitarian interiors. It may not have the dual-tone color scheme of the Creta but it does come with silver plastic accents on the dashboard. It also comes with a digital instrument cluster which helps give the vehicle a bit of a more premium feel. One downside that we have to note is that the Tiggo 5x comes with shiny plastic accents on the center console which can get scratched up over time. It also does not have rear air vents which are a feature in the Creta.
Overall the Hyundai Creta offers you a more premium cabin which is appropriate for its more expensive price tag. This is why it wins this category.
Winner: Hyundai Creta
In terms of technology, we have a case of quality versus quantity. The Chery Tiggo 5x carries a 9-inch infotainment system that has Apple CarPlay capabilities. It also has Bluetooth and USB connectivity options, as well as Mirror-link. For added convenience, the model comes equipped with a smart keyless entry system with a pushbutton and remote start function. Cruise control is also standard on all CVT variants, as is a reverse camera with a dynamic track, a tire pressure monitoring system, and a climate control system that features intelligent electronic control.
For the Hyundai Creta, it's a different story as it has a much smaller 8-inch infotainment system that supports both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. It also comes with a wireless charger with an air cooling system, cupholder lamps, a reverse camera with guidelines, and finally, USB charging ports as well for the front and second rows. The GLS model also comes with remote start features and a remote window control function.
As both vehicles have a similar number of features, we look to the quality and usability of these features to determine a winner. While the Tiggo 5x does have a bigger screen, it, unfortunately, does not support Android Auto which means that Android users who buy this car will have to use Bluetooth connectivity instead. In the case of the Creta, it does have support for this feature meaning that Android users won’t feel left out when using the infotainment system. For that reason, we give the win for this category to the Hyundai Creta.
Winner: Hyundai Creta
For their safety features, the Chery Tiggo 5x comes with front driver and passenger airbags, ABS with electronic brakeforce distribution, electronic anti-theft, engine immobilizer, and ISOFIX anchors for child seats. These are all industry standards that put the Tiggo 5x in line with the rest of its rivals.
In the case of the Hyundai Creta, it comes with much more as it brings with it two front airbags, ABS, electronic stability control, hill start assists, park distance warning, blind spot collision avoidance assists, forward collision avoidance assist, lane keep assist, lane following assist, high beam assist, driver attention warning, and a tire pressure monitoring system. Lower variants of the vehicle have some of these features removed but retain the other features such as the dual airbags, ABS, electronic stability control, and hill-start assist.
As the Hyundai Creta offers you much more in terms of safety features, we will give it the win for this category.
Winner: Hyundai Creta
Under the hood of both crossovers are naturally aspirated 1.5-liter gasoline engines. The Tiggo 5x produces 114 hp and 141 Nm of torque, while the Creta produces 113 hp and 144 Nm of torque. This puts them on a relatively even playing field as both vehicles are available with a CVT for the Tiggo 5x and an IVT (which functions in a similar way to a CVT) for the Creta. Both vehicles are also available with a manual transmission with the Chery crossover coming with a five-speed and the Hyundai coming with a six-speed.
For this category, we will give the win to the Hyundai Creta as it has more torque. Sure it is down by one horsepower, but we think the difference of four Newton meters of torque will play a big difference for the vehicles in terms of their daily useability. More torque means you can accelerate just a little bit faster and carry a bit more cargo.
Winner: Hyundai Creta
Verdict and price
The Chery Tiggo 5x is the clear winner when it comes to its price tag of under P1,000,000 for its top-of-the-line model. However, we have to consider that this top-tier model also carries similar features to what is available in the mid and lower trims of the Hyundai Creta. This means that if you are willing to spend a little bit more you will get your money’s worth in terms of refinement and features. The Hyundai Creta while being more expensive is better executed and we could argue even better equipped making it worth the extra thousands you are paying for it.
While it may be down on horsepower it certainly makes up for it with more torque which we think is more useful when it comes to daily use. It may have a smaller infotainment system but the fact that it supports Android Auto is a big thing especially with Android phones being plentiful in the market. It's the quality and useability of these features that matter which we think is going to be more important for the Filipino buyer who is looking at these two vehicles. With that said, the overall win goes to the Hyundai Creta.
Overall winner: Hyundai Creta
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