mdbuilder wrote:suspension bushings getting to the dried out stage perhaps.
That would be my guess probably - but the only car i experienced that on was my 2001 Accord, and that was heavy up front. The I has little weight up front. Also, I only noticed that type of creaking when going over speed bumps after the car was more than 9 years old.
With those thin tyres, I believe the I does put a fair amount of sideways stress on the light suspension components - but I would be surprised if the top strut bushes are worn at less than 6 years old.
Creaks tend to be suspension or bushes. A loose caliper or brake pad would return a slight knock, when the assembly jolts on application of the brakes (unlikely to be the cause if its all stock and original, but there could be some rubbish in there).
So you may want to give the calipers a check over and clean, then examine the accessible bushings around the hub area of the strut.
If you disconnect the strut at the lower end, you may be able to hear the noise by moving the struts about - that would save any disassembly around the top of the front suspension - which looks like a light cluster removal as there is no space there (also you could probably feel if a bush is perished by the amount of resistance by movement)
Lastly - steering... though i'm not familiar with the system, as i've not looked under the car yet.
I would get the car in the air with the wheels off - examine everything, and see if you can find the source of the noise.
if you spray the rubber bushes on the lower parts with WD40 or other, and it goes away - you may have isolated it.
Before you do anything, see if its speed or lock dependent by braking softly and more sharply in a straight line. Then see if braking on half steering lock influences it - and do that both left and right.
I cant see it being anything that complicated - have you hit a kurb or any debris on the road hard recently?
... oh also, just go through the strut/ spring assembly - just check its all ok and the spring is seated on the lower collar of the strut correctly.