This is the all-new Hyundai ix25, aka the Creta. Or is it a different version of the recently unveiled Venue? We’re not entirely sure what to make of it.
It was launched at Auto Shanghai 2019, and if we’re basing on looks, it could be the Chinese twin of the Korean car manufacturer’s most affordable new ‘SUV,’ the Venue. Over in Asia though, the ix25 name is also attached to the Creta.
If the latter of the two monikers sounds familiar, it’s because it was briefly introduced to the Philippine market a few years back (and has since faded into obscurity). The differences between the ix25 and Venue are relatively subtle, but look closely and you can easily tell them apart.
The ix25 gets less chrome up front in favor of glossy black trim, though the overall shape of the grille is identical. Also, the light designs are different—we much prefer the Venue’s lamps as they look more polished, and it doesn’t leave an awkward blank space next to the grille like the ix25’s.
Its side profile and roofline remain the same as the Venue’s, though it appears there’s more black plastic surrounding the fenders. Both crossovers’ wheel designs are also identical.
No details regarding what’s under the hood of the all-new ix25, though the Venue can be had in other markets with a 1.6- or 1.2-liter gasoline, a 1.0-liter turbo, or a 1.4-liter CRDi.
Which of the two cars do you prefer? The ix25 or the Venue? If ever either does end up coming to the Philippines, we hope it doesn’t end up like the Creta. Whatever happened to that car anyway?