Hyundai Creta and Venue get added safety and comfort, while i20 premium hatchback only gets safety features
With focus on safety increasing, Hyundai has regularly given safety updates to their cars. Every few months they continue to add new features in their cars. Creta is the top selling car from Hyundai India. Venue and i20 are 2nd and 4th highest volume generators for the South Korean brand. Latest news is that Hyundai is now offering more safety with all three of its aforementioned models.
Added safety is in the form of three-point seat belts for all occupants and adjustable headrests with rear seats. There are other updates too. These are likely to add to comfort quotient and their practicality. There is no price hike with this update. Not all vehicles get similar updates. Let’s take a look.
Hyundai Creta, Venue and i20 Get Safer Than Before
Creta and Venue SUVs are the ones that get most updates. It makes sense, given that they are by far the highest volume generators for Hyundai in India. Starting with Creta, Hyundai has given it three-point seat belts as standard fitment across the variant range. This is a welcome addition for Creta.
Other additions include rear adjustable headrests and 60:40 split rear bench seat. Adjustable headrests aid in comfort and safety, protecting occupants from whiplash more effectively than fixed headrests. 60:40 split rear seats add a ton of convenience and practicality.
Not just that, Hyundai has thrown in a two-step reclinable rear seat as well. First compact SUV with a reclining rear seat was Maruti Suzuki S-Cross. Three-point seat belts, adjustable headrests, reclining and 60:40 split rear seats are made standard across the variant range. With a panoramic sunroof, rear window blinds and now reclining seats, Creta comes off as a well-rounded package for rear seat occupants. More so, than Verna sedan.
Hyundai Venue gets the same updates as Creta. Three-point seat belts, reclining and 60:40 split rear seats and adjustable headrests are now standard fitments with Venue across the range. In effect, Venue becomes the only sub 4m SUV to get reclining rear seats.
2023 Hyundai i20 Updated with more safety
Hyundai’s i20 premium hatchback got an updated safety kit too. i20’s updates lack comfort and practicality upgrades. It only gets three-point seat belts and adjustable rear headrests. A 60:40 split rear bench and a 2-step reclining rear seat are missing. Just like Creta and Venue, i20’s safety updates are standard across the variant range as well. Crash rating – 3-stars for (India-spec) Creta and i20 by GNCAP. Venue crash test rating is not available.
Indian Government is pushing vehicular safety forward. Mandatory Three-point seatbelts for all seats and 6 airbags are primary agendas. A standardised crash test rating is on the cards too. Some or all of these mandates are likely to take effect from October 2023. Some of Hyundai’s recent updates will be available with entry-level vehicles in the future too. These include Grand i10, Aura and even the upcoming Exter.